Bobbles are a way to add three-dimensional textures to your knitting projects. They are very popular in sweaters from the Middle East, but can also be a common texture in your average sweater.
A bobble is basically a collection of stitches, one stitch on top of the other. There are three ways to make bobbles during your knitting, just follow these patterns:
Knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1 in the same stitch.
Or you can knit in the front, back, front, back, front of the same stitch.
Lastly, you can knit, purl, knit, purl, knit in the same stitch.
Any of those three methods will churn out a high quality bobble.
To start forming a bobble, begin knitting to the area where you want it to appear. Now follow one of the three previous mentioned stitching patterns until you can begin seeing the outline.
Turn your work over as if you were to reach the end of a row and purl your way back across the outline with which you are working. Turn the work over again and decrease your outline stitches to one. An easy way to accomplish this is to work on knitting two stitches together at the same time, then the next two, then the last stitch. This is all assuming you are working with a bobble made up of five stitches. With bobbles made up of more than five stitches, just follow the same pattern of knitting two at a time.
Once you have the bobble outlined and worked into your knitting piece, continue with the row like you would in a piece without a bobble. The second time you pass a row continue with the patterns listed above.
Sometimes when you are stitching a bobble a hole will begin to form, but don't worry - there is an easy way to fix this! If you purl the stitches on the ends of the bobble a little more tightly on your next row the hole will come to a close.
As long as you have a basic knowledge of knitting patterns you should have no trouble creating the bobble design in your pieces. Just follow these instructions and always remember that practice makes perfect.