Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…

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…knitted garlands all the way!
Well, yes, it doesn’t quite scan, but you get the idea!

There’s still time to knit up a Christmassy bell garland to decorate your home or give as a gift. Using our quick and easy pattern, you can make one in no time at all. The bells themselves are knitted flat, then sewn into shape with the addition, if you like, of a metal bell. Once you have a few, you can either make an i-cord to attach them to, or sew them on to some seasonal ribbon a la bunting.
We made ours earlier in the year, so the bells are all different colours, but a lovely festive combination or red and white on a green garland could be beautiful for this time of year.
Here’s how to do it.
You will need:
Yarn
and appropriately sized needles. Any will do, but wool tends to work nicely.
For
a larger bell, change to a thicker yarn with bigger needles, and of course vice
versa for a smaller one.
Abbreviations:
K:
knit
P:
purl
K2tog:
knit two stitches together (to decrease)
Pattern:
The
bell is knitted flat, back and forth.
Cast
on 24 stitches.
Rows
1-3: knit
Row
4: Knit and at the same time decrease by k2tog every 7 stitches.
Row
5: purl
Row
6: Knit and k2tog every 6 stitches
Row
7: Purl
Row
8: Knit and k2tog every 5 stitches
Row
9: Purl
Row
10: Knit and k2tog every 4 stitches
Row
11: Purl
Row
12: Knit and k2tog each 3 stitches
Row
13: K2tog across row, k last stitch
Break
yarn leaving 20cm tail and using a wool needle, draw it through the stitches
and fasten off. Use the tail to sew together the two short edges to make a bell
shape.
If
you like, add a jingly bell on a loop inside the knitted bell. Make some more
and sew to some ribbon or knitted i-cord to make a garland.