With their hats on, they look like everyday gnomes. Take off their hats and they are bald little men. Knock them over and they wobble back up! They can be pushed over with their hats on and still pop back up. These festive decorations can be used year round for your favorite holidays.
Construction: The gnomes are knit in the round from the bottom up with a double strand of worsted weight wool yarn. Before they are closed at the top, an internal weight is installed, and they are stuffed with fiberfill. They are then felted in a washing machine. Eyes are embroidered post-felting. The hat is knit and felted separately.
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Pattern Kit includes .pdf file & printed pattern as well as selected yarn, washer weights, polyfill & embroidery floss for facial detailing. For yarn winding services, click here.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Wool of the Andes Worsted by Knit Picks (100% Wool; 50g/110 yds): 4 MINI Skeins, 1 of each of 4 colors in yardage below. Shown in Body - Fjord Heather, Bamboo Heather, Cadet, Face - Oyster Heather, Hat - Baltic Heather with Golden Heather Stripes, Golden Heather, Noble Heather & Beard - Pumpkin, Seminola, Orange.
ALTERNATE YARN: Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers (100% Peruvian Fine Highland Wool; 50g/123 yds): 4 MINI Skeins, 1 of each of 4 colors in yardage below. OR MINI Bundle Set - will make approximately 4 gnomes. This heathered wool comes from Peru and is wonderfully soft, very durable and can be knit several times without any fraying, just like NatureSpun. Heathering adds extra depth and different colored "hairs" in the finished wobbler. PRE-ORDER now available in any color. Please allow an extra 7 business days for your PRE-ORDER to arrive at your location.
ALTERNATE YARN: Merino Worsted by Malabrigo (100% Merino Wool; 100g/210yds): 4 MINI Skeins, 1 of each of 4 colors in yardage below. Felts beautifully & is so cuddly soft due to the luxurious merino wool! Merino Worsted is available in subtle to wildly variegated colors.
ALTERNATE YARN: NatureSpun Worsted by Brown Sheep Co. (100% USA Wool; 100g/245 yds): 4 MINI Skeins, 1 of each of 4 colors in yardage below. Durable, strong, staple yarn made 100% in the USA! Solids & heathers only. PRE-ORDER now available in any color! Please allow an extra 7 business days for your PRE-ORDER to arrive at your location.
NOTIONS: Scissors, tapestry needle, stitch markers, fiberfill, black embroidery thread or yarn (for eyes), 1.5 inch diameter steel washers, weighing a total of 4 oz.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: approximately 4" tall without hat
YARDAGE: 60 yds MC (body), 25 yds Color B (Face), 35 yds Color C (hat), 5 yds Color D (Beard)
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - small circular knitting with double points
NEEDLES: Size US 10.5 / 6.5mm & US 7 / 4.5mm Set of Double Points, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, black embroidery thread or yarn, fiberfill, scissors, 1.5" diameter steel washers weighing a total of 4 oz
GAUGE: 13 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch, unfelted. This project will shrink approximately 20% once felted.
Images courtesy of Cindy Pilon with yarn images by Yarn Loop