Welcome to week 2 of The 50 Stitches crochet along. This week we’re making the bobble stitch. I’ve chosen to do this as a colour work square to really show off those bobbles in all their glory.
The bobble stitch is a great stitch to use to add designs to your work, and is commonly used to add writing or an image onto the piece by laying out the bobbles in a carefully arranged pattern.
You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry
single crochet (sc) = double crochet
double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square.
Start with a foundation chain of 31.
Row 1. Single crochet in the 3rd chain from your hook (the turning chain counts as your first sc). Sc in each stitch across – 30 stitches
Row 2. Chain 1 and make a double crochet alternate turning chain. Double crochet in the next 2 stitches, join your 2nd colour in the last 2 loops of the last stitch.
Make your first bobble in the next stitch. Remember to always carry the colour you’re not using at the front of your work so it won’t be seen in the finished square. You need to keep the carried yarn taught.
The bobble is made by dc5tog (double crochet 5 together) to see how to do this To do this start making a double crochet, but leave the last 2 loops on your hook. Then in the same stitch start another dc, but leave 3 loops on your hook. Carry on doing this until you have 5 half completed double crochet and 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops then rejoin your first colour and chain 1. then rejoin your first colour and chain 1.
*Double crochet in the next 5 stitches. Bobble* continue this pattern until you have 5 bobbles. Finish the row with 2 dc. You can cut off the colour you’re using for your bobbles. You will have 5 bobbles and 25 double crochet in the row
Row 3. Chain 1 and make an alternate single crochet turning chain, and single crochet across the entire row, taking care not to make a stitch in the chain before the bobble where you changed colour.
In this row we’re going to offset our bobbles
Row 4. Chain 1 and make an alternate double crochet turning chain, then dc in the next 5 stitches. Bobble. *5dc, bobble* continue this pattern across until you have 4 bobbles in total and finish the row with a dc in the last 5 sc. You will have 4 bobbles and 26 double crochet in the row.
Row 5. Alternate sc turning chain, single crochet across the row
Repeat rows 2-5 until you have 19 rows in total. You should finish with a row of single crochet.
Single crochet in each stitch across the top and bottom, adding an extra stitch for each corner.
Down the sides make a sc in the side of each sc, and 2 sc in the side of each dc – except in row 1 and row 19. In the side of the single crochet in these rows make 2 sc. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)
I recommend blocking your square now.
You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here
If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.