I have been wanting to make some ankle bells for my sons for ages. So, armed with a groovy ball of wool and some bells I set to work. At the end of it I was pretty chuffed; My first knitting project was complete and I was surrounded by two foot stomping, jingly-jangly boys to boot!
This project is especially great if you are just learning to knit (like me) as it’s dead easy and very quick – compared to knitting a cardigan or jumper anyway!
If knitting is not your thing then you can attach some bells to a felt strip and put a velcro fastening at either end.
Click below to read the ‘how-to’. In the meantime I would love to here from you if you have other idea’s for simple kids knitting projects.
To make your ankle bells you will need:
♥ Ball of wool
♥ Knitting needles
♥ Jingle bells (1.8mm) – I used five for each cuff
1) To begin with you need to create a cuff to sew the bells onto. If you are a complete newbie to knitting then check out this pdf from The Little Experience. It’s very helpful. I also used this article at knitsimplemag. It’s very useful and explains how to knit cuffs.
Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 extra – I cast on 36 stitches but you may need more or less depending on the size of your little ones ankles – my little boy is pretty skinny in the leg department!
Row 1 (right side) Knit two, *purl two, knit two; repeat from * to end.
Row 2 Purl two, knit two, purl two; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your cuff is about 2 inches wide.
2) Sew the sides together
3) Attach 5 bells at regular intervals around the cuff and Bob’s your uncle!
WARNINGS: Please remember to attach the bells securely and make sure you supervise little ones as the bells could be a choking hazard.