Crochet Artist Gnome: Free Pattern for a Painter Gnome

The Crochet Artist Gnome is a great little addition to your collection. The gnome from this free crochet pattern was a little inspired by the ever-positive Bob Ross who tried to inspire everyone to be creative.

Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this Crochet Artist Gnome pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, links to helpful video tutorials, and sizing information.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

A Crochet Artist Gnome and his Happy Little Trees

I have always been a Bob Ross fan. I just love how he believed anyone could paint. He filled the world with positivity and beauty. If you know an artist that fills the world with beauty, then this little crochet artist gnome would make a great gift.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

How to Customize your Crochet Artist Gnome

This is your crochet artist gnome so make him(or her) unique. Change the colors of the outfit to match your colors. You can change the skin tone too and change the color of his beard. There are also instructions below to make braids for a girl gnome.

I like to use the Red Heart Super Saver colors Aran for fair skin, buff for medium skin tones, cafe latte for dark skin tones, and coffee for very dark skin tones.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

The Premium Ad-Free PDF Pattern

Below you will find the free pattern with all the instructional photos and videos needed to complete the pattern, but I am also aware that several of us like to crochet on the couch, in the car, or in bed with a printout of the pattern. This is why I also offer a nicely formatted large font PDF version of the pattern that can be purchased on Etsy or Ravelry. You can print the pattern and take it on the go with you or tuck it into your project bag.

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Crochet Artist Gnome

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Materials Needed

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0.71 oz or 37 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Real Teal
0.81 oz or 42 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Soft White
0.81 oz or 42 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Light Blue
0.2 oz or 12 yds of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Buff (Skin Tone)
0.1 oz or 6 yds of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Coffee
0.1 oz or 6 yds of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Charcoal
Crochet Hook, Size E, 3.5mm
Polyfil
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Locking Stitch Markers
Permanent Marker, Paint Pen, or Paint
Cardstock Paper
1/4″ Diameter Dowel Rod
Paint Brush
Hot Glue and Applicator
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Stitches and Abbreviations

CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 stitches together
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
MC – Magic Circle (Video Tutorial)

Gauge and Size

Gauge – 5SC x 6 Rows = 1 inch
Size – Final Gnome is about 7 inches tall.

Helpful Video Tutorials

I have completed video series that will walk you through how to crochet the basic gnome from start to finish.

Episode 1: Gnome Body (Plus Amigurumi Basics)
Episode 2: Nose, Arms, Feet
Episode 3: Beard and Braids
Episode 4: Gnome Hat
Episode 5: Assembling your Gnome

Other Helpful Videos
Easy way to make a Magic Circle
How to Change Colors in Crochet
Using Paint Pens on Crochet

Special Stitches

SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together – Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook, (3 loops on the hook) yarn over and pull the first loop through all the loops on the hook. Your decrease is complete.

Crochet Artist Gnome

Notes:
– The pattern will be worked in a continuous round.
– The pattern is in US terms.
– Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows.

Artist Gnome Body

With Dark Blue (Real Teal) or Pants Color.

Row 1: Work 6 SC in a MC. (6)

Row 2: *2SC in the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

Row 3: *SC in the next ST, 2SC in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)

Row 4: *SC in the next 2 STs, 2SC in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)

Row 5: *SC in the next 3 STs, 2SC in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (30)

Row 6: *SC in the next 4 STs, 2SC in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (36)

Row 7: *SC in the next 5 STs, 2Sc in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (42)

Row 8: *SC in the next 6 STs, 2SC in the next ST,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (48)

Rows 9-14: SC in the next STs. (48)

Change to Soft White or Shirt Color.

Rows 15-20: SC in the next STs. (48)

Row 21: *SC in the next 6 STs, SC2TOG,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (42)

Row 22: *SC in the next 5 STs, SC2TOG,* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (36)

Row 23: SLST to the next 2 STs.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. 

Gnome Hat

With Light Blue.

Row 1: Work 3 SC in a Magic Circle. (3)

Row 2: *2SC in the next St* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (6)

Row 3: SC in the next 6 Sts. (6)

Row 4: *SC in the next St, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (9)

Row 5: SC in the next 9 Sts. (9)

Row 6: *SC in the next 2 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (12)

Row 7: SC in the next 12 Sts. (12)

Row 8: *SC in the next 3 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (15)

Row 9: SC in the next 15 Sts. (15)

Row 10: *SC in the next 4 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (18)

Row 11: SC in the next 18 Sts. (18)

Row 12: *SC in the next 5 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (21)

Row 13: SC in the next 21 Sts. (21)

Row 14: *SC in the next 6 StS, 2Sc in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (24)

Row 15: SC in the next 24 Sts. (24)

Row 16: *SC in the next 7 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (27)

Row 17: SC in the next 27 Sts. (27)

Row 18: *SC in the next 8 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (30)

