The crochet bobble stitch is a stitch that can actually be worked in a number of different ways. What all of those methods have in common is that you work multiple stitches together into the same stitch, beginning each of them but not completing any of them until the very last step. The result is a set of stitches that are joined together at both the bottom and the top, creating a textured ball of a stitch called a “bobble”. What varies is the size of the stitch and how many stitches you work together to create the bobble. In this tutorial, you will learn how to crochet bobble worked with 5 double crochet stitches and then you’ll see how to work a variation of 3 double crochet stitches. (Examples of other variations on crochet bobbles would be 5 half double crochet stitches or 7 double crochet stitches.)

How to Crochet 5 DC Bobble Stitch

Chain an odd number of stitches.

Yarn over and insert your hook into the fourth chain from hook (which will count as your first double crochet of your first bobble). Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.

Yarn over and insert the hook into the same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.

Repeat the previous step until there are six loops on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through all of the loops on the hook.

Chain one. This helps to secure the bobble closed and also gives you a place to work into in the next row.

Single crochet in next stitch.

Proceed across the row, working one crochet bobble stitch then one single crochet stitch all the way across. End with a single crochet in the last stitch of the row.

Chain one to turn. Single crochet in the first stitch; this will be the chain one at the top of the first bobble.

Work a bobble into the next single crochet (between the bobbles in the row below).

Work across the row, putting single crochet stitches into the top of each bobble from the previous row and bobble stitches into each single crochet stitch from the previous row.

Continue across the row, ending with a single crochet stitch in the last stitch of the row.

Continue creating rows this way, with staggered bobbles made by always working the bobbles into the single crochet stitches between the bobbles of the previous row. And there you have it: the bobble stitch!

How to Crochet 3 DC Bobble Stitch

Let’s take a look at a variation to the above bobble to make sure that you have the hang of crochet bobbles.

Chain your odd number of stitches.

Yarn over and insert your hook into the fourth chain from hook (which will count as your first double crochet of your first bobble). Note: If you were working a variation using a stitch other than double crochet, you would insert the hook into the appropriate number associated with a turning chain for that stitch – the fifth chain from the hook for a treble crochet for example – and this might also alter whether your starting chain is an even or odd number.

Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.

Yarn over and insert the hook into the same stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.

Repeat the previous step until there are four loops on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through all four loops.

Chain one to close the bobble.

Single crochet in next stitch.

Repeat across row, working a bobble then a single crochet all the way across and ending with a single crochet in the final stitch of the row.

Chain one to turn. Single crochet in the next stitch, which is the top of the first bobble. Work a bobble into the next stitch, which is a single crochet between bobbles in the previous row.

Repeat the process across, ending with a single crochet in the final stitch of the row.

Continue adding rows in the same manner to get the desired length for your project.

Tip: Some people prefer beginning and ending the row with a double crochet instead of a single crochet. Doing that works exactly the same except that your turning chain is a length of 3 instead of 1 and you end with a double crochet in the last stitch of each row.

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