How to Crochet Bobble Stitch In Just 9 Steps

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Want to bring soft, squishy bobbles in crochet work? Learn how to crochet bobble stitch in this step-by-step tutorial and guide for various aspects of this technique. i.e. abbreviation, symbol, stitch multiple and much more. You will also find the helpful pictures. So, let’s get started!

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Details About the Bobble stitch


BO and bob are most common short names for the bobble stitch. A more meaningful name is Dc5tog that stand for “double crochet five stitches together”. Smaller bobbles can use less double crochet and abbreviated as dc3tog, dc4tog, etc.

Row Multiple

It’s common to alternate rows of bobbles with rows of simpler stitches like single crochet or double crochet to allow the bobbles for clean finish. Therefore, it has 2-row repeat pattern.

Stitch Multiple

You can crochet a bobble over any number of stitches, but most patterns alternate the bobble with a smaller stitch, like a single crochet in the next stitch. So, it has a 2-stitch repeat pattern (multiple of 2 foundation chains).


Bobble stitch is represented by a cluster of double crochet stitches.

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Yarn need

Bobble stitch is really a yarn eater. So, have alot in your stash before practicing. You will also need much time.

Side Difference

The bobble pattern for the bobble stitch always appear in back side of side you are working.

How to Crochet bobble stitch?

Check out the below pictorial guide or learn from the step-by-step instructions on how to crochet bobble stitch. This is a guide for the 5-dc bobble stitch:

Skill Level: Beginner

  • Have some foundational stitches before you start a bobble stitch.
  • Yarn over, insert the crochet hook into the stitch where you want your bobble (as indicated by the pattern).
  • Yarn over again and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook only. (2 loops on hook).
  • Yarn over, insert the hook into the same stitch. YO, pull up loop, YO pull through the first two loops.
  • Repeat steps untill you have six loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over last time and draw through all six loops on your hook.

How to Pop the Bobble Out?

Make a shorter stitch, like a single crochet (sc), in the next stitch to secure the bobble stitch and cause it to puff out on the other side of your work. Be sure to keep this stitch close to your bobble stitch to keep the bobble popping! Each time you crochet the bobble technique, this shorter stitch is necessary.

Wrong Side

In each side, you will complete the whole row with stitches like single crochet, half-double crochet or double crochet as suggested by the pattern.

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