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Hi there! I'm Beth Brown-Reinsel and I'm really happy to be able to teach some techniques
on YouTube for you!
I'd like to talk about strangling bobbles today. And that is a process where you find
yarns around the sides of the bobble, and pull them over the bobble. The purpose of
this is to make the bobble stand up a little more perkily, and also it doesn't then travel
to the back of the work as bobbles many times will do.
So, it keeps it on top of the work, it closes up the gaps that are inevitable when you're
making a bobble, and it just makes it look neater.
So you can see on either side of the bobble that there's a good bit of gaping and this
is because bobbles are actually short rows, where you are working back and forth across
just a certain number of the stitches and so, the bobble doesn't get connected to both
Now I've picked up this piece of yarn that is adjacent to the bobble, it connects into
it and the fabric beside it, and I'm pulling it up with the crochet hook.
Now I'm going to take the yarn over the bobble, and then you can see how it's been brought over to the base of the bobble.
That locks it into place so that it won't migrate to the back of the work, where bobbles
often like to go.
And you may want to just pull one yarn over, but you might find you need to do the other
side as well, so we'll do that. Again, I'm going to pull gently and bring it over the bobble. Poke that bobble
To avoid stressing the knitting, wait to strangle your bobble until it is a good distance from
You can see hopefully that these two bobbles here are sitting up more nicely than the rest
that I haven't strangled yet.