Friday, October 16, 2009

Gnome Pattern

This is the pattern for the gnome featured in the blog post, "The First Gnome." Above is another one knitted by one of my second grade students. I just love how they are turning out. The students are so into their gnomes, too. It seems to become a theme that they want to knit them backpacks, which is turning out to be another great project for them.

The students are using worsted yarn and size eight needles, but gauge is unimportant for this project. You will also need some fuzzy mohair yarn to make the hair & beard for which I used a crochet hook to work the strings in as one would do in rug-hooking. It is helpful to knit the pieces in the following order as the BODY and SHOES require knitting only, whereas the other pieces incorporate purling as well. Since the pattern is intended for children in their 2nd grade year of knitting at a Waldorf school, it is not in the round, but requires sewing up. If you are an advanced knitter, you will see that the pieces can easily be knit in the round.

BODY --- Cast on 30 stitches. Knit 30 rows – 15 ridges. Next row: BO 2 stitches, knit until 11 stitches are on your right needle, BO 4 stitches, knit 'til end. Next row: BO 2 stitches. Work 6 rows for each leg using the 11 stitches between BOs. BO all stitches. Sew up leg seams & crotch. Close back seam. Stuff with wool batting. Sew top seam, but leave feet "open." You will later attach the shoes.

SHOES (Make 2) --- Cast on 6 stitches. Knit 40 rows. Bind off. Fold in thirds, sew up the sides & back. No wool stuffing needed.

HEAD --- Cast on 28 stitches. Knit one row, purl one row. Repeat these two rows until a total of 16 rows have been worked, ending with a purl row. Row 17: k1, *) k2tog, k2, repeat from *) until last stitch, k1. (21 stitches remain). Row 18: Purl. Row 19: *) k2tog, k1, repeat from *) across (14 stitches remain). Row 20: Purl. Cut yarn leaving a tail. Thread needle & pull through the remaining stitches. Pull closed. Sew up back seam. Stuff with wool stuffing. Sew up top.

HAT --- Cast on 32 stitches. Knit 4 rows. *) Next row: k1, k2tog, knit until last three stitches, k2tog, k1. Next row: Purl. Repeat from *) until 4 stitches remain. Cast off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Sew up seam.

ARMS (Make 2) --- Cast on 8 stitches. Knit 20 rows. Change to skin color. Knit one row, purl one row for 4-6 rows. Bind off. Sew side seams. Stuff with wool.

FINISHING --- The head is placed about midway onto the body & secured with a few stitches. The hat goes over the head & meets the body in the back. It is also secured with a few stitches. The arms are attached on the sides of the body, but reaching to the top of the body piece, thus creating a bit of a hunched look. I run a whip stitch around the wrist to shape the hand a bit better.

12 comments:

ms lottie said...

Learning to knit is still on my to-do list, but this might be one of the first projects I try. He was gorgeous.

gardenmama said...

lovely, thank you for sharing this!
such beauty in your etsy shop!

Anonymous said...

you are obviously a far better knitting teacher than i am! mr. gnome is gorgeous... i tried teaching elementary school kids how to knit last year without much success, but with lots of frustration - probably more on their part than on mine i'm sorry to say. : (

Mom's Magic Stitches by Lisette Dipasquale said...

Your gnome is cute and thank you for sharing the pattern! Your Santa Lucia crown is gorgeous! I just opened my little shop on ETSY selling my own designed Santa Lucia crown kit and you inspired me to start my own blog! Thanks.

Teaching Handwork said...

Look what living craft posted on their facebook...are you on facebook? for some reason I can't cut and paste it to you...we they posted this pattern and the post I did of your santa Lucia crowns

erin said...

i need a bit help...i'm working on the shoes and can't seem to visualize folding them in thirds then sewing up the sides and back...could you describe it further for me?

i'm a novice knitter...apparently less skilled than your second graders. :)

Cadi said...

Erin - You should end up with a fairly long, narrow piece of knitting for the shoes. Measure the length. Divide it into three parts. then fold "in" along the measured lines. You will thus get a shoe that is 3 layers of knitting thick & 1/3 of the length of your original knitting. Hope that helps. Blessings, Cadi

Ruby said...

Love the pattern!

Cadi said...

Thank you, Ruby.

Wabi-Sabi Wanderings said...

Oh, what an endearing gnome! I am very much a beginner knitter, but I'm thinkin' if Grade 2s can tackle this pattern, then maybe it won't be over my novice-knitter head :-) Thank you!

Jenny said...

Hi I have linked to your pattern as part of my Hand made Home made Christmas series on my blog. Thanks for sharing it.

best wishes
Jenny

Deborah Jennings said...

I love this!