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Pom-pom Gnomes {Crochet Pattern}

by | Crochet, Free Patterns, Home, Winter, Winter

Adorable pom-pom gnomes. Love the noses! |

I’m sharing two last minute projects inspired by stuff I saw on the internet.  First up are these pom-pom gnomes.  I saw this pom-pom Santa knew I wanted to make my own.  The instructions are pretty self-explanatory so I’m going to keep this simple.


1 inch wood bead
10mm wood bead
hot glue
tiny bit of fiberfill stuffing
your choice of pom-pom maker

For the pom-pom, I used the Clover Large Pom Pom Maker that I had bought on a whim a while back.  It had been sitting around FOREVAH, so I finally busted it open and tried my hand at pom-poms.  The first few were not pretty.  I had to check out a video before I learned the secret tip to success.  Wanna know what I know?

TIP: Wrap the yarn until the arm of the pom-pom maker is a half-moon shape, and don’t leave any space in the inner arch. In other words, over-wrap it.  Then, when you tie the pom-pom, it’ll actually tighten instead of leaving a donut hole in your pom-pom.

You can see that the green one was a loosey-goosey pom-pom that I had to finagle to get right.  Then I overstuffed the red one and it’s nice and dense.

Adorable pom-pom gnomes with a free crochet pattern for the hat! |

Since I used the large version, the pom-poms I made were too big for the beads I had, so I did a lot of trimming.  A LOT of trimming.

Trimming pom-poms |

For the head/face, I crocheted the red hat using the pattern from my winter gnome. For the green hat, I used the following pattern.

Round 1. Sc 4 into magic circle.

Round 2.  *Work 1 sc into next st, then 2 sc into next stitch* 2x. (6 st)

Round 3.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (6 st)

Round 4.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (8 st)

Round 5.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (8 st)

Round 6.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 3 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (10 st)

Round 7.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (10 st)

Round 8.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (12 st)

Round 9.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (12 st)

Round 10.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 7 st. Work 2 sc in next stitch* 2x. (14 st)

Round 11.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (14 st)


Hot glue the hat about halfway down on the 1 in wood bead.

Hot glue the 10mm wood bead on as the nose, nestled right under the rim of the hat.

pom pom gnomes

Hot glue the hat/head/nose combo onto the pom-pom you created earlier.  You might have to part the pom-pom a bit to find a good place to glue the head down.

Adorable pom-pom gnomes. |

As a finishing touch, pull a bit of loose fiberfill stuffing and glue to the head as a beard.  I glued the beard on “behind the ears”, so to speak, so I could adjust the beard in the front to hang out right under the nose.  And fluff it as necessary.

Adorable pom-pom gnomes with bead noses |

Sew a bit of string through the top of the hat and this doll turns into an ornament!

Pom-pom Santa or pom-pom gnome. Take your pick, cute either way! |


  1. Bethany

    I just LOVE these little fellas!!! Pinned!

  2. Ann

    So adorable!

  3. ChiWei

    Thank you!

  4. ChiWei

    Thanks Bethany!

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  7. Inga Zahodnik

    Loved your Santa gnomes . For sure will try them out thx

  8. Cindy Ray

    So cute. Will have to put a few of these on my to do list.

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