bobble stitch crochet scarf

bobble stitch crochet scarfBack in the days when I lived alone with only cats to keep me company, I used to knit. A LOT.  I made sweaters and dresses and hats and scarves and mittens. I made gifts for friends, and baby blankets and stuffed animals. These days I live with a man, a child, a dog, and 2 guinea pigs. So now, I mostly just make scarves.  This scarf is crochet, which is even easier than knitting. I am a slow knitter/crocheter and I made this over the course of three nights.  I used organic cotton, because wool makes me itch.  For the length,  I always wrap a tape measure around my neck to measure how long I want it.  I usually subtract a few inches to account for stretch, especially with a heavy yarn like cotton or a worsted weight yarn.  Don’t forget to subtract for fringe, too!  This is incredibly easy to modify.  To add more width, just add 2 stitches to the chain for every bobble you want, ending on an odd number.  The finished dimensions for my scarf is 6″W x 75″L, with 6″ fringe on the edges.


  • 2 skeins worsted weight organic cotton yarn
  • size J crochet hook


Begin by making a chain of 17 stitches. Add 3 more stitches to the chain to make your first bobble.  *Wrap yarn around your hook, insert hook into the 4th chain from the hook, wrap yarn around hook again(as if to double crochet) and pull through the stitch. Wrap yarn around the hook again and pull through the first 2 stitches on the hook, ending up with 2 stitches on your hook.(If this was a double crochet stitch, you would repeat to end up with 1 stitch on the hook).  Leaving those 2 stitches on the hook, repeat from * 2 more times, so you have 3 stitches in the single chain stitch, and 4 stitches on your hook.  Wrap yarn around the hook, and pull through all 4 stitches.  You have completed the first bobble.  Skip the next stitch on the chain, and repeat bobble stitch in the next one.  Work your way across the chain until you reach the end, 9 bobbles.  At the end of the row, turn work, make 3 chain stitches and start your first bobble in the 2nd stitch(the last skipped stitch of the previous row).  Repeat this pattern of bobbles every other stitch and stitching into the skipped stitches of the last row until you have reached  the length you want.  Fasten off by cutting yarn and pulling  through the last stitch.

To make fringe:

To make 6″ fringe, cut a piece of cardboard to 6″ long and about a foot wide.  Wrap yarn around the cardboard until you have the number of strands you want.  Cut yarn from skein, then cut on side of the yarn along the edge of the cardboard.  Take the number of strands you want for your bobble, line them up and fold them in half.  Put your crochet hook through the middle stitch on the bottom of your scarf.( I always start in the middle, then do the end stitches, and then fill in more fringe to see how it looks as I go.  This scarf has 5 fringes on each side).  Hook yarn around the crochet hook, and pull through the stitch until you have a small loop on the other side of the stitch.  Pull yarn ends through the loop and tighten.  Trim edges of the fringe to make them even.

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16 comments… add one
  • NICOLE Sep 16, 2016, 5:20 pm

    I as well am having trouble with the turning. I dont see how it works out. Every stitch is a bobble.

  • Amber Jan 12, 2016, 2:21 am

    Hello, please can you let me know how many yards of yarn you used, as I am not sure how much 2 skeins would be, and also please let me know the hook size in mm? Thank you ? X

  • Mary Dec 6, 2015, 10:23 am

    So glad ‘All Free Crochet’ featured you for us. I have about 25 rows done in a nice 100% Acrylic White yarn, and this beginning is simply beautiful. I have to write you a ‘thank you’ comment, as one daughter has another ‘present’ I know she will love! A very fast and easy pattern. You certainly made my day! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  • Kathleen Dec 5, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Hi Krista. Thank you for this pattern. I’ve always wanted to learn the bobble stitch and I think with your pattern I will finally be able to accomplish it. Just signed to your site and am so looking forward to a new friend and great adventure. Happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!!

  • Enid C. Morrison Jan 11, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Had previously made an afghan with bobble stitch in the middle panel. It is so cool to see what you have created when complete a row. Love the name “Snow Angel” as all my family live in Wyoming!. Will make a few of these for sure. Thanks Krista!

  • Tammy Dec 24, 2014, 12:26 pm

    This is the easiest pattern I have ever came across! And I really needed something easy and fast..I didn’t get my husband anything for christmas!

  • Joan Ferraro Dec 20, 2014, 9:48 am

    Please help! I am following your directions and I only end up with six bobble stitches. I am frustrated!

    • krista Jan 7, 2015, 11:12 am

      Oh no! It’s hard for me to know what’s going wrong. I hope you have already figured it out, but if not send me an email.

  • cathrine schmid Dec 18, 2014, 10:22 pm

    I don’t understand the direction repeat from *2. Are you saying chain 2? Do you have a demo video?

    • krista Jan 7, 2015, 11:20 am

      Repeat from where the first * in the pattern is. In this case it is before “wrap yarn around hook…”

  • K Dec 7, 2014, 9:58 pm

    I’m still on the first row, but I can’t picture this. Is there supposed to be a chain stitch in between the bobbles?

  • Connie Oct 21, 2014, 3:14 pm

    I’m in the middle of crocheting this scarf with the acrylic yarn. I’ll finish it as it is but I never figured out how to turn the work so the bobbles are atop each other, so every other row is a bobble row for for me. I want to make another in the cotton so if you can give me some assistance, I’ll appreciate it. Thanks……….Connie

  • Nancy Sep 30, 2014, 5:30 pm


    • krista Oct 1, 2014, 9:03 pm

      Sure can! Just watch your gauge to end up with the same size scarf!

      • Suzanne Waddling Nov 22, 2014, 6:00 am


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