The knitting world has a bit of a love/hate relationship with bobbles. Frequently knitters will fall into one camp or the other! For me personally, I like bobbles when they’re used in the right context. The bobbles used on Louisa Harding’s Tuckle from Cosy Knits are pretty much perfect; small and tidy, they create a beautiful textured feature around the yoke of the sweater.
This sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up, the body uses knit/purl combinations to create subtle textured chevrons. Then when you get to the yoke you join the sleeves and body in the round and work chevrons again followed by the circle of bobble hearts.
MB (Make Bobble) or Nupp
The bobbles used on the yoke of this sweater are very small and are sometimes called nupps instead.
I want to show you how to create these little bobbles, I’d suggest practicing them a little before you get to the yoke. That way they’ll just fly off your needles!
Bobbles can be used as decorative texture stitches within your knitting. They are frequently used in cable knitting to create focal points for the cables. To create these small bobbles you work 4 stitches from one stitch by knitting into the front, back, front and back of the same stitch. Then you lift the first 3 stitches over the last one to quickly decrease all those stitches again.
If you were working a larger bobble the starting technique is the same but instead of lifting the new stitches over immediately you will knit a few rows of just the bobble before you lift the stitches over. The more rows you knit the bigger your bobble will be.
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