If you spend any amount of time searching crochet inspiration on Pinterest than you have surely seen the bobble stitch. This particular stitch has become very popular over the last year because of its simple pattern repeat and the luscious texture it creates. There is little memorization and counting involved so this stitch is perfect for mindless crochet binges and has been the stitch of choice for many afghans.
The bobble stitch, as I mentioned before, is made up of a simple repeat consisting of only two rows. Because of this, it is ideal for crocheters of all levels. You will use the familiar single crochet stitch and perhaps the new-to-you five double crochet cluster.
It is the perfect stitch when you need to add a lot of texture to your project. The bobble stitch is often used for
- Rug/Bath mat
- Mug Rug
- Pot Holder/Hot Pad
- Afghans/Baby Blankets
- “Tummy Time” Blanket
For the video demonstration, I will be using Red Heart With Love and a 6.5 mm crochet hook. The bobble stitch is pretty versatile so you can use any size yarn and hook that you have available to you.
Bobble Stitch Video Tutorial
This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
The bobble stitch is worked using an odd multiple of chains. Crochet your foundation chain the size you need it, making sure you end on an odd number and add one more chain.
- Ch – Chain
- 5 Dc Cl – 5 Double Crochet Cluster * (Bobble Stitch)
- Sc – Single Crochet
*To make a 5DcCl – YO, Insert hook into the designated stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 (2 loops on hook). YO, Insert hook into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 (3 loops on hook). YO, Insert hook into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 (4 loops on hook). YO, Insert hook into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 (5 loops on hook). YO, Insert hook into the same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 (6 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.
Row 1 (Foundation Row): Chain an odd number to the desired length and add one chain. Sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as one stitch of your first 5 Dc Cl), finish the first 5 Dc Cl in the first stitch. *Sc in the next stitch. Make a 5 Dc Cl in the next stitch. Repeat from * until you have reached the end of the row. You should end with a bobble stitch.
Row 3: Ch 1 and Sc in every stitch.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your project has reached the desired length. When you are ready to bind off, you will want to end on an even numbered row, or a bobble stitch row.