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How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the bobble stitch tutorial and add beautiful texture and interest to your crochet projects. Have you ever seen a crochet project with big, poofy balls of stitches and wondered what it is and how it is made? That is called the bobble stitch.  

These little balls of yarn are quite popular. They add fun, interesting texture, and modern pop to the surface of any crochet project.  

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to crochet the bobble stitch. It is a pretty simple stitch to learn, and it is a great way to add some textural interest to your projects.

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How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch Tutorial

What is the Bobble Stitch?

The bobble stitch is an easy crochet stitch to learn. Bobble crochet stitch is like popcorn stitches where you work all the stitches into the same loop and secure them at the top. Crocheting the bobble stitch involves pulling up a specified number of loops, yarning over and pulling the loop through all the loops on the hook at once. It consists of a cluster of stitches which create a round bobble like look.

What can bobble Stitches be Used For?

They are wonderful to add flair in any crochet project that you want a pop of color or texture such as crochet blankets, washcloths, hats, shawls, scarves, pillow, or crochet top.

Often, bobble stitches are used to create beautiful designs that spell out words. Add pizazz to simple projects.

Crochet Tutorial Bobble Stitch with different colors

Does a Bobble Stitch Use a Lot of Yarn?

Yes, the crochet bobble stitch is a bit of a yarn eater; however, the result for me is so worthwhile.

Bobble Stitch Pro Tips

Bobbles are worked on the wrong side of the fabric. In other words, the round puff stitch pops out on the opposite side of your work when making the bobble.

Bobble stitches are often worked in multiples of 3, 4, 5 or 6 loops. Make sure to read the pattern you are working to determine the correct number of loops to work. Often, it will depend on how puffy a stitch the pattern designer is looking to achieve. No matter what amount the pattern calls for, the basic principle is the same when working a bobble in crochet.

Counting stitches in the bobble row for correct bobble placement in a pattern. Since the stitches poke out of the crochet project, it is very easy to see when one is out of place. Therefore, I find that it is important to count the stitches and make sure that the placement is in the correct space.

Add a Pop of Color with crochet bobbles in a blanket

How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch tutorial

Today, I will be showing you how to work the bobble stitch using double crochet stitches. However, you may also see a bobble stitch use half double crochets or even single crochets instead of the traditional double crochet.

Often, in crochet patterns, you will see the stitch abbreviated as BO = Bobble Stitch.

Since I am showing you how to work the double crochet bobble stitch, lets start out with a reminder of how to work the double crochet stitch.

If you are new to crochet and unsure of how to work a double crochet stitch. Here is a quick tutorial. Yarn over, insert the hook through both loops and pull up a loop. Next, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Lastly, yarn over again and pull through the last two loops on the hook.

Note, the double crochet bobble stitch can be worked in a row of double crochet, half double crochet, or even single crochet stitches. However, I have used the double crochet bobble stitch in a row of single crochet stitches. This makes it stick out nicely.


Crochet Stitch Tutorial - Texture

Bobble Stitch Directions

Material and Supplies

  • Any type and weight of yarn
  • Crochet Hook appropriate to the yarn weight
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

This one is for a bobble of 6.

Yarn over, insert hook and pull up a loop. Next, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. [Yarn over and insert the hook into the same space and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook]. Repeat between [ ] four more times for a total of 6. Complete the bobble stitch by yarning over and pulling through all seven loops on the hook.

Use this very fun element to add a lot of texture to your crochet projects. In this crochet tutorial, learn where the stitches are, how to count the stitches, and where to put the crochet stitches of the next row after the bobble stitch row.

Instructional Videos

Right hand bobble stitch tutorial

Left hand bobble stitch tutorial

Change Color Crocheting the Bobble Stitch

Learn how to change color when crocheting the crochet bobble stitch. Adding a new color when working this stitch can add even more visual appeal. In this crochet video tutorial link, I am changing color every other bobble stitch.  

Right hand change color for bobble stitch tutorial:  

Left hand change color for bobble stitch tutorial:

Free Crochet Pattern using the Bobble Stitch

Each crochet project and pattern below feature the bobble stitch.

Bobble Blanket Decked in Blue

Festive Light Crochet Blanket

Chunky Crochet Velvet Bobble Blanket

Dancing Baubles Rectangular Shawl Poncho

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