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Knitting knobs - instructions for nub pattern

  • material
  • foreknowledge
  • Small pimples with crossed stitches
  • Small pimples with envelopes
  • Big pimples - knitted on the right
  • Large nubs - knitted on the left
  • Big colorful pimples
  • strap knobs

The pimple pattern is a standard pattern in the world of knitting. It has a great 3D effect and makes the knit look playful. Often you will find instructions to knit garments such as hats or sweaters just the instruction that a knot should be knitted on a particular stitch. But like ">

Nubs can be knit in a variety of sizes and shapes. With colorful pimples give the knitting a nice color loosening. It can be applied to smooth right or left knitted and patents. The basic idea is to knit several stitches out of one stitch. But before you continue to knit, combine all the knitted stitches back into a single one. This is how the small, funny vaults or pompoms come about. These look very good on children's hats, as accents on pullovers or jackets. Knitted close together results in a beautiful nubble pattern for a scarf or a headband.


  • knitting needles
  • Wool
  • Crochet hook (if required)
  • Needle (only with loop nubs)
  • different colored wool (only with colorful pimples)

For most pimple patterns, two normal knitting needles are sufficient. The use of circular needles is also possible. For beginners, these are often a pleasant help, since no stitches can slip behind the needle. There are no restrictions on wool. With a slightly elastic wool, most pimple patterns are easier to knit. If you tend to knit tight and the wool is very stiff, a crochet hook can be very helpful. For beginners, it is also a great relief.


  • right stitches
  • left stitches
  • right-hand stitched stitches
  • envelopes

Right-angle stitches and envelopes do not tell you anything as a beginner ">

Tip: With an envelope, you get an extra stitch. The knit thus increases in width.

Below you will find various nubs instructions. Especially the big monochrome pimple patterns are very easy to knit and therefore ideally suited for beginners.

Small pimples with crossed stitches

The basis here is a smooth, right-knit piece. To knit little pimples in the same color as the background, follow this guide:

1. You knit on the front to the desired stitch in which you want to have a nub.

2. Knit a right stitch into the appropriate stitch. The knitted stitch on the left needle will not be removed, but will remain on the left needle.

3. In the same stitch, knit a right-hand, a right-hand, a right-hand and a right-hand stitch. Now slide the knitted stitch from the left needle. So you have now knitted 5 stitches in a stitch.

Note: Knit right-hand knit stitches by passing the thread behind the work piece, inserting from right to left behind the left-hand needle into the stitch and pulling the thread.

4. Turn over your workpiece.

5. Knitt all 5 stitches together with a left stitch.

6. Turn the work back to the right.

7. Finally, knit a right-hand stitch and proceed to the smooth right-hand background.

Small pimples with envelopes

This pimple pattern looks almost the same as the one described above. But you do not need to knit any stitched stitches here. Especially beginners sometimes have a hard time with it. Instead, you work with envelopes. Follow steps 1 and 2 as described above.

3. Now knit an envelope, then knit a right stitch into the stitch remaining on the left needle. This is followed by another envelope and another right stitch. Now the stitch may be lifted off the left needle. Again you will find 5 stitches in one.

Note: You will receive an envelope if you guide the thread from the back over the right needle and back under the needle. They do not sting another mesh before.

Steps 4 to 7 are the same as previously described.

If you knit fairly tight or use very stiff wool, it is difficult to knit all 5 stitches on the back left side. (Step 5). Here you can make do with a crochet hook. For this you first pierce with the knitting needle through all 5 stitches and widen the stitches a little. Now you can easily put a crochet hook through the 5 stitches and get the thread through. Thread it on the right needle and continue with step 6.

Big pimples - knitted on the right

The big pimples have the advantage that they are not as hard as the little ones. Because they are hollow, it does not push when they are between the back and chair back. Here is again assumed by a smooth right knitted piece.

1. Knit on the front to the desired stitch.

2. Now knit 1 left, 1 right, 1 left and 1 right stitch into the stitch. The knitted stitch remains on the left needle all the time.

3. Now lift the knitted stitch from the left needle.

4. Turn the knit piece over on the backside.

5. Knit back over all 4 stitches left.

6. Turn the knit piece to the front.

7. Knit over all 4 stitches to the right.

Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 once.

8. Bind all stitches over the last one knitted. To do this, pull the penultimate stitch 3 times over the last stitch and let slip from the right needle.

Alternatively, you can also use a crochet hook to pierce through the 4 stitches from right to left and pull through the leftmost stitch through the other three stitches. Then let the three stitches slide off the needle.

9. Continue with the background. Especially at the first stitch after the nub, make sure to tighten them.

Large nubs - knitted on the left

These pimples are similar in shape to those from the previous manual. But their surface does not appear on the right, but on the left. To do this, knit steps 1 through 4 as described and continue as follows:

5. Knit right back over all 4 stitches.

6. Turn the knit piece over on the front.

7. Knit over all 4 stitches left.

Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 once.

Steps 8 and 9 are the same as previously described.

Tip: You can vary the size individually.

So you can knit in the 2nd step only 3 or even 6 stitches. That makes no difference to the rest of the procedure. It is also possible to repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 two or more times. Try it on a test piece and decide for yourself which pimples size you like the most.

Big colorful pimples

You can also knit the large nubs just described in a different color than the background. So you put on your work pretty, colorful accents that will attract the attention. For a colorful pattern of pimples, we already have to do preliminary work on the back. If you would like to have many nubs side by side, then it is worth carrying the differently colored thread from the beginning of the back row. If you only want to knit a single knot, cut off a piece of wool approx. 50 cm long for each one in the knobbed color. Beginners should rather start with the single threads.

1. On the back, knit a left-hand stitch in the other color at each point where you want a colorful pimple to appear on the front. Use individual threads, so you have to hold the end well while knitting. Make sure that both ends of the thread remain on the back of the knitting work.

2. You knit on the front to the colorful stitch. Now hang the thread behind the work and pick up the colorful thread from the back.

3. Make one right, one left, one right, and one left stitch in one of the colorful stitches. You are also free to knit more stitches for a wider shag.

From here follow steps 4 through 8 from one of the previous two guides. The colorful knob can be worked smooth right or smooth left.

9. Lay the colorful thread behind the work and pick up the original thread for the background.

10. Continue with the working thread until the next colorful stitch.

11. If you have decided on individual threads, you should sewn them with a wool needle at the end of your work.

strap knobs

You will find a completely different instruction here for the loop knickers. These stand out less from the background. They look a bit neater. For loop nubs you need a needle. Proceed as follows:

1. Knitting to the desired spot.

2. Take the next 3 stitches from the left needle to the needle.

3. Wind the work thread from the right back to the front and left back to the back around the 3 stitches on the auxiliary needle.

4. Wrap the work thread around the 3 stitches a total of 5 times.

5. Return the 3 stitches to the left needle and knit it to the right. Alternatively, you can also knit them directly from the needle. Decide what is more comfortable for you.

6. Continue with the background.

Nubs do not have to be just details on an otherwise smooth surface. If you arrange them accordingly, they can create a completely new surface structure. Although the instructions here refer to a smooth right-knit background, pimple patterns can be easily applied to other backgrounds. The procedure for straight-left or patent-patterned pieces is the same as described here. Basically, nubbed patterns are more suitable for those knitwear that have a unique outside and inside. The back does not give a particularly handsome pattern. This applies even more to the colorful nubs, as here the thread ends appear on the back.

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