The Gnome Tissue Box Cover is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!
My Gnome Towel Topper crochet pattern was such a BIG hit last year I just knew I had to design another gnome pattern this year. And I think you are going to love this adorable Gnome Tissue Box Cover!
This pattern actually works up pretty quickly. The cover portion is worked as one piece and then the hat, legs and nose are crocheted separately and sewn to the cover at the end.
I used my favorite go-to economical yarn, Red Heart’s With Love yarn* which is a medium #4 weight acrylic. However, you could certainly substitute your favorite yarn in its place. Just make sure at various points of the pattern (top of the cover before starting the sides, the length of the sides cover the whole box, and that the hat band fits comfortably over the top of the box (on its side). I used a scrap amount of Bernat Pipsqueak for the edging and Pom Pom – but that is completely optional!
I made mine in standard Christmas colors but let your imagination soar and make with any colors for year round use! I had a tester use green & purple and he turned out absolutely adorable!
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Gnome Tissue Box Cover free crochet pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Red Heart With Love White (Weight 4/Medium) .40 oz / 22 yds (Color A)
Red Heart With Love Holly Berry 3.25 oz / 175 yds (Color B)
Bernat Pipsqueak Whitey White (Weight 5/Bulky) .85 oz / 25 yds (Color C)
Red Heart With Love Sweet Pink .10 oz / 5 yds (Color D)
Red Heart With Love Black .20 oz / 11 yds (Color E)
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Small amount of poly-fil for stuffing nose, legs & hat
Approximate finished size: Fits standard cube size tissue box 5” tall x 4” wide. With hat, measures approx 13” tall x 8” wide with legs.
Gauge: 16 sc rows x 15 sc st = 4” x 4”
ch = chain
MC = magic circle sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
sp = space
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
st = stitch
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (see special stitches section below)
sc2tog = (insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Notes about pattern:
- Tissue box cover, hat, nose & legs are worked separately and then assembled and sewn together at end.
- Tissue box cover top is worked row by row. Remainder of pattern is worked in seamless rounds.
- Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
- The back of the tissue box will remain open in order to easily change out tissue box once empty.
With Color A (white), ch 15
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch to end. Turn (14)
Row 2-8: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn (14)
Row 9: ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st, ch 8, sk next 8 sts, 1 sc in last 3 st. Turn. (6 st + 8 ch)
Row 10: ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 st, 8 sc in ch 8 sp, 1 sc in last 3 st. Turn. (14)
Row 11 – 16: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Turn. (14)
Row 17: ch 1, (working along outside edge of square just made), 1 sc in next 13 st, 3 sc in last st, work 15 sc evenly along left side, 3 sc in corner, 13 sc along bottom edge, 3 sc in corner, 15 sc along right side, 3 sc in last corner. (68). Fasten off color A.
Now working in seamless rounds – place a stitch marker in the 1st st of each round – do not sl st join.
Switch to color B (red)
Round 18: Working in blo, 1 sc in each st. (68) Note: working in the back loops only allows the sides of the cover to form.
Rounds 19 – 39: working in both loops, 1 sc in each st. (68). Note: Continue working rounds until your tissue box is completely covered. You may need to work more or fewer rounds to cover your tissue box.
At the end of round 39, sl st to first st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Hat is worked in seamless rounds – place a stitch marker in the 1st st of each round – do not sl st join.
Round 1: With Color B, ch 63, without twisting chain, 1 sc in first st to form a ring, sc in each ch to end. (63)
Round 2 – 7: 1 sc in each st around. (63) Note: check to make sure the hat band will fit over the tissue box with it lying on the side without being too small or large.
