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Sometimes one needs a quick and pretty free crochet pattern to use in order to make lots and lots of items as holidays gift, for craft fairs or to just sell online or locally. Well, this Snowflake Christmas Bell is perfect for such times.
All you pretty much need to know is how to crochet single crochets into the center which is also called the waistcoat stitch aka knit stitch for which I have a very detailed and popular tutorial HERE.
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Furthermore, you will need to be able to use a pixelgraph in order to crochet this project. Some people might find this difficult or challenging, but is actually not at all.
When using pixelgraphs you will simply make one stitch, in this case a waistcoat stitch, per pixel or tiny square. That’s it. Super easy.
We will use 3 colors in total for this Snowflake Christmas Bell, in order to make it reversible. So, one side will have a light blue background with a white snowflake and the other side will have a dark blue background with a white snowflake.
In order to make the Snowflake Christmas Bell washable, in case it gets dusty, it will need to be 100% cotton yarn. I have used many different cotton yarn types before, but I do have an absolute favorite as it super soft as you work with and when using the finished product.
My favorite cotton yarn is Knit Picks Dishie yarn. If you have never used it, you should give it a try! It is so worth every penny (not that is is expensive), but I will always pick this yarn over any other 100% cotton yarn.
Another reason for using cotton, is that is more sturdy and the bell will not collapse easily, especially when using the waistcoat stitch.
FIND MORE FREE WAISTCOAT STITCH PATTERNS HERE!
If you prefer a pdf version of this pattern, you can easily purchase it thru my Ravelry or Etsy store in which I also provide you with a very large version of the below graphgan as the picture below is the biggest size I can display on my website. However, if you think the free version below works for you, then you do not need to pay for the pdf.
So let’s get right into the material and information list for the pattern for the Snowflake Christmas Bell.
Materials (click the names below to see which ones I used!):
- Knit Picks Dishie yarn, in colors
- Swan (white)
- Azure (light blue)
- 5.0mm hook
- tapestry needles
- small jingle bells
4 wst x 5 rows = 1 square inch
Stitches used (US terms):
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- FPDC = front post double crochet
- BPDC = back post double crochet
- wst = waistcoat stitch
- sl st = slip stitch
6.5 w/o the handle in height x 5.5 inches in diameter
Start with Swan
Make a chain of 46 and connect the first with the last stitch using a sl st to make a loop of 46 sts. To prevent twisting the loop, please check my tip HERE!
Round 0: ch 1, 1 sc in each st all around
Change color to Blue (do not cut the swan yarn, just let it hang)
You will now start using the waistcoat stitch. You will be doing continues rounds, so do not slip stitch till the end.
Here I show you how to do the Waistcoat Stitch:
Now that you know how to do the waistcoat stitch start using the pixel graph (ROUNDS 1 thru 23). You will always work your way from left to right (or right to left for a leftie) by going in rounds. One pixel or tiny square equals one waistcoat stitch.
In order to make your life easier, I would like to recommend for you to use a pencil to cross out every stitch you crocheted. So you know where you are at and when to change colors.
In order to change colors, please see my video below.
There is 2 different ways I use to change colors in this pattern.
In the first version, you will insert the hook thru the center of the single crochet from the round below. Then pull up a loop of the current color (one of the blues).
To finish the stitch you will need to yarn over (this needs to be the new color for the stitch that comes next) and pull thru 2 loops. Here is where you change the color. This will make the project look neater and the colors will aline better.
You will use this technique ONLY when switching between the blue yarn.
Second version: When incorporating the swan, you will insert the hook thru the center of the V of the waistcoat stitch pull up a loop of the swan yarn, but finish it with one of the blues (depending on where you are at).
I also included a video tutorial below on how to start the first couple of stitches in the first round in order to show how to use the pixelgraph and how to change colors. The video is not a full video, but shows you the main parts of the techniques to use for this pattern.
If you have never made a graphgan, which is a flat version of what we are making in this project, before, please click HERE for a full tutorial on that. You can turn any picture into a crocheted graphgan. It really is super easy!
Finishing up the project
Once you finished every stitch of the pixelgraph, you will do several rounds of decreases. Cut out the swan yarn at some point as you will not need that one anymore.
Crochet the decreases just like you would for a single crochet decreases just that you are doing it using the waistcoat stitch.
You will now do the following rounds:
Rounds 24: *1 wst dec, 1 wst, repeat from * all around
Round 25 – 26: wst dec all around
Fasten off at the end and sew the hole shut.
Adding a loop
I like to add a small little loop to my Snowflake Christmas Bell at the very top. In order to do that, follow these instructions:
Attach the Swan yarn to the very top.
Then chain 8, sl st slightly over to were you started.
Ch 1, and crochet one row of single crochets back, sl st to the first st.
Adding the white extension at the opening of the bell
Attach the swan yarn at one of the corners.
Round 1: Ch 2, 1 dc all around, sl st to the first st
Round 2: Ch 2, *1 FPDC, 1 BPDC, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st.
Fasten off and weave in all the ends.
Now add a string of yarn (I used swan) and add 3 jingle bells to it and let it ring and enjoy this beautiful bell during the holiday season.
You are now done and can use, sell or gift your Snowflake Christmas Bell.
Video tutorial to show how to read a pixelgraph and how to change colors using the waistcoat stitch:
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