I enjoy making these crochet bells as you learn the pattern quickly by heart. These can be Christmas tree decorations or you can attach them to cards or use as gift tags. I’m sure there are many ideas for using the bells that I haven’t thought of, please tell me in the comments! Someone just commented that these bells could also be used as wedding decoration or in wedding cards. Good point! The same pattern would look great for weddings made in white or silver and with some beads or other decorations added.
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The bells in the photos are made in sport weight cotton or bamboo yarn (50 g/150 m, 1.7 oz/164 yards), using hook 3 mm. In that yarn, they are about 10 cm (4 in) high. But you can make them in any yarn or thread and get different sizes.
The video shows step by step how to make the bell. Many people have asked for a written pattern or graph of the bell. This is now available for download at patterns.knit-crochet-christmas.com/bellpattern
Check out the Christmas stocking pattern in a similar style and technique! You could make some of each.
Hardening or starching
I have hardened the crochet bells using a wood glue and water mix. You can use any white glue. I also made a video about hardening with glue. My white yarn has glitter in the yarn itself but I also added glitter afterwards to some of the bells. You can spread or shake glitter on it while the glue is wet. Here is the video about hardening with glue. The same idea works for all sorts of crochet items. If you have 3-dimensional items like baskets or bowls you need to have something to dry it on, like a plastic bowl. Remember to use cling film or similar if you think the item might stick!
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