A Bobble Stitch is a group of (half completed) stitches, usually treble stitches (US double crochet) all worked into the same stitch and closed together at the top by drawing the yarn through all the loops on your hook.
Made from three, four or five stitches, bobbles are worked on the wrong-side rows of your crochet, you will see them 'pop out' at the back of your crochet as you work your row. They are usually surrounded by flat, solidly worked stitches to separate them and make them stand out.
In this tutorial I will show you how to work a bobble stitch using a contrasting colour.
Changing colour really make the bobbles stand out. This tecnique can be used with most crocheted items such as blankets, pillows, hats and sweaters.
1. You will need to change colour before you start the bobble stitch by drawing through the contrasting colour on your last 'yarn over' of the previous stitch.
2. With the contrast colour now around your hook, you are ready to make the bobble into the next stitch.
3. Begin bobble: Yarn over hook, insert hook into next stitch, pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, *yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * 3 times more until you have a total of 6 loops on hook.
4. Drop the bobble colour and pick up the main colour, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops on hook, bobble complete. The bobbles will pop out on the reverse of your crochet.
5. Continue working with main colour, laying the unused bobble colour along the top edge of your crochet and working over it enclosing the bobble colour into your stitches. On your last stitch before the next bobble, draw through the contrast colour on your last 'yarn over' so you are ready to begin the next bobble.
6. This is what you bobbles will look like when you turn over your work.
Top tip! Make sure you pull both yarn ends tight after you have completed each bobble, this will keep the bobble compact and stop any colours from bleeding :-)
If you would like to see 'How to crochet a bobble stitch' using just one colour, take a look at 'How to crochet a bobble stitch' tutorial HERE
Ta da! This is my Nordic Hugs Jumper pattern! Now that you can make bobbles and change colours, there's no stopping you!
The Nordic Hugs Jumper for Babies and Children Pattern:
UK Terms HERE
USA Terms HERE
I also have one for the grownups! HERE
Perhaps you would like to make a Bobble Blanket, I have plenty of patterns to choose from, this is the Bobbles and Bunnies Blanket pattern HERE
You can see more of my Bobble stitch patterns HERE
Patterns available in both UK and USA crochet terms
I hope you enjoyed learning 'How to crochet bobbles using a contrast colour'. Have fun and be sure to tag me @kerryjaynedesigns if you are making one of my patterns, I always love to see :-)
Lots of love,