I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make a Gingerbread Boy! I actually designed this pattern way back in 2017. I finally made the decision to go back and make some tweaks (because my pattern drafting has changed a fair bit in that time!) and work up this cutie.
As you can see, he’s found himself in quite the pickle. I chuckle every time I look at him.
Needless to say, you can make this Gingerbread using any colours you fancy; I love the bright, cheerful colours I used here but would love to see one with red and green sprinkles and buttons!
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as all my patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This amigurumi has 7 main pieces plus accessories.
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- 3.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Bernat Super Value in Topaz for body (about 100g);
- Bernat Super Value in White (less than 50g);
- Bernat Premium in Magenta (small amounts);
- Bernat Premium in Robin’s Egg (small amounts);
- Loops & Threads Impeccable in Grass (small amounts);
- Craft Smart Value in Butter (small amounts);
- 15mm Safety eyes;
- Black crochet thread for eyebrows;
- Tapestry needle.
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
MR – Magic Ring
Sc – Single crochet
Sc3tog – Single crochet 3 together. Decrease across 3 sts.
Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase
Inc twice – Increase in each of the next 2 sts
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease
Dec twice – Decrease two times over the next 4 sts.
Hdc – Half double crochet
The body panels are worked from the bottom up. With 3.25mm hook and Topaz:
Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (3 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Inc, sc 1, inc (5 sts) ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in each st across (5 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Inc, sc 3, inc (7 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each st across (7 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Inc, sc 5, inc (9 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Sc in each st across (9 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Inc, sc 7, inc (11 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc in each st across (11 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 10: Inc, sc 9, inc (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 11: Sc in each st across (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 12: Inc, sc 11, 3sc into last st (16 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 13: Dec, sc 14 (15 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 14: Inc, sc 14 (16 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 15: Inc, sc 15 (17 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 16: Sc 16, inc (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Inc twice, sc 16 (20 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 18: Sc 18, inc, 3sc into last st (23 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 19: Dec, sc 21 (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 20: Sc in each st across (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 21: Inc, sc 21 (23 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 22: Sc 22, inc (24 sts), ch 6, turn.
Row 23: Sc 5 along chs, continue across row sc 22, dec (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 24: Sc in each st across (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 25: Dec, sc 24, dec (26 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 26: Sc in each st across (26 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 27: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 28: Sc in each st across (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 29: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 30: Sc in each st across (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 31: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 32: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 33: Dec, sc 14, dec (16 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 34: Dec, sc 12, dec (14 sts), ch 1, turn.
Now we will start increasing for the head.
Row 35: Inc twice, sc 10, inc twice (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 36: Inc twice, sc 14, inc twice (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 37: Inc twice, sc 18, inc twice (26 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 38: Inc, sc 24, inc (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 39: Inc, sc 26, inc (30 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 40: Sc in each st across (30 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 41: Inc, sc 28, inc (32 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 42-51: Sc in each st across (32 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 52: Dec, sc 28, dec (30 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 53: Sc in each st across (30 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 54: Dec, sc 26, dec (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 55: Dec, sc 24, dec (26 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 56: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 57: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 58: Dec twice, sc 14, dec twice (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 59: Dec twice, sc 10, dec twice (14 sts).
Tie off. Repeat all of the above for the back panel.
Using 3.25mm hook and Topaz:
Row 1: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (4 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 3-11: Sc in each st across (6 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 12: Sc in each st across (6 sts).
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-12 for back arm panel.
With 3.25mm hook and White yarn:
Row 1: Ch 9.
Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using a tapestry needle, stitch the middle chain (i.e. the 5th ch) of the icing onto one of the arm panels at row 4 in the middle of the panel. Stitch the remaining icing onto the arm panel in a “V” shape. Weave ends to the back. You can also try surface slipstitching the icing on if you wish. I opted to sew it on.
Once the arm icing is complete, put both panels together and insert your hook into a stitch on the edge of the panels in one of the corners (i.e. the part that attaches to the body). Sc along the edges to join the panels. Once the panels are joined on three sides, stuff. Continue crocheting around. (Sc, ch 1, sc) into each bottom corner. Slst to beginning st to close.
Repeat the instructions in the “Arm” and “Arm Icing” sections above for the second arm.
The icing is worked from the top down. With 3.25mm hook and White yarn:
Row 1: Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (11 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Inc twice, sc 8, inc (14 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc 12, inc twice ( 16 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc 17, inc (19 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Inc, sc 11, leave remaining sts unworked (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Dec, sc 10, inc (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Sc in each st across (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Sc 12, inc (14 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 10: Sc 7, leave remaining sts unworked (7 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 11: Dec twice, sc 3 (5 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 12: Sc in each st across (5 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 13: Dec, sc 1, dec (3 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 14: Sc3tog (1 st).
Tie off. Turn work so that the starting yarn tail and the ‘bump’ you just finished is on the right. Rejoin your yarn in the stitch immediately to the left of the finished ‘bump’ (this is from where the stitches of Row 10 were left unworked) and work the following:
Row 1: Dec, sc 5 (6 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 2, dec twice (4 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Dec twice (2 sts).
