After knitting quite a few little stockings and hats, I've moved on this week to Christmas bells. This has to be the easiest, quickest project yet!
I started with this free pattern, but have made a number of adjustments (needle size, yarn, etc.) along the way.
Needles: 4.0 mm or size 6 (US)
Yarn: Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand
Cast on 15 stitches then knit one row.
Row 2: Purl 5; knit 10
Row 3: Knit 15
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have about 38 - 40 rows. Note how the rectangle begins to flare and the five knit stitches begin to curl. Finish at the curled end (bottom of the bell).
Leave a 2 foot tail when you cut the yarn. Use that tail to sew the sides together (a tube shape). Continue by gathering the stitches around the top and pulling tight to close off the top. Now that you have a bell shape, put in a few stitches at the top of the bell to secure the yarn.
But don't cut the tail. : )
With a crochet hook, use the remainder of the tail to crochet 15 single crochet stitches to make a loop to hang your bell. Stitch to secure the end of the loop at the top of the bell.
But don't cut the tail. Not yet! : )
Use the remainder of the yarn to sew a jingle bell inside.
NOW cut the tail. : )
Since these little bells are just one colour, you can add a yarn "bow" (2 rows of 15 single crochet stitches), a ribbon bow or a Christmas button to add some extra Christmas colour.
I'm quite excited and looking forward to giving an assortment of these little knitted ornaments to two young families just starting their Christmas tree traditions! If I have time before Christmas, I would also like to try the little mittens and bags pictured below.
Have a great day!
From Santa's workshop,
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