Knitted Kitchen #7 – Itty Bitty Bobbles Washcloth

The Itty Bitty Bobbles Washcloth is pattern #7 in the 2017 Knitted Kitchen Blog Hop. These tiny, 2-row bobbles are easy to make and do not involve turning your work back and forth for each bobble, like larger ones do. They create a fun, scrubby texture too! The pattern includes both written and charted versions of the instructions. There is also a video tutorial for making the bobbles.

Knitted Kitchen #7 - Itty Bitty Bobbles -

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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Itty Bitty Bobbles Washcloth

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Intermediate – Bobbles on a stockinette background, with a seed stitch border. Includes video tutorial for the bobbles.


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
  • p4pso = pass 4 previous stitches over (see special stitch)
  • RS = Right Side
  • WS = Wrong Side

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Stitch multiples:

  • The bobble pattern in the middle of this square is a multiple of 4 stitches plus 1 wide, and a multiple of 8 rows plus 2 tall.
  • 2 extra stockinette stitches are added on each side of the chevron section, to make it stand out from the border, making it a multiple of 4 stitches plus 5. The number of stockinette rows before and after the bobbles section varies between the two squares.
  • Both squares also include a seed stitch border of 5 rows on the top and bottom, and 4 stitches on each side.

Special Stitch:

Pass 4 previous stitches over (p4pso): On right needle, (pass the 2nd to last stitch over the last stitch) 4 times.

For this pattern, the p4pso is how the bobbles are finished. On the previous (right side row) you will have increased 1 stitch into 5 by working (k, p, k, p, k) all into the same stitch.

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On this (wrong side) row, you will first be knitting those 5 stitches, then working the p4pso to decrease them back down to 1 stitch and complete the bobble. See video tutorial below.

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Cast on 45 [61]

Seed stitch bottom border:

Rows 1-5: Sl 1, (k 1, p 1) across.

Center of square

9 inch square only – Row 6 (RS): Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k across to last 3 sts, p 1, k 1, p 1.

Row 7 [6] (WS): Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 1, p across to last 4 sts, (k 1, p 1) twice.

Row 8 [7]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 3, {(k, p, k, p, k) all in next st, k 3} 9 [13] times, p 1, k 1, p 1. (81 [113] sts)

Row 9 [8]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 1, p 2, (k 5, p4pso, p 3) 8 [12] times, k 5, p4pso, p 2, (k 1, p 1) twice. (45 [61] sts)

Row 10 [9]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k across to last 3 sts, p 1, k 1, p 1.

Row 11 [10]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 1, p across to last 4 sts, (k 1, p 1) twice.

Row 12 [11]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 5, {(k, p, k, p, k) all in next st, k 3} 8 [12] times, k 2, p 1, k 1, p 1. (77 [109] sts)

Row 13 [12]: Sl 1, k 1, p 1, k 1, p 4, (k 5, p4pso, p 3) 8 [12] times, p 1, (k 1, p 1) twice. (45 [61] sts)

Rows 14-15 [13-14]: Repeat rows 10-11 [9-10].

Rows 16-58 [15-80]: Repeat rows 8-15 [7-14] five [eight] more times, then repeat rows 8-10 [7-8] once more.

You should have just completed a RS [WS] row.

Seed stitch top border:

Rows 59-63 [81-85]: Repeat rows 1-5.

Bind off all stitches. Weave in ends.


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Note: these are the same pattern as the written instructions – do one or the other, not both.

9" square -Knitted Kitchen #7 - Itty Bitty Bobbles -
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12" square -Knitted Kitchen #7 - Itty Bitty Bobbles -
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Video Tutorial:

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I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Lion Brand for providing the yarn, and to BluffCityDesigns, myjoha, and ThordisBonfanchi for testing the pattern!

A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store or on Ravelry, for a $1 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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