Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fun Knitting - A Gnome

These little guys started me in the online ecommerce world and I have decided to share the pattern with all. I would have to guess I have knitted thousands. They make a wonderful pattern for the beginner and can be knitted in various sizes depending on knitting needles and weight of the yarn.

To get started:
Materials: 20 yards of worsted weight wool yarn for the body color 5 yards of worsted weight wool yarn for the skin color clean carded sheep's wool for stuffing yarn needle size 6 knitting needles (for worsted weight) or size appropriate for weight of yarn
You can use any size needle and yarn to create different size gnome babies!

First Leg:
Cast on 10 stitches, leaving about a 10" tail for sewing up the leg
Knit 10 rows (garter stitch).
Cut yarn leaving a 5" tail.

Second Leg:
(push first leg to bottom of needles)
Cast on 10 stitches on same needle that first leg is on this time leaving about a 15" tail.
Like first leg, knit 10 rows (garter stitch).

Now knit both legs together (all 20 stitches). This will form the body.
Knit (garter stitch) for 16 rows

Now switch to the skin color - and knit 10 rows in the stockinette stitch (this is one row garter, one row purl).
After you have finished the 10th row - bind of all 20 stitches.

Sew up the Body:
Start with the shorter piece of yarn on the leg and thread the needle. Fold the leg in half to meet in the middle. (Wrong sides together - the smooth part of the head will be on the inside) Start with a running stitch around the bottom of the leg and pull. Then stitch up the side of the leg.
Finish by making a knot with the other yarn end that is in the middle and tuck yarn ends to the outside.
Now take the longer string at the end of the other leg and thread yarn needle. Work just like the first leg except continue stitching up the back of the gnome baby. When you reach the skin color - tie off with the other colored yarn.
Turn body right side out.
Stuff body with wool. Stuff legs first. I use the end of the knitting needle or crochet hook to get the wool in firmly. Stuff up to the beginning of the head.
Now take the yarn that you used to knit up the back of the body and make a running stitch between the body color and head color to form the neck. Tie a knot.
Now tuck all the loose strings into the head and take the skin color hanging yarn and thread needle. Sew up back of the head only to the top. Cut body color loose string inside head.
Stuff head with wool.
Now use a running stitch around top of head and tie off with other yarn string. Cut hanging yarns almost to the knot.
Cast on 8 stitches and knit 8 rows cast off.
Sew up cast off edge with a running stitch and then sew up side. Stuff Arm . Repeat for Arm 2.
Cast on 22 stitches. Knit four rows in the stockinette stitch (Knit one row, Purl one row) for four rows.
Now, knit two stitches together at the beginning and end of each knit row (every other row).
Continue this until there is only one stitch left. Cut yarn long (about 20") and pull through loop.
Put yarn in yarn needle and sew up back of hat. Let the bottom of the hat roll up a bit for the brim and finish sewing around head. nd then attach to side of body.

Enjoy and please share your photos and comments.

Warm wishes,

Tonya and Family

:: We are now offering a gnome knitting kit for sale at our shop - Natural Earth Farm -  using size 2 knitting needles to make a gnome approximately 5 1/2" tall.


  1. Love this pattern. Bought it long timme ago, and I have made several for charity, friends children and grand children. Guess I have reached no. 52. take a look at my blog:

  2. I can't wait to give this a try! These will be so fun for our little ones. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. A gnome is the perfect quick project in between bigger projects! Of course I couldn't resist making a Santa Gnome for my 15 month old...

  4. I also bought this pattern years ago but never made a gnome until recently. They are so adorable! I made one for each of my kids for Christmas this year, you can see photos on my blog: http://yogurtandgranola.blogspot.com/2010/01/fo-report-christmas-gnomes.html Thanks for sharing the pattern for everyone!

  5. Love it! Thank you! I blogged mine, too. http://sunflowermom.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-about-knitting-update.html

  6. I have been searching for this pattern for AGES - thank you so much for sharing this xxx

  7. Thanks for sharing - I can't wait to make my own!

  8. Thank you for this pattern. I see lots of little gnomes in my future:)

  9. I have beenbusy knitting gnomes and getting over my surgery.

    Jane , Lovealittle xxx

  10. I've looked at these a million times... okay, exaggerating... but I've looked at them a lot :) I'm going to knit some for Easter basket tuck ins. Thanks. I'll be linking.

