Now you can make your very own gene gnome wearing fun genes, like we did in our recent Fun Gene Experiment that you can see here. The gene gnome has helix shaped legs, but instructions are also included for normal legs for a garden variety gnome.
This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit should be given to me as the designer. Links to the original pattern location are appreciated.
Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
This pattern uses U.S. crochet terms and is worked in the round. Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it with the completion of each round to hold your place.
Skills Needed for this Experiment:
Working in the Round, Adjustable Ring, SC, Latch Hook Method or Tying Hair, Increasing (INC), Invisible Decrease (DEC), Color Changes,
Materials for this Experiment:
Worsted Weight Yarns – Less than an ounce each for
- Skin Color
- Hair Color
- Shirt Color
- Jeans Color
- Belt Color
- Shoe Color
- Hat Color
F Size Hook (3.75mm)
Up to 5 Pipe Cleaners, depending on how many legs and whether you want wired arms, and wire cutting and turning tools.
Optional finishing items – eyes, felt, sewing needle and matching threads, beads, plastic straws, etc.
With desired hat color and starting at top, working in the round:
1. CH 2, 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook.
2. 2 SC in each around = 6
3. SC in each around = 6
4. *SC in next, INC in next and repeat from * around = 9
5. SC in each around = 9
6. *SC in next 2 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 12
7. SC in each around = 12
8. *SC in next 3 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 15
9. SC in each around = 15
10. *SC in next 4 SC, INC in next and repeat from * around = 18
11. SS in next and finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
HEAD and BODY
With Flesh colored yarn, starting at top of head and working in the round:
1. Make 6 SC in adjustable ring
2. INC in each = 12
3. *SC 3, INC, repeat from * around = 15
4. *SC 4, INC, repeat from * around = 18 place stitch marker here and pause to add hair in a ring around previous round – do this by either latch-hook method to the wrong side of work or folding a length of yarn in half and tying to underside of work, then use crochet hook to pull strands to the right side. Use long lengths because you can trim them later. I used about 6 inch lengths so once attached, they would be about 3 inches long on each side.
5-8. Work even = 18.
9. *SC 1, DEC, repeat from * around = 12, stuff head
10. DEC around = 6
11. Work even = 6, change to shirt color
12. INC around = 12
13. *SC in next 3, INC in next, repeat from * around = 15
14. *SC in next 4, INC in next, repeat from * around = 18
15-18. Work even = 18, change to blue genes color, stuff more, being sure to stuff neck area well. If you have an extra pipe cleaner and would like to wire arms, then fold one in half, twist it about an inch down from fold (see photo) and bend out the sides for the arms. Pinch the circle part closed as much as you need to and shove that sucker up into the gnome’s neck. Locate the messiest part of the hair ring – that will be the back of head – use that as a guide to determine where arms will be on sides and use crochet hook to wrap the pipe cleaners around and pull through to outside.
19-21. SC around = 18
22. DEC, SC 7, DEC, SC 7 = 16. The following rounds apply to the helix leg shaped gnomes. Go to bottom of pattern for directions for normal two-legged garden variety gnome.
23. SC 2, Skip 12 SC, SC in last 2 (starts first leg hole). Insert pipe cleaner into leg hole so that about half of it protrudes from leg hole and other half protrudes from larger unworked opening (see picture). Now the crazy begins!
24- ???? – Here is where your personal gauge comes in. Since I don’t know your personal gauge – I don’t know how many rounds should go here. So – KEEP TRACK of the number of rounds of 4 SC you do here to cover all the way down the pipe cleaner, working around it and leaving only about 1/2 inch of it exposed and then finish off. Use tick marks on a piece of paper, your photographic memory, whatever it takes to keep track of that number because you will will then re-attach blue in any stitch next to the first leg and SC 2, skip 8, SC in last 2, insert another pipe cleaner, and repeat Rounds 24-????? again. (Note: using 1st pipe cleaner for 1st and 3rd legs and 2nd pipe cleaner for 2nd and 4th legs, will help space them a bit and not give the gnome a pinched leg look so his legs can start with an open helix shape).
Stuff the little gnome’s body firmly and add as necessary as you go along. Legs should not need any stuffing though.
For the third leg, you will attach blue again in any stitch next to 2nd leg, SC 2, skip 4, SC in last 2. Bring the pipe cleaner from the FIRST leg down through this opening and work around it, repeating Rounds 24-???? again.
