Saturday, December 10, 2011

December - Day 10

The sun rose at 1048am and set at 1334pm. The length of the day was 2 hours and 46 minutes. No sun today, but LOTS of snow. I know I was wishing for some, but I would like to make a point of saying that, enough is enough. 


Yarn: Light fingering weight
Gauge: 4sts/6rows 1cm (10sts/15row 1") in stockinette stitch
Needles: 1,75 mm or size that will give you the gauge
Cast on 18 sts using the long-tail cast-on.
Divide your stitches among 3 needles: 6 sts per needle. Join your stitches being careful not to twist the cast-on. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Rounds 1-7: K18.
Round 8: [K4, ssk] 3 times.
Rounds 9-14: K15.
Round 15: [K3, ssk] 3 times.
Rounds 16-20: K12.
Round 21: [K2, ssk] 3 times.
Rounds 22-25: K9.
Round 26: [K1, ssk] 3 times.
Rounds 27-29: K6.
Round 30: [ssk] 3 times.

When you have 3 stitches remaining, cut the yarn leaving a 7,5cm/3" tail. With a darning needle draw the yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten off.
Pull the yarn ends inside the hat, no need to weave in the ends. Glue the hat to the gnome head.
Attach a loop of sewing thread to the hat top for hanging the gnome to the Christmas tree. 

All of the gnomes do not have faces, but should you like to make a face, I used coloring pencils to color red cheeks and then added two black dots with Pigma Micron 005 (my favorite!) pen for eyes.

Hope you have a good and restful weekend!
Wool with you,


  1. Dear Lene - Thank you so much for these directions, I just love the little elves!

  2. Anonymous00:10

    Love this. Thank you for sharing this with your readers.
    Diane L./Bloomington,IN

  3. Anonymous03:11

    I love your woolly gnomes, especially their fuzzy beards!! I am going to make a few gnomes and add them to our Christmas tree:-) Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

  4. Kimmy03:14

    Thank you for sharing how to make the Gnomes! I'm planning on making some for my tree this year. So cute. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas. :)

  5. Lene, you have been so lovely giving us these wonderful direction. Thanks so much,

  6. These are so sweet. Thank you for your posts, which I always enjoy reading.

  7. Carol in MD.03:32

    As I was telling my almost 20-year old daughter about your daily posts, and we talked of what it might be like living so far north, she caught sight of your gnomes ... she loved them! so I think I may be making a few to put in her stocking for Christmas. Thank you for these directions and for all your thoughtful inspiring posts!

  8. Lene, you have a very good friend named Dawn out there in the blogiverse! She just commented on my "Christmas Elves" post to let me know about you and your series on making Tonttu!

    Seriously, I tried to find elves living in Finland!!!! But they were so well hidden I overlooked them! So I am thrilled that you have uncovered their hiding place and have shared how to make them!

    I have added links to your blog and all three posts for making Tonttu to my Christmas Elf post and added your beautiful blog to my google reader so I can keep up with you in the future.

    And now, I must get busy and make a Tonttu!