The holidays are always a special time of year, and nothing captures the spirit of Christmas quite like a handmade decoration. If you’re searching for a fun and unique craft project, look no further than the crochet Grinch gnome.
This whimsical creation combines the beloved character of the Grinch with the charm of a sweet little gnome, making it a perfect addition to any holiday display. With this easy step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create your own crochet Grinch gnome and add a touch of festive whimsy to your home.
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Crochet gnomes have become a popular choice for holiday decorations, and for good reason. These delightful gnomes add a touch of whimsy and charm to any Christmas display.
Moreover, the combination of the lovable Grinch character and the adorable gnome design creates a unique and festive appeal that is hard to resist.
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Crochet Grinch gnome pattern
I have always loved Christmas time since I was a kid. I remember there would be different Christmas movies playing on the TV every night. And me and my sister were so eager and couldn’t wait.
When we grew up and had kids I still tried to enjoy the Christmas magic with my daughter. Last year I watched The Grinch movie for the first time with her and we loved it so much.
She suggested that we need to crochet something related to Grinch. That is how I designed the Christmas Grinch cup. Therefore to follow the tradition this year’s Grinch pattern is the crochet Grinch gnome.
How to crochet a Grinch gnome?
Well, this year we are hosting a crochet gnome along in which we share with you a new pattern every month (sometimes every week).
Never heard of the crochet gnome along (CAL). Read all about the CAL and join the fun HERE.
When I start a new design I try to always include and teach you something new. Whether it is a new crochet stitch or a new crochet technique.
This time I kept the Grinch gnome simple and changed the beard. This will give you the opportunity to use this beard for all of the gnomes that you crochet. In addition, it will make it easier for you if you have trouble with the crochet beards.
Crochet Grinch Gnome pattern notes
The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
We will work in continuous rounds. It means you don’t need to join your rounds in the end. Just use a stitch marker to mark your first stitch and then continue your next round over it.
In this pattern, I used a sport-weight yarn. But you can use any brand, weight, and blend you have in your stash. Just consider that if you use thicker yarn your gnome will turn out bigger and vice versa if use thinner yarn.
The size of your gnome also depends on your tension as well. If you are a tight crocheter your gnome will be the same size as mine even if you use a bit thicker yarn.
To see different versions of each gnome that we have released till now you can join our Facebook group. You will get so much creativity from fellow crocheters, learn from others, and get help if you have any questions.
How to stuff your crochet gnome?
It is really important how you will stuff your gnome. You need to stuff it well but not overdo it.
How will I know if I am overdoing it?
Well, if you stuff it too much the stuffing will start coming out of your stitches. Also, it will deform your gnome.
For example, if you stuff your bottom too much on one side your gnome will not stay still. I usually make sure that I am not overdoing it when I stuff the bottom.
Also, I don’t stuff the hands of any of my gnomes. I leave them as they are. When you stuff the nose again don’t overdo it. Just use a small amount of stuffing.
If you are new to crocheting amigurumi toys definitely check the guide with 5 tips and tricks we shared with you – 5 tips you must know for amigurumi.
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Materials you’ll need:
– Sport/ fine weight yarn- Yarn Art Jeans 55% Cotton, 45% Acryl 50 g, 160 m in colors-
Green- 20gr, red – 20gr, black- 10gr
A small amount of black, yellow, and white
Fiberfill for stuffing
SC- single crochet
SS- slip stitch
Inc- increase (make 2 SC in the same stitch)
Dec- decrease ( work 2 SC stitch together)
MR- magic ring
– repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times
FO- fasten off
BLO- back loop only
FLO- front loop only
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Crochet Grinch Gnome pattern:
-with a green color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it, (6)
Rnd 2: *inc 1* 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: *SC in next 2, inc 1* 4 times (16)
Rnd 4-5: SC in each stitch around (16)
Rnd 6: *SC in next 3, inc 1 * 4 times, (20)
Rnd 7-8: SC in each stitch around (20)
Rnd 9: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 4 times (24)
Rnd 10-11: SC in each stitch around (24)
Rnd 12: *SC in next 5, inc 1 * 4 times (28)
Rnd 13-14: SC in each stitch around (28)
Rnd 15: *SC in next 6, inc 1* 4 times (32)
Rnd 16: SC in each stitch around (32)
Rnd 17: *SC in next 7, inc 1* 4 times, (36)
Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around (36)
Rnd 19: *SC in next 8, inc 1* 4 times, (40)
Rnd 20: SC in each stitch around (40)
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Rnd 21: *SC in next 9, inc 1, * 4 times, (44)
Rnd 22: SC in each stitch around (44)
Rnd 23: *SC in next 10, inc 1, * 4 times, (48)
Rnd 24: SC in each stitch around (48)
Rnd 25: *SC in next 11, inc 1, * 4 times, (52)
Rnd 26: SC in each stitch around (52)
Continue on hat’s brim
The next round is worked in Front loop only!
