Stockinette Bobbles

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Stockinette Bobbles - Stitch Sample
Image: Stockinette Bobbles - Frontal View

Stockinette Bobbles - Stitch Sample
Image: Stockinette Bobbles - Side View

These cute stockinette bobbles are easy to make and can be used as a standalone stitch or as decorative elements in any knitting project.

Note: There are different techniques for making bobbles. All of them begin with making an odd number of stitches into one and the same stitch. Then, in the more traditional technique, you need to turn the work, work the new stitches, turn the work again and decrease the stitches back to one. In the technique shown here, there is no turning of the work for the specific purpose of finishing the bobbles.

Difficulty level: Medium

Instructions

You need a stitch number multiple of 4 + 5 + 2 edge stitches. Repeat the pattern between the arrows as many times as you like.

Work the right side rows (1, 3, etc.) from right to left, as shown in the chart. Work all stitches on the wrong side as they appear.

Stockinette Bobbles - Knitting Chart

Symbol Key

- edge stitch

- purl 1

- knit 1

- make 5 stitches: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 in the same stitch

- knit 5 together

- empty placeholder for chart clarity only

Traditional Instructions

Row 1: edge st, p1, * m5 (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 in the same st), p3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, m5, p3, edge st
Row 2: edge st, k3, p5, * k3, p5; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k1, edge st
Row 3: edge st, p1, * k5tog, p3; repeat from * to last 9 sts, k5tog, p3, edge st
Row 4: edge st, knit across to last st, edge st
Row 5: edge st, * p3, m5; repeat from * to last 6 sts, p3, m5, p1, edge st
Row 6: edge st, k1, p5, k3, * p5, k3; repeat from * to last st, edge st
Row 7: edge st, * p3, k5tog; repeat from * to last 10 st, p3, k5tog, k1, edge st
Row 8: edge st, knit across to last st, edge st

Repeat rows 1 through 8.