Whimsical Loom Knits – October 2016
Designed by Jenny Stark
This charming little gnome can be created in an afternoon. This quick little project is so much fun, you’ll want to make an entire clan of mini gnomes. Have fun!
Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2
Yarn: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in various colors.
Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle.
Other Materials: 3″ wood peg doll, glue gun and glue, black paint for eyes.
Gauge: Not critical for this project.
Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice. Leave a slightly longer yarn tail and cast on 14 pegs:
Rows 1-10: E-wrap to end of row.
Bind off using the basic bind off method. Leave a long yarn tail. Using the long yarn tail from the bind off, seam the two edges of the panel together, creating a tube. Weave in the yarn end. Slip the tube onto the body of one of the wood dolls from the Peg Pair package. Using the yarn tail from the cast on, gather the neckline of the robe and cinch it snug around the wood doll’s neck. Weave in the yarn end and set the doll aside for now.
Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice. Leave a long yarn tail and cast on 12 pegs:
Row 1: K2, P2 to end of row.
Row 1: P2, K2 to end of row.
Rows 3-5: E-wrap to the end of the row.
Row 6: K2tog, E-wrap to the end of the row.
Repeat row 6 until there are only 2 stitches left on the loom.
Next row: K2tog.
Fasten off the last stitch remaining on the loom and remove the hat from the loom. Using the long tail from the cast on, seam the edges of the panel together, forming a pointed hat. Weave in both yarn ends and set the hat aside for now.
Face and Beard:
Dip a pencil in the black paint. Create eyes: use the pencil to add two dots to the wood doll.
Cut six 3” lengths of white or gray worsted weight yarn. Use the glue gun to adhere them to the face, below the eyes.
Untwist the yarn strands (use the pick tool to help with this, if you like) and trim the beard to the desired length and shape.
Cut twelve 5” lengths of the same yarn. Use the glue gun to adhere them to the top of the head.
Untwist the yarn strands and trim the hair to the desired length and shape.
Place the hat on the doll’s head.
ps -the little mushroom house shown in the main photo for this pattern was created using a small oatmeal container. The container was turned upside down and covered in white felt. A little tan felt door was glued to the front of the container. The top of a metal brad was used as a door knob for the little door. The container is topped off with a red yarn cap that was lightly stuffed so the cap would hold its shape better. Small white circles of felt were glued to the red yarn cap. Add any other desired decorations and you have a pretty sweet house for your mini gnome 🙂