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5 Stitch Garter Bobble

There are tons of ways to make bobbles. In general, to create a bobble you rapidly increase into a single stitch, work these stitches for two or more rows and then decrease them back to one stitch. This tutorial demonstrates how to make a 5-stitch Bobble in garter stitch.

With the right side facing you, knit into the stitch where you'd like your bobble, keeping the stitch on the left needle, yarn over and knit into the same stitch again, yarn over and knit into the stitch for a third time.

You now have 5 stitches where you initially had one.

Turn the work so the wrong side is facing you.

Knit the 5 bobble stitches.

Turn the work so the right side is facing you.

Knit the first two bobble stitches together. Place this stitch back onto the left needle.

Pass the remaining three stitches, one at a time, over the knit-together stitch and off the needle, as if to bind off.

Knit the remaining bobble stitch, returning it to the right needle.

For a project full of bobbles, check out Laura's  Bobble Sheep Pillow right HERE!
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8 Responses to 5 Stitch Garter Bobble


  1. Susan says:

    I am somewhat of a plain jane knitter. I love this pillow, but do you not recommend it for my skills?

  2. Dawn says:

    I love… this pillow! :) Again… thank you for sharing your creations! :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    This is a great pillow. Is the pattern no longer available? I couldn't seem to locate a link.

  4. Linda says:

    Hi everybody at Purl Soho!

    First of all thank you so much for all your inspirational posts about knitting!

    For this one, is it possible to do it with Cascade Magnum as well?

    Thank you very much and a belated happy new year to you!

    Linda

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Linda-

    Thank you!

    Sure, you could use Magnum but you will need to use larger needles and the finished sheep will be a bit larger. It's certainly worth doing a gauge swatch!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  6. kay says:

    hi there,
    thank you so much for the beautiful pillow pattern.
    i am trying to work on it, but i don't seem to get the bobble right.
    i don't quiet know how to continue after knitting into the first stitch and pulling the yarn over. i can't make another knit stitch since the yarn is not on the right side.
    do you have a more detailed tutorial for the bobble?
    thank you so much in advance.
    best

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Kay.
    Unfortunately this is our only tutorial on this bobble. Let's try and figure this out though…

    After you have increased on the right side and have 5 stitches, you…
    Turn the work so the wrong side is facing you. Then you…
    Knit the 5 bobble stitches. Then, once more…
    Turn the work so the right side is facing you.
    With the right side facing you…
    Knit the first two bobble stitches together. This is like any normal k2tog, but then you move that stitch back back onto the left needle. Next…

    Pass the remaining three stitches, one at a time, over the knit-together stitch and off the left needle. You do this by using the tip of your right needle to pick them up and pass them over and off, one at a time. Next…

    Knit the remaining bobble stitch. This will return it to the right needle.

    Does this help at all?!?!
    Please write me back with any questions.
    Laura

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