Free Pattern – Message in a Bobble – Harmony Blanket Square #19

Message in a Bobble is pattern #19 in the 2018 Harmony Blanket Knit Along. Puffy bobbles are a fun texture and work really well to create raised shapes and letters. They also remind me of the raised bumps used in braille. This 6 inch blanket square uses bobbles to spell out the word “Love”, in both braille and English versions!

Why braille? I read about a font that integrates written letters and their braille equivalents, so that signs can be displayed in both at once. Fiber arts are naturally so tactile, that I thought it would be neat to create something in knitting that could be read by touch as well.

The pattern includes both written and charted versions of the instructions. You may also want to take a look at my photo and video tutorial for the bobbles used in this pattern.

Message in a Bobble - a free knitting pattern on StitchesnScraps.com

The Harmony Blanket KAL is a knit-along event hosted by the Underground Crafter, Creative Crochet Workshop, and myself. Together with a great team of guest designers, we will be bringing you 48 blanket square patterns throughout the year. Each pattern will have the same border, so that they can easily be combined into a blanket!

Lion Brand has generously provided us with their lovely Vanna’s Choice yarn for free, to use for our designs. It’s a washable, worsted weight acrylic yarn that’s a great choice for blankets. For more information about the event and links to the patterns, be sure to visit the main #HarmonyBlanket post. I hope you’ll join in the fun!


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Message in a Bobble

4-medium 
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Materials:

Skill Level:

Intermediate – knit bobbles.

Sizes:

6 inch square

Gauge:

 17 sts x 25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette. Use pattern as gauge swatch – finished square should be 6 inches.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip stitch knitwise with yarn in back
  • mb = make bobble (see special stitch)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Recommended Resources:

Special Stitch:

MB – Make Bobble: (see bobble tutorial)

Increase next stitch to 3 stitches by knitting in the front, then back, then front again.

kb - Knit Bobble Tutorial - Stitches n Scraps Increase done - Knit Bobble Tutorial - Stitches n Scraps

Turn and purl those 3 stitches. Turn and knit 3 stitches, turn and purl 3 stitches once more.

 last row - Knit Bobble Tutorial - Stitches n Scraps

Turn and decrease back to 1 stitch as follows: Sl 1 knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over.

 psso - Knit Bobble Tutorial - Stitches n Scraps

Instructions:

(scroll down for charts)

Cast on 25

Garter stitch bottom border:

Row 1 (WS): K 24, p 1

Rows 2-4: Sl 1, k 23, p 1.

Main section of square – Braille

Message in a Bobble braille version - a free knitting pattern on StitchesnScraps

Row 5 (WS): Sl 1, k 3, p 17, k 3, p 1.

Row 6: Sl 1, k 3, (k1, p7) twice,  k 4, p1

Row 7: Sl 1, k 3, (p 1, k 7) twice, p 1, k 3, p 1

Row 8: Sl 1, k 4, p 7, k 1, p 2, mb, p 1, mb, p 2, k 4, p 1

Rows 9-11: Repeat row 7, then repeat rows 6-7 once more.

Row 12: Sl 1, k 4, p 2, mb, p 4, k 1, p 4, mb, p 2, k 4, p 1

Row 13-15: Repeat row 7, then repeat rows 6-7 once more.

Row 16: Sl 1, k 4, p 4, mb, p 2, k 1, p 4, m b, p 2, k 4, p 1

Row 17: Repeat row 7

Row 18: Repeat row 6

Row 19-21: Repeat rows 5-7

Row 22: Sl 1, k 4, p 4, mb, p 2, k 1, p 4, mb, p 2, k 4, p 1

Row 23-33: Repeat rows 9-19

Main section of square – English

Message in a Bobble English version - a free knitting pattern on StitchesnScraps

Row 5 and all WS rows through row 33: Sl 1, k 3, p 17, k 3, p 1.

Row 6 (RS): Sl 1, k 23, p 1.

Row 8: Sl 1, k 5, (mb, k 1) 3 times, k 4, mb, k 7, p 1

Row 10: Sl 1, k 9, mb, k 4, (mb, k 1) twice, k 5, p 1

Row 12: Sl 1, k 7, (mb, k 1) 2 times, k 2, mb, k 3, mb, k 5, p 1

Row 14: Sl 1, k 9, (mb, k 3) 3 times, k 2, p 1

Row 16: Sl 1, k 5, (mb, k 1) 3 times, k 2, mb, k 3, mb, k 5, p 1

Row 18 & Row 20: Sl 1, k 23, p 1.

Row 22: Sl 1, k 6, (mb, k 1) twice, k 3, (mb , k 1) 3 times, k 4, p 1

Row 24, 26 & 28: Sl 1, k 5, mb, k 3, mb, k 7, mb, k 5, p 1

Row 30: Sl 1, k 6, (mb, k 1) twice, k 7, mb, k 5, p 1

Row 32: Sl 1, k 23, p 1.

Garter stitch top border:

Rows 34-37: Repeat row 2.

Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.

Charts:

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Message in a Bobble braille chart - a free knitting pattern on StitchesnScraps

Message in a Bobble English chart - a free knitting pattern on StitchesnScraps
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I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing the yarn!

A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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