Learning how to crochet the bobble stitch is easy, and this stitch is also a fun way to add texture and dimension to any crochet project.
Once you learn how to make the bobble stitch (bo) stitch, you will be able to crochet any type of bobble stitch pattern you’d like for projects like blankets, pillows and more!
What is a Bobble Crochet Stitch?
The bobble stitch is an easy crochet stitch. It consists of a group or cluster of stitches which create a bobble like look when finished, plus amazing texture! I like to call it the bubble stitch because of how it pops out from projects.
Occasionally, you will see a bobble in crochet referred to as a double crochet bobble, double crochet five together (DC5TOG) or dc 5 cluster stitches.
A few of my favorite bobble stitch crochet patterns are:
You may also see a bobble stitch use half double crochets or even single crochets instead of the traditional double crochet.
What To Know Before You Start a Bobble Stitch
In crochet patterns, it is common to see the bobble stitch abbreviated as (BO) or (bo).
Bobble stitches are written in various ways, but they all use the double crochet stitch or dc abbreviated!
Bobbles are worked by looping yarn over the hook to create a puffed group of double crochets. Learn more about dc stitches below!
Stitches used in a Bobble Stitch
Double Crochet (dc): (dc Tutorial)
- Wrap the yarn over (YO) the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
- YO the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
- YO the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
- YO the hook, draw it through the final 2 remaining loops.
Occasionally, patterns will use three, four, or even six double crochet stitches to make a bobble. You may also see a bobble worked with a half double crochet from time to time.
No matter what amount the pattern calls for, the basic principle is the same when working a bobble in crochet.
My Tip About Crochet Bobbles
I like to space out bobbles in patterns because if you crochet one after the other it can be a bit clustered. I do this by using a single crochet stitch.
You will need to single crochet before and after each bobble (BO) to make it look cleaner. Learn more about single crochet stitches above in the stitch tutorial link.
Let’s Get Started
Below, you will learn how to make the bobble stitch. You can also follow along with our bo stitch video tutorial too for some extra help.
Use the bo stitch tutorial below, or watch our bobble stitch video tutorial on YouTube to start crocheting the bobble stitch today!
How to Crochet the Bobble Stitch
Skill Level: Easy
- Any weight or type of yarn will work. I am using a four weight yarn (I used my favorite yarn, Vanna’s Choice, for this example)
- A crochet hook that corresponds to the yarn used. (J-10 6 mm was used for this example)
- Yo = yarn over
- st (s) = stitch (es)
- sc = single crochet
- This tutorial is written in standard US terms
Bobble Stitch Main Pattern
- Yo insert hook into the designated st in row and pick up a loop. Yo draw yarn through 2 loops (3 loops)
- Yo insert the hook into same st, yo draw through 2 loops (4 loops)
- Yo insert the hook into same st, yo draw through 2 loops (5 loops)
- Yo insert the hook into same st, yo draw through 2 loops (6 loops)
- Yo, draw yarn through all 6 loops on hook, tighten down
- One (BO) bobble stitch is now complete!
Bobble Stitch Row Pattern
- First, to complete a bobble row, you will crochet a single crochet stitch, in the next stitch crochet a bobble stitch followed by a single crochet for the remainder of the row.
- Next chain 1 and the next row is a row of sc sts completely.
- Repeat the steps above of the previous rows to complete bobble rows!
- Tip: Follow along with the BO stitch tutorial below for extra help.
Bobble Stitch Video Tutorial
Free Crochet Patterns using the Bobble Stitch
Each crochet project and pattern below features the bobble stitch. These type of projects varies from bobble pillows to crochet projects like blankets!
- Clara Crochet Blanket: The Clara blanket uses the bobble stitch sporadically to create a uniquely textured afghan.
- Bobble Stitch Pillow: Crochet this modern crochet pillow that uses the bobble in a unique triangle pattern.
- Bobble Scarf: This design uses the bobble stitch to create a wave like design with self striping yarn.
- Blooming Flower: The blooming flower makes a great accent piece for a hat or blanket. It features a bobble stitch as the center point.
- Bobble Baby Blanket (+ 7 Bonus Sizes): This easy to crochet bobble stitch baby blanket is a free pattern available to make in 4 baby blanket sizes as well as throw, twin, full/queen + king blanket sizes too!