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The Christmas Pudding Gnome Free Crochet Pattern by Laura Jaworski (@bugburrypond) ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ

This Christmas pudding gnome stands approximately 8 inches tall and is suitable for all crocheters. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you post pictures, please hashtag #laurajaworski & tag me @bugburrypond so I can see & share your creations.


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Happy crocheting & happy holiday season! ๐ŸŽ„

Skill Level: Easy


Size:


This gnome stands approximately 8 inches tall when made with a size 4 hook and worsted weight yarn.


Supplies:


Worsted weight yarn (tan, white, red, green, dark brown)

4.0 mm hook

Safety eyes (6mm, or to your preference)

Needle for sewing

Polyester or other stuffing

Stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to count rounds

Scissors

Glue (optional)

Abbreviations:


MC = Magic circle (see pattern notes)

St = Stitch

Sc = Single crochet stitch

Hdc = Half double crochet stitch

Dc = Double crochet stitch

Tr = Treble crochet stitch

Ss = Slip stitch

Rep = Repeat

Inc = Increase

2tog = Crochet two together, also known as decrease (invisible decrease preferred)

FLO = Front loop only

BLO = Back loop only

P = Picot (see pattern notes)

Ch1 = Chain one

F/o = Finish off


A note about the magic circle:


Also known as a magic loop or magic ring. If you prefer not to use a magic circle, simply create a slip knot, chain two, and begin by placing your first round of stitches into the first chain. Pull tightly on your tail to close the gap and continue with the pattern as written. Once you have worked a few more rounds, weave your yarn tail back and forth on the underside to secure your piece and close any remaining gap.


A note about working in a spiral:


This little gnome is worked in a spiral which means that each round continues into the next without a slip stitch and chain. You will not turn your work while making this project.


A note about counting stitches:

Using a stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to mark the first stitch of each round will help you track your progress. Move the marker as you complete each round.

A note about FLO & BLO:


For the front loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the front loop of each stitch. For the back loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the back loop of each stitch. For all other rounds, work into both loops of each stitch.

A note about increasing and decreasing:


For an increase, crochet two stitches in the same stitch. For a decrease, crochet two stitches together, preferably using the invisible decrease method.


A note about reading the pattern:


Before beginning a pattern, it helps to read through the abbreviations list. If you need help with a technique, refer to a written or video tutorial, or keep a crochet book handy. Below is a round from the pattern, followed by a detailed description of the instructions.


Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)


Beginning round four, add one single crochet into each of the next two stitches. Add two single crochet stitches in the following stitch. Repeat the pattern of one single crochet in each of the next two stitches followed by an increase until you reach the end of round four. There should be 24 stitches in your completed round.


A note about the picot:


For the picot in this pattern, ch2, then ss in the second chain from the hook.

Click here for The Little Snowman Free Crochet Pattern.


A note about the invisible finish technique:


For the invisible finish technique, complete the last stitch of your pattern. Snip your yarn, leaving a tail long enough for sewing. Pull the loop on your hook, drawing the snipped yarn tail free. Next, thread the yarn tail onto your needle and bring it through both loops of the stitch following the next stitch. Bring your yarn tail through the back loop of the last stitch of your final round, pulling until youโ€™ve created a v that is comparable in size to the rest of your stitches. Weave your yarn tail on the backside of your piece to secure.

Now letโ€™s get started!

Head & Body (beginning at the top, with tan yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Rnd 3: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 5: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 6: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 7-12: 1sc in each st (36)

Add your safety eyes between rounds 9 & 10 with four stitches between each eye.

Rnd 13: 4sc then 2tog, rep (30)

Rnd 14: 3sc then 2tog, rep (24)

Rnd 15: 2sc then 2tog, rep (18)

Stuff your gnome head, you can continue to stuff as you make the body.

Rnd 16: 1sc then 2tog, rep (12)

Change to red yarn.

Rnd 17: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 18: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 19: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 20: 1sc in each st (30)

Rnd 21: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 22-24: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 25: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 26-28: 1sc in each st (42)

Rnd 29: 5sc then 2tog, rep (36)

Rnd 30: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 31: 4sc then 2tog, rep (30)

Begin stuffing your body, you can continue stuffing as you go. Be careful not to overstuff the bottom so your gnome will sit flat.

