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Crocheted Christmas Bell >>> Hackovany Vanocni Zvonecek

This year I decided to create all my Christmas decorations by hand for several reasons:

* I want my tree to be different and unique
* I love to create
* Handmade is the best

So, for the first time in my life, I am crocheting 3D Christmas decorations, like angels and bells. After I will add my snowflakes to 3D decorations it will be a real pleasure to look at my tree (which is purely mine), while I sip some hot chocolate.

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sc decrease - single crochet decrease (you can do "invisible sc decrease" - see the video 4 LEFTIES & 4 RIGHTIES)
dc - double crochet
join - connect into a circle
sl st - slip stitch


Material:
Yarn - Aunt Lydia Crochet Cotton Yarn #10
Hook - Stainless Steel Size 7 (1.65mm)

How to make Bell:

Rnd 1          ch5 - join
Rnd 2          ch2, sc8, join
Rnd 3          ch2, in each stitch make 2 sc - total of 18, join
Rnd 4          ch3, three dc, skip 2 st, *[four dc, skip 2 st] - repeat from * 4 more times, join
Rnd 5          make 2 sl st. to get in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch3, 3 dc in the same st, ch2, *[four dc in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch2]  - repeat from * 4 more times, join
Rnd 6          make 2 sl st. to get in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch3, three dc, ch3, *[four dc in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch3]  - repeat from * 4 more times, join
Rnd 7-9       repeat row six
Rnd 10        make 2 sl st. to get in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch3, three dc, ch4, *[four dc in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch4]  - repeat from * 4 more times, join
Rnd 11        without making sl st. and without ch2 crochet immediately * [6 dc  in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row (creating a "fan looking" cluster), along the ch4 from prev. row crochet 5 sc] - from * repeat 5 more times

Wash the bell, starch and stretch into a 3D bell shape.

How to make and attach the ball to the bell:

Rnd 1          ch4, join
Rnd 2          ch2, 6 sc, join
Rnd 3          ch2, into each st 2 sc (total 12 sc along the perimeter), join
Rnd 4-6       ch2, sc into every stitch from prev. row, join
Rnd 7          ch2, * [sc, sc decrease]; from * repeat to end, join
at this point stuff the forming ball with some filling (ie. white thick yarn, pillow filling etc.)
Rnd 8-9       repeat row 7
Rnd 10        close the hole with one stitch an crochet long string of chains (ch80 - ch100) - depending how long you want the loop for hanging


After the bell is dry, fold the long string in such way that the ball can hang long enough inside the bell, but that at the same time it is not too long - make a knot. Pull the loop through the small hole at the top of the bell and make another knot - securing the ball well onto the bell and not to get lost in the future.

After the holidays take care to wrap and store your precious 3D decorations, so they do not get crushed.