in a mad rush toward this weekend's school festival craft stall we made gnomes ~ gnomes galore!
Use size 4 -5 knitting needles – 8 ply wool scraps
Cast on 18 stiches in your choice of skin colour
Row 1: knit, row 2: purl. Repeat for a total of 10 rows
Change wool to main suit colour and knit 16 rows (26row total)
Knit across first 9 stitches; place other 9 stitches on a small stitch holder
Knit a further 9 rows, cast off leaving a tail of about 6 inches.
For the second leg pick up the other 9 stitches and knit 10 rows. Cast off leaving a tail of about 6 inches.
Gather up both feet and stitch up the legs/body to the head section.
Cast on 8 stitches in skin colour
Row 1: knit, row 2: purl
Change to main body colour and knit a further 6 rows, cast off leaving a tail of a few inches (8 rows in total).
Repeat for second arm. Gather hand end and stitch up arm seam leaving top open for stuffing – stuff.
Cast on 24 stitches in your choice of hat colour
Rows 1 and 2: knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: knit two together at each end
Row 5: purl
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until 16 stitches remain
Then only decrease every second knit row until only 10 stitches remain
Then knit two together every knit row until only one stitch remains – cast off leaving a 6 inch tail and sew up the seam.
To make up –
Gather head and stitch up head seam – leave a 1 inch opening for stuffing – stuff legs, body and head. Close the seam. Use body colour to weave in and out around neck. Pull fairly tightly to form neck and wrap around twice, tie a knot and bury it inside to finish the neck.
Stitch arms to body and attach hat to top of head.
My 100 post giveaway is still open til Sunday night.
If you would like to put your name in the hat you can do it here