Ding Dong, Ding Dong
Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Christmas Bells are a Holiday tradition and these crochet bells really ring. They are simple, quick and you can fill your home with little bells in one afternoon. Why not crochet a bunch of them and have them as the ornaments on your Holiday Tree?

Materials, Tools, & Gauge

4 ply Yarn: There's a wide variety of yarns in Holiday Colors or go with some of the sparkle yarn that matches your mood.

Size G 6 / 4.00 mm Crochet Hook. Or, one that goes well with the yarn you're using

Craft Jingle Bells size .63 inches (16 mm).

Small scissors, yarn needle.

Your crochet gauge is not important. This pattern uses Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Triple Crochet, and Chain Stitches.

How to Make Christmas Bells

Begin: Leave, at least, a 6 inch tail of yarn (a little longer is okay), cast on to your crochet hook with slip knot. Chain 13.

Row #1: Begin in the second chain from the hook - Single Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Double Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Triple Crochet 1 in the last 4 stitches.

Row #2: Chain 3 and turn your work (this chain counts as your first Triple Crochet). In the second stitch from the base of the chain begin - Triple Crochet 1 in the next 3 stitches, Double Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Single Crochet 1 in the last 4 stitches.

Row #3: Chain 1 and turn. Single Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Double Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Triple Crochet 1 in the next 3 stitches - 1 last Triple Crochet picking up a loop from the previous chain 3.

Row #4: Chain 3 and turn. In the second stitch from the base of the chain begin - Triple Crochet 1 in the next 3 stitches, Double Crochet 1 in the next 4 stitches, Single Crochet 1 in the last 4 stitches.]

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until you have a total of 10 rows done. DO NOT CUT YOUR YARN. Thread your yarn needle using the original tail you left.

Sew up the sides of your Christmas Bells using a mattress stitch. Doing the mattress stitch is really simple, you work on the outside (right side) of your project, and the stitch becomes almost invisible.

Working on the outside (right side) of your project you will sew from the outside to the inside of each stitch.

When there is a double stitch, pick up only the outside of the stitch.

Here it is before the thread is pulled tight.

When tightening the thread pull upward - at the same angle as the seam.

Pull slow and careful.

Tighten the seam every 3 - 4 stitches.

See how it almost disappears? And, no clumpy-lumpy seam. Its flat enough to walk on.

Put that long tail down inside the bell. Place your crochet hook back into the loop and Chain 8 - attach your chain to the opposite side with a slip stitch. Cut a long tail and bind it off by pulling the tail through the loop. Push that tail down inside the bell as well.

Draw one string through the top of the bell from left to right.

Draw the other string through the top of the bell from right to left.

Tie a good secure knot and trim the the strings.

Be careful to make sure the upper strings are even and that they do not hang longer than your bell.

From start to finish it takes about a half hour per bell. In a few days you could have enough Christmas Bells to decorate a whole tree. You could have Holiday Bells on every door of your house. Tie three together (see picture above) to make a cute door decoration. And you could even hang some on your windows for Yule. If you want to decorate around door jams and window frames try doing a long chain and connecting a bell every few stitches (depending on how many bells you want to hang).

These bells make great decorations for Weddings, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Graduations, and just about any occasion you can think of. Making them a little smaller you could even make a cute pin for a sweater or coat, attach them to hair accessories, or sew them on just about anything.


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