Super fast crochet gnome bottle topper that uses just about any yarn you already have in your stash.
Let me just say here in the beginning that you will love how versatile this little pattern is. And even if you are the kind of person that hates not being given specific instructions in a pattern, I’ve got you covered!
Yes, you are going to have to make some decisions before diving in, but that’s the fun kind of critical thinking.
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Like what yarn I want for my gnome hat and beard and which of my beautiful crochet hooks will have the honor of making the (one of many) gnome bottle topper.
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Last-minute DIY Christmas gift
The holidays are fast approaching and time is never enough to make everything you want for gifts, family, and yourself, of course.
That’s why I am a big fan of small crochet projects that are perfect for gift-giving or holiday décor when it comes to such busy seasons.
Talking about holiday décor, did you have a chance to take a look at my mini crochet Christmas trees? Made in no time and so cute!
But, this crochet pattern is also a part of the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-A-Long, hosted by Marie Segares of the Underground Crafter.
Every Monday and Thursday from October 3 through December 15, 2022, a new free crochet pattern will be shared and you are all welcome to participate.
Each pattern is a one-skein or stash-busting project that works up fairly quickly! The Christmas gnome bottle topper is the sixth release in the CAL!
But, this crochet gnome hat bottle topper is a bit different. Let’s take a look at the advantages:
– It’s small and makes a super fast project.
– Very easy crochet pattern, great for beginners to get acquainted with crocheting in a spiral.
– Perfect for last-minute gifts or add a personal, funny, handmade touch to a boring gift.
– Great for selling at craft fairs during the busy Christmas shopping time.
– Amazing stash-busting project.
Let me talk a bit about that last point. The crochet gnome wine bottle cover can be made with just about any yarn.
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What yarn to use for my gnome wine bottle topper?
I have tried it and made samples with DK, worsted, bulky, and super bulky yarn, and they all turned out great.
Okay, I haven’t tried it with fingering weight, but if you have the patience, I bet it will turn out amazing.
Now, on fiber content. Again, I used just about anything. Wool, acrylic, wool blend, and cotton.
I really think that this is the perfect project to use up any scrap yarn you have stashed in your house.
All the gnome hats took less than 100 yards to make, even with the beard included.
About the beard, I used anything that I had lying around from wool blow yarn to acrylic novelty yarn.
I will be giving you two different options for the beard depending on what you like, or what yarn you have on hand.
Seriously, don’t go shopping for this one, and thank me later. Just dig in your stash to get inspired.
While you can use this crochet gnome pattern as an ornament I have some more Christmas crochet patterns for you to try out.
Christmas crochet patterns to try:
How to crochet a Christmas wine bottle cover pattern?
The best way I have found to shape my gnome wine bottle topper hat is by crocheting in a spiral and strategically placing the increases in the first stitch.
That is what gives the gnome hat its unique shape.
In regards to the crochet hook, you are going to use it also depends on the yarn you are using. The label and your experience will be your best friends.
I have used anything from 5.0, 6.5, and 9.0 mm crochet hooks, always depending on the yarn. Start with the crochet hook that the yarn label states.
Or, if the label doesn’t exist anymore and you have a partial skein on your hands, use your experience working with different yarn weights.
The hat may look like an amigurumi, but don’t keep amigurumi tension on your mind. You want your hat to not be loose but certainly not tight either.
Comfort is the exact word you are looking for when choosing your crochet hook.
Now, I am going to say something that I really hate of listening and preach to new designers to never say that in their patterns.
Gauge is not critical for this project.
There! I said it! Depending on the yarn you are going to choose, your gauge will differ. You will have a much better shot at it if you just start crocheting and try your crochet wine bottle cozy in an actual wine bottle.
Dimensions: height of the hat is approximately 7” (18 cm) and the width (laid flat) is 4.5″ (11,5 cm) in the widest part of the hat.
I consider the wine bottle I tried a standard size and the neck was 3.5” (9 cm).
