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Looking for a great textured stitch? Bobble stitch tutorial!

crochet alligator as sample for how to crochet bobble stitch

I adore the bobble stitch: it’s such a great texture! I developed this stitch because I wanted a puff… but the traditional ‘popcorn stitch’ (used in a lot of sweaters, hats, and afghans) leaves a hole in your work that isn’t suited for amigurumi.

crochet alligator with bobble stitch bumps on his back

The bobble stitch (bbl st) creates a puff… but by using the front loop of the previous round, creates a hole-less fabric just as plain single crochet would!

The Bobble Stitch Video

Interested? Learn how to do it!

To view the video in a larger screen, press ‘play’, then click the square icon in the lower-right-hand corner of the dialog box!

You can use this stitch in some really unexpected ways!

Of course, you can use it to give an alligator a bumpy back like you saw above. (That pattern is in the book Crocheted Softies.)

But take a look at this guinea pig.

crocheted guinea pig with bobble stitch feet

See how the feet are just itty bitty bumps? Those are bobble stitches!

(You can get that guinea pig pattern here.)

If you want smaller bumps, you might want to try a picot stitch instead. That’s what Wendi used to give Merrick Monster his warts. 🙂

Merrick Monster crochet pattern

There’s a video here showing how to crochet picot bumps.

What do you think? Want to give it a try?

Here are handy links to all the posts teaching more fancy crochet stitches. . .

Return to the main table of contents for Let’s Learn to Crochet Amigurumi.

Move on to the posts about working with crochet patterns.

Happy stitching!


  1. This is a great stitch! I’ve used a version of it for toes on a yarn self-portrait before, but I love the way you used it for texture on the crocodile.
    I’m excited to give this way a try. Thanks!