Monday 19 April 2010

Travelling Gnome

Free Travelling Gnome Toy Knitting Pattern by Raynor Gellatly.

If anyone has ever seen the magically whimsical film Amelie then they will know about the story of the travelling gnome. If you haven't seen it then basically it tells the tale of a gnome who was stolen from her fathers garden and only to be returned with pictures of him at famous landmarks around the world!
So when I seen the Simply a gnome! pattern by Else Tennessen I knew I had to make a knitted version, just like the little Amalie gnome.
He is quite simple to make, although his base is a little tricky wiht the increasing but otherwise really quick to knit up and super cute when he's done.
So if your going on your travels soon or you know someone who is then knit them up one of these little guys to take with them and then get them to take their own little travelling gnome pictures, I'd love to see any pictures if anyone did this.

Here's pictures of my very own little gnome on his travels.

• Set of 3.25mm needles (UK size 10, US size 3)
• Yarn needle
• Toy stuffing
• 5mm black safety eyes

Yarn colours
• Red
• Skin
• Blue

Yarn weight: Double knitting/ worsted weight

Gauge: not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through

Finished measurements: approx 3.5" tall and 2.5" wide

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Remember never use toy safety eyes on a toy intended for a child under 3 years old, they are a potential choking hazard, please embroider on any features so they cannot be easily removed by little fingers or gnashers!

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Gnome Body:CO 6 in red yarn
1. purl
2. *kfb, k1 * along (9 sts)
3. purl
4. *kfb, k2 * along (12 sts)
5. purl
6. *kfb, k3* along(15 sts)
7. purl
8. *kfb, k4* along (18 sts)
9. purl
10. *kfb, k5* along (21 sts)
11. purl
12. * kfb, k6* along (24 sts).
Change to skin yarn.13. purl
14. *kfb, k7* along (27 sts)
15. purl
16. *kfb, k8* along (30 sts).
Change to blue yarn.
17. purl
18. *kfb, k9* along (33 sts)
19. purl
20. *kfb, k10* along (36 sts)
21. purl
22. *kfb, k11* (39 sts)
23. purl
24. BO
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed up to the top and secure any loose yarn ends. At this point you may want to add the safety eyes/embroider on eyes to the face of the gnome.
Gnome Bottom:CO 6 with blue yarn
1. purl
2. *kfb* along(12 sts)
3. *pfb,p1* along (18 sts)
4. *kfb,k2* along (24 sts)
5. *pfb,p3* along (30 sts)
6. *kfb, k4* along (36 sts)
7. *pfb,p11* along(39 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed secure any loose yarn ends. You should be left with a flat disc like shape.

co 3 in white
1. purl
2. *kfb* along (6sts)
3. purl
4. *kfb,k1* along (9sts)
5. purl
6. knit
7. purl
8.BO (Leaving a long yarn tail)


Attach the base of the gnome to the body striching together the bind off edges, strop once you get 3/4 way round to stuff the gnome and then continue to close the remaining stitches. Weave in any loose ends.
Use the long tail of the beard and attach it to the part of the body where the skin yarn meets the blue yarn (see photos as guidance).
Now get snapping!


the nest said...

oh, it's great! my sister is headed for HongKong in a vouple of weeks, and she would love such a travel partner! thank you...

Aubrey said...

I cannot wait to make this little guy. I'm in love with all things gnomes so this will be especially exciting to make.

Alyssa said...

oh super cute! I'm linking to you again, of course :)

Sheltie Times said...

What a great project and story. I added a link to my crochet and knitted toy page.

penandra said...

Thank you for an adorable pattern! I love it and have printed out your instructions -- I just went through my yarn stash this past weekend to get some projects together to take on an upcoming trip --- will make this first, to HAVE on my trip!

I especially want to thank you for your generous copyright --- so many folks are ill-informed, it's nice when a designer spells out exactly what the expect from those of us that browse the web for patterns.

Anonymous said...

I love gnomes! So exciting!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog...I love it! Thank you for sharing all your lovely patterns. I'll be digging through my stash to find the perfect yarns for it this weekend.


pixyknits said...

That is so cute! If only I was going on holiday... I'm thinking about making lots of them as Christmas tree decorations

pixyknits said...

I love it! I think they would make great Christmas tree decorations too. Thanks!

Mad Coco said...

what a cute concept!! love that movie and love that gnome!!

Dena said...

I made some of these guys. I geocache and I put several in caches (you put a treasure in and take a treasure out) but I kept one for me. He shows up in almost every photo of the scenery around the cache site. He doesn't travel far but we travel often and he is getting a lot of photo exposure.

Thanks for the pattern.

MissGinger said...

brilliant - thanks. mine will come to lille flea market this weekend.. well if he is finished by the time my train arrives!

Asteracea said...

I just finished mine!
It's sooo cute!! I'm mi love with it- it looks like a little gnome weeble, and I'm a little upset it's for my dad and not me! :P

Purl Gurls said...

love it I am making this for a friend of mine who will appreciate it (Phil Keoghen) I will let you know if he gives me any feed back on it :)

Tazzyb said...

Just recently this this little guy and hes excellent - so much so that a did a wizard too! Piccys are on Ravelley!

With the new Gnome film coming out soon I can see this being popular again soon! Any chance you could modify it to fit some of the characters from Gnomeo & Juliet?

S/V Cape St. James said...

Thank you for sharing all of your patterns. I live on a sailboat and have very little room for books. These are perfect to download and travel with. I love them all.

S/V Cape St. James said...

Thank you for sharing all of your patterns. I live on a sailboat and can not keep all the knitting books I'd love to have on baord.

holding_gideon said...

super cute! i've been looking for a pattern for my new little one due in may. I am wondering, do you think i would work to make the pattern bigger and felt it with wool? have you ever tried that?

holding_gideon said...

I love this! i've been looking for something like it for my new little one due in may to honor his big brother (it's a long story). any thoughts on making it bigger and felting it? do you think that might work? have you tried it?

manadabomb said...

Thank you for the pattern! I'm knitting up several of these and just sending them out into the world :)

Everyone loves them!

Unknown said...

I've made 3 now. Different colours and now I'm making a tweed group!

Very cute!