Learn how to work three types of bobbles to add decorative texture to your knitting. These plump little clusters of stitches can be applied to any type of knitted fabric for a cheerful accent.

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Written Steps — Stockinette Stitch Bobble 

Pattern: First Cables Hat


  • [Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1] into the same stitch, turn work (to WS)
  • Slip 1, purl 2, turn work (to RS)
  • Slip 1, knit 2, turn work (to WS)
  • Slip 1, purl 2, turn work (to RS)
  • Slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch from right needle over the stitch just worked.

Written Steps — Garter Stitch Bobble

Pattern: Balan


  • With RS facing, knit 1 (without dropping stitch off left needle), *yarnover, knit 1 into the same stitch (without dropping stitch off left needle); repeat from * 1 more time, drop stitch off left needle.
  • Turn work so WS is facing, knit 5.
  • Turn work so RS is facing, k2tog, slip 1 from right to left needle.
  • **Pass second stitch from left needle over the first (as if binding off ); repeat from ** 2 more times. Knit 1.

Written Steps — Crocheted Bobble

Pattern: Backbay


  • Slip next stitch from L needle onto crochet hook, yarn over hook and pull a loop through stitch (1 loop on hook).
  • Chain 2, [yarn over hook, insert hook into same stitch and pull a loop through stitch] 3 times (7 loops on hook).
  • Yarn over hook, draw through all 7 loops on hook (1 loop on hook).
  • Yarn over hook, draw through loop on hook (1 loop on hook), transfer loop on hook to R needle.

Practice this Technique

First Cables Hat



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