Welcome to Day 1 of the Comeback CAL! I’m so excited to be back sharing some yarny goodness with all of you! Today, we’ll be making something itty bitty, but super fun: a little Raindrop Gnome! This little fella is the first of four spring-themed gnomes that we’ll be making this week. Each gnome will be a little bigger than the last because (drumroll please!)…these are nesting gnomes!
About two years ago, I made a set of little nesting gnomes for a gnome-loving colleague, and they turned out super cute. Since then, I knew I wanted to re-invent them and give them a springtime makeover…and it only took a couple of years to finally do it!
I’ve included a detailed materials list and stitch guide for making this Raindrop Gnome. If you’re ready to get started, scroll down to view the full pattern. Don’t forget to share pics with me on Facebook and Instagram by using #TheComebackCAL. I hope you enjoy making this little cutie as much as I have!
- Size D/3.25mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fiberfill stuffing
- A small amount of yarn in the following colors (I estimate no more than 20 yards at most):
- Colonial Blue
- Sky Blue
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
- 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
- inc = increase
- dec = decrease
- sc4tog = work a single crochet decrease over the next 4 stitches
- [ ] = work the directions in the enclosed brackets as many times as indicated following the brackets.
Raindrop Gnome Pattern
Rnd 1) With COLONIAL BLUE, make a MC. Ch 1, 3 sc. Join to the first st of the rnd with a sl st. (3 sts)
Rnd 2) Ch 1, [sc inc] x 3. Join. (6 sts)
Rnd 3) Ch 1, sc inc, 5 sc. Join. (7 sts)
Rnd 4) Ch 1, sc inc, 6 sc. Join. (8 sts)
Rnd 5) Ch 1, sc inc, 7 sc. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to weave in. (9 sts)
Rnd 1) Insert your hook into the BACK LOOP of the 1st st of rnd 5 of the hat. With SKY BLUE, ch 1, [sc dec, sc] x 3. Join. (6 sts)
Rnd 2) Ch 1, then working in BOTH LOOPS, 6 sc. Join. (6 sts)
Rnd 3) Ch 1, [sc inc, 2 sc] x 2. Join. (8 sts)
Carefully insert a little bit of stuffing into the hat and body. You don’t need much!
Rnd 4) In BLO, [xc4tog] x 2. Join and fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to weave in. (2 sts)
Rnd 1) With BEIGE, ch 2. Working in the 2nd ch space from the hook, make a sc inc. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (2 sts)
Row 1) With WHITE, ch 2, sc. Turn. (1 st)
Row 2) Ch 1, sc inc. Turn. (2 sts)
Row 3) Ch 6, skip the first st, then sl st in the last st of the row. Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough for sewing/weaving. (6 sts)
Use the tail ends of the yarn to stitch closed any small opening you may have at the base of the gnome, which would have been left from the decreasing done in rnd 4 of the body.
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 3 of the beard. It may be a tight fit!
Cut a strand of SKY BLUE yarn and carefully embroider a few short stitches onto the hat to mimic raindrops.
Weave in all yarn tails and trim any excess yarn.
And there you have it: one itty bitty Raindrop Gnome! Isn’t he cute? I’d love to see yours. Please use #TheComebackCAL on Facebook and Instragram so I can share in your glorious geeky makes!