Christmas Bell Garland
Debbie von Grabler-Crozier
For the tinsel: 1x 50g ball King Cole Tinsel Chunky: Icicle
For the bells: 2x 50g balls Scheepjes Stone Washed XL: Carnelian
TIP: For the pattern as written with six bells, you need slightly more than one 50g ball. This gives plenty left over either for a longer garland or some more bells somewhere else.
Large gold Christmas bells: you need one for each bell
<Abbreviations used in this pattern>
CO- cast on
BO: bind off
DPNs: double pointed needles
SPNs: single pointed needles
To Make the tinsel icord:
NB: Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.
CO 4 stitches using two of the DPNs. Knit the four stitches and then without swapping needles, slide the work along the needle to the other end so that you are ready to knit again and take the working yarn behind the knitted row. Knit again and repeat until you have a piece of tinsel about 1m long IMAGE 1.
TIP: You will have heaps over on your ball so you can make this much longer if you like. Weave in the ends using a darning needle for the set.
To make the Bells:
CO 14 stitches onto a SPN.
TIP: Aim to have a long tail for gathering the bell at the top.
Row 1: k 10, p4
Row 2: K 14
Repeat for 18 rows.
BO leaving a long tail IMAGE 2.
Use the long tail on the bottom (where you can see the purl stitches) to sew the bell up the back IMAGE 3. The other long tail on the top is used to weave in and out of the stitches to gather the bell. Use the darning needle in your set for both jobs.
TIP: The purl stitches at the bottom want to curl and stand out a bit so without too much trouble, the bell shape will form itself.
Finally, take a long piece of yarn (about 50cm) and thread a gold bell onto it. Fold the yarn in two and thread it up through the top of the bell and anchor it there. Allow the gold bell to hang slightly below the base of the knitted bell IMAGE 4.
Use the top of the yarn to tie the bell to the tinsel garland IMAGE 5. Weave in the ends and trim. I have arranged two bells in the centre of the garland, two on the very ends and the remaining two in the space left.