Mischievous and adorable in their pointy little hats and wispy long beards, crochet gnomes imbue just the right amount of cheek while sitting on the mantels and tables of your home.
What are gnomes?
Gnomes are mythological creatures often found in fantasy books. Different authors and works of literature depict gnomes in different ways, but they’re most commonly described as small humanoid creatures with tall, pointed triangular hats and long beards that live underground. They may be a little bit bashful, but don’t let their soft grandfather demeanor fool you; they can be really grumpy if they get upset!
Gnomes are commonly used for lawn decorating purposes in statues known as garden gnomes. However, nowadays, gnomes are used widely as inspiration for arts and crafts, including crocheting.
Suitable for any occasion and in any form, it can be displayed as a cute plushie or crochet doll to brighten up a boring mantel in your house, or it could be a crochet ornament to add a dash of cheekiness to your Christmas tree. Place them amongst your workshops, gardens, or lawns, and your nature-loving crochet gnomes will be kept happy!
Convinced that gnomes are exactly what you should be attempting in your next crochet project? Here at Made from Yarn, we have compiled a list of free tutorials on how to crochet gnome patterns that are detailed and easy to follow. Each of these crocheted gnomes is cute and adorable in their own ways! With different forms like dolls and ornaments available in this list, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a free pattern that you’ll absolutely adore.
1. How do you crochet a gnome?
As mentioned above, most crochet gnomes will differ according to their pattern and tutorial. However, like most amigurumi patterns, crochet gnomes are made by assembling several pieces together.
Are you looking for a unique touch to your home that showcases some subtle personality? So, here’s a list of free but simple crocheted gnome patterns for you to try. Enjoy and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, or simply have a fun pastime.
They are extremely adorable and make wonderful gifts for friends, family, and children. I’ve gathered some of my favorite designs and patterns here. Enjoy!
First up is one of our very own gnome crochet patterns, a Scandinavian-inspired amigurumi design. What makes this little guy stand out is his neat and tidy beard that he has cut just in time for Christmas!
This pattern is beginner-friendly and requires you to know only two stitches -- simple crochet stitches (abbreviated “sc”) and increase in single crochet stitches (abbreviated “inc”).
Sometimes, for smaller decorative items, it's better to make more than one for it to have more of a presence on the mantle or table. Hence, this little family of gnomes is beautiful and not too complex to make. You'll be able to speed through making a few of them to really achieve that wholesome family of gnomes look.
For the more practical, here's a granny square gnome pattern that can be used as a towel, tablecloth, or napkin. You can also use it to make lovely Christmas blankets, granny square pillow covers, garlands, and any other holiday project that requires crochet squares!
Instead of placing gnomes all over your surfaces, you could also opt for this lovely gnome wall hanging. This hanging is made using single crochet stitches and using the intarsia crochet colorwork technique and then framed with a textured lattice stitch. It is easily customizable according to the mood and vibe you are going for by simply swapping out the colors.
This pattern works up absolutely so quickly – made from a small crochet triangle with the ends folded and crocheted together. They're amazing ways to bring wine or champagne and present them to friends or family -- it's really the small thoughts to things like these that make people smile.
In the season of gift giving, this makes a wonderful gift, or it could just be a practical way to bring some holiday cheer to your kitchen. This gnome towel topper has a ring inside it where you can easily hang your towel through it and take it out easily for washing. If you would like to add braids to your Gnome Towel Topper to make a matching Girl Gnome, you can find that free pattern and tutorial on the blog as well!
This gnome tissue cover box may look complex with all the boxy edges and protruding arms and legs. But in reality, it's actually pretty simple. The cover portion is worked as one piece, and then the hat, legs, and nose are crocheted separately and sewn to the cover at the end.
For all my color-loving friends, this is the gnome pattern for you. What's special about this gnome is that its hat has a spiraling colorful pattern that makes it obvious, so it really is an eye-catcher. Don't worry about this gnome getting lost on the mantel.
There are many different types of gnomes; some are more elegant and modern, whereas others, such as these, are modified, so adorable it looks like they came straight from a cartoon. It shows you how to create the finger pom poms as well as embroider lovely details like the snowflake on the gnome's hat as well.
Looking a little like Santa Claus from afar, these gnome doll figurines have eyes. This is hard to come by, considering most designs prefer to hide them with hats, perhaps giving more mysterious vibes. However, this does not make this pattern less desirable because it also comes with a free Christmas Pudding Ornament pattern to go with your gnomes. Cute!
What made me fall in love with this gnome was the choice of orange yarn for its beard! Making this cute gnome an elusive species compared to the common white-bearded gnomes. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day, this crochet pattern uses worsted weight, size 4, acrylic yarn that has a bit of a sheen to it coupled with a super soft feel.
This is a small and super fast crochet project that can be done within minutes -- beginners yup we got it as well. You can literally use any scrap yarn you have that isn't long or enough to make other bigger projects.
Feeling lucky? Here is a leprechaun gnome in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day. I love the crochet gnome series from this page because it really is like your little gnomes are playing dress up according to the season. They even have a tutorial on how to crochet braids for female gnomes.
