Small bobbles are a nice way to add that extra little ‘pop’ to your garment. They can also be used for small buttons

Knit into the front, then back, then front again of the stitch on the left hand needle. This gives you three stitches from 1 stitch. Turn and knit these 3 stitches. Turn and knit these 3 stitches again. Turn and knit these 3 stitches one more time (you have knit them all 3 times). Turn and slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over. You are now back to 1 stitch from 3 stitches.

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Knit into front, then back, then front again of st on LHN (3 sts from 1 st). [ Turn and knit these 3 sts] 3 times then turn and slip 1, k2tog, psso (1 st from 3 sts).