How to Knit Bobbles: Step-by-Step Tutorial

How to Knit Bobbles: Step-by-Step Tutorial

How to Knit Bobbles: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Bobbles are like bubbles or puffs in your knitting. These little puffs are perfect for adding texture to any knitting project. Add a few, or a lot - It's up to you! Creating bobbles is much easier than you think. Here a step-by step guide on how to construct a basic bobble.   Bobbles aren't difficult when you know how and even a beginner with just a little experience can make them.

Here are the skills needed to create a bobble:

  • Knit front & back
  • Passing a stitch over

Let's Get Started Knitting Bobbles

Forming The Foundation (see images above)

  1. Knit into the front of the stitch -  do not remove from needle.
  2. Knit into the back of the stitch - again keeping the stitch on the needle.
  3. Repeat these 2 steps once more - 4 stitches on the left hand needle.

Working The Bobble (see images above)

  1. Turn work, purl across the 4 stitches.
  2. Turn work, knit across the 4 stitches.
  3. Repeat these 2 steps twice (2x) more. Your bobble will look like this (step 3 image).

Shaping And Finishing

Completing and shaping the top of the bobble is nothing more than passing the stitches one by one over the adjacent stitch and off the needle.

  1. Start with the stitch to the right of the last stitch worked (the stitch with the working yarn attached).  With the left needle tip lift this stitch over last stitch and off the needle.
  2. Continue this process until 1 stitch remains. Bobble Complete!

Now, go add some bobbles to your knitting!

Have you ever tried knitting bobbles? What was the knitting project you worked on that had bobbles in it?

- Donna, Your friendly Knitting Doctor

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.