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Gnomes Free Crochet Pattern

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

The Gnomes are mythological creatures from Nordic folklore that have lately become some of the most popular figures associated with the Christmas season.

They are often described as little elderly men, with long beards, wearing long bright colored caps. The tradition tells that gnomes protect and bring happiness to the family that lives in the house they are visiting... more reason to crochet a cute gnome for your house or to give it as a gift to friends and family!

The gnomes in the picture are 4.5" tall.

I used three different kind of yarns for this project:

- Babytoly Cotton Yarn - Face and Hat

- 24/7 Lion Brand Yarn - Body

- Bernat Softy Chuncky Yarn - Beard

Here's the FREE pattern! Enjoy!


YARN: Medium Weight Cotton Yarn (Lace 4) in Brown, Orange, Beige, Turquoise and Red

Bulky or Chunky Yarn (Lace 5) in Grey and White

OTHER MATERIALS: Polyester Fiber Filling; Yarn Needle

HOOK SIZES: E/3.25 mm

STITCHES USED and ABBREVIATIONS: magic ring (mr), chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), front loop (FLO), decrease (dec), increase (inc), fasten off (F/O).

INSTRUCTIONS: work in rounds (join with a sl st and ch1 at the end of each round) otherwise instructed.

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BODY AND HEAD (brown/turquoise and beige yarn)

1) start off with brown/turquoise yarn, 8 sc in a mr (8)

2) sc inc around (16)

3) *1 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** around (24)

4) *2 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** around (32); do not ch1

5) 32 sl st (32); ch1 and turn (now you are facing the outside of the work)

6) sc even (32)

7-11) sc even (32)

12) *2 sc, 1 sc dec*, repeat ** around (24)

13-16) sc even (24); start stuffing the body

17) *4 sc, 1 sc dec*, repeat ** around (20)

18) *3 sc, 1 sc dec*, repeat ** around (16)

19) switch to beige yarn, sc even (16)

20) sc even (16)

21) *2 sc, 1 sc dec*, repeat ** around (12); finish stuffing

22) sc dec around (6); F/O, close the hole and cut the yarn.

BEARD (white/gray yarn)

Cut long strings of chunky yarn.

- fold your yarn in half, so that there’s a U-shaped bend on one side and two ‘tails’ on the other side

- insert your hook into a loop (between rounds 18-19 of the body), and catch the bend in your hair piece

- pull the bend through the loop

- pull the two ‘tails’ of the hair through the bend and then pull the tails

- trim the beard the length you like and brush it with a comb.

NOSE (beige yarn)

1) 8 sc in a mr (8)

2) sc even (8)

3) *2 sc, 1 sc dec *, repeat ** twice (6)

F/O and leave a long tail of yarn to attach the nose

between rounds 18-19 of the body.

HAT (red/orange yarn)

1) 4 sc in a mr (4)

2) *1 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (6)

3) sc even (6)

4) *2 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (8)

5) sc even (8)

6) *3 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (10)

7) *4 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (12)

8) *5 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (14)

9-10) sc even (14)

11) *6 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (16)

12) sc even (16)

13) *7 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (18)

14) sc even (18)

15) *8 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** twice (20)

16) *4 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** around (24)

17) *5 sc, 1 sc inc*, repeat ** around (28)

18) working in FLO, sc even (28); F/O and hide the yarn.

I can't wait to see your version of my GNOMES! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!



This pattern is an original pattern by Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Elisa Sartori of Elisa's Crochet. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you!

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Can these be done with red heart yarn and similar? Will they be around the same size?


Michael Sprouse
Michael Sprouse
Feb 01, 2022

Love these, however am just starting out with crochet. A suggestion for future posts, explain it as though you're teaching a newbie. Experienced crocheters can just skip things they know.

I only mention bc as a newbie, your instructions didn't make sense to me as of yet... I'd say for that reason this maybe should be labeled "intermediate"


This is one of the cutest and most simple to understand patterns I have seen. Thank you!!

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