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.
Knitting Tutorials: Decorative Stitches
Brioche Stitch creates a wonderfully lofty, widely ribbed fabric. People often find it intimidating. Perhaps due to the yarn overs or maybe because of the abbreviations used in the pattern. Below is a step-by-step explaination of this surprisingly easy stitch, along with a few helpful notes to keep in mind. (Pictured above is our Brioche Scarf)
Brioche knitting is a simple multicolor technique that creates a beautiful fabric of ridges and valleys. The color play of fair isle or intarsia without the bother of tangled balls of yarn and pesky tails. Brioche fabric is truly as lofty and luxurious as its namesake, the light and buttery brioche bun.
A Cable or Cable Stitch is a decorative technique that overlaps the fabric creating the appearance of a twisted rope or a braid. It requires a cable needle (also known as a cable stitch holder) or you can use a spare double pointed needle to serve the same purpose. To see our collection of cable needles, please click here.
Cables come in all shapes and sizes. Changing the number and orientation of the stitches, as well as the frequency in which you work a cable row all effect the look of your cable. Above is an image from the Cable Back Shell of a 22-stitch cable held to the back and repeated every 20th row. But before we get to that project, let's take a look at the fundamentals laid out below.
I made these slipper socks from a pattern in Leigh Radford's book, One Skein. True to the name, the socks only required one skein of Lorna's Shepherd Worsted Superwash Wool. (The background fabric is from Kokka's Trefle collection, the print is Lilac Ladybugs).
These socks are intended as a gift, so I felt like jazzing them up a little. Besides attaching an I-cord to the cuff, I also embellished the heels with some hearts done in Duplicate Stitch.
Duplicate Stitch, or Swiss Darning as it is sometimes called, is a really simple way to add personality to a project. The basic concept of Duplicate Stitch is in its name. You sew over your finished knitting with a contrast color, "duplicating" the original knit stitches. It's much easier than fair-isling or intarsia. And, wonderfully, Duplicate Stitch can be an after-thought, when you think you've finished something and it's just not quite enough.