With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Aunt Marie's Knitted Dainty Bells

Monday, May 7, 2012

Aunt Marie's Knitted Dainty Bells

My husband's Aunt Marie enjoyed all sorts of needlework and loved gifting us with special items she made. Many years ago she knitted little bells in red and green then added curling ribbon to create a corsage to be worn on a jacket lapel during Christmas. These sweet little bells can be used in lots of adorable ways.

Made in pink or blue they are perfect for baby shower favors. Add some faux leaves and silk ribbon for the Mom-to-be to wear as a corsage.

Decorate a package or give as a keepsake Baby's 1st Christmas or Christening.

Equally sweet used to decorate wedding or shower gifts.
Also a lovely Our 1st Christmas Together ornament.

To make a wearable corsage, I stitched a pin back to the white bells.


Aunt Marie's Dainty Bells

Print Pattern

Yarn required for each bell is about 6 yards worsted weight 4-ply
a bead or bell for 'clapper'
Size 8 standard knitting needles (I used size 5)

Cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: K across
Row 2: SL. ST as to K. K 5 (mark SL ST end)
Row 3 through 17: Repeat rows 1 and 2, end on SL ST end.  Bind off. Do NOT cut yarn.
Pick up 1 ST along edge opposite SL ST, 19 STS.

Row 1: (Wrong side) K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K
Bind off in P.  Fasten off leaving about 18-inches yarn.  Thread needle and back stitch so seam will not pucker.  Pull needle through SL STs and draw together.  Fasten securely.  Thread bead or bell and attach to inside of bell.

I still have the hand written pattern from Aunt Marie.
She will be 94 years old in June
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35 comments:

Snap said...

I see where your knitting and crochet ability comes from ... it's in the genes!!! Cute pattern from your Aunt Marie.

Cyn said...

Those are very cute! I do not know how to knit, maybe I could get my friend to make me a few. :)

Dimple said...

These are charming! I will give them a try.

Blessings!

Debbie said...

I love these....soo dainty and sweet!

Maple Lane said...

How very pretty these are and so sweet that you have her handwritten pattern. I love them displayed on the pretty milkglass.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I absolutely the idea of using the bells on a shower gift. What about a garland of bells to decorate? Sweet.

EMMA said...

Those bells are so lovely! doesn't your auntie Marie have beautiful handwriting.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh my...how precious and what a wonderful treasure to have the hand written patterns

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, are those not the cutest little bells ever?? I love to knit, I'm just not to swift at it, but working on it! Thanks for sharing~

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful memory to have her handwritten instructions! Not to mention the bells are really sweet! Hope you're having a nice day!

lindsey said...

These are so sweet and make lovely 'shower' decorations

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Now these are an adorable shower favor. They are absolutely precious and would make a package priceless!

Suzanne said...

What a cute idea! How lovely to have a handwritten heirloom like that also. Those bells would look lovely on many gifts, wedding, babay, Christmas! Hope you pop by and link up to Let's Get Stitched. I am a bit late putting it up today:-)

Olga said...

They are adorable. Would look so cute on a baby shower present.

Barbara F. said...

These are the most adorable things! And how special to have the original instructions from Aunt Marie. Blessings to both of you. xo

Ann said...

Those are so sweet. I never could get the hang of knitting though

RaNaeLuvsEwes said...

Hi LDH thanks for stopping by my blog love the bells soo sweeet.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those bells are so sweet!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They are adorable, Lorraine! I wish I was a better knitter. I never could hold the needles properly :(

What a cherished pattern you have.

myletterstoemily said...

they are precious . . . almost like tiny
booties.

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Lorraine...I don't knit but those bells are darling!!!

Debbie Huffaker said...

So precious!! I don't see how you make them they're so tiny!!!

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Very gentle!!! I never saw something similar. Thank you! Nika

NanaDiana said...

Auntie left you a wonderful pattern! I really love those little bells. I have a couple that Gramma Hazel made at Christmas time. xo Diana

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How very sweet these are!!!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Lorraine,
I'm impressed you are organized enough to keep up with the hand-written instructions. You make me want to learn to crochet.

podso said...

Sweet bells! I see that my attachment made it on Sunday. It was not until I restarted my computer that I was able to see it. Not sure what was going on. They keep us guessing!

Susan said...

Dear LDH....God bless that auntie. The bells are soooo cute. They'd be great for a baby shower. Take care. Hope you have a great week.Susan

Patti said...

These are so sweet - and I love them hanging from the hobnail vase!

Just a little something from Judy said...

They are so adorable! How perfect that you can use her same pattern. The little white vase is pretty.

Dawn said...

I have a red one that a student gave me years ago. It is one of my treasured Christmas ornaments.

Turmeric n Spice said...

These. Bells are so dainty !! Love your aunt's hand . We dont c this kind of handwriting anymore. :)))

Sherry said...

The bells are so precious, quite creative! I'm now your newest follower!

Six Sisters said...

Love these cute bells! We are so happy that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" and we hope you see you back next week!! -The Sisters

Nirmala Thanasekaran said...

Knitted the cute white bell.Thankyou aunt Mary for the pattern.MERRY CHRISTMAS!25.12.15.

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