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Crochet Bells and Flakes

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Try this lacy crochet pattern from Patons to make beautiful delicate snowflakes to decorate your Christmas tree. This free crochet pattern features patterns for snowflake and bell ornaments as well as how to crochet a Christmas tree skirt.

Crochet Bells and Flakes

MATERIALS

  • Patons Grace (50 g/1.75 oz)
  • 1 ball will make 10 snowflakes.
  • 1 ball will make 5 clusters of 3 bells.
  • 5 balls will make edging to measure 156 ins [396 cm].
  • Crochet Hook: size 3.25 mm (U.S. 3) or size needed to obtain tension.
  • Crochet thread stiffener.
  • Pearl beads for Bells.
  • Any size fabric tree skirt, purchased or home-sewn.

SIZES
Snowflake: Approx 3 ins [7.5 cm] wide.
Bell: Approx 2½ x 2 ins [6 x 5 cm].
Tree Skirt Edging: Approx 4 ins [10 cm] wide.

TENSION
17 dc and 8 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

INSTRUCTIONS
SNOWFLAKE A
Ch 8. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 3 (counts as dc). 2 dc in ring. Ch 12. (3 dc in ring. Ch 12) 5 times. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
2nd rnd: 1 ss in each of next 2 dc. 1 sl st in each of next 5 ch of ch 12. (Ch 3. 2 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) all in same ch-12 sp. *Ch 7. Miss next 3 dc. (3 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) all in next ch-12 sp. Rep from * 4 times more. Ch 7. Miss next 3 dc. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
3rd rnd: 1 ss in each of next 2 dc. 1 sl st in next ch-3 sp. Ch 3. [2 dc (Ch 5. Ss in first ch) 3 times. Sl st in top of last dc - triple picot made. 3 dc] all in same ch 3 sp. *[(Ch 3. 1 sc) twice. Ch 4. (1 sc. Ch 3) twice] all in next ch-7 sp**. (3 dc. Triple picot. 3 dc) all in next ch-3 sp. Rep from *4 times more, then from * to ** once. Join with sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

SNOWFLAKE B
Ch 8. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. (1 sc in ring. Ch 2) 12 times. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: (1 sl st. Ch 2. 1 dc) all in first ch-2 sp. Ch 3. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next ch 2 sp. *Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook*. Yoh and draw up a loop in same ch-2 sp. Rep from * to * once more. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook - cluster made. Ch 3) 11 times. Join with sl st in top of ch 2.
3rd rnd: (1 sl st. Ch 1. 2 sc) all in first ch-3 sp. (Ch 5. 2 sc in next ch-3 sp) 11 times. Ch 2. 1 dc in first sc.
4th rnd: *Ch 4. [1 tr. (Ch 1. 1 tr) 3 times] all in next ch-5 sp. Ch 4**. 1 sc in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * 4 times more, then from * to **once. Join with sl st in first dc.
5th rnd: (1 sl st. Ch 1. 1 sc) all in first ch of ch-4 sp. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch - picot 3 made. 1 sc in same ch-4 sp. *[(1 sc. Picot 3. 1 sc) all in next tr. Miss next ch-1 sp] twice. Ch 5. Sl st in first ch - picot 5 made. [Miss next ch-1 sp. (1 sc. Picot 3. 1 sc) all in next tr] twice. 1 sc in next ch-4 sp. Picot 3. 1 sc in same ch-4 sp**. (1 sc. Picot 3. 1 sc) all in next ch-4 sp. Rep from * 4 times more, then from * to ** once more.
Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

SNOWFLAKE C
Ch 5. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3). (1 dc in ring. Ch 3) 11 times. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 6.
2nd rnd: Sl st in ch 3 sp. Ch 1. [(1 sc. Ch 7. 1 sc) all in ch-3 sp. 2 sc in next ch-3 sp] 6 times. Join with sl st in first sl st.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. [Miss next sc. (2 sc. Ch 2. 3 dc. 2 tr. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch - picot 4 made. 1 tr. 3 dc. Ch 2. 2 sc) all in next ch-7 sp. Miss next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc] 6 times. Join with sl st in first sc.
4th rnd: *Sl st in next sc. 1 sc in
next sc. 1 sc in next ch-2 sp. 1 sc in
next dc. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch - picot 3 made. 1 sc in each of next 2 dc. Picot 3. 1 sc in next tr. Miss next tr. (3 sc. Picot 4. 2 sc) all in next picot sp. 1 sc in next tr. Picot 3. 1 sc in each of next 2 dc. Picot 3. 1 sc in next dc. 1 sc in next ch-2 sp. Sl st in each of next 3 sc. Picot 3. Sl st in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * 5 times more. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Saturate snowflakes in crochet thread stiffener, stretch and pin flat to plastic wrap covered surface.
Attach twisted cord as hanger.
Twisted Cord: Cut 1 strand of yarn 10 ins [25 cm] long. Hold 1 end and twist other end to the right until strand begins to curl. Fold the 2 ends tog and tie in a knot so it will not unravel. The strands will now twist themselves tog. Adjust length if desired.

