Friday, 10 June 2011

Bobble stitch tutorial...the next episode

This is a take away coffee cup sleeve made using the bobble stitch,
I didn't have a coffee cup to hand
so I used a glass as a stand in.

I thought I'd do a tutorial for the bobbles stitch where the bobbles are in a different colour.  This isn't a pattern for a coffee cup sleeve above, just the "how to" of the bobble stitch where the bobbles are in a different colour yarn. I must say that I found this tutorial quite hard to clearly photograph and explain so I will welcome, whole heartedly, any feedback. If you're a new crocheter I would recommend getting used to doing bobbles in the same colour first. These bobbles aren't hard, as such, but there's a fair bit of manouvering of the yarn into the correct place. In fact it would also be beneficial to practice yarn changes and carrying the yarn through. Astri has a great tutorial here

So do your homework and then come back ;oD. 'Ark at me, bossy moo!

Before we start there are few things you need to know. I use UK terms and I didn't deal with my ragged nails or shine my work top before I started. I now wish I had done a bit of prep but you know how it is with babies. I knew I only had a limited amount of time to photograph it all before Mini woke up. I'm sure you'll forgive me my slovenliness (that is a real word in Cuckoo Land) lets just hope Mr C will forgive me not doing a single bit of housework today. Shhhhh don't tell him!

1. Make a foundation chain as long as you need and double crochet as many rows as you need (all depends on your design). Then get your bobble making yarn and lay it along the top of your stitches.

2. Start to double crochet as normal, making sure your bobble yarn gets enclosed. This will make much more sense if you are physically doing it.

3. Double crochet along till you get to the stitch before the one where you want to have a bobble.

4. Start to do a double crochet but do not pull the yarn through the two loops on the hook.

5. Now bring the yarn you were using forward and to the side so that it lies along the stitches of the row below. Take the bobble yarn back over your fingers to the usual position for crocheting.

Wow. Look at that. I never knew my fingers were hairy. Oh the HoRRoR!
6. Pull the bobble yarn through the two loops on your hook to complete the double crochet stitch you started.

7. The next stitch you do will go into the next stitch along just like normal. See the scissors pointing this out?

8. Start your bobble by doing a treble stitch but do not pull the yarn through the last two loops on the hook.

9. Do another treble and again don't pull the yarn through the last two loops of that treble.

10. Do this twice more so you'll have five loops on you hook.

11.  Next pull the yarn through all five loops on your hook. Now change yarns over and do a double crochet into the stitch the scissors are pointing to.  See the next photo.

12. Bring the bobble yarn towards you and the other yarn goes over your fingers in the usual way

13. Lay the yarn along the stitches of the row below.

14. Do a double crochet in the usual way using the 'non' bobble yarn.

15. Double crochet along to where you next require your bobble. And repeat steps 7 - 14.

16. This is how your bobble will look. The bobble is made on the rear of your work.

17. This is the view from the side facing you as you crochet.

18. This is it from the rear side. As you work the bobble is away from you.

19. To hide the bobble yarn you have 'carried' through, I poke my hook under the bobble yarn and then do the double crochet as usual.

20. The stitch gets wrapped up in the yarn and you can hardly see it. I've puggled my stitches a bit to make the yarn more visible for this tutorial.

21. Now it's almost invisible!

Ta Dah! And you're done. 


So how did you get on? Please let me know so I can do any necessary tweaking (or correcting of typos). If you make an object using this tutorial I'll pop a link to you down below.


  1. Awwwwww...thanks for the mention, Mrs. Cuckoo. :-) Your tutorial is fantastic and those nails look pretty darn good. Note - none of my tutorials include my hands...there's a reason for that. ;-)

  2. Woah, you are tute-tastic Mrs Cuckoo! I will be giving that stitch a whirlio soon - will show you the results!
    That's so funny about the plastic bowls - my mother-in-law has a cupboard full of them from when Mr N and his brother were little. I got almost hilariously over-excited today when said m-i-l gave me an ENORMOUS pile of that lovely old stripy brushed cotton bed linen (she knows me so well) I can't tell you how long I've been looking for some of that. I have big plans for baby N's bed (though that's a while off yet!)
    I made the mosaics through, it's free to sign up.
    Glad you had a good half term, my boys have been off for two weeks and I feel a bit sad that they're back on Monday.
    Have a great weekend
    Emily x

  3. I am so hopeless at crochet, have given up. Will stick to things I can do. Your photos where great.

  4. Hi Cuckoo, well done on the tutorial , they are a lot of work , I've spent ages on some and then hardly got any comments which can be a dad disapointing but I know people do find them useful. I've never tried this type of bobble so it's one I'd like to give a go.
    Thankyou for your offer of poppy seeds ...I've dropped you an e.mail :0)
    Jacquie x

  5. I will have a go one day when feeling more confident. It would come in very handy when out and drinking a latte and the glass is too hot and they don't supply a serviette to wrap around it. Hehe, hairy fingers, yes we all have them, funny what you notice when you take a photo and stick it on your blog (hmmm odd socks) I couldn't get my head around the blog stats thing on your last post, must be old age.
    xx Sandi

  6. Well this is really useful!!! Thank you for the tutorial. I will have to remember it for later. I am crocheting Granny Squares at the moment :-)!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

  7. hey,

    this looks like a good tutorial - as you know I can't (yet) crochet , but my lovely pal jane has given me a set of rather lovely hooks and a 'i will teach you to crochet' voucher. It's an awfully big gift as she knows all about my lack of patience...
    I will be sure to pop back to this post whenever I'm whipping up blankets by the day (yep - that's where over confidence gets you)

    Did Cleggy's eyebrows hit his (fairly high these days) hairline when I requested the book about being a happy hooker??? yes they did. How disappointed he will be.

    See successful tea party post - it can be done, hang in there!

    off to look on Cleggys amazon account to see if he's bought me that book yet...
    fee x

  8. Another job well done! You do these so well Mamma C! I'd ask about the board tute but I won't..I've attempted it twice and something has caused me to stop both please take your time :) Hope you and boys are well...miss ya.xoxoxo

  9. Great tute, if only I could master a basic stitch! I've just stumbled across your blog and thought I'd stop by to say 'hello' :) x

  10. Thanks SO so much for the tute, Ms C! A bobble blanket using your pattern is in my very near future, just love the texture of the stitch. Was just going to do it in one color, but after seeing this, do I dare try a whole blanket with a separate color for the bobble?! Oooohhh, decisions. Have a lovely week. xJosie

  11. Amazing tutorial! i can't wait to give it a try, thanks for being so detailed!

  12. It's good I have found this tutorial. Knowing how to stitch is cool. It can be your pastime but also can enhance your creative thinking. Creating your own stitches and displayed in our own house is so rewarding. Hope I can master it.

  13. What do you do with the ends of the bobble yarn on each side of your project?

  14. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I've having trouble "hiding" my stitches on the wrong side...maybe my gauge is too big? I'm using a very chunky Bernat yarn with a size 8.00mm. Also...maybe this is a dumb question, ha. My pattern calls for a row of bobbles, two rows of double crochet, then a row of bobbles. When I get to my next bobble row, I can't figure out how to maneuver it so that I'm not creating another wrong side. My carry through yarn shows on my original front. HELP!

  15. Thank you so much for this tutorial (and the original one for bobble stitches) and also for the blanket idea and the ruffle pattern. My bestie is pregnant with her first baby and I want to make a lovely baby blanket for her, but I am still not that advanced in crochet so this is just right for me at the moment, but it looks so effective and professional. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks again :)


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