May is here and the woodlands around Durham are full of beautiful bluebells. I’ve always loved bluebells; those beautiful purple-blue flowers that seem to carpet the floors of shady groves and show us that summer is now on its way. So when it came to crocheting a May gnome for my free gnome patterns, the decision was easy. The May gnome is dressed as a bluebell with petals on her hat and dress that reminds us of the pretty stalks of the woodland plant.
P.s. The bluebells used in the photos come from my own garden.
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The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
The hat is worked from the top down so that the petals are formed to allow her cute little gnome face to poke through.
Inc – make 2 dc into the same stitch
[Stitches] written in brackets like this  are all worked into the same stitch on the round below.
Foundation round: Chain 16 and join with a slip stitch.
Round 1: Chain 1. 1 dc in each chain of the foundation round and join with a slip stich. (16 dc)
Round 2 -3: Chain 1. 1 dc in each stitch around. (16 dc)
Round 4 (Petals): Chain 1, *skip 1, [3 htr, 3 chain picot, 2 htr], skip 1, slip stitch. Repeat from * 3 more times so that you have 4 petals. Fasten off and fit the dress over the cork.
Foundation: Make a magic circle with 4 dc going into it. (4dc)
Round 1-3: 1 dc in each stitch around. (4 dc)
Round 4: Inc in each stitch around. (8 dc)
Round 5 -6: 1 dc in each stitch around. (8dc)
Round 7: *1 dc, inc. Repeat from * 3 more times. (12 dc)
Round 8: 1 dc in each stitch around. (12 dc)
Round 9: *2 dc, inc. Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 dc)
Round 11: *3 dc, inc. Repeat from * 3 more times. (20 dc)
Round 12: *4 dc, inc. Repeat from * 3 more times. (24 dc)
Round 13: 1 dc in each stitch around. (24 dc)
Round 14 (Petals): *Skip 1, [3 htr, 3 chain picot, 2 htr], skip 1, slip stitch. Repeat from * 4 more times so that you have 5 petals. There will be a gap at the front so that the face of the gnome can be seen. Fasten off and pull the hat over the head – you may want to secure the hat to the dress with a few sewing stitches.
Congratulations, now you have made your very own bluebell woodland gnome.
As with all my free patterns please feel free to make and sell the crochet items, however, please credit me as the designer where possible and do not sell the pattern itself.
If you are interested in finding more free crafed using reycled materials, you can check out FaveCrafts (which also includes a few more of my gnomes:)
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