Free Knitting Machine Gnome Tutorial

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

A free knitting machine tutorial with video on how I make the gnome and the beanies.

Free Gnome Knitting Machine Tutorial - Savlabot

I decided to make some little gnomes and while I was making them I thought it would be fun to make 1 Gnome to keep up year round and change out the little hat. I thought I would share how I made my Gnome and my hats for him with you today.

AND I have added a little freebie printable wrap for packaging your gnome beanies, click on the button to access the PDF.

Gnome Beanies Wrap Printable PDF

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
This wrap is a great way to package the gnome hats and give a little info on how to use them with the gnome.
Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
I also have complete packaging in my shop for packing your gnome when giving as a gift or for sale. I made this gnome for my mom and packaged it with a few tags that she could use on the hats to change them out seasonally.

For my mother’s gnome I bought a photo box at Michaels and the Gnome and Beanies fit perfectly!

I put one of the beanies on the Gnome and the other 5 I wrapped up in a special wrap that I made, on the back of the wrap it has some info on how to use the beanies and tags either seasonally or every month to give the gnome a different look. I know my mom is going to love this little Gnome and his beanies as much as I loved making it. I attached the tags to the wrap using a Chicago Screw, this way she will see the tags and note and know what to do.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

I have a video tutorial on how I put my gnome together, be sure to check that out to see how I do each step.

Let's Get Started

Supplies

Cicular Knitting Machine 22 pin, I have an Addi Express Professional

Worsted Weight Yarn

Faux Fur Square – I buy my faux fur in squares on Etsy or from Joann by the yard

Darning Needle

Large Wooden Bead

Tacky Glue – I use Craft Bond – You can also use hot glue

Poly-Fil Stuffing

Dry Beans – or poly-pellets

Tension Fork – if using an Addi Machine my Tension Fork helps to keep even tension.

Tension Fork

There is a PDF version of the pattern available in my shop

PDF pattern for knitting machine gnome

The Gnome Body

For the Gnome Body: Using the Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool and a 22 pin machine.

Crank out 60 rows using tight tension. Cast off just like you would for a beanie (I do not use waste yarn)

Your tube should measure approximately 11″

Fold inside of itself so that you have a double thick sack, Cinch the end with the yarn tails together tightly and tie off. Trim yarn leaving the yarn tails inside the bottom of the sack. Using the trimmed tail yarns, create a drawstring along the fold of the sack. Add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup dry beans, then fill the rest of the way with poly fil. Pull the drawstring to cinch closed and tie off.

Add your nose, I use the yarn tails from the drawstring to sew on a wooden bead.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
Be sure to watch my video on YouTube to see how I cinch the top closed. I am not sure if the wooden bead that I used is the BEST nose for a gnome, but it is all that I could find. I think a bead this size with a smaller hole would be ideal but I wasn’t able to find any so I am using what I have.

Grab a rectangular piece of faux fur, I started with a 5″ x 2.5″ piece of fur.

Cut a half oval out of the rectangle and take the 2 corner pieces and trim them down slightly so that they can be used for the eyebrows. Cut a small triangle out of the center of the beard piece.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Next grab your glue, I like to add the glue onto the beard then slide it up under the gnome nose. I then add the glue onto the gnome head right above the top of the beard to attach the eyebrows.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

And now let the gnome dry, my gnome has some crazy eyebrows, but I will brush them down after the glue is dry.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

The Beanies

Now, while your gnome is drying I like to start making the beanies. The sample images I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

Machine: 22pin knitting machine

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool – Worsted Weight category 4 yarn.

Tension: Tight

Crank out 45 rows

Cast off just like you would for a beanie (I do not use waste yarn)

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
Cinch the cast off edge tight to close, tie off and trim yarn, I leave about 1 inch for the tail and hide the trimmed yarn inside the beanie. I put my hand inside the beanie and pull the tail yarn of the cast on edge to tighten up the loose yarn just a bit, you don’t want it to be too tight as this is the side that will be slipped over the gnomes head.
Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
The beanie should curl just a bit naturally, I like to add a little stitch to keep the yarn from moving around too much when I start rolling up the brim of the beanie. When I do this I bring my yarn down into the inside of the beanie.
Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
Then I start rolling up the brim, I roll maybe an inch or two depending on how long I want the beanie to be.
Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
After I have finished rolling the brim, I use the yarn and add a stitch to secure the roll. I add a stitch on two sides as shown in the picture below with an x.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Now add some decoration to your beanie, I add a faux suede tag, I make mine and they are available in rainbow colors in my Etsy Shop. I also like to either add a ribbon to the top or add a pom pom.The possibilities are really endless on what you can do to decorate your gnome beanies. In the video, I show how I add a faux fur pom pom to the beanie using a small scrap of faux fur, but some of my beanie poms I use Faux Fur Yarn, I have a video below on how I make my Tiny Fuax Fur Poms.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

I made a total of 6 Hats so that I could change out my Gnome beanies seasonally. I plan to change out the faux suede heart tag and some of the decorations for some of the hats when I use them for a different month.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Adding a Block to the bottom to help your gnome stand up

I Started added a little wooden block to the bottom of my gnomes, I found this helped them stand up a bit and made it so that their beards didn’t pool too much on the surface where they were placed.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
I used some scrap wood that my husband had, but any wooden cylinder will do.
Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial
I added a good amount of hot glue to the wooden base then attached to the gnome bottom.

These gnomes make great gifts

I always like to make one of everything I make for my mother. For her gnome I made 6 beanies and wrapped them in a special wrap that let her know she can change out the beanie and the tags for each month.

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

I put one of the beanies on the Gnome and the other 5 I wrapped up in a special wrap that I made, on the back of the wrap it has some info on how to use the beanies and tags either seasonally or every month to give the gnome a different look. I know my mom is going to love this little Gnome and his beanies as much as I loved making it. I attached the tags to the wrap using a Chicago Screw, this way she will see the tags and note and know what to do.

Thank you for making it this far!

I hope you find this tutorial easy to follow! I have had a lot of fun making these gnomes and the beanies that go with them. If you try out this idea of changing out the beanies for your Gnomes or are making seasonal Gnomes I would love to see what you come up with, please share your little Gnomies with me on social media, you can find me on Instagram @Savlabot

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

If you have the time I would appreciate it if you would visit my Etsy Shop, sales on patterns and other printables such as the PDF Version of this pattern and the tags and labels seen in this post help me out a lot so that I can keep adding tutorials like these on my blog. I choose to not have pop up ads, I love not having ads all over my site, I don’t want to add ads other than a few affiliate links here and there to my posts as I think ads really ruin the viewing experience. I am hoping if I can continue to make sales in my Etsy Shop to help me with my finances I can continue to add freebies to my site.

Thank you so much

Savla

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Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

Knitting machine Gnome Tutorial

 

1 thoughts on “Free Knitting Machine Gnome Tutorial

  1. Paula says:

    these are Gorgeous– their detailing make them each and everyone so special… TY for sharing your talent .. I love these guys so Ill try to put one together..

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