Crochet Gingerbread Man

My Crochet Gingerbread Man is a free pattern here on the blog! This holiday crochet project is a quick, beginner friendly gift idea! Scroll down for the free pattern!

My Crochet Gingerbread Man is a free pattern here on the blog!

Pattern Design + Construction

The smell of freshly baked cookies always puts me in a cozy holiday mood! So does this adorable Crochet Gingerbread Man! This free pattern is quick to whip up, which makes it a great holiday gift idea! The small size is perfect for a cuddler or an ornament; however, you can easily increase the size of your gingerbread man by using a heavier weight yarn and a larger crochet hook.


The basic stitches used make this pattern fun for beginners. This sweet gingerbread man is comprised of the front and back, which are crocheted in flat rows. We'll add the frosting and button embellishments using a tapestry needle. The front and back are then stuffed and joined together using a round of single crochet. The finished crochet gingerbread man measures approximately 5.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide.



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Yarn:

We'll be using medium Worsted Weight (4) Yarn for this crochet gingerbread man pattern. This is my favorite yarn weight to work with for crochet rag dolls and it has a great price point. It's versatile and wears well while also being soft and cozy which is perfect for a stuffed animal or cuddler pattern! You could easily substitute brands of worsted weight yarn as long as the ounces per gram are similar.


For this tutorial, I used the following yarn:

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color White

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Café Latte

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Black

  • I Love This Yarn, Medium 4, 7 oz / 199 g, in the color 230 Light Peach

Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color cafe latte used to crochet the gingerbread man.

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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

  • Magic Circle (buttons only)

  • Slip Stitch

This holiday crochet project is a quick, beginner friendly gift idea!

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Crochet Gingerbread Man - Free Pattern

This crochet gingerbread man is the perfect size for a cuddler or ornament.

Leg 1, Torso, Head:

Leave a long enough tail at the beginning to weave in your end.


With brown yarn, chain 4


Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 2: INC, SC in the next 2 stitches, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Rows 3-4: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 5: SC in each stitch, chain 7 (4 stitches + 7 chain stitches)

This ends leg one and begins the torso.


Row 6: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (10 stitches)

We're working into the chain stitches and then base of the first leg.


Crochet Gingerbread Man - Row 6

Rows 7-9: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 10: DEC, SC in the next 8 stitches, chain 1 (9 stitches)


Row 11: DEC, SC in the next 7 stitches, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Row 12: DEC, SC in the next 4 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (6 stitches)


Row 13: INC, SC in the next 4 stitches, INC, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Row 14: INC, SC in the next 6 stitches, INC, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 15: INC, SC in the next 8 stitches, INC, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Rows 16-18: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 19: DEC, SC in the next 8 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 20: DEC, SC in the next 6 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Row 21: DEC, SC in the next 4 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (6 stitches)


Row 22: DEC, SC in the next 2 stitches, DEC, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Tie off with long enough tail to weave in the end.

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Completed first piece.

Leg 2:

With your gingerbread man upside down, join to the far right side.


Rows 1-4: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (4 stitches)

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Leg 2

Row 5: DEC, SC in the next 2 stitches, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Tie off with long enough tail to weave in the end.


Arms:

Join to the torso right below the neck indent on either side


Rows 1-2: SC 4, chain 1 (4 stitches)

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Where to join the arms.

Row 3: DEC, SC in the next 2 stitches, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 4: DEC, SC in the next stitch, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Tie off with long enough tail to weave in the end.

Crochet Gingerbread Man - completed arm

Clean up the ends:

If you haven't already, at this point weave in all the loose ends and trim any excess yarn.

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Completed Body

Frosting:

Using a tapestry needle and white yarn stitch some frosting zig-zags across the forehead, arms and legs. Tie off on the back side and trim any excess yarn.


Eyes:

I like to 'eyeball' where to place the eyes based on what I feel is cute (no pun intended). But, this is where mine landed:

  • If you count down from the top of the head, the safety eye placement is between the 6th & 7th rows, 3 stitches in from the outside, 6 stitches in between.

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Where to place the frosting, eyes, mouth and buttons.

Mouth:

Using black yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch on a little semicircle mouth slightly below and between the eyes. My semicircle is essentially a wide capital letter V that isn't too tight so it curves.


Crochet Gingerbread Man - Completed Front and Back Panels

Buttons:

With peach/pink yarn,


Round 1: in a magic circle, SC 4, pull tight (4 stitches)


Slip stitch into the first SC.


Tie off with a long enough tail to attach to the body.


Using a tapestry needle and the tails, stitch the buttons onto the torso.


Assembly:

Line up the front and back of the crochet gingerbread man (make sure the correct sides are facing out).


We're going to join the front and back of the body with a row of single crochet. I recommend starting at the top of the left arm (with front facing you).

Crochet Gingerbread Man - Where to begin the join.

The only exception to the single crochet border is at each 'corner' we're going to slip stitch. See below where the green dots represent the slip stitches.


Crochet Gingerbread Man - Where to place the slip stitches in the seam.

Let's pause and the top of the right arm and add our stuffing. I added a light amount of stuffing to give the gingerbread man some dimension, but didn't over stuff. Once stuffed, continue single crocheting around the head until you reach the beginning of the border. Slip stitch, chain 1, tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end. Once the ends are weaved in, trim any excess yarn.

The completed Crochet Gingerbread Man!

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Signature - Heather Corinne






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