Crochet reindeer mini gnome ornament

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With the holiday season fast approaching, what better way to decorate your home than with handmade ornaments that showcase your crochet skills? With this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to crochet an adorable mini reindeer gnome ornament.

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crochet reindeer mini gnome pattern

Never tried amigurumi before?

If you have never tried amigurumi before, the reindeer pattern is an excellent choice. As the pattern is small in size, you will be able to practice basic crochet techniques for amigurumi with ease.

Because learning new skills on a bigger project can be a frustration, with the mini reindeer gnome pattern, it will not be.

So, if you are looking for a simple amigurumi project, you are at the right place. And with the wonderful Facebook group we have, you can always ask for help if you need to.

If you have never used thinner yarn before and still would like to try a simple amigurumi project, try out the no-sew bear pattern or the no-sew bunny pattern. They both use super bulky weight yarn, and there is no sewing involved. Because the patterns are worked in one piece, they are also perfect as a first amigurumi project.

More mini gnome patterns:

  1. The Santa mini gnome free pattern
  2. The Snowman mini gnome
  3. Christmas tree mini gnome
  4. The elf mini gnome
reindeer, elf and Santa Claus mini gnomes

Why you will love the reindeer mini gnome pattern

For 2023, we hosted a gnome CAL ( crochet along ), where we shared free gnome patterns each month. In the beginning, we were thinking of sharing one free pattern representing the months of the year. But they were so addictive that we ended up with more than 40 free gnome patterns at the end.

The regular-size gnome patterns get so much love that we decided to include a mini version, at least for the Christmas collection. I will not lie; I wished we added mini versions earlier.

What type of yarn is best for crochet amigurumi?

After releasing a sneak peek of the mini version for the gnomes, the most asked question was, what is the best yarn for crocheting mini gnomes?

That’s why I decided to share my suggestions for yarn weights you can use to crochet your own mini version of the gnomes.

  1.  I use 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.
mini gnome pattern bundle of 5 gnomes

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Crochet mini reindeer gnome ornament

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mini reindeer gnome with antlers free pattern


– Sport weight yarn- Yarnart Jeans 55% cotton, 45% acryl, 50 g, 160 m
colors- beige, red, black and white, 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 3 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 weight of yarn, keep in mind that your gnome will turn out bigger or smaller.
  5. I suggest you to use a fine/sport or DK weight yarn with 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 also stay still without it.
  7. Some pictures are from previous patterns. Pay attention to the color written, not the picture.
crochet mini reindeer ornamnet or keychain

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-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)

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

Rnd 15: SC in each stitch around (28)

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)

FO red color. Attach white color.

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: SC in each stitch around (45)

Rnd 22: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 9 times (54)

Rnd 23: SC in each stitch around (54). FO.

Continue with brown 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 close a gap with a needle in crochet

Reindeer gnome’s nose and beard:

-with a 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 beard is worked back-and-forth in 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

Reindeer she-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.

In the end, you will have two curls.

How to crochet curls for mini gnomes

Reindeer mini gnome’s antlers(make 2):

-with a beige color

Use your yarn in double strand to make the antlers sturdy, or use thicker yarn I beige or brown.

CH 10, SC in 2nd from your, SC in next 3, 3 SC in next, SC in next 4. FO.

Attaching chain:

Insert your hook in any stitch of rnd 1 and 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 the tapestry needle and orange color.
  4. Sew the antlers onto the hat.

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More free crochet patterns

For even more quick and simple patterns, you may like these:

crochet Santa mini gnome
crochet mini gnome ornament pattern
crochet snowman mini gnome
crochet bunny stuffy, amigurumi free pattern
crochet reindeer mini gnome
crochet amigurumi bear for beginners

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