My Christmas bell is easy to make and will add that special warm touch of Christmas cheer to your tree, front door, table, or anywhere else in your home where you’d like something traditional and beautiful. They are a wonderful gift idea. A Christmas ornament handmade and personalized for each family member is a unique way to say Merry Christmas.
If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.
Measurements: Approximately 6.5cm [2.5 ins] high, 8cm [3.3 ins] wide at base.
Tension 1st 4 rows – 2cm [.75 ins] approximately.
Work 8ch and join with a ss to form a ring.
Work 5ch, 1dc into 4th of 8ch. This forms the top loop on the bell which is used to attach it to a tie or piece of ribbon.
1st Round: Work 3ch, 9tr into first half of ring, 10tr into second half of ring, 1ss into 3rd of 3ch..
2nd Round: *Work 4ch, miss 1tr, 1dc in next tr. Repeat from * finishing with 1ch, 1tr into 1st of 1st 4ch.
3rd – 5th Rounds: *Work 4ch, 1dc into next loop. Repeat from * until last loop, finishing with 1ch, 1tr into 1st of 4ch.
6th – 8th Rounds: As 3rd Round only working 5ch instead of 4, and 2ch, 1tr to finish.
9th – 12th Rounds: As 3rd Round working 6ch instead of 4, and finishing with 3ch, 1dtr.
13th – 14th Rounds: As 3rd Round working 7ch instead of 4, and finishing with 4ch, 1dtr.
15th Round: As 3rd Round working 8ch instead of 4, and finishing with 4ch, 1trip tr.
16th Round: Work 4ch, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, into loop below hook. *Into next loop work 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1dtr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc. Repeat from * to end finishing with 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1ss into 4th of 4ch. Fasten off.
Your crochet Christmas bell will require heavy starching. Use dry starch that you mix yourself. This is available from the supermarket or a craft store. After applying the starch, stretch the bell over a mould the correct size so they dry to shape. Check your cupboards before you rush out to purchase moulds. You can buy suitable moulds, however sometimes there are reasonable substitutes found around the home, like salt shakers or glasses.
Thread your length of ribbon through the loop at the top of the bell. If you would like a different effect, try using a twisted cord to hang the bell.
If you wish, the Xmas bells can be decorated with ribbon, lace, sequins or beads.
The stitches and techniques used in my “Free Christmas Bell Pattern” are shown and explained in detail in my “Crochet Made Easy” e-book. More information on my e-book contents page. “HAPPY CROCHETING!”