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Gingerbread Man – Free Crochet Pattern

A week ago somebody suggested that I should make some Christmas decorations. I thought it might be too early, but then again you also need time to make the stuff before the holidays are here. So I started designing 🙂

The crochet Gingerbread man is a versatile Christmas decoration: you can put it on plates or hang it on the tree – it’s really up to you and your imagination. You can dress him up with a hat or a scarf, embroider a nice coat or even some funny hair.

The pattern is worked in rounds, because this way you make two layers at once and the Gingerbread man is nice and thick almost like the real thing! Plus it holds the shape much better than one layer would. There’s no need for blocking (yay!).

Free Crochet Gingerbread Pattern

Here’s my first free crochet Christmas pattern:

Crochet Gingerbread Man

Download PDF: Crochet Gingerbread Man Matyldas Barn

What You’ll Need:

  • Beige/ brown cotton yarn for the body – yarn group C, 50g / 75 m (1.8 oz / 82 yds) – I used Drops Paris Colour 43
  • More cotton yarn for embroidery – red, yellow, green, black… – same yarn weight or preferably lighter – I used Drops Loves You n. 7 and 8
  • Crochet hook size 4
  • Bigger tapestry or embroidery needle

Abbreviations:

sc       single crochet

st       stitch

sl st       slip stitch

rnd       round

*xy**       Keep repeating “xy” the entire round. If “x” is in the last stitch, just skip “y” and begin working the next round.

Free Crochet Gingerbread Pattern
You can make each gingerbread man unique when you get to play around with the embroidery.

General Instructions:

Keep working in rounds. Start each rnd with ch1! End each rnd with sl st.

Body:

Rnd 1: 8sc in adjustable ring

Rnd 2: Ch1, *2sc, sc**, sl st into the first sc of the rnd.

Rnd 3: Ch1, *sc 2, 2sc**, sl st.

Rnd 4 – 7: Ch1, *sc**, sl st.

Rnd 8 – 9: Ch1, *sc 2, skip 1 st**, sl st.

Rnd 10 – 11: Ch1, *sc, 2 sc**, sl st.

Rnd 12: Ch1, *sc 3, skip 1 st**, sl st.

Rnd 13: Ch1, *sc 2, skip 1 st**, sl st.

Rnd 14: Ch1, *sc, skip 1 st**, sl st.

Fasten off, make it flat so that the beginnings of the rnds are on the side and carefully sew the front and back together with the ends.

Hand:

Rnd 1: Ch1, 5sc in adjustable ring, sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch1, *sc**, sl st.

Rnd 3: Ch1, *sc, 2sc**, sl st.

Fasten off, make it flat and sew it to the body. Start from rnd 1 to make another hand.

Leg:

Rnd 1: Ch1, 6sc in adjustable ring, sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch1, *sc, 2sc**, sl st.

Rnd 3: Ch1, *sc 2, skip 1 st**, sl st.

Rnd 4: Ch1, *2sc, sc 2**, sl st.

Fasten off, make it flat and sew it to the body. Start from rnd 1 to make another leg.

After you’re done with the crochet body, you can play around with the embroidery. If you want the gingerbread man to be a tree decoration, you can also add the part for hanging which is a chain of 24.

I’ll be very happy if you show me your results and share your thoughts, you can tag your projects #matyldasbarn on Instagram or share the project on Ravelry. As this is an original pattern, please credit me as the designer. Thank you 😉


You are not allowed to sell this pattern or modify it in any way and sell it. If you decide to sell the finished product, please credit me as the designer. You can only sell individual items or per custom order, further commercial use is not allowed.

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