Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Bobble hearts and other shapes

I've had a bit of a thing lately with bobbly shapes.  They're really quite easy to do, all it takes is a little planning and some graph paper.  



To make this little bobble heart I drew my basic shape.  When working out your shape you need to remember that you need a double crochet (UK terms) after each bobble and a row of double crochet in between rows of bobbles, so on the diagram below each shaded square represents a bobble and each white square represents a double crochet.  



To make good sturdy bobbles, I always make them from the wrong side - sounds a bit odd, but this way they don't try to pop themselves inwards.  So to make a bobble start by making a treble crochet but don't finish it - leave two loops on the hook; make three more half-finished trebles into the same stitch and you should then have five loops on the hook, yarn over and draw all five loops through.  When you double crochet into the next stitch it will anchor the bobble.  

You can do all sorts of shapes, provided you keep them reasonably simple.  





 My hot water bottle cover was worked in the same way only with a bigger heart.  The colour change for the bobbles looks more ambitious than it really is. 


And that's it!  All you need to do is make sure you keep count, so probably best not to watch the scything episode of Poldark while you're working your shapes.  

Hope all is well out there ...

Jane xx