The Pumpkin Gnome Free Crochet Pattern by Laura Jaworski (@bugburrypond) 🎃

This pumpkin gnome stands approximately 8 inches tall and is suitable for all crocheters. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you post pictures, please credit appropriately and hashtag #laurajaworski so I can share your creations.


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Happy crocheting & happy autumn! 🎃

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, brown, orange, white, green)

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


Abbreviations:


MC = Magic circle

St = Stitch

Sc = Single crochet stitch

Puff = Puff stitch (see pattern notes)

Ss = Slip stitch

Rep = Repeat

Inc = Increase

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

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.

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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 BLO:


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 puff stitch:


To crochet the puff stitch for this pattern, yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch space, yarn over, pull up a loop, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop* 4 times (11 loops on hook), yarn over, and draw through all loops on hook. Complete each puff stitch with a chain one.


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 you’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 let’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)

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

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

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

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 brown 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 6 times (6)

Snip your yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave your yarn tail around 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 and securing the yarn 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 5 times (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 around the five remaining stitches and pull to close. Knot your yarn. If you plan to hot glue the nose to your gnome, hide the remaining tail & snip the yarn as necessary.


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 brown 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 (with brown yarn, make two):


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


Hat (with brown yarn):


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 24-26: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 27: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 28: 1sc in each st (42)

Rnd 29: 5sc (switch to orange yarn on the 5th sc, that stitch should be brown), with orange yarn: sc, puff, sc (switch to brown on the last sc, that stitch should be orange), with brown yarn: 4sc (switch to orange yarn on the 4th sc, that stitch should be brown), sc, puff, sc (switch to brown on the last sc, that stitch should be orange), with brown yarn 12sc (switch to orange yarn on the 12th sc), sc, puff, sc (switch to brown on the last sc), 4sc (switch to orange on the last sc), sc, puff, sc (switch to brown on the last sc) 5sc (42)

Snip your yarn. Complete your hat using the invisible finish technique, then weave your yarn tail on the underside of the hat to secure.

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For the pumpkin vines on your gnome’s hat, cut four lengths of green yarn approximately three inches a piece. Thread one strand of yarn on your needle and pull it around the top of a puff stitch. Weave your yarn tails into the back of the hat to secure. Attach one vine to each of the four puff stitches.


Adjusting the hat:


If you find the yarn you’ve chosen for the hat is a bit bigger or smaller than the yarn you’ve used for the head, don’t worry! The hat can easily be adjusted to fit your gnome.


To make the hat wider, increase on the first (or last) stitch of round 28 for a total of 43 stitches in the completed round. A second increase can be added halfway around if needed. Complete round 29 with one (or two) extra sc.


To make the hat longer, add another round (with the same stitch count as round 28, whether or not you’ve increased that round) to the pattern following round 28, and before continuing with round 29 of the pattern, for a total of 30 rounds.


To make the hat smaller, decrease on the first (or last) stitches of round 28 for a total of 41 stitches in the completed round.

Pumpkin #1 (with orange yarn, make two):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Rnd 3-6: 1sc in each stitch (12)

(Stuff your pumpkin)

Rnd 7: 2tog 6 times (6)

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave your yarn tail around the six remaining stitches and pull to close; do not snip your yarn tail.


Pumpkin #1 Stem (with brown yarn, make two):


Ch3, ss in second chain from hook, ss in next chain, f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Pumpkin #2 (with orange 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 5-9: 1sc in each st (24)

Rnd 10: 2sc then 2tog, rep (18)

Rnd 11: 1sc then 2tog, rep (12)

(Stuff your pumpkin)

Rnd 12: 2tog 6 times (6)

F/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave your yarn tail around the six remaining stitches and pull to close; do not snip your yarn tail.

Pumpkin #2 Stem (with brown yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 3sc (3)

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

F/o and leave a long tail for sewing.


Finishing Your Pumpkins

Shaping your pumpkins:


To shape your pumpkin, thread the yarn tail with your needle. Next, pull your yarn tail through the bottom gap of your pumpkin and up through the top center of your magic circle. Pull tight, then wrap the yarn around the side of your pumpkin and bring it through the bottom gap and up through your magic circle again. Pull tight; this will create the first line. To create the second line, wrap your yarn around the opposite side of your pumpkin and bring your needle through the bottom gap and up through the magic circle once more; pull tight. Repeat these steps for the last two lines of the pumpkin, creating four equal segments.


Attaching the stems:


Stitch your stems over the top center of your pumpkins, catching a piece of the stitch directly beneath the stem, followed by a piece of the stem, until they are nicely secure.


For pumpkin #1, you may find it easier to simply bring the yarn tails of your stems from the top of your pumpkin and out the bottom. Tie the yarn tails and hide them in the body of your pumpkin.


For additional pumpkin sizes & hay bales, see my Mini Pumpkin Patch Free Crochet Pattern.


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 you’ve attached your gnome’s pumpkin 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 gap in his beard. 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:


Attach your arms on either side of your gnome. The top of each arm should be level with the top of round 18. Once your arms are secure and the beard is complete, stitch or carefully hot glue pumpkin #2 between your gnome’s hands.


Shaping the hat:


To shape your gnome’s hat, begin at the top and tightly roll until you’ve reached your desired shape. Stitch or carefully hot glue to secure. You can roll the hat tightly or leave a small hole depending on your preference. Stitch or hot glue two or more of pumpkin #1 to the hat if desired. Sew or hot glue the hat to your gnome’s head. You may need to stretch it out slightly to fit.

Complete your gnome by pulling the hat onto his head so that the bottom round sits just above his eyes. Straighten his beard beneath the pumpkin and finger block the overall shape of your gnome.

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And now you’re done! I hope you enjoy this pumpkin gnome & if you post pictures, please credit appropriately and hashtag #laurajaworski so I can 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, happy autumn, and have a beautiful day. 💕


Laura


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