Crochet January winter Gnome- free pattern
Free crochet winter gnome pattern! Who doesn’t love these small cute whimsical creatures? Continue reading for the free pattern to find out all the details about the yarn used and the design process, or buy the PDF pattern here.
This year we decided to host a free crochet gnome Crochet a Long ( CAL ), which will continue throughout the year.
What is a Crochet a Long ( CAL )- A Crochet a Long basically is a fun project in which different people from all over the world work on the same crochet project as you at the same time. You could get inspired together, share your makes, and get help and support if you need it. It is a fun way of learning with new crochet buddies and joining a very creative community full of labor of love.
However, if you stumble over this crochet project later, you can always join us and work at your own pace any time, as the pattern will remain free on the blog!
The idea of the gnome-along:
We were discussing the topic of making a Crochet a Long ( CAL) with my sister and were not sure what type to be. We wanted to have a fun and easy one that can be made by experienced crocheters and beginner ones as well. With these crochet gnomes, you will learn basic amigurumi techniques like; How to change color; How to crochet in continuous rounds; How to make the perfect finish; how to sew separate pieces together, and much more.
You can improve your skills or even master them simply by crocheting 1 gnome per month.
This year’s goal for us is to keep our projects and patterns as simple as possible. That’s why for all the gnomes, we will use simple stitches. If you can crochet single crochet and know how to make increases or decreases, you can crochet a gnome for sure.
If you ask us why gnomes?
The answer is simple! First, like most of you, we are members of some Facebook crochet groups, and almost every day follow and check them. Most of the Crochet a Long ( CAL ) we saw are blankets or wearables, which, for some people, can be hard to follow due to less time, less patience, or other reasons.
Second, they are just adorable and easy to make. It is not like making a small amigurumi with a small hook. It is a good way to try amigurumi for the first time. With or without any details, you still have a cute gnome at the end of your project.
Last but not least, with the CALs, you can find the confidence in yourself to try something new if you have never tried making amigurumi just by seeing all the other projects shared in the community made by other makers.
You are welcome to share your progress and final gnomes with the community and us. We will be thrilled to see your gnomes, and you are very welcome to share them on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE or our FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM by using the hashtag #gnomeCAL2023 and #passionatecrafterr
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The design+ yarn:
The first gnome of this huge collection is the Winter crochet Gnome. It will represent the first month of the year- January. Although we had no snow this year, when I think about January, the first thing that pops into my mind is definitely snow. Therefore, the first crochet gnome is Snowflake. While designing the gnome, I had a hard time choosing the colors. But these blues and white couldn’t have been better.
My friend gifted it to me a while ago, Bernat Premium yarn by Yarnspirations.com. and I had around 20 colors in my stash. When I gave it a try, I was fascinated by the stitch definition it gives. It is soft, yet when you use a smaller hook, it is sturdy and keeps its shape. You will be able to cherish your crochet gnomes longer. Bernat Premium is the perfect everyday basic yarn that features a subtle 4-ply twist, making it perfect for the gnome project. If you are gonna use the same yarn as mine, you can check the colors HERE
If you are gonna use different weights and types of yarn, check the yarn suggestions we gave in the main post of the CAL.
The winter gnome pattern:
- worsted weight yarn- Bernat Premium 100% Acrylic, 7.0 oz/198 g, 360 yds/ 329 m solid colors-
- Bernat Premium Baby Blue,50 gr, Baby Sky 50 gr, White 15gr, and a small amount of Beige for the nose
- crochet hook size 4mm/ US crochet hook size G
- poly fiber fill for stuffing
- a piece of cardboard around 15cm square/6-inch square for the base
- tapestry needle
- The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
- The pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join your rounds.
- The pattern is written with an amigurumi shortcode style. What does it mean? For example, if it says: Rnd 5: * SC 3, inc 1 * 7 times (35) you need to make – SC in the first 3 stitches, increase in the next stitch and repeat this sequence 7 times in total for the round.
- If you use a different weight of yarn, keep in mind that your gnome will turn out bigger or smaller.
- If you are crocheting loosely, use a smaller hook so your work will be tighter and the stuffing won’t be visible.
