July 8, 2011

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino, 100% Worsted Weight Merino Wool, in Plum Heather

Needles: 4.5 mm / 7 US

Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch

Stitch Pattern: Blackberry Bobble Pattern

Source: BW1, p. 145.

Comments: There are many ways to make bobbles, most of which involve making 3 or more stitches out of one stitch, turning the work and knitting or purling across the work on or more times, and then passing one of those new stitches over the next until you're back to only on stitch.  This one is pretty typical also - make 5 stitches out of one ([k,yo, k, yo, k] into the one stitch), purl across, knit back, and then pass all the stitches over the last one, one stitch at a time.  Yet for some reason, these bobbles don't work so well.  I think they're sloppy-looking, a little too flat, and not bobbly enough... maybe its because of the yarn overs?  I've done other bobbles that have you knit and purl into the stitch to make the increases (its like doing a kfb, but you do several of them into one stitch), and somehow that looks better... maybe I will have to take on 'find the perfect bobble'  swatch project or something! :)  (I'll have to remember to do it in a lighter-coloured yarn - this purple stuff doesn't photograph very well!)

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