How to Change Colors on Bobble Stitches

How to Change Colors on Bobble Stitches

If you want to add some whimsy to your projects, you can change yarn on the bobble stitches to give a kick of color. Whether you choose a single color or multiple, the pops of color are a sweet added touch! You can find examples of projects that I have used this technique in the Darling Dalmatian Bobble Buddy and the Georgie Blanket patterns, among others!

The Georgie Blanket can be made in the same color or with color changes on each of the bobbles. This project can be made in bulky style (size 5 or 6 yarn) or classic style (size 4 yarn), but the technique for color changes remains the same!

These are just a couple examples of projects that you can use this bobble color change technique. So, let’s move on to how it is done. Just want a quick glimpse at how to change colors? Save this reel for a brief overview. Need a longer video? See link at the bottom of the page!

Steps for Changing Colors on a Bobble Stitch:

To begin, work the specified stitches in the main color (MC). On the final stitch before the bobble, you will need to change colors to the alternate color (AC). You will make this change as you complete the final stitch, so be sure to have the AC yarn ready!

*Note: this tutorial assumes the final stitch before the bobble is a single crochet stitch. If you are working with a different stitch, you will need to adjust the instructions accordingly.*

Working the final stitch before the bobble, insert your hook into the stitch and yarn over with the MC. Draw up a loop. You will have two loops in the MC on the hook.

To finish the stitch, yarn over with the AC. Pull through BOTH loops on the hook. This will complete the stitch while also switching the working yarn from the MC to the AC. Do NOT cut the MC yarn – carry it behind the bobble. Work the bobble stitch in the AC until you have all loops on the hook. Now, yarn over with the MC and pull through all loops on the hook. This will complete the stitch while also switching the working yarn from the AC back to the MC. Cut the AC yarn if desired or carry it behind the MC stitches until the next bobble.

Now, you will be have the MC on the hook and will be able to complete the main color stitches until reaching the next bobble stitch.

Repeat these steps for each bobble within the work. To secure the bobble, you can tie the ends of the AC yarn in a tight knot behind the bobble. The backside will look quite messy! If you are working in the round, you can knot the ends and leave them inside the work, allowing them to hang freely. If you are working on a blanket with a front and back side, you will need to weave in the ends for each bobble. Tie the ends in a tight knot an then weave the ends through the bobble and stitch on either side.

If you prefer a video tutorial, you can check out this YouTube tutorial for step-by-step instructions on working this color change. A video for securing and weaving the ends will be coming soon!


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