Ever feel like you have a guardian angel or need an angel watching over you? You can now make your own angel gnome to watch over you as you go about your daily life. Complete with beautiful, intricate feather-like wings and a halo, this would also be a beautiful gift to someone who is sick or whom you can't be with right now.
If you're a Harry Potter fan, then undoubtedly, this gnome pattern will scream Dumbledore vibes to you. With a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of his eyes, a long cape to keep him warm, and his magical stick, this wizard gnome is ready to go on an epic journey to slay the bad guys and bring harmony to whatever fantasy land you want him to go to. So, are you ready for the epic journey of creating this gnome?
Are you a more seasoned one looking for something a little more complex that'll give you more of a challenge? This full-body Christmas gnome doll will do the trick! Complete with a hat, body, and even shoes, this doll is not for the faint-hearted. An intermediate skill is required for this pattern.
What better than hugging a soft, fluffy gnome pattern pillow when you're watching your favorite series? This gnome pattern was made using a mini (hdc) half double C2C technique. Don't know what that is? No worries, there is a complete tutorial, including videos on learning how to make a C2C Crochet Rectangle shape.
Enough with gnome dolls. Here is a lovely gnome crochet pattern to hang up on your tree or on your wreaths this Christmas. They can be used to embellish a handmade Christmas card. You can also crochet a bunch of them and make a Gnome Christmas Garland! What's interesting about this gnome is that the hat, beard, and body are made in the shape of hearts, hence making it suitable for a Valentine's gift or decoration as well.
This gnome doll really brings me so much joy whenever I look at it. Looking so jolly in her red dress and apron, this lady gnome sure is an easy-going one with her frenzy ginger hair that really imbues this doll with character and motion. The detailed tutorial will guide you to have your very own kitchen lady gnome in no time.
Are you looking for a seasonal but versatile gnome? This pumpkin gnome can be your centerpiece from Fall, Thanksgiving, till Halloween. Even Christmas, if you choose to have a pumpkin-themed Christmas!
Henry, the Large Sleepy Time Crochet Gnome, is for those who want cuteness in a large size. This is a big doll, which I personally prefer because I can snuggle it and hug it tight at night and place it as a decorative pillow doll on the couch in the morning. This oversized crochet gnome works up quickly for its generous size by using blanket yarn. With lovely colors as well, this really is the perfect big project for all you gnome lovers out there.
If you're looking for an easy ornament to make in a greater amount, then this simple gnome pattern is for you. It uses worsted-weight yarn for the hat and some chunky yarn for the beard. It's simple because the only crocheting that you will be doing is on the small little hat!
That boring tissue box that absolutely destroys your house décor can now be covered up with this gnome pattern tissue box cover. Each step to crocheting this gnome pattern tissue box cover is recorded in a video.
If you're worried about messing up the gnome's face, well, worry no more. This gnome candy ornament fuses sweetness with fantasy to get this simple but quirky little decorative ornament. Using only just a few yards of yarn each, this is a quick and easy way to use up the last few scraps of yarn that you have left. What are you waiting for? Save it up for your future crocheting project now!
Labeled as an easy craft, this toilet paper gnome cover crochet pattern will leave your spare toilet paper sitting on the toilet shelves looking festive and adorable. It's sometimes quite difficult to find decorative items for places like a bathroom, and most tend to overlook decorating this place, but our guests use our toilets too, so this gnome cover is honestly subtle but a perfect addition.
Having a penchant for intricate details, I absolutely adore the layers of design and patterns on this gnome hat. These gnome dolls are each so unique and have their own identifying feature, which is what I really look for when I save crochet ideas as I want each of my dolls to have their own personality. The skill level required for this is intermediate, but I know that you'll all have a lot of fun and satisfaction making them!
Ideal as crochet Easter decorations and for Easter basket additions, this adorable little Gnome Bunny Egg Cozy is ready to hop right into your hearts. You can also use them as substitutions for colored easter eggs and hide them around your backyard or house for the little ones to find as well.
Here comes the bride ~ Only this time, we have both the bride and the groom gnome patterns. This is not only a versatile and customizable gift, but it's a perfect personal wedding gift for your own wedding or that of a friend! The bride in this gnome pattern is so cute with its two pigtails and flowers. The gnome and its hat as well. These are definitely some unique gnome patterns to try out.
Proud of a child, sibling, or friend who has just graduated, be it high school or university. This would be an adorable, unique, and long-lasting gift to get them compared to the traditional gift of flowers. This graduation gnome will forever commemorate the proud moment when they accomplish a stage in life and move on to the next. Change the hat and robe colors to match a school’s colors, and change the hair or beard to match the person you are giving this gnome to.
If you're looking for some rare and unique crochet gnome patterns, this pilgrim-themed crochet gnome is the one for you. Learn how to make these adorable little gnomes in their pilgrimage with this pattern.
Looking at this whole list, as a beginner, you may still feel overwhelmed, so here's a little project to wrap up my list of free crochet patterns. For a practical handmade gift to make in bulk for coworkers or associates, this would be the perfect one. There are two different ways of crocheting this gnome keychain, and this tutorial will guide you on both methods.