The Patriotic Gnome Towel Topper is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!
This adorable patriotic gnome is a great way to add patriotic gnome whimsy to your kitchen home decor for the 4th of July or really any time of the year.
Patriotic Gnome Towel Topper Design Details
My original gnome towel topper was designed to be Christmas themed but can be adapted for year round gnome fun simply by changing colors. Several people have shared photos of their Christmas gnomes adapted with a 4th of July patriotic gnome. I thought it would be fun to design one specifically for the 4th of July.
I actually ended up changing up my Leprechaun Gnome towel topper pattern since it has a square hat shape. I added some rows to make the Patriotic Gnome hat a little bit taller – more like an Uncle Sam hat.
Then I created a simple crochet star applique to add to the the hat band. These stars are so cute & quick. Perfect little star applique to add to many different projects. In fact, I have another pattern coming up that will be using these stars as well so be on the look out for that! I have a complete photo and video tutorial for these stars available on the blog or you can find the video tutorial on YouTube. (Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video).
I found this absolutely adorable 4th of July Patriotic Gnome Towel Set at Amazon and they are just perfect with my new towel topper. I can’t wait to display these in my kitchen this year. If you are looking for a White Flour Sack Towel Set these are the ones I purchase from Amazon.
For some variations you could add more stripes to the hat in red, white and blue or even add more stars. If you wanted a matching pair of gnomes check out how to add girl braids to your gnome with my free pattern.
I have several towel toppers now that utilize a hidden 3″ ring* which allows the towel to be removable. I purchase my rings from Amazon* but you can substitute with inexpensive plastic shower rings, wood rings or even elastic hair ties. All have been used successfully by other makers.
I used Caron Simply Soft* yarn which is a medium worsted weight #4 yarn. For my second example I used Red Heart With Love yarn and even though both are considered a medium #4 yarn, it is a little bit thicker than the Simply Soft so my finished towel topper was a little bit larger. However, you could certainly use any medium worsted weight yarn you have on hand – acrylic or cotton.
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Patriotic Gnome Towel Topper free crochet pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
Caron Simply Soft Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic) 6 oz / 315 yds
Red 1.2 oz / 63 yards (Color A)
Dark Country Blue 0.2 oz / 11 yards (Color B)
Off White 0.1 oz / 6 yards (Color C)
White 0.3 oz / 16 yards (Color D)
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Approximate finished size: 4.5” wide x 4.5” tall (not including hanging tab)
Gauge: 5 rows = 1” / 4 sc st = 1”
MC = magic circle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sk = skip
sc2tog = single crochet 2 st together (see special stitches section below)
WS = wrong side
RS = right side
sc2tog = (insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop) twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
- Nose is worked in seamless rounds – do not slip stitch join at the end of rounds.
- Ring is crocheted into the inside of the hat on the back panel of the hat.
Hat Front Panel
With Color A, ch 18.
Row 1: (RS) sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end. Turn. (17)
Row 2 – 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. Turn. (17)
Row 4: ch 1, sc2tog, 1 sc in each st to last 2 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (15) Fasten off color A.
Row 5: With color B, repeat row 4. (13)
Row 6 – 7: ch 1, 1 sc in each st across. Turn. (13)
Fasten off color B.
Row 8 – 23: With color A, 1 sc in each st across. Turn.
Fasten off after row 23. Weave in ends.
Hat Back Panel
Repeat Rows 1 – 14 of Hat Front Panel.
Row 15: ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, sc in next 5 sts over plastic ring keeping ring to WS when making these stitches, sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
Row 16: ch 1, sc in first 4 sts, next 5 sts are worked over previous sts and around ring by inserting hook into same stitch location from row 13, sc in last 4 sts. Turn.
Row 17 – 23: ch 1, sc in each st across.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 1: With Color C, 6 sc in MC, place a stitch marker in the first sc made. Do not join with sl st to first st after last sc st. (6)
Note: Continue moving up your stitch marker to the first 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 from * to * to end. (15)
Round 4: 1 sc in each st. (15)
Round 5: *1 sc in next 3 st, 1 sc2tog*; repeat from * to * 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.
Mini Star Appliques (make 3)
With Color D, make a MC (or as an alternative ch 4 and sl st to form a ring), (ch 2, sc in second ch from hook, sl st in ring) 5 times.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to hat.
With Color A (leaving a long tail for sewing), ch 5.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Turn. (4)
Row 2 – 20: ch 1, sc in each st, turn. (4)
Row 21 (button hole row): ch 1, sc in first st, ch 2, sk next 2 st, sc in last st. Turn. (2 st + 2 ch)
Row 22: ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, 1 sc in last st. Turn.
Row 23: ch 1, sc in each st.
Fasten off. Weave in end not left for sewing.
With embroidery thread, sew button to non-button hole end of tab.
With long length of yarn left for sewing, sew stars along front band of hat evenly.
With RS of hat panels facing, attach a long length of Color A yarn to tapestry needle. Sew around outside edge of hat from bottom right corner to bottom left corner, leaving bottom of hat open. Turn RS out to finish.
With a long length of Color A and RS of hat facing, sew nose to the inside of the bottom edge of hat in the middle.
Sew non-button hole side of hanging tab to middle top RS of hat securely.
Fasten off. Weave in remaining ends.
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