Go Big or Go Gnome Mittens, a knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes


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Is it the beards? The pointy hats? The brims drooping over the eyes? I don’t know what it is about gnomes, but I sure can’t stop knitting them! I’ve designed a few 3D gnomes, but I wanted to see if I could bring their whimsy to colourwork.

These mittens came about because I wanted to wear gnomes where I could see them and smile. I’m looking forward to wrapping these gnomes around steering wheels, mugs, and shopping bag handles all winter long!

XS (S, M, L, XL) – XS is child/adult, the other sizes are all adult

Finished Measurements 
Circumference: 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) inches/16.5 (18, 19, 20, 21.5) cm
Length: 5.25 (6, 6.5, 7.5, 7.75) inches/13 (15, 16.5, 19, 19.5) cm

Skills Used

  • knit and purl
  • knitting in the round
  • stranded colourwork
  • k2tog, ssk, CDD
  • M1L, M1R
  • chart reading


  • Leading Men Fiber Arts 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 463yd/423m per 100g skein;
    • C1 Dames At Sea; 1skein
    • C2 Sand Castle; 1skein
    • C3 Poison Apple; 1 skein
  • 1 set US 1.5/2.5mm needles for working small circumference in the round for your preferred method
  • Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers, scrap yarn

With colourwork, it can be important to make sure that there is a big enough contrast between the different colours. In this pattern, Colour 1 needs to be quite distinct from 2 and 3, while those two can be quite close to each other. Looking for help picking colours? Check out my tutorial on How to Combine Yarn Colours.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.

Go Big or Go Gnome Mittens - a free knitting pattern from Imagined Landscapes