For a delicate look with a punch of whimsy, the Floating Bobbles crochet stitch tutorial is just the thing. Scroll down for ideas on how to use this lace and bobbles crochet pattern, along with the step-by-step stitch tutorial.
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What to make with the Floating Bobbles Crochet Stitch
The simple lattice of chains is grounded with nice round bobbles, creating a fun combination of lace and texture. This stitch would be beautiful worked into a shawl, or along the edge of a garment.
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Before You Start
- 5.5 mm / US I– 9 hook.
- Worsted weight yarn. I used WeCrochet Swish, it has an amazing stitch definition which really helps when learning new stitches.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.
The pattern needs a multiple of 2 + 1 number of stitches; your starting chain will be a multiple of 2 + 2 for an extra turning chain.
The gauge for this pattern is 16 st by 8 rows in stitch pattern for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about crochet gauge.
This pattern uses US notations.
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- yo = yarn over
- skip = miss
- sl st = slip stitch
- Bobble stitch (7 dc cluster) = [yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a loop. Yo, pull through two loops] 7 times in the same space, yo and pull through all 8 loops.
Work instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row between < >.
The turning ch 1, ch 2, ch 3 don’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.
Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space.
The pattern is written in crochet shorthand. For example:
- “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
- “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
- and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.
All pictures for this lace and bobbles crochet pattern show left-handed crochet. All stitches are symmetrical and can be worked by both right- and left-handed crocheters.
The Floating Bobbles Crochet Stitch Tutorial
With your 5.5mm / US I- 9 hook ch 26,
Note: To have a nice symmetry and keep the simple grid lattice, turning chain counts as a stitch for the floating bobble stitch.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 5, bobble in the third ch from hook, skip 2, dc, [ch 3, bobble in third ch from hook, skip 2, dc] across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 4, [skip bobble, ch 2, dc in next dc], skip 2, dc in the 2nd ch below.
Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you reach 14.5 cm / 5.5”.
Last Row: Ch 1, [sc 2 in the ch-2 space, sc in the dc] until last ch space, sc 2 in ch space, sc in 2nd ch from row below, turn.
When you’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your lace and bobbles crochet stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.