Crochet owl gnome free pattern

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The owl gnome free crochet pattern is the perfect graduation gift for all family members or friends who graduate from school or university. It is also perfect for those who love wild animals.

So scroll down for the free pattern, or buy the ad-free, printable PDF HERE.

The perfect graduation gift handmade with love

Graduation is a significant milestone in anyone’s life, marking the transition from one chapter to another. It’s a time of celebration, reflection, and anticipation for the future.

As we prepare to honor the graduates in our lives, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. We want something meaningful, unique, and personal—a gift that not only celebrates the achievement but also symbolizes the values and qualities we cherish.

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The Symbolism of the Owl

Owls have long been regarded as symbols of wisdom and knowledge. In many cultures, they are seen as guardians of the night, keepers of secrets, and bearers of ancient knowledge.

The owl’s ability to see in the dark has made it a symbol of clarity and insight, qualities that are especially relevant to graduates embarking on new journeys.

Therefore, an owl gnome is a fitting gift for graduates. It represents the wisdom they have gained through their years of study and the insight they will need as they move forward in life.

This little crocheted companion can serve as a reminder to trust their intuition and to keep seeking knowledge, even in the darkest of times.

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce my latest free pattern: the Crochet Owl Gnome, which is part of the Crochet Gnome Along ( CAL ).

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What is a Crochet Along ( CAL )?

A Crochet Along (CAL) is an enjoyable project where participants from around the world simultaneously work on the same crochet pattern. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get inspired, share your creations, and receive support and assistance as needed.

Related post: Crochet Amigurumi Along ( CAL )

Stay tuned for next month’s pattern, where we’ll continue our gnome journey with another gnome design. In the meantime, join our CAL community for support and inspiration and to connect with fellow crochet lovers. Happy crocheting!

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More free crochet graduation gnome patterns you will love.

If you are a beginner looking for an easier and faster crochet graduation gift, check out the pencil gnome we shared recently and the graduation gnome from last year’s Gnome CAL.

Construction of the Owl Gnome

The Owl gnome is worked from the top down. The hat and the body are worked as one piece without sewing.

The beard, nose, feathers, and graduation cap are worked separately and sewn together.

The pattern is worked in continuous/spiral rounds. Place a stitch marker to indicate your first stitch, or use a scrap yarn tail.

When stuffing the gnome, be careful not to overstuff it.

Some of the pictures are from previous gnome patterns. Don’t get confused about the colors used in the step-by-step pictures. Follow the written color instructions for each part of the gnome.

Quick, helpful links

If you are new to amigurumi, check these helpful links for some techniques we will use to crochet the graduation owl gnome.

For those new to amigurumi, here are some easy crochet amigurumi projects that do not require any sewing skills.

What is the best yarn for crochet owl gnome?

With over 40 gnome patterns under my belt, I can confidently say that any yarn can work for your crochet owl gnome. However, different types of yarn have their own unique qualities, each bringing its own set of pros and cons. Let’s explore the best options for creating your crochet gnome.

what is the best yarn for crochet gnome

Cotton yarn

100% cotton or mercerized cotton is a popular choice among crocheters for its durability and excellent stitch definition. But cotton can be somewhat challenging to work with, especially if you’re unfamiliar with its texture.

Cotton/Acrylic Blends

Cotton/acrylic blends are often considered the best of both worlds. These blends combine the desirable properties of cotton with the benefits of acrylic yarn, making them an excellent choice for crochet gnomes.

Blending cotton with acrylic adds durability while maintaining the natural feel of cotton. This combination makes for resilient and long-lasting gnomes.

cotton acrylic blend yarns for crochet amigurumi

Acrylic yarn

Acrylic yarns are ideal for crochet gnomes due to their affordability, wide range of colors, durability, and easy care. They are lightweight and maintain their shape well.

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Yarn substitution and some suggestions

Here are some suggestions similar to the yarn I used for my Poppy gnome pattern.

