Crochet Bobble sweater
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Easy Bobble Stitch Crochet Pullover

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The easy bobbles stitch crochet sweater comes in 9 different sizes and can be made in 2 contrasting colors for striking beauty.

The real bobble crochet pullover is the perfect addition for spring. This sweater is a mixture of detailed lace.

A few weeks ago, the Blooming Bobbles sweater was released. I knew I want a design that would fit warm weather and had to modify the design to achieve this.

I love the beauty bobble stitch and have made sure to use my bobble stitch beautifully in designing several croche garments and accessories.

The arcade stitch sweater

Blooming bobbles sweater

Blooming bobbles market/beach bag

The blooming bobble shawl is soon to be added to this beautiful collection.

Crochet Bobble sweater
Close up photos of both back and front views of the Real bobble pullover pattern

The Real Bobble sweater is a paid pattern with detailed instructions, photos, video tutorials, and color codes for each size. Get the PDF using the photos below. I have included the details for the pattern, simply scroll down for the materials and pattern information.

Crochet pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Crochet Bobble sweater

Materials needed to make your own bobble stitch pullover

Yarn – Lion Brand Superwash Merino, DK, Lightweight, #3 (100% Superwash Merino Wool, 306 yards/280 m per 3.5 oz/100g Ball).

Click here for the yarn

Sample made using 2 colors

Mushroom (A), Tutu (B)

Estimated Yardage

900 (1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700) yards in Color A

450(500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750, 800, 850) yards in Color B

Hook and other Materials

US size G (4 mm) Crochet Hook.

Stitch Markers – 2 pcs

Gauge

17 sts over 12 rows = 4”/10 cm Square made in hdc, before blocking.

Adjust hook size if necessary, to obtain gauge.

Crochet Bobble sweater

 Difficulty Level – Intermediate

Terms – US Terminology

Stitches Abbreviations

ch(s) – Chain(s)

sl st – Slip stitch

hdc – Half Double Crochet

hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 stitches together

tr – Treble crochet

rep – Repeat

Special Stitch

Bobbles = 7trtog

Note – You can make your bobbles as 5trtog if it appears too big.

Finished Measurements

Sizes/Color – XS(S, M, L, XL, 2Xl, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Bust Measurement – 30(34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”

Sleeve Length – 12(12, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14)”

Armhole Depth – 18(18, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20)”

Top Length – 23(23, 24, 24, 25, 26, 26, 26, 26)”

Modeled garment is shown in Medium with 2” of positive ease, which gives 40” for the bust measurement.

Construction Notes

  1. This sweater is worked in 2 sections.
  2. Section 1 – Front panel, starts from the waist and is crocheted in rows upwards.
  3. Section 2 – Back panel, made from the neckline to the waist.

Adjustments/fittings

Body Length: increase or decrease the repeat rows for the body and remember to replicate this on the back panel.

Sleeve Length – For a shorter sleeve – decrease the number of rows.

How to crochet the bobble stitch

There are various ways/methods of creating the bobble stitch.

Some people prefer to make their own bobbles using the double crochet method, others use treble crochet (all using the US crochet terminology).

The upper Photo US Treble while the lower one was made using Double Crochet
  1. Determine which stitch to use, this depends on the following:

2. The pattern you want to make

The weight of yarn you intend on using – For a lighter weight yarn like fingering/Sport/Double knit yarns, you can create beautiful bobbles using treble crochets. While it is more beneficial to use double crochet when using heavier weights like Worsted/Aran/Chunky/Bulky weight yarns.

Stitch abbreviation for the Bobble Stitch = 7trtog *Yarn over hook twice, insert hook into indicated st, yarn over, draw yarn through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, (yarn over, draw yarn through another 2 loops) repeat from * 6 more times, “you should have 8 loops around your hook”, yarn over, pull through all the loops at once.

Instructions for the Bobble stitch (using treble crochet stitch)

Step 1 – *Yarn over hook twice, insert hook into indicated st

Step 2 – Yarn over, draw yarn through, yarn over, and pull through 2 loops, (yarn over, draw yarn through another 2 loops)

Crochet Bobble stitch Tutorial

Step 3 – Repeat from the beginning (*) 6 more times.

Step 4 – Now, you should have 8 loops around your hook”, yarn over, and pull through all the loops at once.

There is one important thing to bear in mind when making the bobble stitch, you should decide how you want your bobbles to “pop” This means if you want your bobbles to be obvious on the right or wrong side.

It is advisable to push the bobble to the side you want them to pop on.

You can also lock your bobbles in place using a chain.

Now, to incorporate the bobble stitch into other croche stitches, here is a swatch to help.

Chain your desired number of stitches, for this tutorial, we are going to chain 12

Row 1: Double crochet in the 3rd chain from hook, and in each ch across, turn. 10 dc

Row 2: Ch 2 (do not count as a stitch, here and throughout), dc in first 2 sts, *bobble stitch in next st, dc in next 3 sts, rep from* to end, turn

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn

Repeat Rows 2 – 3 until you have your desired measurement.

Instructions for bobble stitch (double crochet method)

Bobble Stitch = (dc5tog): *Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through  2 loops on hook, in the same sts, repeat from * 4 more times, (you should have 6 loops on your hook now), yarn over, and draw the yarn through all 6 loops on your hook. Secure with a chain 1

Step 1 – *Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch

Step 2 – Yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch

Step 3 – Yarn over, draw the yarn through  2 loops on the hook.

Step 4 – In the same sts, repeat from * 4 more times, (you should have 6 loops on your hook now)

Step 5 – Yarn over, and draw the yarn through all 6 loops on your hook. Secure with a chain 1

Other variations of the Bobble stitch include the following;

Single crochet bobble stitch

Popcorn Stitch

I hope you have perfected the art of making the bobble stitch (either Double crochet or Treble methods) and would be confident to make the beautiful bobbles in the real bobble crochet sweater? Have a look at the arcade stitch tutorial for more in-depth instructions.

Let me know your thoughts about this beautiful technique.

Love, Susanna.

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