Friday, February 8, 2013

The Nearsighted Owl's Bobble Blanket

Rachele's amazing Bobble Blanket - image from The Nearsighted Owl

Recently my cousin and I began a crochet-along (CAL) using The Nearsighted Owl's pattern for her Bobble Blanket. As we began we ran into some sticky spots where we weren't sure what to do next. Rachele, of The Nearsighted Owl, is very sweet to say that she is not a pattern writer. I think she did a great job!

Because her way of seeing things through her pattern did not always make sense to us, I re-worked the pattern so that it would make sense to me. There are two different ways to make her blanket.

One is to have all the rows line up with each other like this:


The other is to have all the rows alternate with each other like this:


Depending on the look you desire for your blanket you will have to do a few different things to get the look you want. So, first choose the look for you then follow the appropriate pattern below. I give full credit to Rachele at The Nearsighted Owl for all of this work. She was the inspiration in the first place! 

Bobble Stitch Pattern #1 (one row on top of another): 
Worsted weight yarn and size I crochet hook

Chain 187 (or any odd number depending on desired width)

Row 1: Single crochet in each chain across. Chain 1. Turn.  (This will create a sturdy foundation for the blanket.)

Row 2: In the second single crochet from the hook, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from ** all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.

On Row 3: when single crocheting across,
 use these loops on the backside.

Row 3: Single crochet in all loops all the way across. Fasten off. Leave a 6 inch tail to weave in later.
Using a new color, slip knot onto the hook and put the hook in the last loop of row 2 and pull through. Chain 1. Turn. 

Row 3 - Finished
Row 4:  In the second single crochet from the hook, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from ** all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.

Row 5: Single crochet in all loops all the way across. Fasten off. Leave a 6 inch tail to weave in later.

Using a new color, slip knot onto the hook and put the hook in the last loop of row 4 and pull through. Chain 1. Turn.

Row 6:  In the second single crochet from the hook, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from ** all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 through 6 until your blanket is big enough! 

End Row 2.

Final row: Single crochet in each single crochet across. Fasten off.

Weave in all your ends.

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Bobble Stitch Pattern #2 (alternating rows): 
Worsted weight yarn and size I hook

With beginning color, chain 187 (or any odd number depending on desired width)

Row 1: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, single crochet in each chain across. Chain 1. Turn.  (This will create a sturdy foundation for the blanket)

Row 2: In 1st single crochet, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from ** all the way across. Chain 1. Turn.

Change colors here, if desired. Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later.

On Row 3: when single crocheting across,
 use these loops on the backside.

Row 3: (With new color) **Single crochet in 1st single crochet, single crochet in top of the next dc5tog; repeat from ** across to last single crochet, 2 single crochets in last single crochet. Chain 1, turn.

Row 3: Finished
Row 4:  In 1st single crochet, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from **  to last single crochet, single crochet in last single crochet. Chain 1. Turn.

Row 4: Two single crochets
Change colors here, if desired. Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later.

Row 5: (With new color) **Single crochet in 1st 2 single crochets, single crochet in top of the next dc5tog, repeat from ** across. Chain 1, turn. 

Row 6:  In 2nd single crochet, **dc5tog (double crochet 5 together - bobble stitch), single crochet in next single crochet; repeat from ** across. Chain 1. Turn.

Change colors here, if desired. Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail to weave in later.

Repeat rows 3 through 6 until your blanket is big enough! End Row 3.

Final row: Single crochet in each single crochet across. Fasten off. 

Weave in all your ends.

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I have to tell you that this blanket takes a LOOOOONG time, a TON of yarn, and creates tired hands! It is also a rather stiff fabric when completed, not really my idea of a snuggly blanket. 

Stiff stuff, this!
My cousin is using hers for her baby boy to lay on. The nubby texture will make for a great tactile experience for him. 

Oooooo, nubby...
I have decided to create a different blanket with this stitch. I want to use one row of bobble then fill in the next row with large granny squares, then another row of bobble. It's still an abstract thought, but I'd like to try it. I like my blankets a little more flexible.

The bobble stitch is one of my favorites, but I find it's limited in the snuggly department.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the pics and detailed instructions! I am waaay behind but am hoping to carve out some time this weekend to crochet!

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  2. Steph,

    Your awesome!

    Love you MUCHO!
    CC

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  3. Thanks so much!
    I'm just starting row 7 and my blanket is still curling pretty significantly. I'm hoping that it will stop eventually, what do you think? Did yours do this?

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    1. Yep, it did and still does. I am hoping that the sheer weight of the finished product will keep it flat. Maybe adding edging would help? Like a few rows of single crochet, then cluster stitches? That's far in the future though... =)

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  4. Thank you so much for rewriting the pattern, now I'm in the right way.
    I started the bobble in a different way previously and it made a mess yours is so much clearer thank you

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  5. I'm a little confused on how big this blanket is...the width at 187 chains is extremely wide.

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  6. Well, Heather I wouldn't say it's extremely wide, but it does end up looking the width of a typical baby's blanket. Say close to a twin bed's width? Or wide enough to cover your legs plus 3-4 inches on each side?

    I will tell you...when you're crocheting those bobble stitches over those 187 chains, it feels like 187 million!!

    Good luck if you take the challenge!
    ~ S

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  7. OMG thank you so much for simplifying this!!!
    I saw her blog and really wanted to make a throw rug with this chart but I don't speak crochet
    your the best please do some other paterns with visuals its the only way my brain learns
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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    1. You are so welcome, Anonymous! I'm glad this will help you so much! I do have another pattern called Mansi, a plucked flower. Here's the link - http://aisforamigurumi.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-plucked-flower-for-valentines-day.html. I created the blog post with a tutorial just like this one. Maybe it'll be just right...

      I wish you luck on your throw rug. The bobble stitch is super cute, but it will take you a while to accomplish. You have been fairly warned! =)

      ~ S

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  8. Hey! I came across Rachele's bobble blacket post thru Pinterest and thru her post I found you! I loved the look of the blanket on Pinterest but have never crochet'd before! Thank you so much for this detailed instruction on how to make it! I hope that I can make this blanket even though I'm a total newbie!

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  9. I went with a thicker needle and several bulky/super bulky yarns in vintage greens and blues, Although, I didn't realize how much yarn i was going to use! I bought several of each color and I am already out! Hopefullly I can match my dye lot! Thanks for the pattern!

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  10. I made a baby blanket using the bobble stitch but I used a row of double crochet between the bobble row and also about 5 double crochets between each bobble(used 6 double crochets for the actuall bobble instead of ). It really spaced out the bobbles (giving it almost almost a raised polka dot look).

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