The video below will use this map as a guide. Your map will look different.
Follow the same principles on your map as I do in the video below.

From observation, we can see that the map is 15 bobbles long by 12 bobbles high and uses 5 different colors.

Written Instructions:

This is shown in the video above, but I’ve included written instructions below. I’ve also linked to Annie’s, a website dedicated to hobbies and crafts, who has great illustrations and instructions as well.

  1. Count the number of bobbles on the width of your map. The above example is 15 bobbles wide. (The height of your map is how many rows of bobbles you will make – in the example, 12 rows.)
  2. Make a slipknot and attach it to your hook.
    • I do this by pulling out 7 or 8 inches of yarn and holding the ends of the yarn in my left hand (the ends being the part still attached to the skein and the end that is cut off) and the loop (the inbetween) in my right hand. I spread my fingers wide to make a circle with the yarn, then twist it, making the two ends cross. I then stretch my right hand over to grab one of the ends past the cross and pull it into the loop like a pony tail. Put the crochet hook into the loop and tighten.
    • You can reference this guide with illustrations if confused.
  3. Now chain double the number of bobbles in your width. This width is 15 bobbles, so I will chain 30.
    • To chain, use your hook to grab the end of your yarn that is attached to the skein, and pull it through the loop you made before so that your hook is now in a new hole and the old one is left dangling. That makes one chain. To chain again, hook around the long yarn and pull it through the hole the hook was in. Again, you’ll notice the old loop dangling in a line and your hook is now on the third loop you just made.
    • You can reference this guide with illustrations if confused.
  4. When you finish creating your foundation chain, you’re going to back-track and make a row of single-crochets. Do this across the entire chain.
    • To single crochet, you’ll turn your work so that your left hand has the chain and the extra string and your right hand holds the hook. Skip the first chain that you see and move to the second one. You’ll push your hook through the chain, yarn over (take that extra yarn in your left hand and toss it over the back of your hook), then pull it through the chain your hook is in. This will make it so two loops are now on your hook, the one you just made and the one you already had. Now yarn over again, and pull that yarn through both loops. From then on, single crochet just like that in every chain.
    • You can reference this guide with illustrations if confused.
  5. Once you’ve added a single crochet in every chain, you’ll turn your work. Essentially, the hanging piece of your work needs to be back in your left hand. The stronger shape of the single crochets you just created will allow us to start our first row of bobbles.
  6. The first bobble in each row is slightly different than the rest. Here’s how you create the first bobble.
    • Chain 3, just as you did in your foundation chain.
    • You’ll yarn over two different times now. Yarn over once now.
    • Look down to the base of the chain you just made. You’ll notice one part of the chain is diagonal, where the single crochet you made bends to meet the chain you made. Put your hook (that still has the chain you made attached as well as the yarn you threw over) through that hole.
    • Yarn over again with your hook in the hole, and pull it through to pull up a loop.
    • Now pull that yarn through the hole and hold your hook above your work. You’ll notice three loops on your hook. Grab the long end of the string and pull it through the first two loops – the ones you just made. You’ll now have two loops on your hook – the chain you made at first, and the loop with the knot under it that you just made.
    • Now with those two loops still on the hook, yarn over again.
    • You’ll notice that the knot you made a second ago is pulling on the bottom, creating a bigger hole underneath it. This is the same hole you just put your hook through to create the last loop. You’re going to put your hook through there again, yarn over again, and pull through again.
    • You’ll notice you have four loops on your hook now. Pull the yarn through the two you just made and you’ll have three loops on your yarn.
    • Do this exact thing two more times: you’ll yarn over, go through, yarn over, pull through, then pull through the two loops you made to make it one loop again. Your loop count will go from 3 (now) to 5 to 4 to 6 to 5.
    • Once you’ve pulled through to lower your loop count from 6 to 5, you’re going to do one massive pull through to get back down to one loop. When you still have 5 loops on your hook, yarn over, then hook that yarn and pull it through all five loops, including the first chain you made. This will tighten all those knots you made into one bobble.
  7. Now you’ll need to tie that bobble down to the foundation. Do one single crochet in the very next chain.
    • Before beginning step seven, you’ll have one loop on your hook, attached to the bobble you made. Look back at your foundation and find the next chain, the next hole that should still be settled against the rest of your work. Put your hook through there, yarn over, and pull it through so you now have two loops on your hook – the one you just made and the one attached to the bobble. Yarn over, and pull through both loops so you’re back to just one loop on your hook. This will tie your bobble down.
  8. The next bobble and the rest of the bobbles in the entire row will do the exact same except you will not need to chain to begin, and you’ll want to have six loops on your hook before pulling them all together to make a bobble.
    • With your one loop on your hook, yarn over, push through the next hole/chain in the line, yarn over again, and pull it through. You’ll have three loops on your hook. Pull through the two you just made to make one loop with a knot below it.
    • Do this 4 more times. You’ll have done the process 5 times when you’re ready to pull the bobble together. You’ll have a total of 6 loops on your hook when you yarn over and pull through all six.
    • Tie the bobble down to the foundation with a single crochet in the next chain.
    • FOLLOWING THIS PATTERN, you will notice that every other chain is dedicated to creating a bobble and the chains left behind are for tying said bobble down.
  9. The LAST bobble does not get tied down. You will use the last of the chain to create the last bobble. Once you have pulled all the loops of the bobble together into one loop, chain one.
    • Again, chaining one here would be grabbing the long end of the string and pulling it through the loop your hook is currently in.
  10. Once you have made your entire row and chained one, turn your work again, so the work is in your left hand and the hook is in your right. Put the string back behind your work.
  11. Single crochet along the tops of the bobbles to give space between each row. You’ll note that the yarn chain you push into will look different than before. The bobbles stretch out the chains above them, and the ones between the bobbles are smaller. Be sure to make a single crochet in each one – the in between chains, and the chain on top of the bobble.
    • Single crochet: Push through the chain, yarn over, pull through, then pull through both loops.
  12. Once you’ve done an entire row of single crochet, you’re ready to make another row of bobbles. Turn your work.
  13. Don’t forget that the first bobble in every row is made differently – it’s made with a chain of 3 and only 5 finished loops before you pull all the way through. The rest of the row is made with 6 finished loops before pulling through.
  14. Note: from the second row on, it can sometimes be difficult to spot the chain/hole where you create the last bobble. It can sometimes fall flush against the row beneath or look very small. Be sure to still create that last bobble in that chain and do not tie it down at the end. Only chain one before turning your work.
  15. Changing Colors: To change colors, stop after you’ve created your bobble but before you tie it down. Pull out about 2 inches of yarn, and cut. Tie the next color on. Do not clip the hanging strings left from the tie until you finish the row. Then tie the bobble down with a single crochet. This should make it so the next color pops through the end of the single crochet.
  16. The single crochet row in between each row of bobbles should be the same as the dominant background color. In my example, that is green on the bottom and yellow on the top.

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