Bobbles, a knitted sweater with an urban look

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Bobbles is a crop sweater in DK with a circular yoke.

You will need a few balls of DK yarn and mini balls or leftovers to knit it.

The pattern is available on Ravelry , on Lovecrafts or on Makerist.

Bobbles, a sweater with bobbles

1. The story behind Bobbles, a crop sweater

During the first lockdown, I bought on a whim the Scheepjes Stone Washed & River Washed Color Pack. About 40 mini balls of 10g in almost every colour available in Stone Washed and Riverwashed.

It took a long time for me to find a project for them, not really knowing where I was going.

Sorting through my skeins, I found a kit I had bought to make the Hygge stole, CAL Scheepjes of the year 2017. Project started and never finished.

When I saw these 10 balls of black, I thought that a sweater would be the perfect project to use them.

That’s how Bobbles was born.

2. The construction of this sweater

If you follow me on social medias, you know that I very rarely offer sweaters built from the bottom up and this one is not an exception.

It is a sweater knitted from the top starting with a few rows of 1*1 ribs and then embellished with some rows of bobbles in constrasting colors.

Once this part is done, you start the body in revisited dot stitch in two colors.

Bobbles Sweater

You end the body with an 1*1 twisted ribs edge.
The sleeves are added afterwards, are also in revisited dot stitch and end with the same kind of edge.

3. What level is needed to knit Bobbles?

This pattern is not very complicated to knit, but it is still not intended for beginners.

The most difficult points you might encounter are:

  • the part in bobbles where increases and decreases have to be managed
  • to forward the constrasting color threads on the wrong side for the revised dot stitch.
4. Where to buy the pattern?

The pattern is available on Ravelry in French, in Spanish and English for immediate download. It is also available on Lovecrafts and Makerist.

5. Which sizes are available for this crop sweater?

XS [S, M] [L, XL] [2XL, 3XL]

The pattern is available from 91 cm to 145.5 cm finished chest measurements and it’s designed to fit with positive ease (+15 – +20 cm).

To understand the ease, I suggest you watch the video below (in French):

It can be worn with more or less ease (in these pictures, the ease is 15 cm for a size M).

6. Which yarn and material are suggested for knitting this sweater?

The suggested yarn is Scheepjes Stonewashed (78% coton, 22% acrylic) approx. 857 [950, 1058] [1148, 1241] [1324, 1412] m in main color or 7 [8, 9] [9, 10] [11, 11] balls and 195 [213, 229] [246, 264] [284, 302] m or 2 [2, 2] [2, 3] [3, 3] balls in contrasting color. If you wish to knit something identical to the sample, the meterage per color is detailed in the pattern.

Of course you can also use another composition such as twisted merino, a mixture of merino and silk like Angelina, which is a yarn with a silk core and merino. The yarn must have a certain twisted to prevent the neck from becoming too wide (you can also reinforce it with a row of single crochet stitches).

Notions and needles required are as follow:

  • 3.5 mm (US 4) 100 cm (40″) circ needle
  • 3.75 mm (US 5) 100 cm (40″) circ needle
  • Set of 3.5 mm (US 4) DPNs for the sleeves or needles for your preferred method of small circumference knitting
  • Set of 3.75 mm (US 5) DPNs for the sleeves or needles for your preferred method of small circumference knitting
  • Tapestry needle
  • 1 Stitch marker
Why Bobbles?

Finally, why did I name this sweater Bobbles?

I think the striped colors parts speak for themselves, this kind of stitch pattern is called Bobbles. So I didn’t dig deeper into the question by naming it Bobbles!

I hope this sweater will make you fall for it and that this article will make you want to knit it.

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