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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
* And it is my way to fight against outsourcing jobs from America. (I try to buy only American made products when possible, or I make it myself if I know how to).

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 real pleasure to look at my tree, which is mine and not foreign, while sipping hot chocolate.

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

How to make Bell:

1. ch5 - connect into circle
2. ch2, sc8, connect into circle
3. ch2, in each stitch make 2 sc - total of 18, connect into circle
4. ch3, three dc, skip 2 st, *[four dc, skip 2 st] - repeat from * 4 more times, connect into circle
5. make 2 sl st. to get in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch3, three dc, ch2, *[four dc in the middle of "four dc cluster" from prev. row, ch2]  - repeat from * 4 more times, connect into circle
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, connect into circle
7.-9. repeat row six
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, connect into circle
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:

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


(if you do not know how to do "sc decrease", I found this video on you tube for you)

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 trough 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.