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Crochet Owl Gnome Pattern

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Finished size: 17 cm / 6.5 inch

Crochet Terms: The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

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sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
inc- increase (make 2 SC in the same stitch)
dc inc- make 2 dc in the same stitch
tr- triple crochet
dec- decrease ( work 2 SC stitch together)
MR- magic ring
()– repeat the stitches in the () indicated times
FO- fasten off
BLO- back loop only
ch sp- chain space
picot- ch 3, sl st in 3rd from your hook.

Yarn Used

Sport/ fine weight yarn- Yarn Art Jeans 55% Cotton, 45% Acryl 50 g, 160 m in colors dark blue- 15gr, beige- 5gr, yellow-5gr, black- 5gr, light blue 20gr, white 10g.


  • Poly fiberfill for stuffing
  • tapestry needle
  • hook size 2.75mm
  • stitch marker

Pattern notes:

The pattern is worked in continuous/ spiral rounds. Do not join your rounds
with a sl st.

Mark the first stitch with a stitch marker or piece of yarn. Move the marker after completing the round. For my amigurumi, I use the Yarn Under method.
Use safety pins to secure your pieces before sewing.
I am using the magic ring/circle to start my amigurumi.

How to crochet a magic ring / magic circle?

The magic circle, also known as the crochet magic ring or adjustable loop, is perfect for creating a neat, secure beginning for any project worked in the round. See a step-by-step photo tutorial here.
You can also watch my video tutorial on how I make a magic ring. To begin the magic ring, alternately Chain 2 and make n-number stitches in the second chain from your hook.

Starting from the hat

-with dark blue color

Rnd 1: MR of 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 6 inc (12)

Rnd 3: (sc, inc) x6 (18)

Rnd 4: (2 sc, inc) x6 (24)

Rnd 5: (3 sc, inc) x6 (30)

Rnd 6: (4 sc, inc) x6 (36)

Rnd 7: (5 sc, inc) x6 (42)

Rnd 8: (6 sc, inc) x6 (48)

Rnd 9: (11 sc, inc) x4 (52)

Rnd 10-19: 52 sc (52) [10 rounds]

Continue on hat’s brim.

The next round is worked in FLO.

Rnd 20: 52 sc (52)

Rnd 21: (3 sc, inc) x13 (65)

Rnd 22: 65 sc (65)

Rnd 23: (4 sc, inc) x13 (78)

Rnd 24: 78 sc (78) FO.

Continue on the body with a light blue.

Rnd 21: Go back to round 20 and insert your hook in any back loop stitch, pull a loop, sc in same, 51 sc (52)

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

Rnd 22: (12 sc, inc) x4 (56)

Rnd 23-37: 56 sc (56) [ rounds]

Start stuffing your gnome and continue as you crochet along.

Rnd 38: (12 sc, dec) x4 (52)

Rnd 39: (11 sc, dec) x4 (48)

The next round is worked in BLO.

Only next round!

Rnd 40: 48 sc (48)

Rnd 41: (4 sc, dec) x8 (40)

Rnd 42: (3 sc, dec) x8 (32)

Rnd 43: (2 sc, dec) x8 (24)

Rnd 44: (1 sc, dec) x8 (16)

Rnd 45: 8 dec (8)

FO. Close the gap with a tapestry needle.

How to close a gap with a needle in crochet
crochet gnome's body and head

Owl gnome’s beard

-with a white color

Rnd 1: MR of 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 3: 6 inc (12)

Rnd 4: (5 sc, inc) x2 (14)

Rnd 5: (6 sc, inc) x2 (16)

Rnd 6: (7 sc, inc) x2 (18)

Rnd 7: (8 sc, inc) x2 (20)

Rnd 8: (9 sc, inc) x2 (22)

Rnd 9: (10 sc, inc) x2 (24)

Rnd 10: (11 sc, inc) x2 (26)

Rnd 11-15: 24 sc (26) [5 rounds]

FO. Leave a longer tail for sewing.

