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.