Sunday, 18 December 2016

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIVE BELLS

crochet xmas bells

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIVE BELLS


Christmas is around the corner .. and I thought I’d add a few Christmassy cheery ideas to my blog.  This blog is fully reserved for bells, bells and more bells.

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Please read till the end of the blog to get blocking ideas.

Materials usedToday I have used ~ about a little bit of our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook ;

Stitches used : Using U.S terminology
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                       hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                               yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                     sc : Single crochet



Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

If using this as an ornament, then at the end of the creation, add a chain from the centre of the 1st start round. If you are an advanced crocheter, you could start your magic circle after leaving a long tail, work the pattern, and then come back to this tail to make a hanging chain.  
Else, work the pattern starting with the magic circle, and then re-attach a chain for hanging to the centre of the circle after you complete making your bell.
Create, discover and enjoy.


BELL # 1

crochet xmas bells

Materials used : I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
Size : 1.5” high ; 1” diameter
Skill level : Easy  

THE INSPIRATION



 Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 6 hdc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 3 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; 
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc) ; 
rep (to) all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 4 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc) ; 
rep (to) all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 5 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc ; 
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc) ; 
rep (to) all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 - 8 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 9 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 
(2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc) ; 
rep (to) all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 10 :  hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

In our final round, let’s work one round of Crab Stitch or Reverse Single Crochet.
How to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE-ObvYb_Pk

Round 11 :  Crab Stitch in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.





BELL # 2

crochet xmas bells


In this pattern, I’ve changed the stitches a little to match the yarn and hook I’m using.  Please feel free to use the chart if you can read it, else come along and follow my pattern.

Materials used : I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
Size : 3” high ; 2.5” diameter
Skill level : Intermediate

THE INSPIRATION


Start with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st sc ; (ch 1, dc in the next sc) ; 
rep (to) all around ; ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
(2 dc in the next ch-2 sp; dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; and in each dc all around and 
join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sc in the 1st dc ;
(ch 11, sk next 5 dc, sc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the following round, when working the dc in the ch-11 sp, may I suggest that you work the dc in the chain and not around it.  This way, the stitch is in one place, and the [dc ; ch 2, dc] in the centre of the ch-11 sp will be in the centre of the ch-11 sp.

Round 6 : sl-st into the 1st ch-11 sp ; dc in the same ch-11 sp ;
(ch 2, dc in the same ch-11 sp) ;
ch 2, [dc ; ch 2, dc in the same st of ch-11 sp] ; 
rep (to) once ;
*dc 2-tog over this ch-11 sp and the next ch-11 sp ;
rep (to) once ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In this round, we will be using only the centre ch-2 sps in the [to] ch-2 sp.
Round 7 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp of the centre [to] ch-2 sp ;
sc in the same ch-2 sp ;
*ch 7, sk the next 4 ch-2 sps , sc in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 8 : dc in the 1st sc ;  
*(ch 1, dc in the ch-7 sp) ;
rep (to) 2 times ; ch 1, dc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 9 : sc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 11, sk next 4 ch-1 sps and 3 dc ; sc in the next dc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Once again, in the following round, when working the dc in the ch-11 sp, may I suggest that you work the dc in the chain and not around it.  This way, the stitch is in one place, and the [dc ; ch 2, dc] in the centre of the ch-11 sp will be in the centre of the ch-11 sp.

Round 10 : Rep Round 6.  

Once again, in the following round, we will be using only the centre ch-2 sps in the [to] ch-2 sp.

Round 11 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp of the centre [to] ch-2 sp ;
sc in the same ch-2 sp ;
*ch 9, sk the next 4 ch-2 sps , sc in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 12 : dc in the 1st sc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in the ch-9 sp) ;
rep (to) 3 times ; ch 1, dc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 13 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ;  sc in the same ch-1 sp
*(ch 5, sc in the same ch-1 sp ; sc in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


BELL # 3

crochet xmas bells


In this pattern, I’ve changed the stitches a little to match the yarn and hook I’m using.  Please feel free to use the chart if you can read it, else come along and follow my pattern.

