I’m nutty about gnomes. It started innocently enough I’m sure. I knit a few, modifying, adapting, improvising. Then I kept knitting and knitting them. I even started a ritual that made me happier about winter. I called them my Snow Gnomes, and I bring them out when the snow comes and leave them out until the last snow melts in the yard. They’re part of the season for the family now.
Then I realized that I’d played around with various patterns so much, adding little things to make it easier, faster, and – to my way of thinking – better, that I really had a new gnome on my hands. And that’s exciting, because I want to get the whole knitting world Never Not Gnoming.
Ornament: 5” / 12.75cm high
Medium: 5” / 12.75cm high
Large: 8.5” / 21.5cm high
Gnicholas is an ornament, with a rounded bottom and a passion for birding and perfecting his homemade granola. Gnatasha is about the same size, but plumper, and she stands on her own. She’s from Gnew Zealand and likes artisanal pickles. Gnorbert, on the other hand, is a big gnome and he has a complicated history with triathlons.
These gnomish pals are knit from the top down, with body stitches picked up from the brim of the hat, and you get to avoid sewing the hat on. It also means that you can easily play around with the size of your gnome.
There are two beard styles you can choose from: a vertical and a horizontal option for each size.
Perfect for scraps and mini skeins!
Approximate Yardage of fingering weight yarn: (with a 15% buffer)
Hat: small/medium 13 yds / 13m; large 27 yds / 25m – approximately 3 (7)g
Body: small/medium 24 yds / 22m; large 48 yds / 44m – approximately 7 (14)g
Bottom of ornament size: 3 yds / 2m – approximately 1g
White (beard/nose/hands): small/medium 8 yds / 8m; large 15 yds / 15m – approximately 2 (4)g
•small amount of stuffing
•poly pellets for medium and large gnomes
This pattern has been test knit. Seriously test knit. The interest and passion people had for this pattern was amazing to see, and there are dozens of versions for you to go and enjoy. The testers were so inventive and playful it was the most fun I’ve ever had ironing the kinks out of a pattern. There’s a Thorin Dwarf, a gnome with a leaf hat, jingle bells, attacks by cats, felted versions…
I’d love to see your version! Tag it with #ImaginedLandscapesKnits and #NeverNotGnoming on Instagram.