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Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern

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Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel PicnicWho doesn’t love a gingerbread man? It was certainly my favorite cookie when I was growing up. My mom had cookie cutters for both a gingerbread man and a gingerbread woman. My favorite part of baking these cookies with my mom was to work the piping bag full of icing. It was so much fun to give the gingerbread woman crazy ringlets of hair and to decorate the gingerbread man with buttons or sometimes a tie.

Have fun decorating your gingerbread man. Use whatever you have on hand or come up with something entirely new. He doesn’t have to be a conventional cookie. Add a vest, chaps, and a handkerchief around his neck to make him a cowboy. Add an eye patch, peg leg, and striped shirt to make him a pirate. Give your gingerbread man a Speedo and six-pack abs. The skies the limit! Your gingerbread man can be anything he wants to be.

Finally, thread a ribbon through a stitch at the top of his head and your crochet gingerbread man will look right at home on your Christmas tree. He would also look quite sharp holding on to a bow on your present to someone special.

Visit the Great Cookie Countdown Page for the story behind this series and a complete directory of Christmas cookie ornaments.

Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Finished size: 5″ tall

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in medium brown
(Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Toffee)
Worsted weight yarn in white
Worsted weight yarn in red
Size D-3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Polyester Fiberfill
0.5 mm round white buttons for eyes
1.0 mm white beads or buttons for “buttons”

Gauge:

5 sts = 1″
5 rows = 1″

Instructions:

Make 2 (front and back)

Legs

Ch 3

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next sc, turn. (2)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st across, turn. (4)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Rows 4-6: Rep row 3. FO.

Rep rows 1-6 to make second leg, but do not FO, turn.

Row 7 (join the legs and start the body): Ch 1, sc in ea of the next 3 scs, 2 sc in last sc. Pick up the first leg and 2 sc in first sc of first leg. Sc in ea sc across. Do not FO, turn. (10)

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Body

Row 8-11: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 6 scs, sc2tog, turn. (8)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4 scs, sc2tog, turn. (6)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across. Do not FO.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Arms

Row 1: Turn the body on its side and pull up a loop at the end of Row 15. (Not in two loops of the sc, but the post at the end.) Ch 1. Sc in the posts at the end of Rows 14, 13, and 12. Turn. (4)

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Row 2-6: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc. FO.

Repeat for arm on opposite side, working in the posts at the beginning of rows 15, 14, 13, and 12. FO.

Head

Row 1: Miss  1st sc. Pull up a loop in the next sc and join with slst. 2 sc in same sc, sc in ea of next 2 scs, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (6)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in ea sc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 4, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (8)

Row 4: Rep row 2.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 4, sc2tog, turn. (6)

Row 6: Rep row 2.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2, sc2tog. FO

Work in all ends.

Assembly

Sew on the eyes and buttons and embroider the mouth.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Arrange the two sides with wrong sides facing, making sure that the holes at the ends and beginnings of each row line up.

Insert your crochet hook into one of the holes along the edge (through both the front and back), pull up a loop of white yarn, and slst. Rep for the next hole and so on all the way around until you have about an inch or so left.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

Stuff the gingerbread man lightly.

Continue to sew the rest of the gingerbread man together using the slst method.

To end, insert your crochet hook up from the bottom, through the first slst and pull the last slst down to the back. FO.

Attach a ribbon, hook, or ring for hanging.

Gingerbread Man Free Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

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10 thoughts on “Gingerbread Man Crochet Pattern

  1. Gingerbread mans are my son’s favorite biscuit! They would look so good on the tree (with your canes)
    So much I want to make so little time. 🙂

    • I’m going to have to remember to post Christmas patterns much earlier next year. I’m running into the same time-crunch problem myself! Too much to do, too little time.

  2. Adorable! Thanks for the pattern!

  3. great one! Love it! You are amazing!!!! 😀

  4. FOR THE HEAD OF THE GINGERMAN, WHAT HAPPENED TO ROW 3? Are rows 2 and 3 the same? thanks Laura

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for your question. There should be 7 rows to the head. I have corrected the numbering of the rows to reflect this. Thanks again for calling this to my attention.

  5. Hi Laura, Your pattern is absolutely fantastic! Here in Washington State, our Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Every one has blue & lime green (Seahawk colors) on flags for cars, decals, sweat shirts et cetera. My assisted living is letting everyone give a “gift” for the staff. I’m going to make your gingerbread men: one in blue & one in green! They can hang on our big tree for all to enjoy. A lot of people here don’t get & this will bring a smile to them.

    • Hi Judy! Jennifer here. I’m so excited that you are making Seahawk gingerbread men for the tree. How awesome! You will have to share photos. (You can send them to squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com.) I’d love to see your gingerbread men. It’s a really creative idea. Enjoy!