Hello, friends! I would love to show you how to crochet a beautiful new stitch that I am calling “The Bobble Trellis Stitch“! This stitch is used in my newest crochet design: the beautiful and romantic Calla Lily Cardigan (free pattern will be up shortly). It takes a bit of time getting used to this stitch, but once you get into the rhythm, you will love seeing this gorgeous pattern build up. The pattern is repeated over two rows, so you keep repeating two different rows (one involves the bobble and one involves the trellis-like chains) until your desired height is achieved.
Let’s get started! First, chain a multiple of 5 plus 2, for example 35 + 2 = 37, or 80 + 2 = 82. Here I am using Cotton Bamboo (lightweight level 3) from the LB Collection and my 3.25 mm Clover Amour crochet hook.
Starting in the second chain from the hook, single crochet 2. Next, you need to chain 5 (creating an arc), skip 2 stitches below, single crochet 1, chain 1 while skipping one stitch below, and then single crochet 1 again.
You keep repeating this pattern across to create a series of arcs. The number of arcs will be the initial multiple of 5 divided by 5, for example if you started with 35 + 2 = 37, you will have 7 arcs (35 divided by 5 = 7).
To start Row 2, Chain 4 loosely and turn your work.
Remember the arcs from the row below? Single crochet 1 in the 3rd chain from the first arc below. Since we chained 5 in the previous row to make these arcs, the Chain 3 will be the very middle stitch of the Chain 5. Then, chain 2.
It is time to crochet a bobble! Work your bobble in the Chain 1 stitch that is between the two single crochets from the row below. Note that I work the bobble in the actual chain stitch rather than the chain gap or chain space (working in the space causes the gaps to become bigger). A bobble in this design is worked as follows:
1. Yarn Over (YO), insert hook in next stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops.
2. (YO, insert hook in same stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops) two times.
3. YO, and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
Next, chain 2 and keep repeating this process across the whole row: Single crochet 1 in the 3rd chain from the Chain 5 below, chain 2 and then work a bobble.
When you approach the last Chain 5 arc, single crochet 1 in the 3rd chain as normal. Then, work one double crochet in the very last stitch as the final stitch of the row.
To begin Row 3. chain 1 and turn. Then, single crochet 2 in the stitches indicated by the arrows: note that one stitch will be from the final double crochet from the row below, and the other will be a chain stitch from the last chain 2 from the row below.
Chain 5 and then get ready to work some single crochets. Work a single crochet in the stitches on either side of the bobble from the row below as indicated by the green stitch markers, making sure to crochet a Chain 1 in between. That is, single crochet 1, chain 1 and skip 1 (the bobble below), and then single crochet 1.
Keep repeating this pattern across to create the arcs or trellis structure. The arcs help frame the bobbles, and each bobble should have two single crochets surrounding them in the row above.
After you have passed your last bobble, Chain 5. As the last step in Row 3, single crochet 2 in the 2nd and 3rd chain from the Chain 4 below.
This is what your piece looks like after you have crocheted Rows 1, 2 and 3. To keep building up this design, you continue repeating Rows 2 and 3.
Don’t the bobbles surrounded by this delicate trellis structure look so gorgeous? The Bobble Trellis Stitch has such a romantic and intricate feel to it, and it is not hard to crochet once you get used to the pattern!
Here is a video of me crocheting the Bobble Trellis Stitch so you can see it all in action!
My Calla Lily Cardigan using the bobble trellis stitch will be up shortly! I hope you enjoy learning how to crochet this stitch and are excited to use it in a garment!
Feel free to pin the below image to your Pinterest boards and practice this stitch so you will be ready to crochet your own Calla Lily Cardigans once the pattern is up! I know I will be using this delicate and beautiful stitch in future designs!