How to crochet bobble stitches

Add some funky bumps to your crochet with our bobble stitch tutorial!

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Crochet bobble stitches are popular in accessories and clothing, where they can add an interesting texture (they’re often used on edgings). Bobbles are usually a group of five or six stitches worked into the same stitch, to create a raised ‘bump’ which adds an extra dimension of interest to your fabric.

Bobbles need to be worked from the wrong side of your crochet fabric. So if you want to add bobble stitches to your work, you’ll need to plan ahead a little and make sure you create them on a wrong side row. Once you’ve finished each bobble stitch, you can gently push the bump through from the wrong side to the right side of the fabric, as shown below.

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How do I make a bobble?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to work crochet bobbles using treble stitches so that you can get the hang of it, although you can use the same techniques to create textured effects with other crochet stitches. After the basic tutorial, you’ll also find instructions on how to create bobbles in double crochet fabric.

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You Will Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

Step 1

Work a row of 10 to 12 treble stitches. Work half of the second row. When you’re ready, work a bobble into the next stitch. To do this, work 6 treble stitches up to half way, so (yrh, insert hook into stitch, yrh, pull loop through, yrh, pull through first 2 loops) 6 times. Now work yrh…

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Step 2

…and pull through all the loops on the hook. Now work one final yrh…

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Step 3

…and pull through the remaining bobble loop to complete the bobble.

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Step 4

Continue to work the row in treble stitches. Once you’re a few trebles past the bobble, you can go back and push it through to the right side with your finger.

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Using bobbles in double crochet fabric

One of the best ways to make your bobbles really stand out is by using them in combination with dc stitches, because dc stitches are shorter than trebles which will mean your bobble gets a bit more ‘squished’ and appears more protruded. This technique also works particularly well if you are using different colours for your bobbles and dc stitches.

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Basic Bobble pattern

All bobbles are made on wrong side rows.

MB = Make Bobble

(Yrh, insert the hook in the st indicated, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) 4 times inserting the hook in the same st each time, yrh and draw through all 5 loops on the hook.

Your starting chain will be a multiple of 6 + 3 sts, so for this example we’ll start with a ch27

Foundation row (WS) 1dc in second chain from hook and each ch across, turn.

Rows 1-3 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 1dc in each st across, turn.

Row 4 (WS) Ch1, dc in 4 dc, *MB, dc in the next 5 dc; repeat from * across to the last 4 dc, MB, dc in the last 3 dc, turn.

Rows 5-7 Ch1, 1dc in each st across, turn.

Row 8 (WS) Ch1, 1dc in first st, *MB, dc in next 5 dc; repeat from * across to last 7 dc, MB, dc in last 6 dc, turn.

Rows 1-8 form pattern.