Rnd 27: *SC in next 3, inc 1* 13 times (65)
Rnd 28: SC in each stitch around (65)
Rnd 29: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 12 times (78)
Rnd 30-31: SC in each stitch around (78). FO.
-continue with red color
Rnd 27: Go back to round 26 and insert your hook in any back loop stitch, pull up a loop, SC in the same stitch, SC in each stitch around (52)
Rnd 28: *SC in next 12, inc 1* 4 times (56)
Rnd 29-36: SC in each stitch around (56)
Switch to black color. Don’t fasten off red.
Rnd 37-39: *SC in each stitch around (56)
Fasten off black and pick up red color again.
Rnd 40-46: SC in each stitch around (52)
Rnd 47: *SC in next 12, dec 1* 4 times (52)
The next round is worked in BLO.
Rnd 48: SC in each stitch around (52)
Rnd 49: *SC in next 11, dec 1* 4 times (48)
Start filling the body and continue as you crochet along.
Rnd 50: *SC in next 4, dec 1* 8 times (40)
Rnd 51: *SC in next 3, dec 1* 8 times (32)
Rnd 52: *SC in next 2, dec 1* 8 times (24)
Rnd 53: *SC in next, dec 1* 8 times (16)
Rnd 54: *dec 1* 8 times (8)
Fasten off and close the gap with a needle. Go through the front loop of each stitch and pull tight. Secure with a knot.
Grinch gnome’s nose:
-with beige yarn
Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 6 SC into it. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 3: *SC in first, inc 1* 6 times (18)
Rnd 4-6: SC in each stitch around (18)
How to crochet Grinch gnome’s beard:
-with green color yarn
Take the yarn and cut 30-40 pieces of 15cm long strings.
Take 3-4 and tie them together in the middle.
Take the nose insert your hook in any stitch of rnd 6 and pull one part of the string till the knot is left inside.
Now go one stitch below and pull the other side through.
Crochet Grinch gnome’s hands (make 2 pieces):
-with a green color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it (6)
Rnd 2: *inc 1* 6 times (12)
Rnd 3-5: SC in each stitch around (12)
Switch to red color
The next round is worked in BLO. Only the next round!
Rnd 7: SC in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 8-16: SC in each stitch around (12) FO.
How to make the cuffs on the hands:
Take a white yarn and insert your hook in any stitch of rnd 7 and pull up a loop, make HDC in each stitch around, and join with SS on top of the first stitch!
Adding the Details: Face and Hat
Now that you have crocheted the body and head of your Grinch gnome, it’s time to add the details that will bring it to life. The facial features and hat are two of the most important aspects that will give your Grinch gnome its unique personality and charm.
Crochet Grinch eyes (make 2)
-with black color
Row 1: Start with a MR and make 3 SC into the ring. FO.
Take the yellow color yarn
Insert your hook in the first stitch of row 1 and pull a loop, CH 3, DC in the same stitch, 3 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the last. FO.
EYEBROWS (make 2)
-with black color
CH 11, SC in 2nd from your hook, 3 SC in next, SC in each of remaining chains. FO.
Grinch face nose (the nose on the hat)
-with green color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it (6)
Rnd 2: *inc 1* 6 times (12) FO.
How to join your Crochet Grinch gnome- Assembly:
- Start with the hat. First, sew the eyes on the upper part of your hat. Leave 3-4 stitches between them.
- First, sew the yellow part, and then sew the eyebrow right above the eye.
- One of the eyebrows must be sewn wrong side facing you so the little curve part will be on the outer part of the eye.
- Take the nose of the hat (the green mini nose) and sew it in the middle below the eyes.
- Take a black piece of yarn and a tapestry needle and make the mouth.
- Take the gnome’s nose and beard and sew it under the brim. Place in the center below the mouth.
- Sew the hands on both sides of the nose and leave 4 stitches between the nose and hands.
- Cut 5-6 short strings of green yarn and make the hair. Fold the string from the center.
- Insert your hook into the top stitch pull the string from the middle and make a knot. See pics below
Adding Personality: Embellishments and Accessories
Now that your Grinch gnome has a face and hat, it’s time to add some unique and personalized touches. This is where you can use your creativity to make your gnome truly special.
One fun idea is to create a tiny scarf using green or white yarn. Simply crochet a long, thin rectangle and tie it around your gnome’s neck. You could also attach miniature presents or a sign that says “Merry Grinchmas” to give your gnome even more personality.
Finishing Touches: Details and Finishing
Once you have completed crocheting your Grinch gnome, it’s time to add the finishing touches.
Firstly, check for any loose ends and weave them in carefully using a tapestry needle. This will ensure that your gnome looks neat and professional.
You may also want to add some extra details to personalize your gnome further. Consider adding a festive scarf or a miniature present to your gnome’s hands. This will make your creation unique and add more character to it.
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