Tutorial: knitting bobbles
The first in this mini-series of textured stitches is the bobble. Bobbles are a classic means to create a very defined texture in knitting. They are typically found in patterns that are already textured on their own like cables, ribbing or twisted stitches. Spread on stockinette the bobble makes a popcorn kind of appearance.
There are several ways to make a bobble. Size can be altered through the amount of stitches you use and how many rows you knit the bobble. The standard bobble in the tutorial here uses 5 stitches and 1 row.
Here is how you do a standard bobble over 5 stitches:
1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in on the knitting needle.
2. Yarn over.
3. Work 1 knit stitch, 1 yarn over and 1 knit stitch through the same stitch as previously used. Let the stitch slip off the left needle.
4. Turn your knitting. Slip the first stitch. Knit 4 stitches loosely.
5. Turn your knitting. Slip the first stitch. Knit 4 stitches together. Pull the slipped stitch over the knitted stitches.
Here is another way to decrease the bobble to one stitch again. Work the bobble from step 1 to 4, then work the decreasing like shown below.
5. Slip 4 stitches.
6. Knit the 5th stitch.
7. Pull the 4 slipped stitches over the knitted stitch.
Here is a comparison between the 2 ways of decreasing the bobbles and a 3-stitch-bobble. The upper row is a 5-stitc- bobble with the 4 slipped stitches over one knitted decrease, the middle row is a 3-stitch-bobble, the last row is a 5-stitch-bobble with one slipped stitch over a knit-4-together stitch. The upper row is a bit sturdier than the last row of bobbles, but in some patterns the more teardrop shape of the last row bobbles can be a better fit.
Here are the links to the tutorials in this series