#107 Bobble, Bobbles Everywhere by Nora J. Bellows
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#107 Bobble, Bobbles Everywhere

March 2006
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette (pre-felted gauge)
US 11 - 8.0 mm
1540 - 4180 yards (1408 - 3822 m)
Two sizes
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The idea for this bag came fully formed into my mind when I was in Virginia walking through a tiny little shopping center filled with antique shops with gilded chairs in the windows, fancy plates for holding oysters on the half shell. There was a shop filled with beautiful linens, some antique, embellished with hand-made lace sienna with age, linen sprays made from botanicals, beautiful stationary of carefully drawn nuts or vines with passion flowers dropping from their coils. And then the next shop: A woman’s dress shop. An exquisite pair of trousers, a spare chemise, narrow elegant shoes one wouldn’t dare walk in through a be-dewed lawn, and a black sweater with brightly colored felted balls around each cuff.

Instantly I could see the bobble bag. I had only to make it …

I have been lucky enough to see quite a few bobble bags in the wild. And what a thrill it is! One was made in muted earth tones. Fabulous. Another was in shades of pink. Still another a sea of blues. I loved them all. What will yours be?

Finished Dimensions

Small Bobbled Bag
6” (15.25cm) wide
3 1/2” (8.9cm) deep
9 1/2” (24.15cm) tall

Large Bobbled Bag
10” (25.5cm) wide
4” (10.15cm) deep
9” (22.85cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of casting on, knitting and purling, picking up stitches in knitted fabric, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.


Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4” (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.

Yarn Requirements

Small Bobble Bag
425 yds (388.6m) Christmas Red
425 yds (388.6m) Sun Yellow

Large Bobble Bag
675 yds (617.2m) Black
100 yds (91.44m) each of the following:

Spring Green
Light Turquoise
Sun Yellow
Spring Chick Yellow
Christmas Red
Hot Pink

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24” (60cm) circular needles
Size 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles (set)
2 Acrylic Purse Handles
1 11 1/4 x 13 1/2 in sheet of stiffener
A small amount of polyester fiber fill for inside of bobbles
4 - 6 24mm Big bag feet
1 Amazing or Sew-in magnetic snap closure

Pictured Samples
Both of the bags pictured were created using Stonehedge Fiber mill Shepherd’s Wool. Small Bobbles is pictured in Christmas Red and Sun Yellow. Large Bobbles is pictured in Black with Spring Green, Green, Plum, Red, Lilac, Light Turquoise, Turquoise, Sun Yellow, Spring Chick Yellow, Creamsicle, Peach, Raspberry, Pink, Christmas Red, Hot Pink, and Fuchsia Bobbles.