Cupcake Gnome- Free Crochet Summer Gnome Pattern

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The newest addition to our crochet summer gnome collection is the Cupcake gnome. Sweet with no additional calories this adorable gnome is the perfect decoration for all of those tea parties. Scroll down for the free crochet pattern or buy the ad-free, printable PDF pattern here!

Crochet cupcake gnome step by step tutorial

The crochet Cupcake gnome is part of the summer gnome collection we created for our crochet gnome-along.

In the summer gnome collection, you will find 4 different gnomes- The Ice Cream gnome, The Watermelon gnome, the Beach gnome, and last but not least the Cupcake gnome.

The design:

As a designer, it may happen to have a designer block. After several attempts of crocheting an ice cream gnome, I almost gave up. Fortunately, my daughter offered to lend me a hand and draw me an ice cream gnome.

So I grabbed my yarn and hook and started crocheting.

Nevertheless, it was supposed to be an ice cream gnome, it ended up more like a cupcake gnome.

But here are a few tricks on how to turn your gnome into an ice cream.

Instead of a cherry, you can add a mini crochet ball as a second scoop of ice cream.

Crochet cupcake gnome step by step tutorial

Cupcake gnome pattern overview

I love upgrading my patterns and teaching you new skills and techniques.

The new skill in this pattern is working with front post stitches. The post stitches may intimidate you but I can bet that once you try them you will see how easy it is to work them.

Is this pattern beginner-friendly?

The only difficult part of the cupcake gnome is the body. In the body, I used front post single crochet which is not a beginner stitch. But you can just replace the front post stitches with regular single crochet.

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Crochet cupcake gnome step by step tutorial

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Cupcake gnome pattern notes:

The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

We will crochet the cupcake gnome in one piece starting from the hat to the body. Afterward, we will add the beads and cherry on top as well as the nose, and hands.

I didn’t use a beard or hair for the gnome but if you wish to crochet a beard you can use the Watermelon gnome beard pattern.

I used sport weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn. I suggest you use a similar yarn. If you cannot find it you can use fine weight or DK weight yarn with a smaller hook such as 2.25mm or 2.5mm.

Here is a great online site where you can check for a substitute yarn for the one I am using- Yarnsub.com

Some yarns that I would recommend: are Stylecraft Special DK, Paintbox Simply DK, and Hobbii Cotton 8/4.

The final measurement is 14cm/ 5.4 inches

Materials you’ll need:

– Sport/ fine weight yarn- Shachenmayr Catania 100% Cotton, 50 g, 125 m
colors-Light brown color (179-camel)  20gr, white color (106) 20gr, a small amount of Beige and red for the nose, and cherry
– crochet hook size 2.5mm

– Poly fiber fill for stuffing
– tapestry needle

Stitch abbreviation:

SC- single crochet

DC- double crochet

SS- slip stitch

CH- chain

Rep- repeat

Inc- increase

Dec- decrease

MR- magic ring

HDC- half double crochet

– repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

FO- fasten off

BLO- back loop only

FLO- front loop only

Cupcake gnome pattern- Summer edition

-with white color

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

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

Rnd 3: *inc 1, SC in next* 6 times (18)

Rnd 4: *inc 1, SC in next 2* 6 times (24)

Rnd 5: *inc 1, SC in next 3* 6 times (30)

Rnd 6: *inc 1, SC in next 4* 6 times (36)

Rnd 7: *inc 1, SC in next 5* 6 times (42)

Rnd 8: *inc 1, SC in next 6* 6 times (48)

Rnd 9: *SC in next 11, inc 1* 4 times (52)

Rnd 10-20: SC in each stitch around (52)

The next round is worked in Front loop only!

Rnd 21: SC in each stitch around (52)

Rnd 22: *SC in next 3, inc 1* 13 times (65)

Rnd 23: SC in each stitch around (65)

Rnd 24: *SC in next 4, inc 1* 13 times (78)

Rnd 25: SC in each stitch around (78)

Rnd 26: *skip 2, 5 DC in next, skip 2, SC in next* 13 times (13 shells in total) FO.

How to crochet a cupcake

Continue with light brown/beige color yarn.

Rnd 22: Go back to round 21 and insert your hook in any back loop stitch, pull up a loop, SC in the same stitch, SC in each stitch around (52)

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

Rnd 23: *SC in next 12, inc 1* 4 times (56)

Rnd 24: *SC in next 13, inc 1* 4 times (60)

Rnd 25: SC in each stitch around (60)

Rnd 26: **SC in next 2, FPDC in the corresponding stitch one row bellow* 20 times (60)

Continue repeating rnd 25 and 26 alternating them till you reach round 36

How to crochet a front post single crochet stitch
How to crochet a front post single crochet stitch

Rnd 37: *sc in next 18, dec 1* 4 times (56)

Rnd 38: *(sc in next 2, FPDC in corresponding stitch 1 row below) 4 times, SC in next, FPDC in corresponding stitch 1 row below* 4 times (56)

The next round is worked in BLO.

Rnd 39: *SC in next 5, dec 1* 8 times (48)

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

Rnd 41: *SC in next 3, dec 1* 8 times (32)

Rnd 42: *SC in next 2, dec 1* 8 times (24)

Rnd 43: *SC in next, dec 1* 8 times (16)

Rnd 44: *dec 1* 8 times (8) Fasten off and close the gap with a needle.

Cupcake gnome’s nose:

-with beige color yarn

Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 5 SC into it. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Rnd 3: *SC in first, inc 1* 6 times (18)

Rnd 4-5: SC in each stitch around (18)

Rnd 6: *SC in next, dec 1* 6 times. FO. (12)

Hands (make 2 pieces):

-with beige color

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

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

Rnd 3-6: SC in each stitch around (12)

Switch to light brown color

Rnd 7-13: Sc in each stitch around (12)

The cherry on top:

-with red color

Rnd 1: Start with a MR and make 5 SC into it. (6)

Rnd 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Rnd 3: *SC in first, inc 1* 6 times (18)

Rnd 4-6: SC in each stitch around (18)

Rnd 7: *SC in next, dec 1* 6 times (12)

Rnd 8: *dec 1* 6 times (6) FO.

Crochet cherry pattern free
how to crochet a cupcake free pattern

How to join your gnome parts:

  1. Sew the nose onto the body right below the brim.
  2. Sew the hands on both sides. Leave 6-7 stitches between the nose and hands.
  3. Sew some colorful beads to resemble sprinkles or just use different colors of yarn and make small stripes.
  4. Use a safety pin to secure them before sewing. Sew them when you like the placement.

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