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Scandinavian Gnome – Free Crochet Pattern

My husband’s family is Scandinavian. At least that is what he thought. His family was known to hail from Friesland and have traces all the way back to the Vikings. Almost everyone in his family is large in stature and personality; totally fitting for Viking descendants. Being his family was ‘for sure’ Scandinavian we have done a lot of research into the heritage and customs of that culture. We learned all about traditional Christmas customs and various holidays and traditions year-round.

This is how I was introduced to the Nisse, or one of it’s thousands of different names but to keep it simple we’ll just call him the Scandinavian Gnome. The Scandinavian Gnome is a funny little fellow usually wearing grey or brown clothing and a super long pointed hat. Each household has their very own Gnome and it is his job to distribute luck, but good and bad, to the family.

Families were often very nice to their gnomes, often leaving out food or treats and never, ever, ever wishing ill upon or cursing them. This was because these Gnomes were known to be very tricky little critters who often would bring ‘good luck’ to someone by way of ‘bad luck’ to others. Oh, you’re cow just died from a disease? No worries you have a new one waiting in the pasture; just don’t ask your neighbor what happened to his… The gnomes also liked to move things around to be noticed and were even the beings thought to bring presents to the nice children at Christmas.

All this to say between all the research and interesting things we learned we started to like Scandinavian Gnomes. And even though we are a Christian family and don’t believe in those kind of beings I still thought it would be a cute little nod to have our very own Gnome. Thus my version of the Scandinavian Gnome was born.

Now after taking DNA tests from 23andMe we have learned our family’s heritage is way more diverse, but we still like to keep this little guy around (as well as all his cousins who only come out around Christmas; I’ve started quite a collection). I’ll fill y’all in on the rest of the story another time, but for now let’s make some Gnomes!

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Scandinavian Gnome

Pattern by Lizz Jelsma

Materials Used:
G or 4.25 MM Hook
1 Ball Worsted Weight Yarn Each in Grey, Red, Nude, and White
Stitch Marker (to mark ends of rounds if needed)
Fiberfill
Dry Beans or Other Weight
Tapestry Needle

Stitches Used:
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DEC – Single Crochet Decrease
HDC – Half Double Crochet
BLO – Back Loops Only
SLST – Slip Stitch

Notes:
This pattern is written using American crochet terms.
Approximate finished size is 10” tall and 4” wide.
To make smaller or larger try varying the hook size and yarn weight. You will want a stitch that does not let fiberfill come through.

Body (In Grey)
Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 1 and SC 6 into the circle then pull tight. You may also use a CH 2 and 6 SC into the first chain then pull tight. Do not join. (6)
Row 2: INC 6 (12)
Row 3: *SC, INC* 6 times (18)
Row 4: *SC 2, INC* 6 times (24)
Row 5: *SC 3, INC* 6 times (30)
Row 6: *SC 4, INC* 6 times, SLST to join, CH 1 (36)
Row 7: Starting in the same stitch as your join SC 36 in BLO, SLST to join, CH 1 (36)
Row 8: Starting in the same stitch as your join SC 36, you will not join this round but skip the join and start the next row in the next stitch (36)
Row 9: *SC 5, INC* 6 times (42)
Row 10-13: SC 42 (42)
Row 14: *DEC, SC 5* 6 times (36)
Row 15: SC 36 (36)
Row 16: *DEC, SC 4* 6 times (30)
Row 17: SC 30 (30)
Row 18: *DEC, SC 3* 6 times (24)
Row 19: SC 24 (24)
Row 20: *DEC, SC 2* 6 times (18)
Begin filling with fiberfill now.
Row 21: *DEC, SC* 6 times (12)
Row 22: DEC 6 times (6)
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing, stuff with fiberfill, then weave tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close.

Hat (In Red)Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 1 and SC 6 into the circle then pull tight. You may also use a CH 2 and 6 SC into the first chain then pull tight. Do not join. (6)
Row 2-3: SC 6 (6)
Row 4: INC, SC 4 (7)
Row 5: SC 7 (7)
Row 6: INC, SC 5 (8)
Row 7: SC 8 (8)
Row 8: INC, SC 6 (9)
Row 9: SC 9 (9)
Row 10: INC, SC 7 (10)
Row 11: SC 10 (10)
Row 12: INC, SC 8 (11)
Row 13: SC 11 (11)
Row 14: INC, SC 9 (12)
Row 15: SC 12 (12)
Row 16: *INC, SC 3* 3 times (15)
Row 17: SC 15 (15)
Row 18: *INC, SC 4* 3 times (18)
Row 19: SC 18 (18)
Row 20: *INC, SC 5* 3 times (21)
Row 21: SC 21 (21)
Row 22: *INC, SC 6* 3 times (24)
Row 23: SC 24 (24)
Row 24: *INC, SC 7* 3 times (27)
Row 25: SC 27 (27)
Row 26: *INC, SC 8* 3 times (30)
Row 27: SC 30 (30)
Row 28: *INC, SC 9* 3 times (33)
Row 29: SC 33 (33)
Row 30: *INC, SC 10* 3 times (36)
Row 31: *INC, SC 11* 3 times (39)
Row 32: *INC, SC 12* 3 times (42)
Row 33: *INC, SC 13* 3 times (45)
Row 34: *INC, SC 14* 3 times (48)
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Nose (In Nude)
Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 1 and SC 6 into the circle then pull tight. You may also use a CH 2 and 6 SC into the first chain then pull tight. Do not join. (6)
Row 2: INC 6 (12)
Row 3-4: SC 12 (12)
Row 5: DEC 6 times (6)
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing, stuff with fiberfill, then weave tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Leave a tail to attach with.

Beard (In White)
Row 1: CH 9, 2 SC in the second CH from the hook, SC, *INC, SC* 3 times, CH 1 and turn (12)
Row 2: *INC, SC 2* 4 times, CH 1 and turn (16)
Row 3: *INC, SC 3* 4 times, turn, do not create a CH (20)
Row 4: *Skip the next stitch, 3 HDC in the next stitch, skip the next stitch, SLST to the next stitch* 5 times. You will have 25 HDC or 5 scallops at the end of this row.
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

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