  11. Just complete my first attmept, picture here:

    Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Gina x

  12. Hello,
    Thanks for share this pattern.
    I'm making one and then possibly more.

  13. Thank you so much for this pattern! Just tried it out; it's sweet and easy.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable, simple pattern. I used it for my first knitting project in over 20 years! Our gnome is here:


    My son loves him.

  15. These are SO cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  17. I consider this blog very interesting, most of all because i would like to lean kniting, i think is a good activity that i can practice in my free time. In fact now i will have a lot of free time for me, because i will get a house throw costa rica homes for sale and i really liked the style that i chose.

  18. Thank you so much for posting this! My son loves Gnome Buddy. I can't wait to make some to give away for Christmas. :)

  19. thank you so much! I'm going to give this a go.

  20. I was just wondering if there were directions for how and where to attach the arms? This is my first attempt and I got stuck on this step!!

  21. Adorable! Thanks for the pattern.

    I'll be making some of these for holiday ornaments.

    HELP! I think the directions for attaching the arms are missing.

  22. I made this last year & couldn't remember where I got the pattern. My boys love them! I should post the pics on ravelry & I must say thank you for sharing this pattern!

  23. Looking forward to give this a try, thanks for sharing!

  24. Just wanted to add another THANK YOU to your comments here... I finished up my first knitted gnome yesterday evening. What a delight! I look forward to knitting more.


  25. These are so cute!!!! I want to knit an army!!

  26. These guys are cute! I'm gonna make lots of them with the brown sheep yarn i got from the carders. Maybe 2 big ones and one small gnome per set - it's actually a great gift idea!
    It's like you can make stuffed toys from your wools and yarn. This little guys would look great on my Christmas tree next year too - using green and red yarns of course.

  27. You have all the time great ideas!!!

  28. These are so adorable!! I can't wait to try knitting one. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. :)

  29. How do you attach the arms? Just sew them on? Very cute!

  30. Thank you for sharing this pattern! It was such a joy to knit and I'm going to have my little sister who is just learning to knit give it a try. For now, my youngest sister is enjoying it very much! She laughed and laughed at his hat when I gave it to her! :)

    Pictures here: http://lundkids.blogspot.com/2011/08/happy-2-12-birthday-donna.html


  31. Hello! Thanks for sharing this great pattern! I made (many) gnomes, and dedicated a post to them on my international lifestyle/design/etc. blog, Americana and the UK.

    Check out the post! and the pictures! and I included a nice lil' link to send more folks your way :)


  32. Great post! Keep it up the good work and also keep posting.

  33. How do the arms assembled to the body?

  34. Thank you so much for your pattern. It's such a fun and quick project to make. I love it.

  35. Hello, I've just made a rainbow of gnomes based on your pattern - thank you! http://happywhimsicalhearts.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/over-rainbowof-gnomes.html warmly, Kelly

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  37. I was looking for a gnome pattern and found yours...thank you so much!! My grandbabies will love this!!

  38. Tonya, thank you for sharing this pattern. I just finished my very first knitted toy and your pattern made me want to knit more toys and not just gnome babies! No wonder knitting toys are so much fun!

  39. Tonya, thank you for sharing this pattern! I just finished my very first knitted toy and now I want to knit more toys and not just your gnome baby! Now I know why knitters and crocheters get addicted to knitting toys! Photos posted on link below:


  40. My daughter, 13, is planning to knit gnome families for her younger siblings. She wanted to know if she could have permission to sell gnomes as well.

    Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

  41. These are a perfect fast and super cute gift..im going to up size by using 10mm needles and yarn held double to make a cuddle size one for the baby..so cute have subscribed to your blog its so refreshing and simple xx

  42. these are so cute. I am featuring them on the at play blog tomorrow (friday, may 3rd)

    I hope you'll stop by


  43. I love your gnomes. I made these last year, but I lost your site for awhile. And I found it again today. I can show you my gnomes in my Etsy store. I don't sell gnomes but they are my photo prop and they are very good at there job :) Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209142113/knit-christmas-stocking-pattern-with?ref=shop_home_active_1 I want to thank you for making this pattern free and I subscribed too by the way :)

  44. Thank you for sharing this. I am hoping my daughter who just learned to knit will make some for my Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts -- the little ones would LOVE these!

  45. Aww I love them - thank you for sharing this pattern.
    I cant wait to get started on a few for my God-daughter!
    Angie xxx

  46. Hi Tonya,

    Just a little message to tell you i have translated in french your lovely pattern. You can find it here : http://www.chantdesfees.fr/2015/02/25/mignons-petits-gnomes-tricotes/

    Of course, my translation make the link to your website and pattern.

    Thank you for your gift :-)