Knitting small bubbles onto a sleeve or anywhere on a sweater can add some
interest. These bubbles can be used as part of an over-all design or just placed
here and there. They are very easy to knit and add to any part of your garment.
This photo shows two rows of bubbles. The lower row has the center bubble in
contrasting color and the top row has the outer bubbles in contrasting colors.
The bubbles knitted with the MC are hard to see.
Try making a swatch of bubbles to familiarize yourself with them.
Cast on 30 stitches and knit several rows of stockinette.
With carriage on the right (COR), place all needles except last 8 needles
on right into hold position. (Make sure your carriage is set to hold
stitches.) These last eight are shown between the 1 - 1 in the diagram below.
Knit across the eight needles, then place all the 6 needles on the right
into hold position. You will be left with two needles as shown by the bb in
Knit 5 rows on the two needles.
Using the two-pronged transfer tool, pick up the first original stitches
(before knitting the 5 rows) and place up onto the needles (doubling the
Place the next 8 stitches into working position and the 8 that you just
worked on into holding position.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX bb - - - - - - bb - - - - - -
Repeat #3 to #6.
Repeat once more with the final 8 stitches on the left of your swatch. This
will give you three bubbles. Knit across the whole row and few times and
repeat with new bubbles where ever you wish to place them.
If you want to have the bubble in a contrasting color, use another piece of
yarn in your new color and knit the 5 rows with that color in place of the
main color (MC) as you did with the previous bubbles. Switch back to MC once
the bubble is complete.