Gnome’s nose

-with a beige color

Rnd 1: MR of 8 sc (8)

Rnd 2: 8 inc (16)

Rnd 3-6: 16 sc (16) [4 rounds]

Stuff the nose a little.

Rnd 7: 8 dec (8)

FO. Close the gap opening using a tapestry needle.

how to crochet a nose and a beard for gnome

Owl Gnome’s feathers (make 2)

-with a light blue

Rnd 1: MR of 10 dc, sl st to join (10)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 10 dc inc (20)

Rnd 3: ch 3, (1 dc, 1 dc inc) x10 (30)

Fo light blue and attach dark blue

Rnd 4: ch 4, (skip 2, V-st in next) x10, sl st to join (10 V-sts)

how to crochet feathers for crochet owl amigurumi

FO dark blue and attach white

Rnd 5: ch 1, {(1 sc, 1 picot, 1 sc all in next ch-sp), 1 sc in the space between the next 2 sts } x9, (1 sc, 1 picot, 1 sc all in last ch-sp), sl st to join. FO.

crochet feather for crochet owl gnome

The final look of your feathers.

final look of a crochet feathers for crochet owl

Owl Gnome’s eyes (make 2)

-with a white color

Rnd 1: MR od 12 dc, sl st to join (12)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, ( 1 dc inc) x12, sl st to join (24)

FO white color and attach light blue.

Rnd 3: 24 sl st.

Eye’s iris (make 2)

-with a black color

Rnd 1: MR of 6 sc, sl st to join.


crochet eyes for crochet owl gnome, amigurumi

Owl Gnome’s ears (make 2)

-with dark blue

Rnd 1: MR of 6 (6)

Rnd 2: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 3: (sc, inc) x3 (9)

Rnd 4: (2 sc, inc) x3 (12)

Rnd 5: (2 sc, inc) x4 (16)

Rnd 6: (3 sc, inc) x4 (20)

Rnd 7: (4 sc, inc) x4 (24)

Rnd 8: 24 sc (24)

crochet ears for a crochet owl amigurumi, gnome

Owl’s nose

-with yellow

Row 1: ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from your hook, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 2: 1 inc, 1 sc, 1 inc, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 3-4: 5 sc, ch 1, turn (5)

FO. Leave a long tail for sewing.

crochet nose for crochet owl gnome, amigurumi

Mini Graduation cap square

-with black color

Rnd 1: ch 5, sl st in 5th from your hook to form a ring, ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc) x3 , ch 2, sl st to join (4)

Rnd 2: ch 3, hdc in next 2, {(2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in corner space) x 3, hdc in next 3} x3, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc in corner sp)

how to crochet the upper part of a graduation cap
crochet upper part of graduation cap's hat

Mini Graduation cap

-with black color

Rnd 1: MR of 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 6 inc (12)

The next round is worked in BLO.

Rnd 3-6: 12 sc (12) FO.

Sew the cap square on top of the cap.

crochet graduation cap's hat
how to crochet a graduation cap for amigurumi toys

Mini tassel.

Wrapp yellow yarn around your 3 fingers 6-8 times. Cut one side and tie the other. Use a piece of yarn to attach the tassel to the cap.

How to assembly your gnome

Use safety pins to place your pieces. Once you like the placement, sew them onto the body.

First, take the beard and sew it right below the brim.

Secondly, take the nose and sew it onto the beard.

crochet gnome's body and head

Now, take the feathers and sew them on both sides. Leave 4-5 stitches between the beard and the hands. Make sure the rounded part is towards the beard.

how to sew crochet feathers to a gnome's body
how to sew crochet feathers to a owl gnome amigurumi

Take the ears and sew them on top of your head. start from round 3.

how to attach crochet ears to a crochet owl gnome

Attach the eyes onto the front part of the head. I attached mine only on one side, not the whole eye.

how to attach crochet eyes to a crochet owl amigurumi

Lastly, sew on the nose between the eyes.

how to sew owl's nose to a crochet owl gnome

Attach the radiation cap (optional)!

And here it is: your Graduation owl gnome is done!

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