Crochet mini elf gnome ornament

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The crochet elf gnome ornament is a perfect addition to your holiday decor. If you are looking for a quick Christmas project, you can use this pattern to crochet the elf gnome as a Christmas tree ornament or keychain or as a mini version of the regular gnome patterns we have shared throughout 2023.

So scroll down for the free pattern or buy the AD-FREE, printable PDF.

crochet reindeer mini gnome with red and white striped hat

Is crocheting amigurumi easy for beginners?

If you have never crocheted an amigurumi before, you can feel a bit intimidated. But starting with smaller projects will make the process easier. With the mini elf pattern I am sharing with you, you will learn how to change colors, how to increase and decrease, and how to shape your amigurumi.

As you may know, the most common stitch used for crochet amigurumi is the single crochet stitch. So, if you can crochet the single crochet stitch, you can crochet the elf mini gnome as well.

Related post: 5 tips and tricks for amigurumi

Why to crochet the elf mini gnome pattern?

For 2023, we hosted a gnome CAL ( crochet along ) and shared more than 40 free gnome patterns. And as you can imagine, it is hard to display and show all of them in one place. So, in the Facebook group, some of our lovely crocheters asked for a mini version of the gnomes. That’s why we decided to add mini versions for the Christmas collection.

After you crochet the mini version, you can change the colors and turn the regular-size ones into a mini. So, it is a win-win for all of us.

Still, if you are looking for more quick crochet amigurumi projects, I encourage you to try the free bear plushie pattern and the free bunny stuffie pattern. With these patterns, you can practice the amigurumi techniques you will learn from the mini gnome patterns. And the best part is that there is no sewing involved.

Both of the patterns are crocheted in one piece without any sewing for the different parts like legs and hands. They are designed with beginners in mind, making them perfect for your next crochet amigurumi projects.

More mini gnome patterns

  1. Santa Clause mini gnome
  2. Christmas tree mini gnome
  3. Reindeer mini gnome free pattern
  4. Snowman mini gnome free pattern

Yarn suggestion for the mini elf gnome pattern

After we released the Christmas tree mini gnome, we got questions about what type of yarn is best for crocheting the mini gnomes. That’s why I am giving you some yarn suggestions.

  1. For the mini gnomes, I used sport-weight yarn and a 2.5 mm crochet hook, so your minis will be the same size if you have the same weight yarn.
  2. By using DK weight yarn and smaller crochet hooks like 2.25 mm and 2.5 mm, you will get almost the same size as mine.
  3. Try to crochet with smoother yarn, like anti-pilling acrylic or 100% cotton yarn. These types of yarns have better stitch definitions than the others.

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crochet reindeer mini gnome with red and white striped hat

Crochet elf gnome ornament free pattern

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– Sport weight yarn- Yarnart Jeans  55% cotton 45% acryl, 50 g, 160 m
colors- beige, white, red, dark and light green
– crochet hook size 2.5 mm

– poly fiber fill for stuffing
– tapestry needle

Yarn substitutes:

Schachenmayr Catania, Scheepjes Catona, Hobbii Friends cotton 8/4

Stitch Abbreviation:

SC- single crochet

SS- slip stitch

CH- chain

Rep- repeat

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

SC3tog- work 3 single crochet stitches together (decrease)

Picot- ch 2, slip stitch in 2nd from your hook

DC- double crochet

Pattern notes:

  1. The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  2. The pattern is worked in one piece. We start from the hat and continue on the body.
  3. The pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join your rounds.
  4. If you use a different weight of yarn, keep in mind that your gnome will turn out bigger or smaller.
  5. I suggest you use a fine/sport or DK weight yarn with a 2.25-2.5mm hook to achieve the size.
  6. When stuffing the body- stuff it well so it will stay in shape, but don’t overdo it. You can still insert cardboard in the base to make it flat, but it will stay still without it as well.

Some pictures are from the previous pattern. Pay attention to the color written, not the picture.


-with red color yarn

Starting from round one till round 19, we will change colors in every two rounds.

Rnd 1-2: Start with a MR, and make 7 SC into it, (7)

Attach white color. Don’t cut red color.

