Make any sized slipper.
Using Chunky Yarn
4.5mm hook (reduce hook by a half size, based on what the suggested hook for that yarn is)
Work in rounds
Magic Circle (MC)
R2: inc in each st- 10dc
R3: *1 dc, inc in next st, repeat from*
R4:* 1dc in next 2 sts, inc in next, repeat from*
Make further increased rows for larger feet. I increased another round when I made myself a pair of slippers
R5-15 (10 rounds) dc in each st
Now work in rows. ch1, turn, dc in next 14 sts
Continue for a further row 15 rows.
Join seams as shown in video, using dc's in the next few stitches.
Please check the slipper on your child before darning in the ends to the seam.
Join the same coloured yarn at the back of the slipper and dc in each stitch around, making sure you miss a stitch at the front left and front right of the slipper. Fasten off, darn in ends.
Add in a new colour. Dec 4 times with equal placement around the slipper (see video for help on this) Continue for 2 rows. Fasten off + darn in ends.
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A video tutorial to show you how this all comes together is below. Please let me know what you think.
This pattern uses the amigurumi method. Use a stitch marker to
4mm hook (UK)
dc (uk)/sc (US)
MC magic circle
MC (Magic circle) 6dc in ring
R1: 1dc in each st
R2: 1dc, inc in next st
R3: dc in each st
R4: repeat R3
R5: dc in each st
R6: repeat R3
R7: dc in each st (add in chosen skin colour in last stitch)
R8-R13: dc in each st (add in chosen colour in the last st)
R14-R20: dc in each st around
Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing in the base.
Stuff with toy stuffing/similar
For the Base
MC 3dc in ring- 3dc
R1: inc in each st- 6dc
R2: *inc, dc in next st, repeat*
R3: *inc, dc in next 2 sts, repeat*
fasten off and darn in ends
Sew base onto the bottom of the gnome
How To Blush Cheeks- Waldorf Style
With many of the Waldorf inspired toys, you will often see the iconic blushed cheeks and simple facial features.
With many of the fabric dolls, you can achieve blushed cheeks by using specialist crayons/paint, but with these gnomes, I simply used a dab of red poster paint (no water) on a dry brush.
I dabbed the tip of the brush in a tiny drop of paint and proceeded to rub off as much paint as I could on a dry towel. The brush should be almost dry when applying it to the cheeks.
Brush several times to build up the colour to suit your personal preference.
How to embroider in a Waldorf Style
Waldorf inspired toys always have very small and simple features, this is believed to encourage the child to bestow their own spirit onto the doll. By making the expressions pleasant yet neutral, the child can decide how that doll is feeling without being persuaded by a preconceived emotion.
I used black embroidery thread to create 2 French knots for eyes, and a simple flat stitch for the mouth. A tutorial on how to achieve a French knot is below (don't worry, it's not that scary)
How To Create Hair And Beards For Gnomes
For the gnome beard, I took 15cm lengths of yarn, folded them in half and drag them through the stitches. I made several from one eye towards the other, then trimmed the beard into a point.
Add hair sections as per the beard, but instead add them just below the rim of the hat, and tie into bunches/buns.
How To Introduce Early Mathematics
As a mother of 2 home educated children, it's always been my philosophy to allow my children to develop at their own pace. I've followed numerous Maths books over the years, but I found a lot of them to be boring and too abstract for their developmental age.
I began looking into Waldorf this year and I'm now following the Earthschool lesson plans. I love the holistic and imaginative approach to learning; especially with mathematics.
As soon as I heard about 'Counting Gnomes' I was hooked, as was my daughter. She fell in love with the beautiful colours and and tactile nature of the gnomes.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and pattern, let me know below if you think you'll give it a go yourself.
Have you heard of a Blessingway?
I first discovered Blessingways when I was pining for a more nourishing and conscious alternative to a western 'baby shower'. A Blessingway ceremony originates from Navajo roots and is often associated with blessing a pregnancy due to it’s protective and nurturing nature.
I held a ceremony for a friend of mine about 10 years ago and it just resonated so deeply with me, that when I launched my subscription programme on the full moon, I really felt that I needed to do something particularly special to mark the passing of this part of my business.
A Blessingway is designed to prepare the expectant mother for parenthood and it’s considered a scared right of passage. A lot of tender and often communal tasks are undertaken such as wreath making, bead making and my favourite- writing wishes you have for the mother and child and storing them in a pretty jar- I still have the wishes from my Blessingway.
With this in mind, I thought how about applying this to a business re-birth,launch or a new product. For me a ceremony like this is such a respectful act, so I thought about how this could apply to my business.
On the new moon I wrote down all of my intentions and wishes for the next couple of weeks, I spent a great deal of time really meditating on what I wanted. I then wrote down affirmations to say to myself as well as creating my ‘affirmation spiral’
After I launched my membership group on the FULL moon, I realised that I hadn’t really spent the time nurturing it’s birth (so to speak) so I decided to hold a Blessingway.
These are the steps I took to make it all really special.
1. Getting prepared
I waited until the evening, and dutifully spent time cutting flowers from around my garden and from the park. You could use wild hedgerow flowers and leaves too and depending on the time of year, you could collect nuts, berries, fir cones etc.
2. Intuitive Gathering
I enjoyed this quiet time of gathering, to me it felt like a meditation in itself. As you gather special natural items, focus on being calm and take lots of deep healing breaths.
3. Building the Blessingway Mandala.
I personally chose to create lots of sacred geometry and opted for a pentagon shape, as I’ve loved the balance and beauty of mathematical shapes from a young age.
Then I instinctively selected beautiful flowers and leaves to create a mandala around my fire bowl. In this instance, I used a ceramic flower pot, but I do intend on doing another ceremony on the beach next time. Just keep adding to your circular formation with beautiful natural objects.
4. Lighting the way
I took my my wishes that I’d written during the New moon and cut or tore them into strips and burnt them. As they burnt, I released those intentions and desires into the Universe. Us humans hold a huge library of information in our minds and it can become burdensome over time; this way our desires can be released when we are sure we are ready to let go of them.
A traditional Blessingway ceremony takes place over two nights, so I will be developing this process further as I use it more regularly.
I'm a great believer in forging your own path, and taking elements from rituals and practices (ancient and new) and curating your own unique rituals that speak to your heart. You could include singing bowls, crystals, poems, songs and music to make this your very own.
Ritual by definition' is a ceremony preformed by taking specific actions in a chosen order.
For more information about sacred geometry please check out this video by Spirit Science