Rnd 32: 3sc then 2tog, rep (24)

Rnd 33: BLO 2sc then 2tog, rep (18)

Rnd 34: 1sc then 2tog, rep (12)

Rnd 35: 2tog x 6 (6)

Snip your yarn. Pull your yarn tail free, then weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure and hide the yarn tail inside the body, pulling up slightly so your gnome sits flat.


Nose (with tan yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: *3sc in the 1st st, 2sc*, rep (10)

Rnd 3: sc in each st (10)

Rnd 4: 2tog x 5 (5)

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. The nose can be lightly stuffed or left flat, to your preference. Weave your yarn tail through the five remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure. If you plan to hot glue the nose to your gnome, hide the remaining tail & snip the yarn as necessary.

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Hands & Arms (beginning with hands, with tan yarn, make two):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2-3: 1sc in each st (6)

Change to red yarn, tie tails together & stuff lightly into hands.

Rnd 4-12: 1sc in each st (6)

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff the arms.


Sleeve Cuffs (optional, with red yarn, make two):


Ch7, f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. You can add or subtract a chain if needed.

Click here for The Little Gnome Free Crochet Pattern.


Hat (with white yarn):


If you find it difficult to crochet in a tight round for the hat, you can make your stitches as loose as necessary and your hat will look just fine. If you still find it too difficult, see The Holiday Gnome Free Crochet Pattern for another version of the hat.


Rnd 1: MC with 3sc (3)

Rnd 2: 2sc then 2sc in the next st (4)

Rnd 3: 1sc in each st (4)

Rnd 4: 3sc then 2sc in the next st (5)

Rnd 5: 4sc then 2sc in the next st (6)

Rnd 6-12: 1sc in each st (6)

Rnd 13: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (9)

Rnd 14: 1sc in each st (9)

Rnd 15: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (12)

Rnd 16: 1sc in each st (12)

Rnd 17: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 18: 1sc in each st (18)

Rnd 19: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 20: 1sc in each st (24)

Rnd 21: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 22: 1sc in each st (30)

Rnd 23: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 24: FLO *sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in the next st, dc, hdc* rep to end of round (42)

F/o using the invisible finish technique, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.

Rnd 25: BLO Attach your dark brown yarn to the back loop of the first stitch of rnd 23 with a ch1. Sc in the same st, then sc in each st around (36)

Rnd 26-27: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 28: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 29-30: 1sc in each st (42)

Rnd 31: Ss in each st (42)

Snip your yarn. Complete your hat using the invisible finish technique, then weave your yarn tails on the underside of the hat to secure. You can use your white yarn tail from rnd 24 to sew the cream to the hat, carefully hot glue, or simply finger block it into place.

Cherry for Hat (with red yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2-3: 1sc in each st (6)

If sewing your cherry to the hat, f/o leaving a tail long enough for sewing; do not weave the yarn tail around the remaining stitches/pull to close. Stuff the cherry lightly, then sew the cherry to the top of the hat. (Note: see instructions on rolling & securing the top of the hat further down in the pattern.)


If you would prefer to hot glue your cherry to the cream, snip your yarn & pull the yarn tail free. Stuff the cherry lightly, then weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure, snip the remaining yarn tail, and hot glue your cherry to the top of the hat.

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Holly Leaf for Hat (with green yarn, make 1 or more depending on your preference):


For the holly leaf, you will work your first round of stitches around both sides of the chain (see photos). If you find it difficult working in both sides of a chain, placing stitch markers can be extremely helpful. Place them in as many chains or stitches as you need to help keep track of the round.


Rnd 1: Ch4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, 2sc in the last ch, (you will now begin working back up the opposite side of the chain, see photos), hdc, sc (6)

Rnd 2: Ch2, ss, ss + p (see patten notes), ss & ch2, (You will now begin working back up the opposite side of the piece, see photos), ss, ss + p, ss. Snip your yarn & f/o using the invisible finish technique; finger block your leaf into shape & use your yarn tail to cover any noticeable gaps on the back of the piece. Note: to complete the invisible finish technique for the holly leaf, work into the first ch of the ch2 from rnd 2.


Sew or carefully hot glue the leaf to the side of the cherry on top of your gnomeโ€™s hat.


Christmas Pudding (with white yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Rnd 3: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 4: FLO *sc, hdc, 2dc in the next st, hdc, 2sc* rep to end of rnd (21)

F/o using the invisible finish technique, leaving a long tail for sewing. If you prefer, you can wait to complete the invisible finish technique until youโ€™re ready to sew the cream to the pudding.

(Note: now is a great time to jump ahead in the pattern & make/sew your cherry & leaves to the top of your pudding cream. Begin by sewing your cherry to the top center of the cream. Next, sew the leaves on each side of your cherry by threading the yarn tails and pulling them through to the back of the piece. Pull the tails firmly, knot, & weave back and forth to secure (see photos). If you prefer to attach the cherry & leaves after your pudding has been completed, continue with the pattern as follows.)

Switch to dark brown yarn.

Rnd 5: BLO attach your brown yarn to the first st of rnd 3 with a ch1 & sc in the same st. Sc in each st around (18)

Rnd 6: 2sc then 2sc in the next st (24)

Rnd 7-9: 1sc in each st (24)

Rnd 10: BLO 2sc then 2tog (18)

Begin stuffing your pudding; you can continue stuffing as you close.

Rnd 11: 1sc then 2tog (12)

Rnd 12: 2tog x 6 (6)

Snip your yarn. Pull your yarn tail free, then weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure and hide the yarn tail inside the pudding, pulling up slightly so the bottom of your pudding is relatively flat. Sew your cream to the side of the pudding using your white yarn tail if desired.


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Cherry for Christmas Pudding (with red yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 1sc in each st (6)

If sewing your cherry to the pudding (preferred method), f/o leaving a tail long enough for sewing; do not weave the yarn tail around the remaining stitches/pull to close; do not stuff. Sew the cherry to the top center of the pudding cream.


If you would prefer to hot glue your cherry to the cream, snip your yarn & pull the yarn tail free. Weave your yarn tail through the front loops of the six remaining stitches and pull to close. Weave your yarn back and forth or knot to secure, snip the remaining yarn tail, and hot glue your cherry to the top of the pudding.

Click here for The Pine Tree Cottage Free Crochet Pattern.


Holly Leaf for Christmas Pudding (with green yarn, make two):


Ch2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook. F/o, leaving a tail long enough for sewing.


Finishing Your Gnome:


Attaching the beard:


Begin by cutting approximately 55-60 strands of white yarn, around 7 inches each. To add the beard, start at the last round of the head and attach 6-8 strands, centered between the eyes. (To attach a strand, insert your hook behind the post of a stitch, pull the yarn through at its center, then pull the tail ends through the center loop.) Next, add 8-10 strands to each round, working your way up to the last round directly under the eyes. Note: for the last round closest to the eyes, leave 2 stitches free between the eyes so you have a gap to add the nose. After youโ€™ve attached your gnomeโ€™s Christmas pudding between his hands, trim the beard to your desired length.


Attaching the nose:


Stitch or carefully hot glue the nose to your gnome in the small beard gap. The top of his nose should be level with the top of round 9.


Attaching the sleeve cuffs:


Wrap your chained piece around the arm between rounds three and four so the color change is covered. Tie the yarn tails at the back, then stitch the cuff down around the arm using one of the tails. Hide the yarn tails in the back of the arm to secure.

Attaching the arms:


Stitch the arms on either side of your gnome. The top of each arm should be level with the top of round 18. Once youโ€™ve secured the arms nicely, bring the yarn tails out the same stitch on the back of your gnome, tie the yarn tails together, and hide them in the body of your gnome.

Shaping & completing the hat:


To shape your gnomeโ€™s hat, you can roll the top tightly or leave a small hole depending on your preference. Stitch or carefully hot glue to secure. If you prefer, you can also leave it free.

Complete your gnome by pulling the hat snugly onto his head so that the bottom round sits just above the eyes. Sew or hot glue the hat to your gnomeโ€™s head if desired. Pin your Christmas pudding in place between your gnomeโ€™s hands and carefully sew or hot glue the Christmas pudding to your gnome. Straighten & trim your gnomeโ€™s beard beneath the Christmas pudding; finger block the overall shape of your gnome.

Click here for The Christmas Pudding Free Crochet Pattern.


And now youโ€™re done! I hope you enjoy this Christmas pudding gnome & if you post pictures, please tag me @bugburrypond & hashtag #laurajaworski so I can see & share your work! You can find me @bugburrypond on Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Happy crocheting and have a beautiful day. ๐Ÿ’•


Laura


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