December 30, 2010
Pattern: My own inspired by this sweater
Yarn: St-Denis Nordique
Needles: US3 and 4
Notes: I fell in love with the gnome sweater and created this hat to act as a swatch for a sweater of my own. Now that I've done the hat I may have worked the gnomes out of my system. I created my own chart that is 10 stitches wide and fit around my hat 13 times. There are a few rounds with three colors. One of them all three colors are evenly spread out so I knit it holding all three yarns and didn't worry about trapping floats. The others I knit with just two colors and later duplicate stitched the single rogue stitch per repeat with the background color. I also duplicate stitched the eyes. I would start the gnomes sooner if I were to make this again. They are too close to the decreases and the tops of their hats get a bit lost. I would also add some small motif round above and below the gnomes. All in all a very fast and fun project.