Round 8: sc2tog over first 2 st, 1 sc in each st to end. (62)
Round 9 – 10: repeat round 8. (60 at end of round 10)
Round 11: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 8 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 8 st, 1 sc in last 8 st. (54)
Round 12: 1 sc in each st around. (54)
Round 13: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 7 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 7 st, 1 sc in last 7 st. (48)
Round 14: 1 sc in each st around. (48)
Round 15: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 6 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 6 st, 1 sc in last 6 st. (42)
Round 16: 1 sc in each st around. (42)
Round 17: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 5 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 5 st, 1 sc in last 5 st. (36)
Round 18: 1 sc in each st around. (36)
Round 19: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 4 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 4 st, 1 sc in last 4 st. (30)
Round 20: 1 sc in each st around. (30)
Round 21: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 3 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 3 st, 1 sc in last 3 st. (24)
Round 22: 1 sc in each st around. (24)
Round 23: sc2tog, *1 sc in next 2 st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last 2 st, 1 sc in last 2 st. (18)
Round 24: 1 sc in each st around. (18)
Round 25: sc2tog, *1 sc in next st, sc2tog,* repeat between * * to last st, 1 sc in last st. (12)
Round 26: 1 sc in each st around. (12)
Round 27: *sc2tog* repeat between * * to end. (6)
Round 28: 1 sc in each st around. (6)
Round 29: *sc2tog* repeat between * * to end. (3)
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew on pom pom. Weave in remaining ends.
Hat Band Border
Round 1: With Color C, attach to unused loop(s) from foundation ch of hat, ch 1, (1 sc, ch 1) in each st around, sl st to 1st st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Hat Pom Pom
Round 1: With Color C, make MC, ch 1, 6 sc in MC.
Round 2: 1 sc in each st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
With long end left for sewing from top of hat, attach pom pom to top of hat.
Nose (worked in seamless rounds)
Round 1: With Color D, 6 sc st in MC, place a stitch marker in the 1st sc made. Do not join with sl st to 1st st after last sc st. (6)
Note: Continue moving up your stitch marker to the 1st st of each round.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (12)
Round 3: *1 sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * to end. (15)
Round 4: 1 sc in each st. (15)
Round 5: *1 sc in next 3 st, 1 sc2tog* repeat between * * to end. (12)
Round 6: sc2tog 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (6). Fasten off. Pull yarn through last st, sew yarn end through front loop of each of the 6 st, pull tight to close the circle. Note: I recommend stuffing the nose right before the last sc2tog. Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.
Legs (make 2) (worked in seamless rounds)
Round 1: With Color E, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 st, 5 sc in last ch, turn to work in the unused loops from the foundation ch, 1 sc in next 5 st. (15)
Round 2: working in blo, 1 sc in next 6 st, sc2tog x 2, 1 sc in next 5 st. (13)
Round 3: now working in both loops, 1 sc in next 5 st, sc2tog x 2, 1 sc in next 4 st. (11). Fasten off color E.
Round 4 – 6: With Color B, 1 sc in each st. (11)
Fasten off Color B
Round 7 – 9: With Color A, 1 sc in each st. (11)
Fasten off Color A
Round 10 – 12: With Color B, 1 sc in each st. (11)
At the end of round 12, sl st to first st.
Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off. Weave in remaining ends.
Stuff with polyfil before attaching to top of tissue box cover.
Before assembly, stuff legs, nose and hat.
With long tails left for sewing, and top of tissue cover facing, sew legs to bottom corners of tissue cover. Start bottom of leg at approx 2 sc from bottom and 2 sc over from the left and the right.
With long tail, sew nose to top center and just above the opening of the tissue box cover.
Place hat on top of tissue cover and pull down slightly. With Color B, tack hat to top of tissue box cover at front 2 corners – you will still be able to move the hat up in the back to remove the tissue box. No need to completely sew hat to top of box cover.
Thank you so much for such a delightful pattern. It is adorable and love the versatility.
So glad you like it Teresa! Enjoy! 😊❤️
Such a cute idea. Thank you for the pattern! Something went awry with the main box ( it was way too big) but I frogged a few rows after recognizing the problem, reduced my hook size, and even did some decreases as I approached the last rows – it’s turned out fine. Maybe tissue boxes have decreased in size with the COVID 2020 shortages 😁🎅
So glad you enjoyed the pattern Debbi! Sorry you had trouble with the size but I am glad it worked out. I wouldn’t be surprised at all about the size of the boxes changing, either! 😉