Getting Creative with Little Miss Ling: Crochet bell ornament pattern

Getting Creative with Little Miss Ling

The crochet bell ornaments I mentioned in my previous post were based on a series of YouTube tutorials by Bronislava Slagle.

For my first prototype, I followed the tutorials exactly but wasn’t completely happy with the shape, so I made some modifications and came up with the pattern below for my final products. I’ve linked the corresponding YouTube tutorials in my pattern below. Even though my pattern is slightly different to what is shown in the tutorials, you may still find the tutorials to be a helpful visual reference.

All the amigurumi I have made are crocheted in continuous rounds, so I haven’t crocheted in joined rounds since making my granny square blanket. I did quite a bit of research to figure out how many turning chains I need, whether the turning chain counts as a stitch, and which stitch to slip stitch into to complete the circle.

I referred to the How to Crochet a Turning Chain article from Crocheting for Dummies, where the turning chain counts as the first stitch of the next row except for the single crochet. (The single crochet turning chain isn’t wide enough to substitute for the first single crochet of the row.) In all cases, you slip stitch into the turning chain at the end of the round.

Stitch Number of turning chains needed
Slip stitch (sl st) 0
Single crochet (sc) 1
Half double crochet (hdc) 2
Double crochet (dc) 3

Bells

Bell 

Rnd 1: Sc 6 times into a magic ring, sl st into first sc to form a circle (6)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, [sc twice in next st, sc in next st] 3 times, sl st into first ch to form a circle (9)

Rnd 3: Ch1, sc twice in each st, sl st into first ch to form a circle (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc 3 times in next st, skip 2 sts, [dc 4 times in next st, skip 2 sts] 5 times, sl st into third ch to form a circle (24)

Rnd 5: Sl st between the ch 3 and first dc of previous rnd, sl st between the first and second dc of previous rnd (you should now be in the middle of the cluster), ch 3, dc 3 times in the middle of the cluster, ch 2, [dc 4 times in the middle of the next cluster, ch 2] 5 times, sl st into third ch to form a circle (36)

Rnd 6-9: Sl st between the ch 3 and first dc of previous round, sl st between the first and second dc of previous round (you should now be in the middle of the cluster), ch 3, dc 3 times in the middle of the cluster, ch 3, [dc 4 times in the middle of the next cluster, ch 3] 5 times, sl st into third ch to form a circle (42)

Rnd 10: Sl st between the ch 3 and first dc of rnd 9, sl st between the first and second dc of previous rnd (you should now be in the middle of the cluster), ch 3, dc 3 times in the middle of the cluster, ch 4, [dc 4 times in the middle of the next cluster, ch 4] 5 times, sl st into third ch to form a circle (48)

Rnd 11: [Dc 6 times into the middle of the next cluster, sc 5 times over the ch 4] 6 times, sl st into first dc to form a circle (66)

Fasten off

To embellish the lip with beads, single crochet a beaded thread in each stitch of the lip. Because the beads I used were so small, I had to thread them on a sewing thread and slip stitch the beaded sewing thread onto the lip. If you are using bigger beads, thread the beads onto the yarn before fastening off and continue to single crochet the beaded yarn in each stitch of the lip.

To starch the bell, mix 1 tablespoon of corn starch into 1/8 cup of water. Add this mixture to 1/2 cup boiling water while continuously stirring over the stove. Bring this mixture to a boil while continuing to stir for about 1 minute. Let the mixture cool before saturating the crochet bell in the mixture. Squeeze out the excess and form into desired shape. Let dry completely.

Clapper

Rnd 1: Sc 6 times into a magic ring, sl st into first ch to form a circle (6)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc twice in each st, sl st into first ch to form a circle (12)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc twice in next st, sc in next st] 6 times, sl st into first ch to form a circle (18)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st into first ch to form a circle (18)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st into first ch to form a circle (18)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each st, sl st into first ch to form a circle (18)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, [sc2tog, sc in next st] 6 times, sl st into first ch to form a circle (12)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc2tog] 6 times, sl st into first ch to form a circle (6)

Stuff ball

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc next and 4th sts together

Ch 80

Fasten off

Assembly

Fold the chain back on itself and knot it where you want the chain to catch just below crown of the bell. Thread the looped chain up through the hole of the crown. Make sure you are happy with the position of the clapper. Tie a knot above the crown of the bell to secure it.

To embellish the hanging loop with beads, single crochet a beaded thread in each stitch of the loop.

And if you want, add a pretty bow to complete the look!

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