- When stuffing the body- stuff it well, so it will stay in shape, but don’t overdo it.
- I made the hat separate, but feel free to sew it onto the body. You can fill it with stuffing before sewing.
- I used 2 snowflakes. One for the top and one for the side, but you can add more to the hat or stitch a few snowflakes with a tapestry needle and white color yarn.
- We wrote a separate post with tips and tricks on how to do a few amigurumi techniques. In this post, you will find how to do an invisible decrease, how to change colors, and how to make a perfect finish.
24cm / 9.5 inches in height with the hat’s tip bent.
The base of the winter gnome body is 10cm/ 4 inches
SC – single crochet
DC- double crochet
SS- slip stitch
MR- magic ring
inc- increase- make 2 single crochet in 1 stitch
dec- decrease- work 2 single crochet stitches together
** – repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times
the number in the () at the end indicates your final stitches for the round
BLO- back loop only
FO- fasten off
bobble stitch- make 4 dc stitches together in the same stitch
If you found the winter gnome post now we would like to tell you that the February gnome is also live on the blog. Check Valentine’s free crochet gnome pattern here.
Crochet winter gnome pattern
To keep the post shorter, we made a separate post for the mini snowflake pattern – Snowflake pattern. I crochet 2 snowflakes with white color yarn. If you wish, you can add more in different colors.
-with the baby blue color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 7 SC into it. (7)
Rnd 2: * inc 1* 7 times (14)
Rnd 3: * SC 1, inc 1* 7 times (21)
Rnd 4: * SC 2, inc 1 * 7 times (28)
Rnd 5: * SC 3, inc 1 * 7 times (35)
Rnd 6: * SC 4, inc 1 * 7 times (42)
Rnd 7: * SC 5, inc 1 * 7 times (49)
Rnd 8: * SC 6, inc 1 * 7 times (56)
Before we continue, we need to measure our base and cut the cardboard. My base is 10cm/ 4 inches wide. Place your crochet piece in the center of the cardboard and use a pen to draw a circle. Draw the circle around the crochet piece and then cut it. While cutting the cardboard, cut it a bit smaller, so it will not stick out.
The next round is worked in BLO
Rnd 9: SC in each stitch around (56)
Rnd 10-20: SC in each stitch around (56)
Rnd 21: * dec 1, SC 26 * 2 times (54)
Insert the cardboard into the body.
Rnd 22: * dec 1, SC 16 * 3 times (51)
Rnd 23: SC in each stitch around (51)
Rnd 24: * dec 1, SC 15 * 3 times (48)
Rnd 25: SC in each stitch around (48)
Rnd 26: * dec 1, SC 6 * 6 times (42)
Rnd 27: * dec 1, SC 12 * 3 times (39)
Rnd 28: SC in each stitch around (39)
Rnd 29: * dec 1, SC 11 * 3 times (36)
Rnd 30: SC in each stitch around (36)
Start filling the body.
Rnd 31: *SC 4, dec 1 * 6 times (30)
Rnd 32: *SC 3, dec 1 * 6 times (24)
Rnd 33: *SC 2, dec 1 * 6 times (18)
Rnd 34: *SC 1, dec 1 * 6 times (12)
Rnd 35: *dec 1* 6 times (6)
FO. Close the gap with a tapestry needle. Insert your tapestry needle through each of your stitches and pull to close.
