Friday, November 8, 2019

Tunisian Puffball Gnome Free Pattern


Hello! Today I have a special, new pattern for ya'll! One of my most popular patterns, the Puffball Gnome, now has a Tunisian crochet friend! I think this is a great, easy beginner pattern, if you have never tried Tunisian crochet before or if you aren't very experienced. If you already love Tunisian crochet, this should be a fun, easy, quick project! Plus, you don't even need a special hook! All you need is a crochet hook that does not have a handle! Scroll down for the free pattern.



I designed my little Puffball Gnome 3 years ago and it has become one of my most popular patterns and since then I have designed a little Puffball Gnomette to keep these cute, little guys company. 


Puffball Gnomette is also a free pattern on my website!

 

I also have several other "pom pom" patterns!



Tunisian Puffball Gnome is a perfect decoration for Christmas! You can hang him on your tree, sit him on the fireplace mantle or on the dinner table. He also makes a great gift! I have gifted many puffball gnomes to my friends and family and they love him!

Or you could make them without the pom pom on their hat, switch up their colors, and they would be perfect year round! I think a little puffball gnome in neutrals would be adorable!



Puffball gnome is so cute with his hat falling down, fluffy beard and cute, round nose!



The best part about this pattern is that you do not need a special hook! Just a regular hook with no handle! This is the perfect beginner project if you love a small project and do not have a special hook!



Are you a beginner Tunisian crocheter? Would you like some help getting started? Read my article on allfreecrochet, Tunisian Crochet Guide: 5 Things You Need To Know!



Tunisian Puffball Gnome


US Terminology

Difficulty

Easy/Beginner

Size

4.5" tall with size H hook and Medium 4 Weight Yarn
If you are substituting yarn, your gnome may be a different size.

Gauge

Gauge is not important.
There is no gauge for this pattern but if you use the same yarn and hook, I do have measurements listed throughout the pattern.

Materials

- Size H (5.00 mm) Tunisian crochet hook or regular crochet hook with no handle
- Medium 4 Weight Yarn
            Caron Simply Soft in Red: less than 10 g Bone: less than 5 g & White: less than 20 g
- Pom Pom maker for the beard and/or tiny pom pom maker for the hat pom: store bought or homemade
            I use Clover green 2.5" pom maker and Clover pink 1.25" pom maker
- Scissors
- Darning Needle
- Hot Glue or preferred glue
- Yarn or string to hang the ornament
- Small amount of polyester fiberfill or yarn scraps


Abbreviations

st: stitch
ch: chain
ea: each
yo: yarn over
tks: tunisian knit stitch
tks2tog: tunisian knit stitch decrease


Notes

For a beginner guide to Tunisian Crochet, read my article on allfreecrochet, Tunisian Crochet Guide: 5 Things You Need To Know!
  • This pattern is worked flat with the right side of the work facing.  
  • At the beginning of each row, the first stitch is on the hook and counts as a tunisian knit stitch.
  • Do not turn your work at the beginning of each new row. Each row is worked from right to left (forward pass) and then from left to right (return pass). 

Working Into The Back Humps Of The Chains


Row 1 says to work into the back humps of each chain. Look at your chain and tilt it toward you and look at the back of the chain. There are humps along the back of each chain. Insert your hook into the back hump.


Loop Tension

I make my loops almost 1/2 an inch tall. My tension is not very tight because I like the loops to easily slide up and down the hook.



How To Work Into The Last Stitch Of Each Row


When you have 1 stitch remaining,



tilt the work a little and insert the hook under the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row.
(image 1 and 2)


Yarn over and pull through the stitch to pull up a loop. (image 1 and 2)


Video Tutorials

Puffball Gnome Video Tutorial (if you need help with the assembly, skip to the end)


The Pattern

Please read the notes section before beginning this pattern.

The Beard And The Pom Pom For The Top Of The Hat



For the Beard:

Make a yarn puffball with either a store bought puffball maker or you can make your own. 

