Monday, December 19, 2016

Puffball Gnome Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

Hello! A couple of weeks ago I was browsing through my newsfeed on facebook and one of my friends shared a picture of some cute little gnomes that were made out of felt. I thought they were so adorable that I wanted to come up with my own little crocheted version. I think that what I came up with is just as adorable and I want to share the pattern with ya'll! They can be used as ornaments on your Christmas tree or they can be used as decorations. Scroll down for the free pattern.

 The puffball gnomes have a cute beard that is made out of a yarn puff ball. For a picture tutorial on how to make a puff ball without a puff ball maker, click here.

 They have a cute little nose that pokes out of their hat.

Their hat must be too big because it hangs over their eyes!

The hat is topped with a cute little fuzzy pom pom. 

A friend gave me some yarn with a bag of these fuzzy pom poms a couple of years ago and I finally figured out what to do with them! lol 

He's perfect year round too! 

Puffball Gnome now has a friend! I'm happy to introduce you to Puffball Gnomette and she is a free pattern too! Click here to favorite her on Ravelry.

And now there is a Tunisian version too! Perfect beginner project! No special hook needed!

Puffball Gnome Ornament

- G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
- Medium 4 Weight Yarn and Worsted Weight Yarn
(I used Caron Simply Soft for the beard, Caron Simply Soft Party for the hat and Red Heart With Love for the nose)
- Puffball maker-store bought or home made (Mine is 2.5 inches in diameter and makes 3 inch in diameter puffballs and my puffball gnomes are 4.5 inches tall)
- Scissors
- Darning Needle
- Hot Glue or preferred glue
- Yarn or string to hang the ornament
- Small fuzzy pom pom or you can make a small yarn puffball
- Stitch marker or scrap yarn
- Small amount of polyester fiberfill


ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
2sc: single crochet increase
YO: yarn over

The Pattern

The Beard

Make a yarn puffball with either a store bought puffball maker or you can make your own. My yarn puffball maker is 2.5 inches across and it makes puffballs that are 3 inches across.
How To Make A Yarn Pom Pom Without A Pom Pom Maker: 
How To Make Pom Poms 2 Ways Video Tutorial: 

The Hat

The hat is worked in a spiral. Use a stitch marker or yarn to mark the beginning of each round. 

With G hook:

R1: Make a loose slip knot or a magic circle, ch 1 and put 4 sc into the loose slip knot. =4
Pull on the tail end to close the hole. 
R2: 2sc in each stitch around. =8
R3: sc in each stitch around. =8
R4: *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from the star around. =12
R5-R7: sc in each stitch around. =12
R8: *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2 stitches.* Repeat from the star around. =16
R9-R10: sc in each stitch around. =16
R11: *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches.* Repeat from the star around. =20
R12-R13: sc in each stitch around. =20
R14: *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 4 stitches.* Repeat from the star around. =24
R15: *2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch.* Repeat from the star around. Sl st to the first sc of the round. =36

Cut the yarn, leaving the tail long enough to sew to the puffball beard. Turn the hat right side out if you have not done so already. Weave in the other end, stuff the hat with a small amount of polyester fiberfill (or yarn scraps) and shape it.

The Nose

With G hook:

R1: Make a loose slip knot or a magic circle and ch 2, *YO, insert the hook into the loose slip knot or the magic circle, YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook.* Repeat from the star 4 more times. You should now have 6 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 6 loops on the hook, ch 1 and sl st into the loose slip knot or magic circle.

Cut the yarn, sew to the front of the hat and weave in the ends. 

Sew the hat to the puffball beard, glue on the fuzzy pom pom or make a tiny yarn puffball and glue it to the hat. 
Attach a string for hanging. 

Copyright ©2016 Alexandra Halsey
You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern without permission. This includes translations and video tutorials. If you have a translation, please submit it to me by email.

I hope ya'll like this pattern and if you make your own Puffball Gnomes, I would LOVE to see! Post pics to my facebook page or tag me on instagram @_with_alex
If you have any questions or comments you can comment below or email me at:

LOVE the Puffball Gnome? Then check out some of my other pom pom projects, they are all so adorable!

Soft hugs and