Go Big or Go Gnome Hat by Sarah Schira

Go Big or Go Gnome Hat

Knitting
December 2018
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
150 - 350 yards (137 - 320 m)
Baby, Child/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large
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Is it the beards? The pointy hats? The brim drooping over the eyes? I don’t know what it is about gnomes, but I sure can’t stop knitting them! I’ve designed a few 3D gnomes, but I wanted to see if I could bring their whimsy to colourwork.

SIZES
Approx: Baby (Child/Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
To fit: 15 (20, 22, 24)” / 38 (51, 56, 61) cm
Finished circumference: 13 (16.25, 19.5, 22.75)” / 33, (41, 49.5, 58) cm
Height: 6 (7.25, 8.25, 9.25)” / 15 (18.5, 21, 23.5) cm

SKILLS USED
•knit and purl
•working in the round
•stranded colourwork
•chart reading
•k2tog
•M1L

MATERIALS
Leading Men Fiber Arts 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 463yd/423m per 100g skein;
with a 15% buffer:

  • C1 Dames At Sea; 21 (30, 39, 49) yd. / 19 (27, 36, 45) m
  • C2 Sand Castle; 100 (142, 186, 235) yd. / 91 (130, 170, 215) m
  • C3 Poison Apple; 29 (41, 53, 67) yd. / 26 (37, 48, 61) m

With colourwork, it can be important to make sure that there is a big enough contrast between the different colours. In this pattern, Colour 1 needs to be quite distinct from 2 and 3, while those two can be quite close to each other. Looking for help picking colours? Check out my tutorial on How to Combine Yarn Colours.

Needles: 1 set US 2/2.75mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular or 2 short circulars, as you prefer, or size needed to get gauge

Notions: darning needle, stitch marker

Gauge
32 sts and 38 rounds = 4” / 10 cm stockinette in the round

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit.