I have spent this week knocking out Christmas decorations to be sold at a charity event in December. I have been raiding books, magazines and websites for inspiration but there were quite a large number of patterns that I just wasn’t happy with. One of the items that gave me the most problems was a Gingerbread Man. None of the patterns I found came out right when I tried them so, in desperation, I made up my own. I hope to get the chance to blog some of the other patterns I have written before Christmas but I thought I would start with my Gingerbread Man as I am really rather pleased with him.
I used DK weight wool and 3.5mm hook but I think it would work as well with adjustments for the yarn you have on hand.
Round 1: Using brown yarn make magic loop, 6 dc into ring. Join with slip-stich
Round 2: Chain 1, 2 dc in crochet in each stitch round.
Round 3; Chain 1, 1 dc in first stitch, 2dc in next stitch to the end of the round. Head done. Do not fasten off
Row 1: Chain 1, dc in in next 3 stitches. Turn. (3 stitches)
Row 2: Chain 1, 2 dc in first stitch, dc in next stitch, 2 dc in final stitich. Turn. (5 stitches)
Row 3: Chain 1, dc in first stitch, 2 dc in second stitch, 1 dc in middle stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in final stitch. Turn. (7 stitches)
Row 4-11: 1 dc in every stitch and turn. Do not fasten off.
Row 12: 1 dc in first 3 stitiches. Turn.
Row 13- 18: 1 dc in each stitch and turn. (3 stitches)
Row 19: 1 dc in each stitch and fasten off.
Attach yarn at other side of the body and repeat rows 12-19 to create the second leg.
Row 20: Attach yarn at Row 2 of the main body. 1 dc in next 3 stitches/rows and turn.
Row 21-25: I dc in each stitch and turn. (3 stitches)
Row 26: 1 dc3tog and fasten off.
Repeat rows 20-26 for other arm.
Attach white yarn and work one dc around the outline of the piece. Attach beads or sequins for facial features and buttons or embroider details. Attach a small piece of yarn or ribbon at the top for hanging. You may wish to starch the piece to give it some rigidity.