Materials used : I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
Size : 1.5” high ; 1” diameter
Skill level : Intermediate

THE INSPIRATION


Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 16 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ;
(2 sc in the next sc ; sc in the next 3 sc) ;
rep (to) all around ; sc in the next 2 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ;
(sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 4 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ;
(sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 5 : hdc in the 1st sc ;
(ch 1, sk next sc , hdc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 : hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(ch 1, hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 7 : hdc in the 1st hdc ;
(hdc in the next ch-1 sp, hdc in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

In the following round, we’ll work a Small Shell stitch which is (2 dc ; ch 3, 2 dc)
Round 8 : Small Shell stitch in the 1st hdc ;
(sk next 4 hdc, Small Shell st in the next hdc) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

In the following round, we’ll work a Large Shell stitch which is (3 dc ; ch 3, 3 dc)
Round 9 : sl-st in the ch-3 sp of the 1st Small Shell stitch ; 
Large Shell stitch in the same ch-3 sp ;
(sk next 2 dc, Large Shell st in the next Small Shell st) ;
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the last round, we will work in between the Large Shell stitches.
Round 10 : trc in the sp between the 2 Large Shell sts ; 
(ch 1, trc in the same sp) ; rep (to) 2 times ; 
*ch 1, sc in the next ch-3 sp of the Large Shell st ; 
ch 1, trc in the sp between the next 2 Large Shell sts ; rep (to) 3 times* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



BELL # 4

crochet xmas bells

Materials used : I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
Size : 3” high ; 2.5” diameter
Skill level : Intermediate

THE INSPIRATION



Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 12 hdc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc ;
*hdc in the next 2 hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 3 - 5 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; *ch 1, hdc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 7 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; hdc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 8 - 9 : hdc in the 1st hdc and in each hdc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 10 : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ;
*hdc in the next hdc ; ch 10, hdc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

In the following row, we will use a decorative picot.  
We will use a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).

We will also be working only in the ch-15 sps all around.  For the 1st ch-15 sp, we will work sc and picot in it, and in each of the following ch-15 sps, we will be joining one ch-15 sp to the next on the 4th sc.  Do try and follow the chart to make this explanation a little easier.

Round 11 : sl-st in the next 8 sc (till you reach the ch-15 sp) ; 8 sc in the next ch-15 sp, picot ; 8 sc in the same ch-15 sp ; *4 sc in the next ch-15 sp ; join with a sl-st to the 4th sc of the earlier ch-15 sp ; 4 sc in the same ch-15 sp ; picot ; 8 sc in the same ch-15 sp*
rep *to* all around till the last ch-15 sp ; In the last sp, you will work your picot and then instead of 8 sc, work 4 sc, join to the 1st ch-15 sp and then work the last 4 sc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Fasten off and weave in ends.



BELL # 5

crochet xmas bells

Materials used : I have used our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook
Size : 3” high ; 2.5” diameter
Skill level : Intermediate

THE INSPIRATION



Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 16 sc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 2 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc ;
*hdc in the next 3 sc ; 2 hdc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 3 :  hdc in the 1st hdc ;
ch 3, sk next hdc ; hdc in the next in the next 3 hdc ;
*ch 3, sk next hdc, hdc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around ; hdc in the last 2 hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 4 :  hdc in the 1st hdc ;
ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, hdc in the next in the next 3 hdc ;
*ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, hdc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around ; hdc in the last 2 hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 5 :  hdc in the 1st hdc ;
*ch 4, sk next sc , hdc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around ; hdc in the last 2 hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.

Round 6 :  dc in the 1st hdc ;
*ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 1 , dc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 hdc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 7 :  dc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 2, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 2 , dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 8 :  dc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 3, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 3 , dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 9 :  dc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , dc in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 10 :  dc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 4, dc in the next in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; dc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In our final round, let’s stiffen our edge by running a round of sc all around.
Round 11 :  sc in the 1st dc ;
*4 sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next in the next 3 dc* ;
rep *to* all around ; sc in the last 2 dc and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

General blocking and finishing : 
For a good finish, I suggest blocking our little bells.  For this, I have used 1 part of Mod Podge (or any other white glue – For Indians, Fevicol will work too), with 2 parts of water.  Make a smooth paste and then lightly apply on with a paint brush.  Allow to flat dry.  For rounded objects or odd shapes like our bell, after you have applied your blocking material, re-shape to the shape you wish and then lightly place down (or preferably hang) so that you will get the shape you desire on drying.

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