Free crochet gnome collection! Who doesn’t love these small cute whimsical creatures? Continue reading to find out all about the gnome crochet-along.
I started my crochet journey when my daughter was born 10 years ago.
My first crochet project was a bunny that she was dragging everywhere. (I mean everywhere). So making amigurumi was my first love. It was the reason I got hooked up in crochet in the first place. As a crocheter, you know that we are pretty curious and love to try new stitches, patterns, and projects.
After diving into the sea of crochet patterns, my amigurumi toys were left a bit behind. Last year we made a basic doll CAL(crochet-along) as I wanted to create a doll that would be beginner-friendly and everybody could make, even non-experienced crocheters.
What is a Crochet a Long ( CAL )?
A Crochet a Long basically is a fun project in which different people from all over the world work on the same crochet project as you at the same time. You could get inspired together, share your makes, and get help and support if you need it. It is a fun way of learning with new crochet buddies and joining a very creative community full of labor of love. However, if you stumble over this crochet project later, you can always join us and work at your own pace any time, as the pattern will remain free on the blog!
If you are a true gnomaholic like us, you definitely must check out our free mini gnome keychains pattern.
For 2023, I decided to design and host a Gnome year along ( CAL ), which you definitely have to check! One gnome representing each month of the year! And the January gnome is live on the blog now. I am sure you will love all the cute gnomes popping up in our feed on our Facebook group and Instagram page. And in the meantime, my sister is here again, setting goals to write down and publish all our WIPs. The first pattern she shares is the LAVENDER baby blanket.
Currently, she lives in a small 1 bedroom apartment and storing everything she crochet is almost impossible. That’s why, when there is an occasion, the presents our friends and family members receive are crochet scarves and crochet shawls for a birthday, baby blankets and related items for a baby shower and housewarming blankets and home decor for buying a new house, the first thing to gift is a crochet piece from my stash.
We were discussing the topic of making a Crochet a Long ( CAL) with my sister and were not sure what type to be. With these crochet gnomes, you will learn basic amigurumi techniques like; How to change color; How to crochet in continuous rounds; How to make the perfect finish; how to sew separate pieces together, and much more.
You can improve your skills or even master them simply by crocheting 1 gnome per month.
This year’s goal for us is to keep our projects and patterns as simple as possible. That’s why for all the gnomes, we will use simple stitches. If you can crochet single crochet and know how to make increases or decreases, you can crochet a gnome for sure.
If you ask us why gnomes?
The answer is simple! First, like most of you, we are members of some Facebook crochet groups, and almost every day follow and check them. Most of the Crochet a Long ( CAL ) we saw are blankets or wearables, which, for some people, can be hard to follow due to less time, less patience, or other reasons.
Second, they are just adorable and easy to make. It is not like making a small amigurumi with a small hook. It is a good way to try amigurumi for the first time. With or without any details, you still have a cute gnome at the end of your project.
Last but not least, with the CALs you can find the confidence in yourself to try for something new if you have never tried making amigurumi just by seeing all the other projects shared in the community made by other makers.
You are welcome to share your progress and final gnomes with the community and us. We will be thrilled to see your gnomes, and you are very welcome to share them on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE or our FACEBOOK GROUP or on INSTAGRAM by using the hashtag #gnomeCAL2023 and #passionatecrafterr
What will you get in this gnome-along?
- At the end of the crochet gnome-along, you will have a huge collection of 12-20 crochet gnomes to place around your home, give to your friends, or maybe sell at craft fairs.
- Why I said 12-20 gnomes is because there will be special bonus gnomes for some of the months. I don’t think I can have only one Christmas gnome, do you?
Join our Facebook group where you can see the gnomes other crocheters make and get inspired, share your makes with us and get free patterns- Passionatecrafter-free crochet patterns.
Crochet gnome-along materials and release dates:
Before we start, save this CAL in your Ravelry queue here.
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Making crochet gnomes allows you to use your left-over balls of yarn. Get creative with colors and make different gnomes by just changing colors.
- The crochet gnome-along will take place throughout the year.
- Each month we will release a new themed crochet gnome pattern. The theme will represent each month of the year. There will be some additions and surprise bonuses as well.
- You can use whatever yarn you have in your stash and a suitable hook for it. Keep in mind that using thicker or thinner yarn will affect the final size of your crochet gnome.
-worsted weight yarn/ light worsted weight yarn, DK weight yarn, or ARAN weight yarn. Practically whatever yarn you have in your stash. For this gnome CAL, I am using Bernat Premium yarn from Yarnspiration.com– You can check all available colors on their website HERE.
-crochet hook size 4mm/ US crochet hook size G
-poly fiber fill for stuffing
-a piece of cardboard or plastic- we will use it to flatten the base.
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- Paintbox yarns Simply Aran 100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz)/ 184m (201yds) or Paintbox yarns Simply DK 100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz)/ 276m (302yds)- great variety of colors. A delight to work with. Previously used for our crochet doll CAL. Check it out here on Lovecrafts.
- Lionbrand Basic stitch 100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz) /170m (185yds)- It has an antipilling effect, and it is light worsted/weighted three yarn. Has a variety of colors, and the thickness is perfect for crochet toys. Check it here on Lionbrand.
- Red Heart yarns super saver solid, 96% acrylic, 4% other fibers 198 g/7 oz, 333 meters/364 yards- a bit on the sturdy side and thicker, but it will be great if you prefer bigger gnomes. Has lots of colors. check it on Yarnspiration.
- Caron Simply soft 100% acrylic, 170 g / 6 oz, 288 meters / 315 yards- Another great yarn available in so many colors. Check it on Yarnspiration.
