bobble tutorial knitting

Learn to Knit a Bobble!

I am delighted to introduce you to Jenny, aka SweaterFreak! Jenny’s designs are beautiful and her latest is knit in Louet Gems Worsted… it’s a KAL (that’s a knit-a-long) pattern that launches Monday! It’s a pattern with lots of different textures, which is a perfect pairing for Gems‘s amazing stitch definition!

Sweater Freak Knits KAL Moon Spots

Jenny was kind enough to come by and give us a detailed tutorial on how to knit one of the beautiful stitches in her new pattern, the bobble stitch.

To grab this great pattern, head to Jenny’s Ravelry Page and look for Moon Spots!

Here’s Jenny!

Bobbles are everywhere these days and they are surprisingly easy to add anywhere you need that extra punch. They look equally gorgeous in accessories and garments and add a bit of dimension (no pun intended!)

There are many ways to work bobbles and we are going to talk about two versions I used in my latest patterns. Both versions are worked on one stitch only.

Bobble tutorial knitting

Step 1: You are at the point where you’d like to work your bobble.

bobble tutorial knitting

Step 2: Knit into the front of the next stitch on the left needle; do not take the resulting 2 stitch off the needle.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 3: Knit into the back of the same stitch; do not take them off yet!

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 4: Then knit into the front of the same stitch again. Steps 2 – 4 are called kfbf increase – it’s a double increase that produces three stitches out of one. Move the resulting three stitches to the right needle.

Below is what you should have at this point:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 5: Turn your work. And purl three stitches.

Here is what it looks like:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 6: Turn your work and knit three stitches.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 7: In this step you are going to go from three stitches back to one – slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch twice to get back down to one.

Now you have got a bobble!

knitting bobble tutorial

A minor variation on this method can be used to create a subtler version of the bobble. After turning your work in Steps 5 and 6, simple slip the first stitch purlwise without working it, then work the remaining two stitches (either purl or knit them depending on whether you are working the right or wrong side).

See how much smaller the bobble on the left is?

knitting bobble tutorial

This is just one way to create a multi-dimensional effect in your knitting. There are many ways to create bobbles – try them all and enjoy!

Thanks so much Jenny! Browse Jenny’s beautiful patterns with bobbles here and grab yourself some lovely yarn in your fave color!