For the fourth leg, attach blue in any stitch next to the 3rd leg, SC 4. Bring the pipe cleaner from the SECOND leg down through this opening and repeat Rounds 24-???? one last time. **whew** Take a break, have a margarita or beverage of your choice. 🙂
NOTE: Working around a pipe cleaner can be a pain. With other dolls, there is often enough room to just make a tube and insert a pipe cleaner afterwards, but in this case, it would actually be harder to do it that way. So try to be relaxed and stitch loosely while doing this portion, be sure you catch both front and back loops of your SCs as you go and take your time. I usually find it easiest to aim my crochet hook upwards once my hook is through the stitch – right up and out the middle of the tube, against the pipe cleaner and being sure I don’t accidentally go all the way through the tube and catch a stitch on the other side. Bend other pipe cleaners out of your way as needed – they can always be bent back later.
EARS (make 2)
With flesh colored yarn, leaving a long beginning tail, make 4 SC in an adjustable ring and leave a long end tail for sewing. Pull stitches tight but only into a “C” shape – not completely round. Use long tails to sew one to each side of head, positioning them above where the pipe cleaners come out of the body. Take another break. Have another margarita.
EYES (make 2, duh)
Felt, fabric paint or markers, embroidery, whatever – have fun. And another margarita.
This is a personal choice – some people don’t like to add noses, but others do, go with your preference. I can suggest taking a 3 foot length of yarn and splitting it into equal plies, then using a smaller hook size to make a half ball for a round nose, then stuff it with a tiny scrap of yarn and sew to his face. You may also do the same splitting of yarn and try making a triangle by CH 2, SC in 2nd from hook, turn, INC at each end for the next few rows – then fold the triangle in half and sew to face.
ARMS (make 2, duh)
With flesh color, starting at hand, and working in the round:
1. Make 6 SC in an adjustable ring.
2-4. Work even = 6. Change to shirt color.
5-14. Work even = 6. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing. Use wire turners and snippers to trim ends of pipe cleaners so no sharp pieces stick out. Then slide arms onto pipe cleaners and sew to body, taking both loops of each stitch on open end of arm and sewing to a single loop on body, all the way around. Finish off, hide tail inside body or arm. Have another margarita.
Start by leaving a long tail for sewing and making 4 SC in adjustable ring. Then continue as follows:
1. SC in each stitch around = 4
2. SC, INC in each of next 2, SC in last = 6
3. SC in next 2, HDC INC in next 2, SC in last 2 = 8
4. SC in next 3, HDC IN in next 2, SC in last 3 = 10
5. SC around = 10. Finish off.
SOLES (Make 2) working flat
1. CH 4 (one is to turn), 2 SC in each loop up on side of the chain, pass over starting tail and work 2SC up the other side of the chain. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Attach to bottom of shoe by sewing around outer edges. Stuff.
Join and twist the wires together from Legs 1 and 2 so no sharp edges exist and it won’t poke out from the shoe. Sew the bottom of Leg 1 and 2 together with the same blue as from pants, so that you have a closed Helix at the bottom. Then sew shoe directly to the bottom of where Legs 1 and 2 come together. Repeat for Legs 3 and 4.
GARDEN VARIETY GNOME
Round 23 – SC 4, Skip 8, SC last 4. Begins first leg. Insert pipe cleaner into leg hole so that about half of it protrudes from leg hole and other half protrudes from larger unworked opening.
Round 24 – ???? – Here is where your personal gauge comes in. Since I don’t know your personal gauge – I don’t know how many rounds should go here. So – KEEP TRACK of the number of rounds of 8 SC you do here to cover all the way down the pipe cleaner, working around it and leaving only about 1/2 inch of it exposed and then finish off. Use tick marks on a piece of paper, your photographic memory, whatever it takes to keep track of that number because you will will then re-attach blue in any stitch next to the first leg and SC 8, and repeat Rounds 24-????? again for the second leg.
Then attach shoe color to bottom of each leg, holding gnome upside down, DEC, SC 4, DEC = 6. Make another round of 6 SC and then continue with Round 3 from SHOE instructions above.
Options to create helix legs – Insert pipe cleaner and weave it through 1st and 2nd legs as to create the bonds on the Helix. Repeat for 3rd and 4th legs. Or, sew a piece of yarn or thread through legs and use beads to form the bonds and keep the legs separated. You could also cut pieces of colorful plastic straws and make a slit in them to cover yarn. There are many options to personalize your gene gnome’s legs, so go crazy! Have a margarita.
Add a belt to your gnome if you like, using whatever materials you like, buttons, a collar, whatever you want to add at this point, even blush for his cheeks.
Trim his hair so you can see his face, use a fine toothed comb to really frizz it out or separate all the strands in the yarn to give him a wavy look.
Latch hook on a beard, and don’t forget to add a mustache and eyebrows! Treat the beard the same way you did for hair – either with a fine toothed comb or separating the plies of yarn to get waves.
Stuff his hat and sew it to his head so it covers the bald portion and any bumpiness from the hair.
Add some embroidery or fabric paint or markers to create fancy stitching on his jeans, er genes.
Add some laces to his boots.
Terri Swallow, Terri Rose Sews