Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Gnome from Gnome


I've come across this little fellow a few times lately in Blogland, and couldn't resist having a go. I like knitting, but hate sewing up, so I adapted the pattern for knitting in the round on a circular needle. The pattern for the head/body starts at the top and works down, so before I did the last row and the "break the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches" bit, I made the bean bag bum and pushed it through the opening before I fastened off. This meant I had to stuff the rest of the body and the head through the small hole on top of the head, but this wasn't difficult. I started the legs at the toe and knitted them like a toe up sock, and did the arms the same way, leaving a bit of waste yarn for the mitten thumb and picking up the stitches later. When it came to stuffing the hands, I decided not to! I liked the way the hands became quite expressive when left floppy. I am not 100% happy with the brim of the hat. Maybe I used the wrong Cast On technique, but it didn't want to lie flat, and where I have stitched it down it has gone a bit blobby. The colour isn't true to life. He looks all washed out and a bit orange here, but he is a proper Christmassy red. I might do another one in more Autumnal woodland colours as I have some whiskery yarn that would be good to use.

Edit; I've had time this afternoon to correct the colour on the original photo


  1. Are you kidding me? We blogged about the same gnome on the same day? That's hilarious! I'm going to link to your post. I LOVE your gnome, since you used both my favorite colores! ;o)

  2. Wow Tooters! You are SO clever!!! I adore his fluffy beard, lol.

  3. He looks fab! I've seen this pattern too and haven't attempted it .... I may now!

    ps. I'm with you on the sewing-up front :(

  4. I love your gnome. Almost makes me want to take up knitting again.


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