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Holiday Bells in Filet Crochet

Holiday bells in filet crochet made by Suzanne DeAtley using a size 12 (1 mm) crochet hook and size 30 DMC crochet cotton. 10 1/4 x 26 inches (26.0 x 66.0 cm).
Photograph by Joe Coca.

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Needlework author, teacher, retailer, and PBS television host Shay Pendray brings to each issue of PieceWork a sampling of patterns, charts, and instructions, gleaned primarily from old magazines and books that are no longer generally available. Our adaptation of Holiday Bells to Filet-Crochet, Cross-Stitch, or Needlepoint, from the November 1926 issue of Needlecraft Magazine, was included in the November/December 2004 issue of PieceWork.

Here are the written instructions and chart for the design in filet crochet exactly as they appeared in Needlecraft Magazine.

Holiday Bells Chart (461 KB)

Scarf-End in Filet-Crochet, Christmas-Bell Design
by Nouvart Tashjian
A happy conceit is illustrated in the use of a trio of Canterbury-bells for a scarf-end, which may well be made a part of a charming Christmas-gift. Very simple it is, and most attractive. Using a thread that will give 9 spaces to the inch when closely and firmly worked, begin at the top with a chain of 128 stitches.

1. A tr in 8th st from hook, 40 more sp.
2. Forty-one sp (ch 5 for 1st sp of row).
3. Twenty-two sp, 10 tr, 16 sp.
4. Fourteen sp, 7 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 21 sp.
5. Six sp, 10 tr, 11 sp, 10 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 12 sp.
6. Eleven sp, 4 tr, 6 sp, 10 tr, 8 sp, 25 tr, 4 sp.
7. Three sp, 10 tr, 5 sp, (7 tr, 4 sp) 3 times, 4 tr, 11 sp.
8. Eleven sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 22 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 7 sp, 7 tr, 3 sp.
9. Two sp, 7 tr, 11 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 16 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 5 sp.
10. Four sp, 16 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 22 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 10 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp.
11. Two sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 7 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 13 tr, (1 sp, 7 tr) twice, 3 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 2 sp.
12. Two sp, 4 tr, 7 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, (1 sp, 7 tr) 3 times, 1 sp, 10 tr, 7 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp.
13. Nine sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, (1 sp, 7 tr) 3 times, 2 sp, 7 tr, 8 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp.
14. Eleven sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, (1 sp, 10 tr) twice, 1 sp, 19 tr, 9 sp.
15. Ten sp, 13 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, (7 tr, 1 sp) twice, 10 tr, 11 sp.
16. Ch 64, tr in 8th st from hook, 19 more sp on ch, the last tr in last tr of preceding row, 7 more sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, (7 tr, 1 sp) twice, 16 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, 10 sp, widen 20 sp thus: ch 2, 1 tr in same st with last tr, (ch 2, t tr in middle of t tr) 19 times.
17. Thirty-eight sp, 16 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 19 tr, 27 sp.
18. Two sp, 10 tr, 24 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, 10 tr, 5 sp, 13 tr, 29 sp, 10 tr, 2 sp.
19. Two sp, 7 tr, 3 sp, 19 tr, 8 sp, 10 tr, * 8 sp, 34 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 10 sp, reverse from *.
20. Two sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 28 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 7 tr, * 9 sp, 28 tr, 2 sp, 13 tr, 5 sp; reverse.
21. Three sp, 25 tr, 4 sp, 13 tr, 7 sp, 7 tr, * 3 sp, 10 tr, 5 sp, 13 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, 5 sp; reverse.
22. Five sp, 13 tr, 3 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 13 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, * 10 tr, 8 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr; reverse.
23. Ten sp, 19 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 5 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, * 16 tr, reverse.
24. Ch 94, 30 sp on ch (working as in 16th row), 8 more sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 6 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, 8 sp, 13 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 6 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 9 sp, widen 30 sp at end, as in 16th row.
25. Thirty sp, 7 tr, 5 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 6 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, * 4 sp, 37 tr, 3 sp; reverse.
26. Twenty-eight sp, 16 tr, 1 sp, 13 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, * 4 sp, 4 tr, 5 sp, 28 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 5 sp; reverse.
27. Twenty-eight sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, * 41 sp; reverse.
28. Thirteen sp, 13 tr, 11 sp, 7 tr, 3 sp, (10 tr, 1 sp) twice, (7 tr, 1 sp) twice, 10 tr, 7 sp, 19 tr, 5 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, * 4 tr; reverse.
29. Twelve sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 12 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, * 4 tr, 1 sp, 16 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 6 sp, 31 tr, 3 sp, (4 tr, 1 sp) twice, 4 tr, 3 sp, 31 tr, 6 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 22 tr; reverse.
30. Twelve sp, 7 tr, 15 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, (1 sp, 10 tr) twice, 1 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 10 tr, 4 sp, 40 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, * 4 tr; reverse.
31. Twelve sp, 7 tr, 15 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 13 tr, 3 sp, 16 tr, 5 sp, 16 tr, * 3 sp, (4 tr, 1 sp) twice; reverse.
32. Thirteen sp, 10 tr, 11 sp, (7 tr, 1 sp) twice, 4 tr, (1 sp, 10 tr) twice, 3 sp, 10 tr, 4 sp, 13 tr, 8 sp, 13 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, * 1 sp; reverse.
33. Thirteen sp, 13 tr, 7 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 13 tr, 3 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, 19 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, * 3 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp; reverse.
34. Fifteen sp, 28 tr, 7 sp, 7 tr, * 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 10 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 2 sp, 28 tr, 2 sp, * 4 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, reverse from * to *, 10 tr, 6 sp, 28 tr, 15 sp.
35. Thirty-one sp, 10 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 34 tr, 2 sp, * 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr; reverse.
36. Thirty-two sp, 13 tr, 3 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 13 tr, 2 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, * 13 tr, 8 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, (7 tr, 2 sp) twice, 4 tr, 9 sp, 10 tr; reverse.
37. Thirty sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 22 tr, 6 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 8 sp, 4 tr, * 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp; reverse.
38. Sl st over 25 sp, 5 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 19 tr, 10 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 9 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, * 1 sp, 7 tr, 2 sp; reverse.
39. Five sp, 4 tr, 6 sp, 10 tr, 9 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, * (4 tr, 2 sp) 4 times, 4 tr; reverse.
40. Five sp, 4 tr, 18 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 16 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, * 4 tr; reverse.
41. Six sp, 4 tr, 5 sp, 7 tr, 10 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, (7 tr, 2 sp) twice, 4 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, * 1 sp; reverse.
42. Six sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 9 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, * 10 tr; reverse.
43. Six sp, 4 tr, 4 sp, 4 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 9 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 1 sp, 10 tr, (2 sp, 4 tr) twice, * 1 sp; reverse.
44. Seven sp, 7 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, 10 sp, 4 tr, 1 sp, 7 tr, 5 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, * 10 tr; reverse.
45. Nine sp, 7 tr, 3 sp, 7 tr, * 11 sp, 13 tr, 4 sp, 10 tr, 3 sp, 4 tr, 2 sp, 4 tr, * 1 sp, reverse from * to *, 4 tr, 4 sp, 7 tr, 9 sp.