Tie off. Do not turn your work. The starting yarn tail and finished ‘bumps’ should still be in the right. Rejoin your yarn into the stitch immediately to the left of the bump you just finished (this is from where the stitches of Row 6 were left unworked) and work the following:
Row 1: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Dec, sc 1, dec (3 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc3tog (1 st).
Tie off. Rejoin your yarn at the top of the icing at the starting yarn tail and single crochet around the three ‘bumps’ to finish. Do not sc across the top (i.e. the foundation chain row). Tie off.
Using Magenta, Robin’s Egg, Grass and Butter yarn, stitch sprinkles onto the icing in a random pattern.
Using 3.25mm hook and white yarn:
Row 1: Ch 15.
Tie off. Using a tapestry needle, stitch the icing onto the body panel between rows 4-7 of the leg in a wavy shape. Weave ends to the back.
Buttons are worked in the round using a 3.25mm hook. Feel free to make the buttons in all one colour or different colours.
Rnd 1: Work 8 hdc into a MR (8 sts), slst to first st to close.
Tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Move on to final assembly below!
Step 1: Icing and Face
Align the Icing onto the top right-hand side of the head. Stitch down all around the edge of the icing using a tapestry needle and white yarn.
Stitch on three buttons to the front of the body panel.
Insert 15mm safety eyes between rows 43-44 of the head with about 13 or 14 sts between them.
Stitch on cheeks if you wish using any pink yarn.
Stitch on eyebrows using black crochet thread. Each eyebrow should be about 4 rows up from the middle of the eye and about 2 stitches to each side.
Finally, stitch on a mouth using Magenta yarn. I opted to using sewing thread and a sewing needle to sew it in place but you could also surface slst the mouth, stitch it onto the panel using a tapestry needle or even glue it.
Step 2: Body
Here are the pieces you should now have at this step.
First, cut two lengths of Topaz yarn about 12″/30cm each and put aside for later. Put both body panels together so that all the rows are lined up. Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the edges.
Starting on the left side, at the top of the head, insert your hook through both panels and begin attaching the panels together by single crocheting around the edge of the panels.
Crochet down the head and stop at the next. Using a tapestry needle and a length of yarn that you set aside earlier, place the first arm between the panels and stitch in place by stitching through all three pieces: the front panel, the arm, and the back panel. Tie a knot in the yarn tails and hide inside the panels.
Continue crocheting down the body. When you reach the arm, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this portion is already sewn shut. Continue crocheting both panels together normally once you are past the arm. Crochet down around the leg and up the other side.
There are two distinct “bite” marks, which create three “peaks” on the right side of the body. Work the following into each “peak” all into the same stitch to accentuate the bite marks:
- (Sc, ch 2, sc)
Stop after the third peak. Stitch the second arm in place the same way as the first.
Stuff the body now. Be sure to push stuffing all the way down into the tip of the leg and into each peak.
Continue crocheting up until you reach the icing on the head. Switch to white yarn when you reach the icing. When joining the icing part of the panels, you will insert your hook through the icing and both panels.
Stop at the top of the head and stuff the head firmly. You will need more stuffing than you think for the head! It’s a very large head. When you think you’re done stuffing, add more. Trust me.
Continue crocheting across the top of the head, topping up stuffing as you go. Switch back to Topaz yarn where appropriate. When you are satisfied with the stuffing, close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
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17 thoughts on “Gingerbread Boy Free Crochet Pattern”
How cute is this , thankyou
Oh my, what a beautiful pattern. It makes smile, it makes me happy and it definitely made my day.
Merci, il est à croquer !
Are you able to tell me the height of this guy? Love him
It’s about 10”/25cm from head to toe.
PLEASE make one with two legs! This is the cuuutest
Here are the instructions if you’d like to modify it to have two legs:
Work the body panel to row 11. Tie off. This is the first leg. Repeat rows 1-11 for the second leg. Then work across both legs:
Row 12: Inc, 24, inc (28)
Row 13: 28
Row 14: inc, 26, inc (30)
Rows 15-22: 30
Row 23: dec, 26, dec (28)
Continue with remaining pattern. 😊
Thanks so much for the instructions for the version with 2 legs!
I did make one like yours though (with one leg), I wish I could show you a photo!
Yay! I’m so glad! Feel free to tag me on IG or FB!
This guy made me laugh. Thank you for the pattern.
Finally got him made this year. Fun & easy pattern. Your instructions are so clear!
I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you!
I LOVE this!! Do you have a pattern for a smaller one. I’d love to make some about 5” to hang on my tree next year and to give to friends.
Love this pattern. Just finished it for my daughter-in-law who loves gingerbread men! Thanks for the great instructions. Very easy to follow!
Thank you so much! I lovvvve gingerbread people!
Do you have an idea, how I could make a gingerbread girl?
Maybe add a bow?!