Hi, Tj here. I am happy to share the latest pattern on our blog- Crochet Christmas gnomes keychains. I feel proud of myself as these crochet keychains are my first amigurumi, designed by me without using any help from my sister.
Making an amigurumi can be overwhelming for some of us, so what better way to start than small projects?
This year my friend asked me to crochet something for her that she could gift for Christmas to her co-workers, and I decided to crochet some Christmas gnomes keychains. Being a new mom, I have less time for more significant projects. Also, it can get messy around here, and I often lose my keys. I hope now that I have this mini guy, I will spot them easier.
I made the Crochet Santa gnome first. It wouldn’t have felt like Christmas without Santa. Afterward, I added the Grinch and elf gnomes. If you have followed us for some time or come across our patterns, you will know that when we design something, it usually comes in a few different characters.
We have a slight problem with this, but we are working on it! I promise 🙂
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Crochet Christmas gnomes pattern:
A few notes before we start
Final measurements: Finished size of each gnome is 10.5cm
Crochet hook size: 3.5mm
Skill level: Beginner/Advanced
Crochet terms: The pattern is written using American crochet terms.
The whole pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise.
You can use a stitch marker to indicate your first st for each round or a long piece of yarn.
There are two different ways of crocheting an amigurumi. The first one is with regular single crochet stitch, and the second one is with single crochet again, but we grab the yarn instead to yarn over.
Method 1: New crochet amigurumi technique- Insert your hook in the next stitch and grab your yarn, pull your hook through the stitch, grab your yarn again and pull through the two loops on your hook.
Method 2: Regular amigurumi crochet technique- Insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over with the hook under the yarn, pull through the stitch, yarn over, and pull through the two loops on your hook.
Keep in mind that with Method 2 your Christmas gnomes will be a bit bigger.
- Make the belts before you close your gnome. This way, the tail will be on the wrong side of your work.
If you prefer, sew the pieces or hot glue them as I did with mine.
– Yarn- DK weight/lightweight yarn- I used Zeeman Royal (100%acrylic,100gr/3 Oz, 241m/232 yards). But you can use whatever brand of light worsted/ DK weight yarn is in your stash.
– Colors- we need a small amount of yarn of each color- red, beige, white, black, yellow, green
– tapestry needle
– 3.5mm crochet hook size
– keychain ring and clips
– poly fiber filling
– decorative bell
SC- single crochet
DC- double crochet
SS- slip stitch
** – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times
FO- fasten off
MR- magic ring
SC2tog- work 2 SC stitches together/ decrease
SC3tog- work 3 SC stitches together
-start with red for the elf and Santa gnome, with green for the Grinch gnome
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each around (12)
Rnd 3: *SC in first, 2 SC in next* rep from * to * 5 more times (18)
Rnd 4: *SC in first 2, 2 SC in next* rep from * to * 5 more times (24)
Switch to a black color and work rnds 5-6 for Santa and Grinch gnomes, then switch back to MC for each.
Rnd 5-7: SC in each around (24)
Rnd 8: * SC in first 2, SC2tog * rep from * to * 5 more times (18)
Rnd 9-10: SC in each around (18)
Rnd 11: *SC in first, SC2tog* rep from *
to * 5 more times (12)
Rnd 12-13: SC in each around (12)
Rnd 14: *SC in first, SC2tog* rep from * to * 3 more times (8)
Fill your gnome’s body with poly fiber filling.
Rnd 15: SC in each around (8)
Rnd 16: *SC2tog* rep from * to * 3 more times (4)
Rnd 17: SC in each around. FO. (4)
Colors for each hat; Grinch- green color, Santa- red color, Elf- Start with white color and switch to green color every 3rd rnd.
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it (6)
Rnd 2-4: SC in each stitch around (6)
Rnd 5: *SC in first, 2 SC in next* rep from * to * 2 more times (9)
Rnd 6-7: SC in each stitch around (9)
Rnd 8: *SC in first 2, 2 SC in next * rep from * to * 2 more times (12)
Rnd 9: SC in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 10: *SC in first, 2 SC in next* rep from * to * 5 more times (18)
Rnd 11: SC in each stitch around (18)
Rnd 12: *SC in first 2, 2SC in next* rep from * to * 5 more times (24)
Rnd 13: *SC in first 3, 2SC in next* rep from * to * 5 more times (30)
Switch to white color for Santa and Grinch gnome, green color for Elf.
Rnd 14: SC in each stitch around. FO. (30)
With the body color
Insert your hook in any stitch of round 10 or 11, pull a loop, CH 2, and make 3 DC into the same stitch; before you finish the 3rd DC, switch to white color, CH 1, turn, SC in next 3, SC in turning chain. Now take off the loop from your hook, go back to your first SC and insert your hook in that stitch; take the loop we left back on your hook and pull through.
Nose and beard
-start with beige color
We will start with the nose and then continue with the beard
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 8 SC into the ring. (8)
Rnd 2-3: SC in each stitch around (8)
-switch to white color and start making the beard. We will work in rows.
Row 1: 2 SC in each of next 4, CH 1 , turn (8)
Row 2: SC2tog, SC in next 4, SC2tog, CH 1, turn (6)
Row 3: *SC2tog * rep from * to * 2 more times, CH 1, turn (3)
Row 4: SC3tog, CH 1, turn (1)
In the next round, we will work around the beard and nose
SS in next 4, 2 SC in each of next 4, SS in next 4. FO.
Santa and Grinch’s belt:
With yellow color yarn and tapestry needle, make the belt using the embroidery method for crochet amigurumi. I held the yarn double to make the belt more noticeable.
How to make the facial expression for the Grinch gnome:
- Start by making the mouth. Then make the nose.
- Afterward, make the eyebrows and eyes.
- To make the eyes more realistic, I also made small lines with yellow and red.
- If you prefer a video tutorial on making a facial expression for amigurumi using the embroidery method, check it out HERE.
After you weave all ends in, it’s time to sew all parts. If you wish, you can use safety pins to pin the parts and mark where you want the hands to be. I first crocheted the hat, the face, and the body, and after that, I pinned all the parts to see where exactly will the hands be better.