In this tutorial I'll be showing you how to knit the Bobble Bind-off. It’s a really fun, stretchy edging that is worked perpendicular to your knitted fabric. I used it as the final edging to my Baymen Shawl & spread the bobbles out a bit further than they’re usually seen because I like the little something extra that they added. You can customize your edging to include as many or as few bobbles as you like by making them more or less frequently, but keep in mind that each one does take a decent chunk of yarn. (Probably more than you think.) You will not knit every stitch on every row & you don’t need to use any special short-row techniques.
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A project or swatch with stitches still live on the needles
Knitting needles appropriate for your yarn
With Right Side facing & using the knitted cast-on, Cast-On 4 stitches.
Row 1 (RS):(Knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1) into 1 stitch. Turn.
Row 2 (WS):
(Purl 1, purl 1 through the back loop, purl 1, purl 1 through the back loop, purl 1). Turn.
Knit 5, turn.
Purl 5, turn.
Row 5 (step a):
Row 5 (step b):
[pass the second st on the right-hand needle over the first st (1 st Bound-Off)] repeat 3 more times.
Row 5 (step c):
All Bobble stitches should be Bound-Off at this point & you should have 4 stitches on your border (1 stitch is on your right needle already).
Row 5 (step d):
Knit 2, knit 2 stitches together (this will be one stitch from the border & one stitch from the body of the shawl). Turn.
Slip 1, knit 3, turn.
Knit 3, knit 2 stitches together, turn.
Repeat Rows 6 & 7 five more times. (This is the garter-stitch section, adjust the rows here to increase or decrease the amount of bobbles you will have.)
Slip 1, knit 3, turn.
When you're ready to make another bobble, work your Set-up again & repeat Rows 1-18.
For the last row of stitches, follow the instructions for the Set-up & Rows 1-5 then simply bind-off all stitches left on your needles.
Check out the tutorial videos for tips on how to adjust your bobbles if they're looking a bit wonky or if it feels like they aren't quite right. If you're feeling like you want to try them on a full shawl, my Baymen Shawl is a great one to start with since the bobbles are so spread out.
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