Chart for the holiday bells in filet crochet.
Chart may be photocopied for personal use.


Press the lace and pin it evenly on the linen, which should be laid on a smooth surface--small thumb-tacks are excellent for holding it and the scarf-end in place; trace carefully around the upper edge of the latter and cut the linen, allowing for a narrow hem. About three eights inch above the tracing, draw five or six threads, following the outline of the lace accurately, and ladder-hemstitch the space, taking the same threads on both sides of it to form the little straight bars across. Finish the sides of the scarf with the narrow hem, and edge with two rows of spaces, carrying these also around the lace. Attach a three-inch tassel at each lower corner and middle of the ends.

For the tassel, wind the thread around a three-inch card one hundred and fifty times, or as many as required to make the thickness desired, tie the loops tightly at one side of the card, leaving this tying thread several inches long, or working it into a chain two inches in length. For the cap of the tassel, chain 3, join; fill the ring with 8 doubles; 2 doubles in each double, working in both threads of the stitch; 1 double in double, 2 in next, all around; then double in each of 2 doubles, 2 in next, all around; double in each of 3 doubles, 2 in next, all around; increase another row or two in the same way if a larger cap is wanted, then work 5 or 6 rows without further increase, decrease in next row by missing every 4th double, then every 3rd, and fasten off. Put the chain up through the top of cap, through the space and back through the cap, fastening securely to the knot at the middle of the tassel-head. Larger or smaller tassels may be made in the same general way, and are very neat and attractive.

 

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