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It’s that time of year for gift giving! And I’ve been giving a lot more thought on the holiday traditions with year with my oldest questioning the jolly old Santa. I’ve been going over and over in my head how I might approach giving him the whole truth if he asks. While we don’t put a lot of emphasis on Santa Clause, his peers and outside social environments do. I never wanted him to feel as though we weren’t being truthful. But I never contradicted those around him so now I have a bit of a Christmas pickle going on. 

However, I figured since so many parents have come before me, maybe they would have some insight. So off to search for books I went, and as luck would have it authors are all over this topic. I discovered a book that will go great for that moment he presses me on more solid answers. It’s The Wonderful Truth About Santa by Jessica Jansen.

How about you? Have you had to approach the ‘Santa’ talk with a questioning child?

In the spirit of showing my son why we give gifts today, I came up with this quick crochet gnome that hides a little gift. Because the book explains Santa and why he wanted to be anonymous and hide the gifts. So what better way to do just that in my own little style. I’m going to let him hide something small in one for his brother. 

And if you need a quick teacher, friend, or neighbor gift this works great as an ornament and is the perfect size for the sphere lip balms. 

Supplies

Crochet Hook 3.75 mm (F), I highly recommend Furls Hook (affiliate link) or a Tulip Rose Crochet Hook (link below). I love both of these.

Sheep Yarn Bobbins– Check out my post to the FREE printable!

Yarn
Red Heart With Love (affiliate link)

• Taupe
• Berry Red
• Light Grey
• Aran

Gauge
• 9 sts and 10 rows = 2” (5 cm) in sc

Measurements
• Approx. 5 inches tall by 3 inches wide

Skill Level
• Advanced Beginner

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Yardage:
• Approx. 50 Yards (53 meters)

If gauge is met, other yarns of the same weight can be substituted:
Red Heart Super Saver
Bernat Super Value
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Premier Yarns Everyday Worsted

Other Supplies-
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Faux Fur Fabric or Felt if desired for beard.

Abbreviations
• blo – back loop only
• ch – chain
• hdc – half double crochet
• MR – Magic Ring (Magic Circle)
• rep – repeat
• st(s) – stitch(es)
• yo – yarn over

Notes

This cute little gnome decor has a secret compartment in the bottom. It can be used to hold a lip balm ball or a secret gift. It’s a great quick gift.

Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch. To join at the end of a round, sl st to the top of the first stitch of the round.

-For more information on colorwork, as well as a free printable sheep bobbin, visit: https://brianakdesigns.com/ways-to-colorwork-in-crochet/

-Using the hook over, versus yarn over, method will lessen a traveling seam.

-Feel free to substitute any colors, I challenge you to use what you have in your stash for this quick small project.

-Helpful construction and assembly video found here and also by scrolling down: https://youtu.be/yHUumn21bJU

Special Stitches:

FPdc– Yo, insert hook into hole next to the post of the next stitch, bring the hook back to the front of the fabric from behind the post, to the hole farther from the hook. Yo and draw through a loop, bringing it through both sides of the fabric, 3 loops remaining on hook. (Yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice to complete the stitch.

BPdc– Yo, insert hook from back to front into the hole next to the post of the next stitch, bring the hook to the back of the fabric from in front the post, to the hole farther from the hook. Yo and draw through a loop, bringing it through both sides of the fabric, 3 loops remaining on hook.

(Yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice to complete the stitch.

Magic Ring (Magic Circle)- https://brianakdesigns.com/magic-crochet-circle-ring/

 

Gnome Base:

Round

Description

Stitch Count
1With Taupe, sc 6 inside Magic Circle, join and ch 16
22 sc in each stitch around, join and ch 112
3*2 sc in first, sc in next, repeat * around, join and ch 118
4*2 sc in first, sc in next 2, repeat * around, join and ch 124
5*2 sc in first, sc in next 3, repeat * around, join and ch 130
6-11sc in each stitch around, join and ch 130
12*sc2tog, sc in next 3, repeat * around, join and ch 124
13*FPdc in first, BPdc in next, repeat * around, join and fasten off, weave in ends.24

 

Gnome Hat:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Berry Red, sc 6 inside Magic Circle, do not join and work in continuous rounds6
2*2 sc in first, sc in next 2, repeat * around8
3*2 sc in first, sc in next 3, repeat * around10
4*2 sc in first, sc in next 4, repeat * around12
5*2 sc in first, sc in next 5, repeat * around14
6*2 sc in first, sc in next 6, repeat * around16
7*2 sc in first, sc in next 7, repeat * around18
8*2 sc in first, sc in next 8, repeat * around20
9*2 sc in first, sc in next 9, repeat * around22
10*2 sc in first, sc in next 10, repeat * around24
11*2 sc in first, sc in next 11, repeat * around26
12*2 sc in first, sc in next 12, repeat * around28
13*2 sc in first, sc in next 13, repeat * around30
14-15

sc in each stitch around, fasten off leaving a long tail for attaching later.

Using a tapestry needle and aran (beige) yarn, stitch desired designs onto hat.

Get creative and make it whatever you want.

30

 

Gnome Nose:

RoundDescriptionStitch Count
1With Aran, hdc 8 inside Magic Circle, join and fasten off leaving a long tail Using a tapestry needle, weave through the back loops of nose stitches, pull tightly to shape into a round ball.8

 

Finishing:

Using a tapestry needle and long tails, sew hat to gnome base. The hat will sit towards the back of the gnome base allowing enough room for the nose.

Sew nose onto gnome base right underneath the gnome hat. Weave in ends.

Beards: This is also where you can get creative and decide which style of beard you prefer. If using yarn cut long strands (about 12 inches), fold in half, then pull through a stitch on the gnome and finish off with a larks head knot.

For a felt or faux fur hat, trace and cut the desired shape and hand stitch onto gnome.