Instructions to create a gnome with options for a beard or braid
Video tutorials for various elements of gnome construction and crochet provisional cast-on
Skills Used: • Provisional cast-on • Knitting in the round • Stranded colourwork • Striping • Picking up stitches • Basic decreases • Sewing; whip stitch
The gnome is knit from the base of the body to the top of the hat. Stitches are cast-on with waste yarn to allow the gnome to be stuffed.
The hat features stripes and simple flecked colourwork pattern.
The waste yarn cast-on is taken out and those stitches placed back onto needles to finish the base. Before completing the base, the gnome is stuffed. The base is finished by decreasing in a similar fashion to crown shaping on a hat.
Included in the pattern are options for beard or braids to add features to your gnome.
The nose and beard are pieces that are knit separately, then sewn onto the body with a bit of stuffing.
The arms are knit directly onto the body by picking up stitches from the body. The hands are slightly stuffed before finishing.
The stocking is knit separately and left unfinished with live stitches transfered to cocktail sticks or toothpicks.
YARN Changing the weight of yarn or holding yarn double will change the finished size of your gnome. Heavier weight yarn and larger needles will produce a larger gnome, while finer yarn with smaller needles will produce a smaller gnome because of gauge. See gauge notes.
NOTIONS 2 pipe cleaners Polyfill stuffing approx 50g Tapestry needle 2 cocktail sticks or toothpicks with beads glued to ends for mini knitting needles Ribbon if making braided hair Stitch marker Crochet hook approx 3mm / US D/3
GAUGE The gauge will affect the finished size of your gnome. Be sure that the gauge you are knitting at creates a dense fabric as you don’t want any stuffing to be visible.
SIZE The gauge will affect the finished size of your gnome.