Crochet Mini Santa gnome free pattern

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Are you looking for a fun and easy way to add some festive charm to your holiday decor? Look no further than the crochet mini Santa gnome!

Perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike, this pattern is sure to become a holiday favorite. Join me as I guide you through the step-by-step instructions to make a mini Santa gnome that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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

Crochet Mini Santa gnome

Are you new to crocheting amigurumi?

Let’s explain a little. Crochet amigurumi is basically a Japanese technique to crochet stuffed toys. The main stitch we use is a single crochet stitch. So, if you can crochet this stitch, you can crochet almost any beginner amigurumi pattern.

And the Santa mini gnome pattern is perfect to start with. Firstly, in this pattern, you will learn how to crochet the basic shape of amigurumi, how to increase, and how to invisible decrease stitches for shaping amigurumi. Secondly, you will master how to change colors and how to work in the back loops only.

The most important thing is that the pattern is small in size, making it perfect to practice the freshly learned skills.

Related post: 5 tips every crocheter should know for amigurumi

Why crochet a mini Santa gnome?

For 2023, we hosted a gnome CAL ( crochet along ), where we shared free gnome patterns each month. Firstly, the intention was to share one free gnome pattern each month, but guess what?

In the end, we ended up with more than 40 free gnome patterns. And if you check our Facebook group, filled with so many talented crafters, you will see that there are people who crocheted almost all of the gnomes.

And said this way, displaying them in one place is really hard. That’s why we decided to crochet mini versions, at least for the Christmas collection. The first mini version we shared recently was the free mini Christmas tree gnome pattern.

So, if you would like a smaller version for your gnomes with a few color changes, you can crochet most of the patterns from the CAL without any size adjustments.

crochet Santa mini gnome

Prefer the PDF version?

Grab the ad-free, printable PDF pattern.

Download and print at home. View on your mobile device, tablet, or computer.

If you would like to try more free crochet patterns for beginners, try the bear amigurumi and the bunny amigurumi patterns, which do not require any sewing. Because they do not require sewing for any parts, the patterns are perfect for beginners and advanced beginners. The velvet yarn makes the projects quick to finish due to its super bulky weight.

The best yarn for crochet mini gnomes

In the Facebook group, we received many questions about what type of yarn is best for crochet mini gnomes. Here are some suggestions:

  1. I am using 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. You can use 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.

Crochet Santa mini gnome pattern

Now, if you are ready, let’s crochet a mini Santa gnome together. But first, if you have no time to crochet now, save the Santa mini gnome pattern to your Pinterest board and crochet it later.

Don’t forget to pin this for later!

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Exclusive offer

You can purchase the ad-free version of the mini Christmas gnome collection.

You can purchase all 24 patterns of the Advent Calendar CAL HERE. The bundle is for all 24 patterns we shared from the 1st of December to the 24th of December.

You can purchase the Christmas collection of 13 Christmas gnomes. The bundle includes all the mini gnome patterns and the regular-size gnome patterns of the Christmas collection.

Buy all of the gnomes 40 gnomes bundle. The bundle includes all of the 40 gnomes we shared through 2023.

So, if you prefer a beautifully formatted, printable PDF, grab the offers before they expire.


– Sport weight yarn- Yarnart Jeans 55% cotton, 45% acryl, 50 g, 160 m
colors- beige, red, black and white

A small amount of yellow for the belt’s clip
– 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 three single crochet stitches together (decrease)

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 yarn weight, remember 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 that 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 also stay still without it.
  7. Some pictures are from the previous pattern. Pay attention to the color written, not the picture.


-with red color yarn

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

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

Rnd 4: SC in each stitch around (10)

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

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

Rnd 7: SC in each stitch around (16)

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

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

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

Rnd 12-13: SC in each stitch around (24)

Switch to black color. Don’t fasten off the red color.

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

Rnd 15: SC in each stitch around (28)

Fasten off the black color. Continue with red.

Rnd 16: SC in each stitch around (28)

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

Rnd 18: SC in each stitch around (32)

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

Leave red and attach white. Don’t FO the red color.

Continue on the hat’s brim

The next round is worked in the Front loop only!

Rnd 20: SC in each stitch around (36)

Rnd 21: *SC in next 3, inc 1* 9 times (45)

Rnd 22: SC in each stitch around (45)

Rnd 23: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 9 times (54)

Rnd 24: SC in each stitch around (54). FO.

Continue with red color yarn.

Rnd 21: Go back to round 20 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 22: *SC in next 8, inc 1* 4 times (40)

Rnd 23: *SC in next 9, inc 1* 4 times (44)

Rnd 24-32: SC in each stitch around (44)

Rnd 33: *SC in next 9, dec 1* 4 times (40)

Rnd 34: *SC in next 8, dec 1* 4 times (36)

Rnd 35: *SC in next 4, dec 1* 6 times (30)

Rnd 36: *SC in next 3, dec 1* 6 times (24)

Rnd 37: *dec 1* 12 times (12)

Rnd 38: *dec 1* 6 times (6) Fasten off and close the gap with a needle.

how to finish crochet with a needle

Santa Claus 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 white color and continue on the beard.

The beard 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

Mrs. Santa Claus gnome’s curls- OPTIONAL (make 2):

-with a white 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

Take a tapestry needle and yellow color yarn and make a rectangle around the black belt on the hat. You can make it with just straight lines or use the basic embroidery stitch as we did.

crochet Santa mini gnome

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Attaching chain:

Insert your hook in any stitch of rnd 1 pull a loop, Ch 20-25, and insert your hook back into the same stitch. FO.

How to assemble your gnome:

  1. First, sew the nose right below the hat’s brim.
  2. Sew the curls on both sides, leaving 2 stitches between the nose and curls.
  3. If you are making the boy sew only the nose and secure the beard on the pointy part with a tapestry needle and orange color.
how to make a clasp with embrodery stitch

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