Day Five: Christmas Bells
These Christmas bells can be made up quite quickly, but look lovely as a homemade ornament on the tree. As each bell takes only about fifteen minutes to create, a pair of bells can easily be made in well under an hour. This pattern has long been a favorite of mine and I am sure that it will quickly become a favorite of yours, just give the pattern a try!
Colour and weight of yarn of your choice
1. Cast on 15 stitches (to make the bell longer, increase this by 5 stitches).
2. Knit across first row.
3. Purl 5 stitches, and knit across remaining stitches.
4. Knit across row.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have at least 34 rows. (You can increase the number of rows if you’d like the bell to be rounder.) Cast off.
Thread a tapestry needle with a length of yarn and sew up the short sides (with right sides together).
Then with another length of yarn and sew a gathering stitch around top edge of bell. Pull yarn tight and secure, turn right side out. Use end of yarn to form a looped hanger at the top of the bell.
With your fingers, roll the purl stitches up into a brim. They will tend to curl out and up anyway; just encourage the process with a little rolling motion of your fingers. Hang single or in pair.
Bells announce the coming or arrival of an event, activity, or occasion. They toll for good times. They toll for bad times. They ring out warnings. Bells herald in the New Year. Bells are rung to announce the union of a man and a woman. They are rung during Christmas to announce the arrival of the season, to proclaim the birth of Christ.
Ringing of bells can be traced back to pagan winter celebrations. During those times, noisemakers were used to scare away evil spirits in the night. Among those early noisemakers were bells. People had fun ringing the bells and making noise. It was too much fun to just use bells to scare demons away. So over time, bell ringing was incorporated into other events and activities. Bells are rung at churches to call people to gather, as warnings, and to bring people together to make announcements.
From these ancient roots, the ringing of bells began to be used in the Christian Christmas season. The soft, cheerful tones blended well and enhanced the sounds of the season. Today, they play an important, traditional role during the holiday.