When Christmas comes around, and it’s time to start thinking about decorations, consider making ornaments instead of buying them.
You can even offer your trinkets as gifts for friends and loved ones, showing how you’ve been thinking about them as you craft.
Christmas bells are the perfect crochet gift, as they bring a sense of whimsy and fun while still being appropriate for all religions.
In this design by Deli Dolls, you’ll receive a digital download of a bell-shaped Santa. The iconic red jacket is held tight by the black belt and golden buckle. Around the trim of the bell is the classic white fluff, creating a simple but instantly recognizable Santa Clause design.
In Deli Doll’s creation, you’ll also add an actual bell to the design with a small and hidden “rope” created by yarn.
For the construction, you’ll need a 2.5mm hook, and 100% cotton yard for the red, black, and white. The red areas need 10 yards of yarn while the other two only need 2 yards maxim.
The Santa bell feels cartoony, and if that isn’t your vibe you may prefer a more elegant design. This bell by Home Of Yarns creates a small structure with defined edging lines and a soft lip.
You will need an intermediate level of skill, as some of the instructions skirt past the basic stitches, expecting you to know how to complete them already.
Home Of Yarns doesn’t use a specific yarn for the bell, instead, they make it using old scraps. This means it doesn’t matter what thickness you currently have, they should all work.
This bell by Zoom Yummy is easier than the others. The color palette is simple with only one color change at the very end.
To make the bells even simpler, the 12-page instructions also come with a photo tutorial so visual learners can follow the directions with ease. There are 26 pictures in total, with one per step.
The design is beginner friendly, and you can even sell the products from the pattern!
The traditional Christmas bell that we see on neon signs, lit up along the streets, and molded into chocolate isn’t 3D, and yet the first 3 designs we have shown you are.
If you were hoping for a classic bell design, then follow this concept by Stitch Bright Studio.
The pattern is easy and suitable for beginners, and the design can be created with any yard or hook.
When you buy the pattern, you’ll also be given a step-by-step video tutorial to help you along the way.
Just like Zoom Yummy, Stitch Bright Studio doesn’t mind if you sell your creations, as long as you credit them with the design. This means you can spend an afternoon crocheting a collection of bells ready for a local fair.
Become the talk of the town with your creations!
If you like the idea of creating a bell but prefer an eclectic collection, then use Oregon Rain Drops’ design.
You can buy their entire 16 collections or pick and choose which patterns you wish to use.
The designs are vintage and range from wide gapped bell bottoms, to pineapple waves, all the way to thick winged triangles.
No matter which design you choose, they are all considered easy.
Oregon Rain Drops publish its patterns in multiple languages so make sure to scroll through their choices before settling on one.
6. Tiny Bells
This next pattern is for the tiniest bells in history. The size of a thimble, these delicate bells can be added to babies’ clothes, hanging designs, or your Christmas tree.
Despite their tiny size, the pattern isn’t considered difficult. We would call it easy.
The shape is designed to look like tulips, and from the lip of one end to another, you can expect a width of 1 inch.
We recommend making at least two of these bells, as they look better as a pair than by themselves. This is just a matter of opinion though, so have fun either way.
Lace By Luba suggests using a tulip crochet hook of 1.1mm and cotton yarn of size 10.
Many of us already have a large number of ornaments ready to put on the tree, so instead of creating another trinket to get lost in the collection, make a garland instead.
Of course any of the bells already suggested could be turned into a garland with a couple of tweaks, but Hugles have designed a pattern specifically for this concept.
The pattern is considered beginner friendly, and it comes with step-by-step instructions. The instructions also include pictures to make the creation easier.
Play around with colors, following the classic gold and silvers or red and green.
Our last design will create a vintage aesthetic. To make the aged coloration you can buy yarn designed to look older or use the coffee technique to create the illusion of vintage colors.
Jibby Stone is the creator of this design. They have very clear instructions re-written from vintage crochet books. The quality is great and you will end up with a delicate design.
There are no images or videos with these instructions, so we recommend that beginners stay clear of this option.
The Christmas bell is an iconic image of the winter season. And yet this well-known symbol is often forgotten in place of angels, stars, snowflakes, and reindeer.
Although some might see this as a lost opportunity, you can use this moment to craft your own bells and create gifts for friends and family that they won’t already own.
Don’t bother about crafting a symbol that is already littering their home. Instead, the humble bell will feel like a breath of fresh air among the stars and lights.
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