Project Giant Gnome

The other day a big box arrived straight from Lion Brand!


In the big box was big squishy yarn in a combination of colors that suggest a gnome. A very large gnome.


I can’t resist a big crazy project that pushes my knitting in new directions, so this week I find myself knitting the biggest gnome I’ve ever attempted—really, the biggest anything I’ve ever attempted. Motivating me is the gnome’s destination: a solo show this May at Everyday Mooonday gallery in Seoul, South Korea! (Official show information coming soon.)

I may have knitted some unusual things, but there’s something about knitting the biggest thing ever that has me feeling like I’m in over my head. Luckily, the nice people at Lion Brand offer really thick yarn in perfect gnomey colors, so I can maximize my giant gnome knitting time, and they were even cool enough to sponsor the yarn for this project. Thank you Lion Brand!

The yarns I’m using with a size 10.5US (6.5mm) needle:
Pants: Hometown USA in Las Vegas Gold 170
Shirt: Hometown USA in Charlotte Blue 107 and Forth Worth Blue 109
Face and hands: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Blossom 103
Hat: Hometown USA in Cincinnati Red 113
Beard: Hometown USA in Houston Cream 098

This was going to be a blog post just about planning the project and getting the yarn, but I can’t lie—I started knitting on Friday, and I’m happy to say it’s going more quickly than I had expected.

Here’s my minimal sketch and vague numbers (The only kind of numbers I’m really comfortable working with).


The cast on.


Giant gnome pants, stuffed with all the soft things that were in reach of my desk.


And the shirt is now happening.


I think Jumbo Gnome is not entirely convinced that this is going to work out as we’ve planned. Try trusting me, Jumbo Gnome! (But yes, it’s constantly at the back of my mind that I’m doing something wrong and I’ll have to rip it all out and start again.)

I’ll continue to blog my progress on this, so check back soon for updates.

There is a lot of other stuff going into this show, including a project that I hope you all will participate in—stay tuned for that announcement next!

8 thoughts on “Project Giant Gnome

  1. I LOVE the idea of Giant Gnome! I’m intrigued by the knitting inside Giant Gnome … is that a gnome wearing a sweater with gnomes on it?!?!

  2. How many skeins of yarn did you use for those pants?? That’s super cool :) I kinda want to knit a giant penguin now…

  3. oh this looks Amazing – way to push the boundaries on you knitting :) a giant dinosaur would really suit me right about now :p jenny xx

  4. Thank you for the super nice comments, everyone! Yes, those are gnomes wearing gnome sweaters that you see, which will also be part of this show. As for how many skeins I used for the pants, It was close to 5!

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