Norwegian Nisse (Gnome/Elf)

FREE CROCHET AMIGURUMI PATTERN

About this pattern:

In Norway, it’s not Christmas unless you have an army of these figures around your house – in every shape, size and colour. They look a little more like garden gnomes than one of Santa’s little helpers.

The materials required are listed below. The yarn used to make him as pictured was Drops Paris (cotton) yarn in grey, dark red, white and beige.

Materials:

  • Aran Yarn (grey, dark red, white, beige)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers and pins
  • Yarn needle
  • Stuffing

Stitch Abbreviations:

Sc = Single crochet
Slip st = Slip stitch
Invdec = invisible decrease
Sc2tog = single crochet decrease
BLO = back loops only
** = a repeating stitch pattern

Measurements:

The completed piece measures approx. 28 cm tall.

Pattern Notes:

Stitches are written in standard US terms working in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified.

Let’s Get Started!

MAIN BODY

Using grey yarn, working in continuous rounds

Rnd 1 : Stitch 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : 2sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 3 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 6 : *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 7 : *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (42)
Rnd 8 : *sc in next 6 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (48)
Rnd 9 : *sc in next 7 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 6 times (54)
Rnd 10 : sc BLO in each stitch around (54)
Rnd 11-23 : sc in each stitch around (54)
Rnd 24 : *sc in next 7 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (48)
Rnd 25 : *sc in next 6 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (42)
Rnd 26 : *sc in next 5 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (36)
Rnd 27 : *sc in next 4 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (30)
Rnd 28 : *sc in next 3 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 29 : *sc in next 2 stitches, invdec* Repeat 6 times (18)
Start to stuff the body, and continue to stuff as you go.
Rnd 30 : *sc, invdec* Repeat 6 times (12)
Rnd 31 : sc2tog round to close.

Fasten off.

The BLO stitches in round 10 should create the flat base for the body to sit on.

BEARD

To create the beard, cut lengths of white yarn approximately twice as long as the body is high. As shown in the photos, insert a hook through a stitch gap, and pull through one of the lengths of yarn (folded in half) to form a loop. Pull the ends of the yarn, through the loop and pull tight.

Start approx 4 rows down from the top, and repeat this process working along in a row for around 12 stitches. Once complete, repeat a row of twelve either above or below the row already created.

Keep repeating if you want a wider or bushier beard. Don’t worry if the length look untidy or are uneven, they can be trimmed at the end.

NOSE

Using beige yarn, working in the round:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around.
Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Using the tail end yarn and a yarn needle, attach the nose OVER the beard as shown in the photo below.

FEET (Make 2)
Using dark red yarn:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around (9)
Rnd 4 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 5 : sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 6 : sc2tog around (6)

Fasten off leaving a long tail end yarn for joining. Flatten the feet and sew the open end shut before attaching to the base of the body.

HAT
Using dark red yarn, working in continuous rounds:

Rnd 1 : Work 3sc into a magic ring (3)
Rnd 2-3 : sc in each stitch around (3)
Rnd 4 : 2sc in each stitch around (6)
Rnd 5-6 : sc in each stitch around (6)
Rnd 7 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 8-9 : sc in each stitch around (9)
Rnd 10 : *sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (12)
Rnd 11-12 : sc in each stitch around (12)
Rnd 13 : *sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (15)
Rnd 14 : sc in each stitch around (15)
Rnd 15 : *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (18)
Rnd 16 : sc in each stitch around (18)
Rnd 17 : *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (21)
Rnd 18 : sc in each stitch around (21)
Rnd 19 : *sc in next 6 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (24)
Rnd 20 : sc in each stitch around (24)
Rnd 21 : *sc in next 7 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (27)
Rnd 22 : sc in each stitch around (27)
Rnd 23 : *sc in next 8 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (30)
Rnd 24 : sc in each stitch around (30)
Rnd 25 : *sc in next 9 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (33)
Rnd 26 : sc in each stitch around (33)
Rnd 27 : *sc in next 10 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (36)
Rnd 28 : sc in each stitch around (36)
Rnd 29 : *sc in next 11 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (39)
Rnd 30 : *sc in next 12 stitches, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (42)
Rnd 31 : sc in each stitch around (42)
Fasten off.

Attach the hat around the head so that the front sits directly over the top of the nose and conceals where the beard is attached. If you want the hat to have a loose brim so that it looks a little floppy, attach it by stitching around the second last row as shown.

The hat should be oversized enough that you can either keep it straight and pointy, or pinch it so that it is a little squiggly (as shown in the third photograph below).

ARMS (Make 2)
Using dark red yarn:

Rnd 1 : Work 6sc into a magic ring (6)
Rnd 2 : *sc, 2sc* Repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3 : sc in each stitch around (9)
Join grey yarn
Rnd 4 : sc BLO in each stitch around (9)
Rnd 5 : *sc, invdec* Repeat 3 times (6)
Rnd 6-7 : sc in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for joining.

Fasten the arms to either side of the body, just below the hat, and he is complete!

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, please let me know in the comments below what you think! Would you want to see more Scandinavian inspired patterns? And if it’s your thing, then feel free to browse the blog for more nerd inspired crochet crafts.

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©2020 Ninja Cat Crafts. This pattern is the property of Ninja Cat Crafts. The written pattern and images are for personal use only and not for sale or redistribution. Items made based on this pattern may be sold, but with clear credit to Ninja Cat Crafts.

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