BELL (make 3 for each cluster).
Ch 4. Join with sl st to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 16 sc.
4th to 6th rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 3 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 20 sc.
8th rnd: As 4th rnd.
9th rnd: As 7th rnd. 25 sc.
10th rnd: As 4th rnd.
11th rnd: Ch 1. *1 sc in each of next 4 sc. 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 30 sc.
12th rnd: Ch 1. Working from left to right instead of from right to left as usual, work 1 sc in each sc around for reverse sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Make 1 twisted cord for each Bell as given for Snowflakes. Attach bead to end of cord. Thread rem end of cord through top of Bell.
Tie 3 cords tog securely at top of cluster, then tie again at end to form loop. Adjust length if desired.

TREE SKIRT EDGING
Ch 6.
Foundation row: (WS). 1 tr in 6th ch from hook. *Ch 5. 1 tr in top of tr. Rep from * for desired length to fit around outer edge of tree skirt. Turn.
1st row: Ch 1. 1 sc in tr *. Ch 5. (1 sc. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch - picot made. 1 sc) all in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * to end of row. Ch 2. 1 dc in first ch. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first dc. *Ch 5. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc) all in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 5. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
3rd row: *Ch 5. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc ) all in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 2. 1 dc in last sc. Turn.
4th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first dc. *Ch 6. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc ) all in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 6. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
5th row: *Ch 6. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc ) all in next ch 6-sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 3. 1 dc in last sc. Turn.
6th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first dc. *Ch 7. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc ) all in next ch-6 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 7. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
7th row: *Ch 7. (1 sc. Picot. 1 sc ) all in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 3. 1 tr in last sc. Turn.
8th row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first tr. *Ch 8. 1 sc in next ch-7 sp. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 8. 1 sc in last sc. Turn.
9th row: Ch 1. *(6 sc. Picot. 6 sc) all in next ch-8 sp. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING
Place Edging onto flat surface to form a circle. Cover with a damp pressing cloth and apply a hot iron. Remove when dry.
Machine or hand stitch to Tree Skirt.

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Reading over the pattern, and am also confused by the ss stitch? It would be so great if someone could explain that--I think I'm going to go ahead and try to work this tonight...trying a slip stitch and then with a single crochet?? I hope I can figure it out, these look like such nice snowflakes. Any help will be appreciated-

Hi there, This pattern was sent to us directly from Patons Yarn, so these are the exact instructions from their site. If you're confused or would like more information on how to put this pattern together, we suggest contacting Patons directly and asking for more information. They might be able to provide you with a chart or maybe even a video to help you create this pattern. Thanks!

I am having a hard time understanding snowflake B row 4. Can anyone help clear this up? I can't seem to get it to make sense.

I so love these patterns, especially the snowflakes!!! Please send more patterns and crafts!!!

I so love these patterns, especially the snowflakes!!! Please send more patterns and crafts!!!

maravilhoso

Why don't you bring a little sketch of the stitches along with the description? I get that from German magazines (I can read that since I'm German) and it is much easier to follow. Here, I cannot follow snowflake A, even I'm a crocheter for many years.

If ss stands for slip stitch, why do you say in Snowflake A at the 2nd rnd: 1 ss in each of next 2 dc. 1 sl st in each of next 5 ch of ch 12. Isn't sl st standing for slip stitch?

It could also mean to single crochet, not slip stitch. Older patterns (and a few from over the pond) do their wording that way, but it is always best, of course, to be sure, so double check it by emailing the pattern designer, if possible.

I am having difficulty reading your directions with both the () and the [] marks. Row 3 of snowflake A is very confusing. I have made picots before, but no matter now I work it, it comes out a mess. ss in first ch 3 times? all in the same ch? I have made 30-40 different patterns of snowflakes and this one should be simple but is very hard to understand. Please help because I like the picture.

Snow flake A I can't get row 3,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

miss (this means to skip it) next chain 1 space....there should be a small little opening which is the chain 1 space from your previous round....just skip it and go to the next stitch..

what does it mean in snowflake B when it says "miss next ch-1 sp"?

pictures of each project would make it much easier to follow the instructions

ss stands for slip stitch

What does the abreviation ss stand for in snowflake A

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