It’s #MyFavoriteBlogger theme post time! As usual, here’s the dilly…o. (Do people still say that, or did I just date myself badly?) I’ll show off my WINTER creation, and then you get to head over to see all the other winter themed projects crafted by my favorite ladies! I’m pretty pleased with this month’s project, so I hope you like it too! I really didn’t know what to call it, so I called it everything – my “Winter Fairy Crochet Gnome Cork Peg Doll Ornament” – you’ll see why as you go through the tutorial; every word means a little something here.
Make Peg Dolls out of Wine Corks
I’ve been a bit fascinated by peg dolls in general. They’re ridiculously cute and the possibilities for characters are endless. I didn’t have Barbie brand dolls growing up, but I did have similar dolls that I loved dressing up, and these peg dolls seem like a great way to play with dolls all over again. Up until now, I haven’t ever made any of my own because I couldn’t find peg dolls at the craft store. Granted, I didn’t look very hard. So, imagine the exploding lightbulb in my head when I realized I could make my own peg dolls….out of wine corks! Yup, more reason to drink wine! Wine? Dress-up? It’s like my own little ladies’ night over here!
Better still, this is a great use for those un-corks. You know, the little plastic corks you find in inexpensive wine bottles these days that aren’t really from cork trees and have no character to them whatsoever. Un-corks. Bland, perfectly shaped, perfect for peg dolls.
I bought a pack of dolls’ heads from the craft store and glued them to the wine corks. I imagine if you’re going to put hats on your little fellas, wooden beads will work fine too. One note though – because the corks are plastic, use glue made for non-porous material, like super glue. Super-duper easy, and ingenious, thank you very much!
Dress ’em up! Gnome Crochet Pattern
Now you have a bunch of naked peg dolls. Time to gnome them up! Use scraps of worsted weight yarn and a G size hook. Each outfit only takes a few minutes to whip up.
Worsted weight yarn, scraps are enough.
G size hook
scissors, yarn needle, stitch marker
Gnome Body Pattern:
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: Work 6 SC into magic ring. (6 stitches)
Round 2: Work 2 SC into each stitch around. (12 stitches)
Round 3: Work 1 SC into the back loop only of each stitch around. (12 stitches)
Round 4 – 9: Work 1 SC into each stitch around. (12 stitches per round)
Round 10: *SC2tog, then work 1 SC into next 5 stitches.* Repeat from *. (10 stitches)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Slip the piece onto the cork from the bottom up.
Gnome Hat Pattern:
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: Work 4 SC into magic ring. (4 stitches)
Round 2: Work 1 SC into each stitch around. (4 stitches)
Round 3: *Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next stitch.* Repeat from *. (6 stitches)
Round 4: Work 1 SC into each stitch around. (6 stitches)
Round 5: *Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 2 stitches.* Repeat from *. (8 stitches)
Round 6: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 7 stitches. (9 stitches)
Round 7: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 8 stitches. (10 stitches)
Round 8: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 9 stitches. (11 stitches)
Round 9: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 10 stitches. (12 stitches)
Round 10: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 11 stitches. (13 stitches)
Round 11: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 12 stitches. (14 stitches)
Round 12: Work 2 SC into next stitch. Work 1 SC into next 13 stitches. (15 stitches)
Fasten off, weave in ends.
The hat is made to be slightly lopsided. Glue the hat onto the wood head with the seam/last stitch in the back.
Time to Accessorize!
Cut a piece of felt for the scarf, and then add some fairy wings. I tried cutting a snowflake with my new Silhouette (yeah! first project on the Silhouette!), but it was out of cardstock, and that definitely wouldn’t last very long in grubby toddler hands.
The white gnome has sparkly snowflake wings made from pipe cleaners, which works, but it didn’t blow me away.
Luckily, I went to Target and found some felt snowflake stickers for $1 (score!) in their impulse Christmas buys section. I took a white snowflake and glued it to a blue snowflake and glued it to the back of the gnome. With super glue. Because I don’t bother with the weak stuff anymore. Foam snowflakes would probably work too!
Show it off!
I came home from Target, pulled into my driveway, turned off the car, took a deep breath, looked to my left, and saw that my normally unruly hedges were burdened down with snow and was extraordinarily beautiful. They also looked like the perfect place to take some well-lit photos of a winter gnome!
Thread some yarn or baker’s twine or string through the top of your gnome’s hat and hang it on a tree or any old branch. And you’re done! Winter fairy gnome cork peg doll ornament!
Here are the lovely ladies participating this month in our WINTER theme roundup.
From left to right, top to bottom: Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, Amy from One Artsy Mama, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Meredith Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and Kirsten from One Tough Mother
And here are their equally lovely projects. Go visit and get inspired!
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Snowman, Zippered Snowflake Pouch, Crocheted Winter Gnome, Crocheted Snowflake Pattern, Winter Princess Pearl Necklace, Safety Pin Ice Skates, 15 Winter Boredom Busters for Kids, Winter Party Favors, Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments, Winter Gift in a Jar, Candy Swirl Winter Centerpiece, Egg Nog Cookies, Easy Beaded Snowflakes, DIY Christmas Trees.
Other quick crochet projects:
In case you liked (loved) my little gnome, here are a few other fun patterns that use up those scrap yarn bits in your stash!