-with beige color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 6 SC into it (6)
Rnd 2: *inc 1 * 6 times (12)
Rnd 3: *SC 1, inc 1 * 6 times (18)
Rnd 4-5: SC in each stitch around (18)
Rnd 6: * SC 4, dec 1 * 3 times (15)
-with sky blue color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 5 SC into it (5)
Rnd 2-8: SC in each stitch around (5)
Rnd 9: *inc 1* 2 times, SC 3 (7)
Rnd 10: *SC 1, inc 1* 3 times, SC 1 (10)
Rnd 11: *SC 4, inc 1* 2 times (12)
Rnd 12: SC in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 13: * SC 3, inc 1* 3 times (15)
Rnd 14: SC in each stitch around (15)
Rnd 15: * SC 4, inc 1* 3 times (18)
Rnd 16: SC in each stitch around (18)
Rnd 17: * SC 5, inc 1* 3 times (21)
Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around (21)
Rnd 19: * SC 6, inc 1* 3 times (24)
Rnd 20: SC in each stitch around (24)
Rnd 21: *SC 7, inc 1* 3 times (27)
Rnd 22: SC in each stitch around (27)
Rnd 23: *SC 8, inc 1* 3 times (30)
Rnd 24: SC in each stitch around (30)
Rnd 25: *SC 9, inc 1* 3 times (33)
Rnd 26: SC in each stitch around (33)
Rnd 27: *SC 10, inc 1* 3 times (36)
Rnd 28: SC in each stitch around (36)
Rnd 29: *SC 11, inc 1* 3 times (39)
Rnd 30: SC in each stitch around (39)
Rnd 31: *SC 12, inc 1* 3 times (42)
Rnd 32: *SC 6, inc 1* 6 times (48)
Rnd 33: *SC 7, inc 1* 6 times (54)
Rnd 34: *SC 8, inc 1* 6 times (60)
Rnd 35: *SC 9, inc 1* 6 times (66)
Rnd 36: DC in each stitch around (66)
Rnd 37: *DC 10, inc 1* 6 times (72)
Rnd 38: *DC 11, inc 1* 6 times (78)
FO. Finish with a perfect finish for a smooth ending.
-with white color
Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 5 SC into it (5)
Rnd 2: *inc 1* 5 times (10)
Rnd 3: SC in each stitch around (10)
Rnd 4: *inc 1* 10 times (20)
Rnd 5: *inc 1, SC 9* 2 times (22)
Rnd 6: *SC 1, inc 1, SC 9* 2 times (24)
Rnd 7: *SC 2, inc 1, SC 9* 2 times (26)
Rnd 8-13: SC in each stitch around (26)
Rnd 14: *SC 2, dec 1, SC 9* 2 times (24)
Rnd 15: *SC 1, dec 1, SC 9* 2 times (22)
-start with white
Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 5 SC into it (5)
Rnd 2: *inc 1* 5 times (10)
Rnd 3: *inc 1, SC 4* 2 times (12)
Rnd 4: 1 bobble in the first stitch to form the thumb, SC 11 (12)
Rnd 5-6: SC in each stitch around (12)
-switch to baby sky blue color. The next round is worked in BLO.
Rnd 7: SC in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 8: *dec 1, SC 4* 2 times (10)
Rnd 9-17: SC in each stitch around (10)
How to attach all the pieces to the body. First, take a few safety pins and secure the pieces before sewing. It will help to sew them correctly.
- We will sew all the pieces on round 24. Place the beard in the center. Secure with pins.
- Take the hands and place them on both sides of the body. I left 5 stitches between the beard and hands. Make sure the bobble stitch(your thumb) is placed upward.
- Place the nose onto the beard. Stuff it a bit with stuffing. I placed mine as half of my nose is on the beard, and the upper half is on the body.
- After sewing the snowflakes onto the hat, put the gnom’s hat on. As I said, you can sew it to the body. If you are going to sew it, start stitching from the last sc round of the hat, leaving the double crochet brim. Fold it around the nose a bit for a better look.
- Congrats, you have a new winter gnome now. Enjoy!
How to sew the pieces. While sewing, make sure that you go through the stitches on both sides of the piece you are sewing.
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You are welcome to share your projects made by our patterns with the community and us. We will be thrilled to see your creations, and you are very welcome to share them on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE or our FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM by using the hashtag #gnomeCAL2023 and #passionatecrafterr
I had really wanted to participate in this CAL, but once I tried to look at the pattern, the pop-ups are horrendous, and makes it very hard to see the actual pattern. Very disappointed here, it’s an adorable gnome, but I don’t need the added frustration. Best of luck!
Hello. we are so sorry to hear that. The PDF file is not ready yet. After we finish it we will let you know!
Would appreciate being notified when the PDF is available. Thank you.
We will let you know when the PDF file is published.
Love this pattern and almost done however I noticed half way through the beard…it’s not flat. I’m new to crochet so this could be on me. Or at the end, do I need to like fold it down to make it more flat? It’s looking more like the body right now. Thanks!
THANK YOU !!!!! Yes I’m yelling ’cause I’m so happy.
If YOU, yes You are happy, we are happy as well!
Joining your crochet along Gnome. They look really fun. I will be putting them on my youtube channel Tell Me A Story by Theresa. This is the whole youtube name. The kids will enjoy seeing them everyday that I read a story.
Ohh gosh what a nice idea. We will be so happy to check your channel and we are sure that all the kids will love them.
Hi thanks for the pattern.i was wondering where the patten for the snowflake is?
Hello, here is a link for the mini snowflakes pattern https://www.passionatecrafter.com/crochet-mini-snowflake-christmas-tree-ornament-or-applique-free-crochet-pattern/
Que bonita idea, estoy encantada!!!😍😍
Todos los meses publicais el gnomo con patron libre?
Gracias por esta bonita idea, creo que me lanzare a hacerlo😘
Yes, each month of the year, we will share a free crochet gnome pattern. For some of the months, there will be more options.
Totally LOVE this CALl !! Not doing blankets. afghans are throws again. Have too many and so does my family. Please do more !!
We are happy to share this pattern with you. Thanks for the love! More to come!
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can’t wait to make all of them! Thank you!!
You are welcome! 🙂
I’m confused about the arms.
Rnd 3: *inc 1, SC4* 2 times (12)
Rnd 4: dc4tog, SC 11 (12)
But if you stitch 4 together, you only have 8 stitches remaining, for a total of 9 stitches in that row. Versus what the pattern states. And then the stitch counts on the remaining rounds of the arm incorrect.
Can you please help me understand? Thank You
Hello, a few other makers have contacted us about that part. You need to make a bobble stitch of 4dc together in the first stitch to form the thumb, then make sc in each remaining stitch which you will have 11. We updated the post.
Hi ! Thanks for the pattern. However, is the snowflake pattern included? I can’t find it.
Yes, the mini snowflake pattern is https://www.passionatecrafter.com/crochet-mini-snowflake-christmas-tree-ornament-or-applique-free-crochet-pattern/
Love this idea for a CAL. Thank you so much for making it available. I have a friend who is mad about Gnomes so I must let her know.
I may replace the snowflake with a raindrop (Winter) or Bottlebrush flower (our Xmas) Toodles from DownUnder!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much!if you replace it we will be more than happy if you share it with us on our facebook group passionatecrafter. If you check it out you can be overwelmed by the inspiration you will find!
Your gnome is adorable. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome, Diane! If you have any question feel free to join our facebook group where everyone helps each other.https://www.facebook.com/groups/passionatecrafterr
Is there a printable pattern for this?
The PDF file is not released yet!
Love this pattern. and will wait until the PDF becomes available, I already subscribe to the year CAL.
Thank you so much!!!!
Hello! I LOVE this pattern, and can’t wait to make the others! I had someone ask if I would make one for them—do you allow makers to sell products made from your patterns? I completely understand if not! I just wanted to make sure! Thanks again!
Hello, Robyn you sell items made by our patterns, just give a credit to the designer when needed! Kind regards!
Row 35 is single crochet,, row 36 starts the double crochet ! So you stop rounds and slip stitch an do 3ch for first double crochet ,,, this is correct ✅ right ?
Is there any way you could create a pdf of these instructions as they are very lengthy to cut and paste to a document. There are so so many adds it is impossible to print it. I have already signed up for the CAL gnomes. Thanks
We just added the PDF pattern to our Ravelry shop. Find the pattern here- https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-winter-gnome
How long before the PDF is available? I’d be more than happy to type this up in PDF format for you if you need assistance.
Hello, we added the pdf file on our Ravelry shop. You can find the PDF pattern here- https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-winter-gnome
I’ve made several of these in different colors as birthday gifts.
I didn’t realize so many people were obsessed with gnomes!
Oh, I didn’t know that either. But now I know and I am one of them 🙂