Knitted Kitchen #41 – Bubble Stitch

The Bubble Stitch Washcloth is pattern #41 in the 2017 Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop. Not to be confused with bobbles, this soft and puffy textured stitch creates raised “bubbles” all over the fabric. It also makes a really nice diamond design on the wrong side! The pattern includes photo and video tutorials for the knit 4 below (k4b) stitch used to create the bubbles.

Bubble Stitch - Knitted Kitchen #41 -

The Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop is a knit-along event hosted by the Underground Crafter, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it. Together with a great team of designers and will be bringing you 48 washcloth patterns throughout the year. Each pattern will include a photo and/or video tutorial, so it’s a fun way to learn new stitches and techniques.

Lion Brand has generously provided us with yarn for our designs. I’ve chosen their 24/7 Cotton for all my washcloths and am really enjoying working with it. For more information about the event and links to the patterns, be sure to visit the main #KnittedKitchen post. I hope you’ll join in the fun!

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Bubble Stitch Washcloth

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Easy – mostly stockinette, with one special stitch.


Instructions are written for a 9″ square, with changes for a 12″ square in [ ]


 20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl = slip stitch knitwise with yarn in back
  • k4b = knit into the stitch 4 rows below the next stitch  (See Special Stitche)
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

Special Stitch:

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Knit 4 Below (k4b):

Holding the working yarn at the back, remove next stitch from needle and drop it down 4 rows.

drop down 4 rows - Bubble Stitch washcloth on

Insert right needle into the loose stitch as if to knit, underneath the 4 horizontal bars from the dropped stitches.

Insert needle under all bars - Bubble Stitch washcloth on

Note: If you are using slippery yarn or are not comfortable with letting the stitch drop freely, you can instead count 4 rows down and insert your right needle or a stitch marker into that row first, then drop the stitches above it.

4 loops below - Bubble Stitch washcloth on

Yarn over and pull through the loop, as you would to knit.

finished k4b - Bubble Stitch washcloth on

Note: If it is easier, you can place the stitch and all four horizontal bars from the dropped stitches back onto the left needle, and then knit them all together.

put loops on left needle - Bubble Stitch washcloth on knit through all loops - Bubble Stitch washcloth on

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 Stitch multiples:

  • The pattern section is a multiple of 4 stitches plus 1, and a multiple of 6 rows.
  • The seed stitch border adds 4 stitches on each side, and 5 rows on the top and bottom


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Cast on 45 [61]

Seed stitch bottom border:

Row 1 (RS): K 1, (k 1, p 1) across.

Row 2-5: Sl 1, (k 1, p 1) across.

Main section of square

Row 6: Sl 1, (k 1, p 1) twice, p across to last 4 sts, (k 1, p 1) twice.

Row 7: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k across to last 3 sts, p 1, k 1, p1.

Rows 8-10: Repeat rows 6-7, then repeat row 6 once more.

Row 11: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 1, (k 3, k4b) across to last 5 sts, k 2, p 1, k 1, p 1.

Rows 12-16: Repeat rows 6-7 twice, then repeat row 6 once more.

Row 17: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 2, (k4b, k 3) across to last 4 sts, (k 1, p 1) twice.

Rows 18-65 [89]: Repeat rows 6-17 four (six) times.

Seed stitch top border:

Rows 66-70 [90-94]: Repeat row 2.

Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.


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Note: This chart shows the same pattern as the written instructions.

Bubble Stitch chart - Knitted Kitchen #41 -
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Video Tutorial:

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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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