Rnd 3: *SC in first, inc 1* 3 times, SC in last (10)

Rnd 4: SC in each stitch around (10)

switch to red color. Don’t cut white color.

Rnd 5: *SC in next, inc 1* 5 times, (15)

Rnd 6: inc 1, SC in next 14 (16)

switch to white color. Don’t cut red color.

Rnd 7: SC in each stitch around (16)

 Rnd 8: *SC in next 3, inc 1, * 4 times, (20)

switch to red color. Don’t cut white color.

Rnd 9-10: SC in each stitch around (20)

switch to white color. Don’t cut red color.

Rnd 11: *SC in next 4, inc 1, * 4 times, (24)

Rnd 12: SC in each stitch around (24)

switch to red color. Don’t cut white color.

Rnd 13: SC in each stitch around (24)

Rnd 14: *SC in next 5, inc 1, * 4 times, (28)

switch to red color. Don’t cut white color.

Rnd 15: SC in each stitch around (28)

Rnd 16: SC in each stitch around (28)

switch to red color. Don’t cut white color.

Rnd 17: *SC in next 6, inc 1, * 4 times, (32)

Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around (32)

FO red and white color. Attach dark green for the brim.

Rnd 19: *SC in next 7, inc 1, * 4 times, (36)

Continue on the hat’s brim

The next round is worked in the Front loop only!

Rnd 20: *SC in next 3, inc 1* 9 times (45)

Rnd 21-24: SC in each stitch around (45)

In the next round, we will turn our work to make the points of the hat stand upward when facing you.

Rnd 25: CH 1, turn, *SC in next, skip 2, (3 DC, 1 picot, 3 DC all in next ), skip 2* rep 7 times, SC in remaining sts, SS to join. (7 points) 

FO and leave a longer tail for sewing. We will secure the pointy parts once we finish the body.

Continue with light green color yarn.

Rnd 20: Go back to round 19 and insert your hook in any back loop stitch, pull up a loop, SC in the same stitch, SC in each stitch around (36)

How to crochet in front loops and back loops only photo tutorial

Rnd 21: *SC in next 8, inc 1* 4 times (40)

Rnd 22: *SC in next 9, inc 1* 4 times (44)

Rnd 23-31: SC in each stitch around (44)

Rnd 32: *SC in next 9, dec 1* 4 times (40)

Rnd 33: *SC in next 8, dec 1* 4 times (36)

Rnd 34: *SC in next 4, dec 1* 6 times (30)

Rnd 35: *SC in next 3, dec 1* 6 times (24)

Rnd 36: *dec 1* 12 times (12)

Rnd 37: *dec 1* 6 times (6) Fasten off and close the gap with a needle.

how to finish crochet with a needle

Elf gnome’s nose and beard:

-with beige color

Rnd 1: Start with a MR, and make 6 SC into it (6)

Rnd 2: *inc 1* 6 times (12)

Rnd 3-5: SC in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off here if you will make the she-version with curly hair if not attach a white color and continue on the beard

The beards is worked in back-and-forth rows.

Row 1: *inc 1* 4 times, SC in next, CH 1, turn (9)

Row 2-3: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn (9)

Row 4: dec 1, SC in next 5, dec 1, CH 1, turn (7)

Row 5: dec 1, SC in next 3, dec 1, CH 1, turn (5)

Row 6: dec 1, SC in next, dec 1, CH 1, turn (3)

Row 7: SC3tog, FO.

how to crochet beard and nose for a mini gnome

She- elf gnome’s curls- OPTIONAL (make 2):

-with any color

*CH 15, 3 SC in 2nd from your hook, 3 SC in each chain till you have 3 chains left, SC in each of the last 3 chains * 2 times. FO.

You will have 2 curls in the end.

How to crochet curls for mini gnomes

How to attach the brims points upwards:

First, take a few pins and turn your points upward. Then, secure them with safety pins.

Take a tapestry needle and the tail that we left of the green color. Now sew the points from a few places to secure them.

Invitation to our Facebook group

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 #passionatecrafterr.

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More free crochet amigurumi patterns to try

If you like the mini Elf pattern, check out our other amigurumi patterns suitable for beginners who just found the beauty of the crochet amigurumi.

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