After I finished up the Sleepy Sarah baby gnome doll for my great-niece (maybe that should be grand-niece?), I got to thinking it wasn't very nice to send her a gift and leave her older brother completely out (not so close to Christmas, anyway).
My kids liked him anyway. I had a hard time keeping them from whisking him away to their rooms before I could get him safely packed up into a box for mailing. Even T (age 18) gave him a grin - pretty high praise from a college student.
You can find the free pattern by Jana Whitley, here, at Ravelry.com. The only thing I changed for mine, was to use an (F) Hook instead of an (E), and I looped through with a different colored yarn to crochet a row of single stitches down the back - for interest.
The pattern is a pure joy to follow. It's very clear and nicely organize, and simple (all single crochets and no embroidery!). The project itself is a do-in-one-sitting sort, perfect for this busy time right before Christmas.