Happy Wednesday, fam! It’s a gorgeous spring day here, and I’m pleased to say that after much trial and error, today’s gnome is finally complete and ready to share.
Ready for Day 3 of the Comeback CAL? Meet the Pink Surprise Gnome! I’ve named him after a beautiful variety of Pink Surprise Grape Hyacinth. I have the standard (and very lovely) purple variety in my garden, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this very pretty pink variety! I may just have to find some bulbs and plant them! These are my absolute favorite spring flowers, and they’re some of the first to pop up after our frosty winters here in Eastern Washington. They are slowly spreading into my yard, and I won’t lie—I don’t mind one bit!
Today’s Pink Surprise Gnome gets the rich texture of his hat from a special stitch called the Picot Single Crochet. Special instructions for this stitch are included below. Don’t worry—it’s pretty simple!
- Size D/3.25mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- A small amount of yarn in the following colors (I estimate no more than 20 yards at most):
- Kelly Green
You will need to know a few different types of stitches in order to make these dolls. Below is a guide to help you with the abbreviations of the terms and stitches used in these doll patterns (written in US terms).
- BLO = back loops only
- FLO = front loops only
- rnd/rnds = round/rounds (as opposed to pattern rows)
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- mc = magic circle (click here for a helpful tutorial if needed)
- ch = chain
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half-double crochet
- psc = picot single crochet (see special stitch instructions below)
- inc = increase
- dec = decrease
- [ ] = work the directions in the enclosed brackets as many times as indicated following the brackets.
Special Stitch Instructions: Special Picot Single Crochet
To make the picot single crochet (psc):
- Insert your hook into the next stitch.
- Yarn over and pull through the first loop only
- Ch 3 (making sure to leave the second loop on your hook).
- Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.
Pink Surprise Gnome Pattern
Rnd 1) With PINK, make a MC. Ch 1, 6 pcs. Join. (6 sts)
Rnd 2) Ch 1, [pcs inc] x 6. Join. (12 sts)
Rnds 3-5) Ch 1, 12 pcs. Join. (12 sts)
Rnd 6) Ch 1, [pcs inc, 3 pcs] x 3. Join. (15 sts)
Rnd 7) Ch 1, [pcs inc, 4 pcs] x 3. Join. (18 sts)
Rnd 8) In BLO, ch 1, [pcs inc, 8 pcs] x 2. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (20 sts)
Rnd 1) Insert your hook into the BACK LOOP of the 1st st of rnd 7 of the hat. With KELLY GREEN, ch 1, [sc dec, 4 sc] x 3. Join. (15 sts)
Rnd 2) In BOTH LOOPS, ch 1, 15 sc. Join. (15 sts)
Rnds 3-4) Ch 1, 15 sc. Join. (15 sts)
Rnd 5) Ch 1, [sc inc, 4 sc] x 3. Join. (18 sts)
Rnd 6) Ch 1, 18 sc. Join. (18 sts)
Rnd 7) Ch 1, [sc inc, 5 sc] x 3. Join. (20 sts)
Rnd 8) Ch 1, [sc inc, 6 sc] x 3. Join. (24 sts)
Rnd 9) Ch 1, [sc inc, 7 sc] x 3. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for weaving. (27 sts)
Rnd 1) With BEIGE, make a MC. Ch 1, 7 sc. Join. (7 sts)
Rnd 2) Ch 1, 7 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (7 sts)
Row 1) With WHITE, ch 2, sc. Turn. (1 st)
Row 2) Ch 1, sc inc. Turn. (2 sts)
Row 3) Ch 1, 2 sc inc. Turn. (4 sts)
Row 4) Ch 1, hdc, 2 sc, hdc. Turn. (4 sts)
Row 4) Ch 8, skip the first 4 sts, then sl st in the last st of the row. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (8 sts)
Carefully sew the nose to the gnome just below the hat, then sew the beard onto the “face” so that the nose goes into the opening made in row 4 of the beard. It may be a tight fit! (See photos below.)
Weave in all yarn tails and trim any excess yarn.
And there’s the Pink Surprise Gnome, ready to soak up some sunshine. Isn’t he cute?
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