KIm this is likely one of those things I could show you a lot easier than I can say it in words, but I'll try. I hope it is clear.
First I'll say, the basic idea of a bobble is to turn one stitch into several (in this case 5) and knit and purl back and forth on just those bobble stitches, and then reduce them back to the original 1 stitch. That makes a little spot that sticks out. BTW sometimes you need to push the little bobbles through to the right side of the fabric by sticking one of your fingers into them from the back. You can leave that to do until a few rows later.
Okay, here we go......
[(K1, YO) twice, K1] into next st; turn, P5; turn, K5; pass 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st st seperately over the last st knitted: BB made
You are going to do K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 all into the next stitch.
Step 1: Begin by knitting into the next stitch, but don't let the stitch off the end of the LH (left hand) needle. (The extra stitches you are creating are really on the RH needle, as you make them, and only the original stitch that you work into 3 times is on the LH needle.)
Step 2: Now bring the yarn to the front between the needle tips, then back over the top of the RH needle and hold it there while you knit the stitch again (that makes your yarn over, and the 2nd knit), and still don't let the stitch off the LH needle.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 (that gives you the 2nd YO and the last knit stitch) At the end of step 3 you let the stitch you worked into slide off the end of the LH needle.
Now you have turned the one stitch into 5 and they are all on the RH needle. Exchange the needles in your hands (or the needle ends if you are using a circular needle) like you would if you were at the end of the row. That is the turn. You are now looking at the purl side of the 5 stitches.
Purl the 5 stitches. Then turn again, by exchanging the needles in your hands again. Now you are back on the knit side of the bobble. Knit the 5 stitches of the bobble. Now all 5 bobble stitches are on the RH needle.
You are ready to reduce the 5 down to 1 again. They tell you to:
pass 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st st seperately over the last st knitted
That is one way to think of it, but I think it is easier this way: (forget what they said about the numbers of the stitches to do it this way or it will confuse you)
You are going to keep the first stitch that is right at the tip of the RH needle and get rid of the rest of them (there are 4) by lifting them one at a time (with the LH needle) over that first stitch. It is like you are binding them off over that first stitch. Lift the one right next to the end stitch, over the end stitch and off the RH needle (like you would to bind off), then do the next one in line, lift it over and off, then the next one, then the last of the bobble stitches.
You are back to 1 stitch, and it is on the RH needle and you are ready to continue to work the row however they tell you to next.
Easy as pie as they say. I always thought they must mean, "as easy as eating pie." I never thought making pie was easy, :lol: and bobbles are not real easy either. If you have to do a lot of them it seems to take forever. But....one bobble at a time, you get through them. If you need more clarification let me know.