Monday, September 21, 2009

Jingle Bell

Here's a patten to get you started on your Holiday Decorating.
Materials Needed:

Small amount of Main Color (MC) for bell
Approximately 1 yd of black
Small amounts of polyfil for stuffing
Hook: G for worsted, F for sport
Yarn needle

Model made with Red Heart Sport and an F hook

Bell half: make 2
Rnd 1: Using magic loop, 6 sc in ring, do not join. Place marker and continue working in rounds (6sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12sc)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch) around. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc in each stitch around.

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing on one of the halves.
Pull magic loop closed and secure end.
Bell hanger: make 1
With MC chain 5, slip stitch in 2nd chain from loop and in each chain across. Finish off (4 stitches)
Thread the longer of the two ends on a yarn needle and weave the yarn to the other end of the hanger.
Insert this end one row past the center of one bell half. Repeat with other yarn end. Secure both ends.
This completes the top half of the bell. Weave in remaining yarn end. Set aside.
Bell Bottom:
Using photo as a guide, with black yarn make 2 straight stitches to from an X on the other bell half.
Make french knots or colonial knots (my preference) at the end of each straight stitch. Secure ends.

To Make Up:
Thread yarn tail of bottom piece onto needle. With the X facing you, overcast the two halves together going through both loops of the top half and the back loop only of the bottom half. Stuff before closing. Run ends through the bell and out the other side and trim.

With the X facing you and MC, insert hook in the free loops made from joining the two halves. Slip stitch in each free loop around.
Fasten off. Run ends through bell and out the other side and trim.

Make one, make a few, make a lot. Items made can be used for fundraising and the pattern is free, just be sure you give the credit to me. Sherri

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