Relief Share Knitted Gnome – free patternBy
These darling Relief Share gnomes give the babies and children, who are sick and needy, something to snuggle with. They can help turn a difficult situation into a tolerable one with a soft toy tucked under one arm.
The stress of seeing a preemie baby in the hospital neonatal intensive care unit struggling for breath can be lessened for parents who see a sweet gnome in the side of the isolette with a tiny outfit and blanket made for their baby by strangers filled with love and caring.
You can find the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/dec2057/gnome-baby-2 A huge thank you to Tonya for sharing her pattern.
These little gnomes are easy to hand knit or knit on a knitting machine. I hope you will make some for yourself, family and friends and then keep knitting make some extras to share with us with those in hospitals and shelters.
The pink gnome in the picture was hand knitted on size 6 knitting needles with acrylic yarn for the face, and the rest in worsted weight bamboo yarn. We doubled the number of stitches in the pattern for a larger gnome, but the smaller gnomes are perfect for little hands, too. There are many sizes of gnomes you can make, depending on what needles you use, or what machines or how many stitches you knit.
Here is one of the regular size smaller gnomes we made and donated to the hospital. This little gnome and ball were knitted on an Ultimate Sweater Machine knitting machine (the kind you buy at JoAnn Fabrics) that is not mechanized. We used Love That Yarn acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby. The pattern for the knitted ball is here on our blog as well – please feel free to knit and send them for our sick and needy babies as well.
We knitted a little pomegranate gnome by hand and you can see the difference between the same pattern knitted on the machine and by hand. Either way, they are a lot of fun. The little pomegranate gnome was given to a darling little boy at church who was good as gold for the entire hour with his little gnome to keep him company. There is magic in these little gnomes, we think
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6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225
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