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How to Make a Crochet Bobble Stitch (bo)

Lately, I have been LOVING the crochet bobble stitch. I have been adding it to so many recent crochet projects–crochet granny squares, crochet blankets, pot holders, etc, etc, etc.


The crochet bobble is a fun and easy stitch that crocheters at any level can make. It uses a variation of the double crochet (dc) stitch, so if you understand double crochet stitch fundamentals, creating the bobble stitch will be a breeze!


I made the tutorial for this bobble stitch in three different ways, a written tutorial, a photo tutorial, and a video tutorial. I know that everyone learns in different ways, so hopefully, no matter your learning style, one of the below tutorials will get you cranking out bobble stitches in no time!



In this post, you will find written instructions for the crochet bobble stitch (bo), a step-by-step photo tutorial, and a video tutorial.


Learning how to crochet the bobble stitch is a fun and easy way to add texture to any crochet project. The bobble stitch is a beginner/intermediate stitch that is super easy to create and begin adding to any future crochet project.



What is a Bobble Crochet Stitch?


The bobble stitch is an easy crochet stitch to learn. It is comprised of a double crochet cluster stitch plus a single crochet to form the 'bobble' portion. The bobble crochet stitch creates a bobble, or bubble look when finished and adds a whole lot of texture! Some crocheters even refer to this stitch as a bubble stitch,


Other popular names for this stitch include double crochet bobble (dcbo) stitch, double crochet five-together (dc5tog) stitch, or a double crochet cluster (dcCL) stitch.



What To Know Before You Start a Bobble Stitch


In crochet patterns, it is common to see the crochet bobble stitch abbreviated as (BO) or (bo).


Crochet bobble stitches are written in patterns in many different ways, but they all use the double crochet (dc) stitch as the foundation of the stitch.


Bobbles are formed in crochet by looping yarn over the hook to create a puffed-up group of double crochet (dc) stitches.




Stitches Used in the Crochet Bobble Stitch


Double Crochet (dc) Stitch: Here is a double crochet stitch tutorial.


Double Crochet (dc) Stitch Written Instructions:

  1. Yarn over (YO), and insert the hook into the specified stitch (st).

  2. YO and pull up a loop (you should have 3 loops on your hook).

  3. YO again and pull through 2 loops on your hook (you should have 2 loops left on your hook).

  4. YO and pull through the last 2 remaining loops on your hook.

Done! That's how you work a double crochet (dc) stitch.


Single Crochet (sc) Stitch: Here is a single crochet stitch tutorial.


Single Crochet (sc) Stitch Written Instructions:

  1. Insert the hook into the specified stitch (st).

  2. YO and pull up a loop.

  3. YO and pull through all loops on your hook.

Done! That's it!



The single crochet stitch is used to close off each crochet bobble stitch. Without the single crochet (sc) stitch between each bobble, your bobble stitches would look clustered and wouldn't look the way you want.


You will need to single crochet before and after each bobble (bo) stitch to make it look cleaner.


Before we begin, let's go over a few stitch abbreviations. These are abbreviations for crocheting in U.S. terms.


Abbreviations

  • slst - slip stitch

  • ch(s) - chain(s)

  • dc - double crochet

  • sk - skip

  • st(s) - stitch(es)

  • yo - yarn over



How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch


Materials Needed:

  • Any weight yarn will work with this stitch. In this tutorial I am using a Medium weight yarn (Size 4, worsted weight yarn)

  • A crochet hook that corresponds to the yarn you selected

  • Scissors


Written Instructions for the Crochet Bobble Stitch

When crocheting the bobble stitch in a row, your foundation chain will need to be any odd number plus 1 chain (the turning chain).


The row will be formed beginning with a single crochet (sc) stitch in the 2nd chain from the hook. Following the sc, you will repeat *bo, sc* across.


To form the bobble stitch:

  • YO and insert the hook into the next st and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook

  • YO and insert the hook into the same st and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook

  • YO and insert the hook into the same st and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook

  • YO and insert the hook into the same st and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook

  • YO and pull through all loops on the hook, tighten down

That's it! Just don't forget the single crochet (sc) stitch before and after each crochet bobble stitch.


Once you get to the end of your crochet bobble stitch row, you will end on a single crochet stitch. Chain 1 and for the next row you will work 1 single crochet stitch into the last single crochet stitch from the previous round and repeat *bo, sc* across again.


Continue below for a photo and video tutorial.



Photo Tutorial for the Crochet Bobble Stitch


Step 1: YO and insert the hook into the next st and pull up a loop. YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook



Step 2: Repeat Step 1 three more times (four times total). You should have 5 loops on your hook.


Step 2: YO and pull through all loops on the hook, tighten down.



Finish with a single crochet stitch in the next stitch.


Continue below for a video tutorial.



Video Tutorial for the Crochet Bobble Stitch


Here is a link for an easy-to-follow video pin on Pinterest.



If you have any issues with this tutorial or have any questions, drop a comment below 🙂


Happy Crocheting!

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