A crocheted lace edging, with shells running across the top, accenting a row of bells. Make in white for wedding bells or in holiday colors for Christmas bells. One home decor decoration idea: sew this edging across the lower part of a red or green terry fabric guest towel for a Christmas decorating accent.
Materials: Use thread size of your choice, with corresponding size steel hook. I tried it with size 10 thread and a size 8 steel hook.
Shell = 3 dc in ch-2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-2 space
Starting Chain: Ch 4.
Row 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, 3 dc in the same place as the last dc's were worked, ch 6, turn.
Row 2: 3 dc in ch-2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-2 space (shell made).
Row 3: ch 5, turn, shell (see directions above).
Row 4: ch 2, 1 dc in 3rd ch of ch-6 (this ch-6 is between the first shell made and the second shell made), ch 6, turn.
Row 5: Shell in next ch-2 sp (in center of last shell made).
Row 6: *ch 5, 9 dc in ch-5 sp (that's to the left), turn.
Row 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in each of next 8 dc (9 dc). Turn.
Row 8: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same stitch as ch-3 just made, 1 dc in each of next 8 dc (10 dc), turn.
Row 9: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in each dc (10 dc), turn.
Row 10: ch 3, dc in first dc, 1 dc in each of next 9 dc (11 dc).
Row 11: ch 3, sc between the first and second dc; ** ch 3, sc between the next two dc, repeat from ** 8 more times.
Row 12: ch 12, sc in ch-5 sp at top of bell.
Row 13: ch 5, shell (in center of last shell made).
Row 14: dc in third ch of ch-5 (the ch-5 is to the left, at top of edging), turn.
Row 15: ch 6, shell, turn.
Row 16: ch 5, shell, turn.
Row 17: ch 2, 1 dc in third ch of ch-5, turn.
Row 18: ch 6, shell
Repeat: Repeat from *
Important Note: After making 11 dc of second bell, ch 1, slip stitch to first ch of ch-12; repeat as over first bell.
Pattern was originally printed in the year 1916 in the book Novelty Crochet Patterns, Book No. 7, published by Novelty Art Studios, now old enough to be in the public domain.
How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work: see US Gov. Copyright Site at http://www.loc.gov/copyright/circs/circ22.html.
I rewrote parts of the directions and added my own comments to make the pattern easier to follow.
Rewritten directions copyright 2002 Sandi Marshall. Free for your own personal use only.
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