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Jan 4, 2015

Best Tutorial: How to Crochet Bobbles in a Knitting Project

There was this one time I knitted a sweater. It was the first big project I made with cables. I made it in fuchsia yarn. I loved it. Except for one detail that made me want to poke the knitting needles right into my own eyes and straight through the back of my own head just to feel a different kind of pain than the pain of knitting bobbles.
Knitted bobbles are the biggest pain in the arse I’ve ever experienced in any craft. They’re time-consuming and awkward, and the thing is this:
Dude, you can crochet bobbles without pain. They’re simple. Simple and quick.
So I vowed to never knit another bobble but what I really did was avoid knitting projects that required bobbles. Dumb.
Until now. Right now I’m knitting a sweater for my niece-to-be. It’s an adorable A-line cabled cardigan, with bobbles. And I’m crocheting the bobbles. And I believe with the entirety of my being that you, too, should never again knit a bobble.

Here’s how to crochet bobbles in a knitting project:

(Note: There are a few types of bobbly things in crochet. What I’m showing you here, specifically, is how to use a crocheted popcorn in a knitting project. Popcorns stick out quite nicely, resulting in great bobble definition.)
Step 1: Knit to the stitch you’re supposed to make a bobble in (the first stitch on the lefthand needle):
Step 2: Slip that stitch purlwise onto a crochet hook that’s slightly smaller than the needles you’re using.
Step 3: Chain 2.

Yes, you make the two chains using the knitted stitch as a base. Here’s what it looks like after you make the chains:

Step 4: Make 4 double crochets into the knit stitch. (I prefer to make them into the stitch below the knitted base stitch I slipped onto the crochet hook in Step 2. Just think it looks better.) (Depending on the weight of yarn you’re using and on your personal preference, make more or fewer double crochets here, for a more or less prominent bobble.)

Step 5: This is the popcorn part – slip the hook out of its loop, tugging it a little loose so it won’t start to unravel (as you can see below, I just hold the loop in my fingers), and insert the hook into the top two loops of the first double crochet stitch you made. (Yes, ignore the chains from Step 3.)

Step 6: Slip the loop back onto the hook and draw it through the double crochet stitch. (Correction: The photo below shows yarning over, then pulling the yarn through the loop and the stitch. This is wrong! My apologies. Don’t yarn over; just pull the stitch loop through the double crochet, then make 1 chain to finish the popcorn.)

Step 7: Slip the loop from the crochet hook onto the righthand knitting needle.

Step 8: Continue knitting according to your pattern. When you knit the next stitch, keep the bobble in front of the work so you can snug up your stitches and pop that bobble right out like the light, fluffy, mildly buttered and salted wonder that it is.
Posted by kpwerker on

Nov 24, 2013

How to make pocket purse pattern tutorial

This is fantastic! I am going to sew one. I love making pocket books, but over the years I have forgotten how to put in a zipper so avoid patterns with them at all costs. See these precious bags, you make me want to try to do it again. This are adorable and just the perfect size. 

How to make pocket purse pattern tutorial

Useful Purse-Making Tools & Materials

There are many fabrics out there which can make for a confusing choice, I would definitely recommend cotton or linen first. Nothing too thin or flimsy, unless you are doing to add interfacing to stiffen it, or batting to bulk it up. Quilt weight cotton is most common. Home decor and upholstery fabrics are often used too as they're quite sturdy and durable. Other fabrics you can use are leather (or faux leather), vinyl, canvas, silk, wool, calico or denim. Purses are hardly ever made with stretch fabric so don't make life difficult for yourself by choosing a stretchy material! - For linings, a thinner material than the outside is used and it is often smooth and slippery such as polyester or nylon. Cotton is also a popular choice, especially if you want the lining to be patterned. Fabrics made specifically for lining will be labelled as such, and if it's polyester then try and go for an anti-static option. - There are various fastenings and closures you can use for purses, with the most common being zippers, button flaps, velcro and magnetic snaps.

How to Sew a Zipper Pocket Purse

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How to Sew a Zipper Pocket Purse