The pattern is written in Standard US terms for a worsted weight yarn but I am giving you instructions for just about any yarn for you to complete your crochet gnome bottle topper with ease.
Abbreviations (in order of appearance):
MR: magic ring
sc: single crochet
FO: fasten off
Free crochet gnome wine bottle topper pattern
You will only need to customize the first round if you aren’t using worsted weight yarn. For bulky or super bulky yarn, I used 3 sc in the magic ring, while for DK or sport weight yarn I used 7 single crochet stitches to start with.
Again, you can play around and see how you like it better, but the numbers above are a great starting point.
R1: MR 5 sc in ring, do not join, keep working in a spiral (5)
R2: inc (place stitch marker in the first st of this round), sc in each st around (6)
R3: inc, sc in each st around (7)
R4-…: repeat R3 until you reach approximately 7” (18 cm) in or custom length.
FO and weave in all ends.
For the nose, I used a worsted weight yarn that looked suitable for a skin tone, and a US E/3.50 mm crochet hook.
This is the part where you definitely want to use a thinner yarn, something like worsted or DK and a 3.0 or 3.50 crochet hook.
R1: MR, 6 sc in ring, do not join, keep working in a spiral (6)
R2: inc in each st around (12)
R3: * sc, inc *, repeat from * to * around (18)
R4: sc in each st around (18)
R5: * sc, dec *, repeat from * to * around (12)
At this point, lightly stuff the nose.
R6: * dec * (6)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing the nose onto the hat. Instructions can be found on the “Assembly” section, below.
If you are going to crochet the beard with some novelty, fuzzy yarn, use the instructions below. If on the other hand, you are just going to use strands of yarn for the beard, skip to the “Assembly” section, below.
Dimensions: 3.75″x 4″ (9,5 x 10 cm)
You can always make the beard wider and taller if you just add 2 stitches in the beginning chain.
Leave a long tail of yarn before you start the beard. This will be used to sew it onto the hat later on.
R1: ch 11, sc in second ch from hook and in all chs across, ch 1, turn (10)
R2: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (10)
R3: dec, sc until 2 sts left, dec, ch 1, turn (8)
R4: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (8)
R5: dec, sc until 2 sts left, dec, ch 1, turn (6)
R6: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (6)
R7: dec, sc until 2 sts left, dec, ch 1, turn (4)
R8: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (4)
R9: * dec * , ch 1, turn (2)
R10: sc 2
FO and weave in all ends.
How to sew the nose onto the hat:
- Close the hole opening by sewing with a needle. Secure yarn with a knot, do not cut the yarn.
- Move the needle and yarn between R4 and R5.
- Lift the front edge of the hat.
- Insert the sewing needle in any stitch but only in the part of the stitch that is facing inside and not around the whole stitch or fabric. This will make the sewing invisible on the right side of the hat.
- Pinch with your finger the nose and the hat until the middle of the nose. This is the part you need to sew. FO and weave in your end.
Sew your crocheted beard onto the hat:
- Place the beard below the nose and center it. Thread your needle.
- Start sewing the beard onto the hat by grabbing only the part of the stitch that is on the inside of the hat. You can sew the back part of the nose if you want more stability but this is totally optional. Fasten off and weave in your end.
How to attach fringe as a beard:
- Start by cutting 20-40 strands of yarn about 10″ (25 cm). This will depend on the thickness of your yarn and preference.
- Insert your hook just below the nose in the center and only in the part of the stitch that is inside the hat. Place 2 pieces of yarn in your hook.
- Pull them through, grab both and pull them through again. Tighten the knot formed with your fingers. Continue in the same manner from the center out for about 4″(10 cm) or depending on how full your beard want to look.
- Trim your beard in the shape you like.
- You are done! Your gnome bottle topper is ready for use.
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That’s it! You are done! I really hope you enjoyed this Christmas gnome hat as much as I did, and if you made one just tell me in the comments, from a scale of 1 to 10 how addictive you think this pattern is.