How to knit the Bobble Stitch

I’ve always had a secret crush on the Bobble Stitch! I say secret because I wasn’t sure if I’d see them come back around again to the extent that they have but everything old seems to be new again! 

I had this one sweater when I was a child that I absolutely loved and wore it to the point of having it darned at least a half dozen times before having to sadly....😔

It had what I called at the time, squiggles and bubbles. Also known as the Garter Stitch and the Bobble Stitch

I’ve been wanting to recreate my favorite childhood sweater for a couple of years now and have finally decided to take the plunge! Biscotte has a single ply yarn that has the perfect amount of sheen, softness and halo to create my sweater. It took me a while to decide what yarn to use, but I finally decided on Biscotte’s Albus, which is 50% Merino and 50% Silk, and make my sweater as close to the original as possible.

I feel like Albus needs a discussion of its own first off. This yarn is like nothing I've used before. It feels very soft in the skein, yes, but when it's knit it is softer than soft. It has the ultimate level of squish that only a knitter could dream of having! It’s worth picking up a skein or 20 (tee hee) and knitting with it just to experience how wonderful this yarn is. 

Back to the sweater...SQUIRREL!! Or perhaps as a knitter I should say...YARN!!! So this is a new design that will be available for all to knit in the near future and hopefully enjoy as much as I did and now will again! YAH!!! So, I thought I would do a video to show you how the Bobble Stitch for this sweater is knit. It’s very easy and trust me; worth it!!


As you can see, there’s nothing complicated or boring about this stitch!! Every time I knit one I just can’t help but get a rush of excitement from the absolute cuteness of these bobbles❤️

So that you have the written instructions as well:

  • Knit to the stitch that instructs you to make the bobble and then kfbf (knit into the front of the stitch, do not drop the stitch off the needle, knit into the back of the stitch, do not drop the stitch off the needle and knit once again into the front of the stitch. 1 stitch has been increased to 3 stitches.)
  • Turn your work around and purl across the 3 stitches.
  • Turn your work around and knit across the 3 stitches.
  • Repeat the last 2 rows 1 more time.
  • Now you will decrease the 3 stitches back down to 1 stitch: Pass the second stitch over the first stitch and then pass the third stitch over the first stitch. You now have just one stitch again.
  • Give your yarn a little tug and knit the next couple of stitches at a tighter tension to ensure the bobbles POPS and stays at the front of your work.
  • When knitting/purling the next row/round there will be a gap before and after the bobble. This is normal; knit/purl the few stitches around the bobble at a tighter tension.

And VOILA!! You have created an adorable little bobble!!

    Do you love the Bobble Stitch as much as I do? 




    Comments (6 Responses)

    06 November, 2020

    Donna Stevens

    I’ve looked at several videos about making bobbles because there are bobbles in a cowl I want to make. This is the clearest I’ve seen and the written directions are just perfect. Thank you sooooo much for sharing your knowledge with us! I already feel like I can make a bobble thanks to your wonderful instructions!

    27 September, 2019

    Aunt Susan's Closet

    This is a great video and so are the written instructions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I have linked to this web page for my Holly & Berries dishcloth pattern listed on my website.

    05 June, 2020

    Kathryn wilson

    I adore your patterns! Have you released this bobble stitch sweater pattern anywhere ? I am looking forward to trying it out in the albus, thanks so much

    10 December, 2018

    Ellen Day

    I also love this stitch. The yarn you suggest sounds divine! It sounds like it will be perfect for this project. Great instructions!

    08 December, 2018

    Sandy Stadelmann

    The first sweater I ever knit was when I was 10 yrs old. It was a gold, wool v-neck with bobbles! We called them popcorn stitch back then. I, too, have a soft spot for bobbles.

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