My yarn puffball maker is by Clover and it is 2.5 inches across and it makes puffballs that are about 3 inches across. I wrap the yarn about 119 times around each side of the pom pom maker.

For a video tutorial on how to make pom poms 2 ways, click here.

Trim the beard to your preference. I like to keep my beard a little shaggy.

For The Hat Pom Pom:

You can leave the hat plain, use store bought tiny pom poms, or you can make your own tiny yarn pom pom.

My tiny yarn puffball maker is by Clover and it is 1.25 inches across and it makes puffballs that are about 1.25 inches across. I wrap the yarn about 37 times around each side of the pom pom maker.

The Hat


ch 18. 
*should measure approximately 5" long.

R1: Forward pass: Working into the back humps of ea ch (see notes section), insert hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, yo and draw up a loop. *Insert the hook into the next ch, yo and draw up a loop; repeat from * until the end of the foundation ch. Do not turn the work. =18 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.
*should measure approximately 4.5" long.

R2: Forward pass: tks across. = 18 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R3: Forward pass: tks across. =18 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.
*should measure approximately 1" tall.

R4: Forward pass: tks, tks2tog, tks2tog, 8 tks, tks2tog, tks2tog, tks. =14 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R5: Forward pass: tks across. =14 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.
*should measure approximately 1.5" tall.

R6: Forward pass: tks, tks2tog, tks2tog, 4 tks, tks2tog, tks2tog, tks. =10 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R7: Forward pass: tks across. =10 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R8: Forward pass: tks, *tks2tog. Repeat from the * until 1 st remains. tks. =6 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R9: Forward pass: tks across. =6 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.
*should measure approximately 3" tall.

Finishing Row
Round 1: *Insert the hook between the front and back vertical bars of the next stitch,



yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook;


repeat from the * across. =5 sts

Insert the hook into the last stitch behind the 2 vertical bars, yarn over and pull through the stitch and the loop on the hook. (image 1, 2 and 3) Do not cut the yarn.


Do not cut the yarn.



Seaming Up the Back Of The Hat

ch 1,


fold the hat in half and line up the stitches.



*insert your hook into the blo of the st next to the hook,


insert the hook into the flo of the st across from it, on the other side of the hat and yarn over,


and pull through all loops on the hook to create a slip stitch.


repeat from the star across, to finish seaming up the hat.



cut the yarn, but leave the tail end long enough to sew the hat to the beard, and pull through the last stitch.

Closing The Hole At the Top Of The Hat

with new yarn, (18 inches or so), thread through a darning needle, and whip stitch the hole at the top closed by inserting your needle into the blo of one of the stitches at the top of the hat,


pull the yarn through, but leave a tail end dangling.


Continue around the top of the hat until you reach the first stitch,


pull tight on both ends, tie and knot off.


weave in all ends, except the tail end that you will use to sew to the beard. Stuff the hat with a small amount of polyester fiberfill or red yarn scraps (this is my preference) and shape it.





The Nose


with tan yarn:
R1: ch 2, *YO, insert the hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, 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 same ch. 

Cut the yarn, pull the yarn through, tie the two ends together tightly, sew to the front of the hat and weave in the ends. 






Assembly

Attach the hat to the beard by threading the tail end through a darning needle, sew down through the middle of the pom pom and back up to the hat 


and sew through the hat. Continue sewing down into the pom pom and back up and through the hat till it is secured. For a video tutorial on the assembly, you can watch the original Puffball Gnome video tutorial and skip ahead to the end.



Attach the tiny yarn pom pom to the hat if you would like. You can also, attach a string for hanging, if you would like. 

The End!!!


Copyright ©2019 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, and no video tutorials may be made using this pattern.


I hope ya'll love this pattern! If you make any Tunisian Puffball Gnomes, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see! 

I hope ya'll have a wonderful day!
<3Alex


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