Row 19: SC in the next 30 Sts. (30)

Row 20: *SC in the next 9 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (33)

Row 21: SC in the next 33 Sts. (33)

Row 22: *SC in the next 10 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (36)

Row 23: SC in the next 36 Sts. (36)

Row 24: *SC in the next 11 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (39)

Row 25: SC in the next 39 Sts. (39)

Row 26: *SC in the next 12 Sts, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (42)

Row 27: SC in the next 42 Sts. (42)

Row 28: *SC in the next 13 St, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (45)

Row 29: *SC in the next 14 St, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (48)

Row 30: *SC in the next 15 St, 2SC in the next St,* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (51)

Row 31: SLST to the next ST. SLST to the following ST. (To smooth out the edge.)

Fasten off and weave in your ends. Now use your marker, paint pen, or paints to add some character to the hat with blotches of paint. I used a paintbrush to add the paint then left the paintbrush to dry dirty and had the gnome hold this same brush.

Paint Brush

Take a paintbrush and carefully use a hand saw to cut the paintbrush down to gnome size. You can also use a small makeup brush instead of cutting down a large paintbrush.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

Paint Palette

Take a piece of cardstock paper and cut out an oval. Then cut a smooth notch into the oval to make it look more like a kidney bean. Using the paint, markers, or paint pens make small dots of color on the cardstock palette.

Painting Easel (Optional)

First, take the cardstock paper and cut out a 2-inch x 1.5-inch rectangle. Use the paint pens, markers, or paint to draw a cute scene. Take the 1/4″ dowel rod and use a small hand saw to carefully cut two 4 inch pieces and one 3 inch piece.

Using hot glue, attach the two longer dowel rods to the back of the cardstock rectangle as shown in the photo below. Then add a big glob of hot glue between the two dowel rods and carefully place the short dowel rod at an angle. You will need to hold the dowel rod in place while the glue cools. This should create a cute easel and painting canvas.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

Gnome Arms (Make 2)

Skintone (buff)

Row 1: Work 6 SC in a MC. (6)

Rows 2-3: SC in the next 6 Sts. (6)

Change to Soft White or Shirt Color.

Rows 4-9: SC in the next 6 Sts. (6)

Fasten off leaving a 10-inch tail to sew the arm to the body.

Gnome Nose

With Buff or a skin tone colored yarn.

Row 1: Work 6 SC in a MC. (6)

Row 2-3: SC in the next 6 STs. (6)

Fasten off leaving a 10-inch tail to sew the nose to the body.

Gnome Feet (Make 2)

With Charcoal

Row 1: Work 6 Sc in a MC. (6)

Row 2: *2SC in the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

Row 3-5: SC in the next 12 STs. (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Lightly stuff the feet and sew them to the front of the gnome body. 

Crochet Gnome Beard (Male Gnome)

CH12 with Coffee

Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from hook and each CH across. Fasten off. (11)

Cut 21  eight-inch strands of yarn for the beard. Group three strands together and attach them to the 7 center single crochet like you would add fringe to a scarf. (See Photo Above)

Before stuffing your gnome, sew your beard onto your gnome in a U shape. Make sure to leave room for the nose and keep the ends close to the edge of the top of the body to be able to hide them with the hat.

If you choose, braid your beard and secure it with a small piece of yarn.

Give your beard a little trim to shape and lightly mist it with some water, style the beard and let it dry that way to hold that shape.

If you wish, you can untwist the yarn in the beard to have more hair-like strands.

Braids (Make 2) (For Female Gnome)

CH7 with any hair color.

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd CH from hook and each CH across. Fasten off. (6)

Cut 12 10 inch strands of gold yarn for the two braids. Attach one strand of yarn to each Single Crochet like you would attach fringe to a scarf. Grab 3 groups of four strands and braid the hair together. Use a piece of yarn to secure the braids at the bottom. Sew the braids onto the body of the gnome before stuffing the gnome.

This crochet artist gnome will be a great addition to your collection. Just follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorials to make it.

Crochet Artist Gnome Assembly Instructions

You can use a yarn needle and yarn to sew each piece together in the order listed below or you can hot glue the pieces together (this is what I did) if they are not going to be played with by kids.

1. Stuff gnome body. Stuff and sew Feet to the front of the gnome.
2. Sew the beard onto the gnome. The beard will have the crocheted row shaped like a U. Style the beard and trim it. Sew the nose on top of the beard. (Or if making a girl gnome, sew the nose in the center of the gnome and sew the braids on each side of the nose.)
3. Glue the paintbrush onto one of the gnome arms. Glue the paint palette onto the other gnome’s arm. Sew both gnome arms onto the gnome.
4. Lightly stuff the hat and sew the hat onto the body.
5. Enjoy your gnome!

I truly hope you enjoyed the crochet artist gnome pattern and will check back for more fun crochet gnome patterns.

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