There are many versions of knitted bells, but this Embossed Bell Motif, from Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns, is a nice example. You can use it at the edge of a garment as a single row of bells. Or repeat the pattern several times for a more extravagant border. I like that you don’t have to use at the edge; I wonder what it would look like decorating the base of a yoke on a little girl’s knitted jacket.

Multiple of 8 sts plus 4.

Row 1 (Right side): Purl

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: P4, *cast on 8 sts, p4; rep from*

Row 4: K4, *p8 (the 8 cast-on sts), k4; rep from *

Row 5: P4, *k8, p4; rep from *

Row 6: K4, *p8, k4; rep from *

Row 7: P4, *ssk, k4, k2 tog, p4; rep from *

Row 8: K4, *p6, k4; rep from *

Row 9: P4, *ssk, k2, k2 tog, p4; rep from *

Row 10: K4, *p4, k4; rep from *

Row 11: P4, *ssk, k2 tog, p4; rep from*

Row 12: K4, *p2, k4; rep from *

Row 13: P4, *k2 tog, p4; rep from *

Row 14: K4, *p1, k4; rep from *

Row 15: P4, *k2 tog, p3; rep from*

Row 16: Knit.