Saturday, November 28, 2015

Crochet Christmas Gnomes

I decided yesterday, it was time to pack away the owls that have been perched on our end table since early October, and replace them with something a little more wintry.

Actually, first I considered just crocheting each owl a little Christmas cap, and leaving them be.  But, then I decided it would be just about as easy to modify their pattern slightly to make Christmas gnomes instead.

You can find the original owl pattern back a few posts by clicking here.  To make gnomes instead of owls:

  • Change colors and crochet the first row of the decrease in the outside of the stitches of the previous row.
  • Leave the point up, instead of folding it over.
  • Add a nose (make a loop,  and crochet three or four stitches into it, leaving a long tail on both ends for sewing it on) just below the hat line.
  • Tie individual pieces of yarn below the hat and nose, fray and trim into a beard.
  • Thread a darning needle with a long length of the hat color, and whip stitch around the brim of the hat to give it a little more definition.

Traditionally, Christmas gnomes should be dressed in red, or possibly gray.  I used green for the bodies - choosing similar colors to our owls.  I like the green, but it does give the gnomes a little bit of an unintentional Pa Grape vibe.


MaryAnne said...

These guys are fabulous! They also sort of remind me of the pea characters in Veggie Tales.

Camie said...

They're adorable! I love how you tweak things to create something new.

Mama Gypsy said...

Oh my goodness, these are so cute! My oldest daughter is the crocheting in this house, I'll definitely have to show her these.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

So cute! I really wish I knew how to crochet!

Ticia said...

I love their little beards. They're so incredibly cute!