- Stylecraft Special Aran, 100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz) / 196m (214yds) or Stylecraft Special DK – Huge selection of colors. Amazing to work with it. Used in several other projects before. Check it out on Lovecrafts.
The first pattern of the gnome’s collection will be the winter gnome of January. A snow gnome with little snowflakes.
Release dates for each month
- January gnome– winter gnome– January 10th, 2023 The pattern is live on the blog; Find it HERE
- February gnome– January 29th the first set, and the second set on February 2nd, 2023
- March gnome- March 10th, 2023 The Lepricon gnome HERE, The lepricon she gnome HERE.
- April gnome- April 10th, 2023
- May gnome- May 10th, 2023
- June gnome- June 10th, 2023
- July gnome- July 10th, 2023
- August gnome- August 10th, 2023
- September gnome- September 5th, 2023
- October gnome – October 5th, 2023
- November gnome- November 10th, 2023
- December gnome- December 1st, 2023
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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 #gnomeCAL2023 and #passionatecrafterr
I am very ready for this gnome cal along. Will be so much fun
Definitely, it will!
I’d like my email on the gnome list as well
We’ve just added you in the list🙃
Wil spronsen says
Ik wil graag meedoen ,ze zijn zo leuk
Ann Ortiz says
Darlene Williams says
Interested in the gnome along
Happy to hear that
Colleen W says
I’m so excited. I love gnomes. Thanks for hosting this fun CAL.
You are so so welcome!
Mielang Gamble says
This is one crochet along I will really do I LOVE GNOMES
same here we want to make them in every yarn weight we have 🙂
Betty Gardner says
I joined, but can’t get the pattern
Pattern release date is 10th of January – here you can check each release date for the next months https://www.passionatecrafter.com/free-crochet-gnome-collection-a-year-along-crochet-gnome-cal/
Doris Greene says
I love these gnomes! Hoping they are for an almost beginner crocheted!
We do our best to use simple stitches. If you can crochet single crochet and make increases or decreases you can make it for sure.
Shari Smith says
Can’t wait to get started
same here 🙂
Amy thomas says
I would love to get the patterns sent to me in the mail me and my mom love crocheting
You will receive email every time we add the new gnome pattern each month if you join our newsletter here http://eepurl.com/dmmg0T
Susan Bluett says
Fabulous … thankyou
Not a fan of FB.. too invasive for me
Any other way to join the CAL?
You can join our newsletter and will receive email every time the next gnome is released. Subscribe by the link here http://eepurl.com/dmmg0T
Tomi Cherrone says
How can I get a reminder when you’re doing each one? Will you be making YouTube tutorials?
http://eepurl.com/dmmg0T- You can join our newsletter by the link and get notification every time the new gnome is released
Laura G Dellaca says
I can’t find the download for the pattern. I have looked at Ravelry and above. What am I doing wrong. I also signed up and did not get the pattern to my inbox
Hello Laura, the pattern hasn’t been released yet. It will be up tomorrow on 10th January. Each gnome will be published on the dates specified on the post and you will receive a notification email.
Kind regards, Nj.
Margarita cruz says
How can i join?
You can subscribe to our newsletter and receive an email every time a new gnome is published. All the gnomes will be published on the blog each month.
This looks like so much fun!
Lynn Wenn says
I would love the cal gnomes patterns please.
Hello, Lynn the pattern will be released tomorrow
Annette Schmiz says
So excited to try this.
same here, we will be happy to see your creations
Hey I have just found you on pinterest. So cool my friend and I are also doing a year of gnomes. So this will be very helpful to find more Gnome patterns to make. I also started crochet 10 years ogo when my now 10 year old was born. I really needed a craft to do around babies and life. Can’t wait to have a look through your blog. It’s nice to have found you.
We are so happy to hear that someone else start this beautiful and creative craft for the same reason. My baby was very calm, and I had a lot of free time around her, and I am glad I found the crochet community that opens so much creativity and labor of love.
Hey, i just suscribed today for the gnome along, will i still be able to get the gnome for this month?
Yes, the pattern will be released later today!
My sister-in-law loves gnomes/gonks, this is perfect, so I’m going to make her the entire set for Christmas 2023. Thank you 😊
Ohhh she will be thrilled by your gift for sure!
Marja de Groote says
Hallo helemaal enthousiast over kabouters. Ik dacht dat ik mij ingeschreven had,maar nog steeds geen mail. Kan dat?
Sorry als ik te snel wil en je lastig val.
bourrel marie pierre says
vivement de le recevoir
Thank you for this free gnome CAL. The pattern is well written. My Gnome turned out amazing!
Thank you so much for your feedback. Happy to see that everything is okey with the pattern!
Bettina Muhlberger says
Hey there.,I’m in the middle of crocheting your awesome gnome. I got stuck on the hand part round 4, it doesn’t add up to 12 stitches. Could you please check the pattern to see if everything checks out, please? Thank you 😊
Hello, I checked the pattern there is no mistake. In round 2 we end up with 10 stitches. In round 2 we make 2 increases and end up with 12 stitches. In round 4 you should make dc4tog in same stitch (cluster). I think that I just didn’t explain this in the pattern notes and you did the first 4 stitches together and end up with 8 stitches left, right?
Just follow the instruction I wrote above and I will update the notes so nobody else gets confused. Thanks for your comment and happy crocheting. Enjoy!
Bettina Muhlberger says
Yes, that is exactly what happened. Thank you for your explanation. I finished the gnome last night and it looks super cute. Thank you for your pattern. can’t wait for the next pattern.
Is there a way to download a pdf of this pattern? Thank you! Excited to get started.😊
The PDF file is not ready yet. After we finish it we will let you know!