Gingerbread Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

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Gingerbread Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

I know market prep and holiday projects are well underway for a lot of crocheters, which is why I’m excited to get a head start on getting a new ornament pattern out to you this week!

Last year, you might recall that I made my full-size Gingerbread Boy pattern (still one of my faves!) and I thought a small ornament version would be a fun addition to my ever-growing ornament pattern collection (I might put together a full round-up later this month of all my ornament patterns because there are quite a few now!).

I have a few more new patterns up my sleeve for the holiday season so keep your eyes peeled! Looking forward to seeing all your makes too!

The Details

As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. 

There is zero colour-work in this pattern, so it works up quite quickly!

The finished measurements are approximately 10cm/4″ from top to bottom. If you want a smaller ornament, or if you tend to crochet with a looser tension (my tension is very tight), feel free to size down to a weight 3 yarn! Don’t forget to adjust your hook size as well (2.75mm should do the trick!).

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Materials:

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  • 3.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Bernat Super Value in Topaz (less than 50g);
  • Patons Canadiana in Winter White (less than 50g) or any worsted weight yarn in white;
  • Small amounts of various colours in worsted weight for sprinkles. I used Hobbii 8/8 Rainbow Cotton in four different colours (purple, pink, blue and green);
  • Black crochet thread and small amount of pink yarn for mouth;
  • 12mm Safety eyes;
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase

Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease

Sc3tog – Single crochet three stitches together.

Pattern

Panel (make 2):

Using a 3.25mm hook and Topaz yarn:

Row 1: Ch 8, starting in second ch from hook sc in each ch across (7 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Inc twice, sc 3, inc twice (11 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Inc twice, sc 7, inc twice (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc, sc 13, inc (17 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Inc, sc 15, inc (19 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc across (19 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Inc, sc 17, inc (21 sts), ch 1, turn.

Rows 8-14: Sc across (21 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 15: Dec, sc 17, dec (19 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 16: Sc across (19 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 17: Dec, sc 15, dec (17 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Dec, sc 13, dec (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 19: Dec twice, sc 7, dec twice (11 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 20: Dec twice, sc 3, dec twice (7 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 21: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts)

Tie off. Repeat rows 1-21 for second panel.

Icing (make 1):

The icing is worked from the top-down. Using a 3.25mm hook and white yarn:

Row 1: Ch 6, starting in second ch from hook sc in each ch across (5 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Inc in first st, sc 3, inc in last st (7 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Inc twice, sc 3, inc twice (11 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Inc, sc 8, inc twice (14 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Inc, sc 13 (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Dec, sc 12, inc (15 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc 13, leave last 2 sts unworked (13 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Dec, sc 10, inc (13 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Sc 8, leave last 5 sts unworked (8 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 12: Dec twice (2 sts).

Tie off. Turn your work so that the section you just finished is on the right. Insert your hook into the first unworked stitch of Row 9 and work the following:

Gingerbread

Row 1: Dec, sc 1, dec (3 sts), ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc3tog (1 st).

Tie off.

Single crochet around the bottom edge of the icing (i.e. not the top part, which will line up with the top of the front panel) to smooth out the edge. Tie off.

Using various colours of yarn, stitch sprinkles onto the icing. I used four colours (Purple, Pink, Blue and Green) and made 3 sts of each colour. Tie knots on the back to secure.

Move on to assembly below!

Assembly:

Step 1: Face

Line the icing up with the top of the front panel and stitch all around the edge in white yarn to secure the icing in place (the starting chain of the icing should lay perfectly on top of the last row of the panel).

Insert 12mm safety eyes into the front panel between rows 7 and 8 and counting about 5 sts in from each side.

Using a small length of pink yarn, stitch around 2 sts between the eyes at row 5. Tie a knot on the back to secure. Using black crochet thread, stitch around the pink yarn to outline the mouth.

Step 2: Joining Panels

Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.

Starting in a stitch on the top left, begin attaching the panels together by inserting your hook through all three pieces (icing and both panels). Single crochet around the outside edge of the panels starting in white.

Crochet down the panel, switching colours to Topaz as you go. You do not need to cut your yarn each time; pull the working yarn in between the panels before you drop it and finish the stitch with the next colour. Then you can simply pick it up again from between the panels when you need it.

Crochet until just the top is open. Stuff firmly. When satisfied with the stuffing, crochet across the top (switching back to white as necessary) and close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.

Step 3: Finish

Feel free to needle sculpt the eyes to give your Gingerbread Ornament some depth. Check out my tutorial for tips on how to do that!

Add a hanging loop or an ornament hook and you’re done!

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3 thoughts on “Gingerbread Ornament Free Crochet Pattern

  1. Hi Jillian,
    How would this pattern look being increased a few more inches? Would like to do so thinking that it will adorn my apartment door
    and will ‘out-shine’ the neighbors who will be envious!

    1. Hi Wendy,
      You could certainly try making it bigger by using a super bulky yarn and a bigger hook. I think it would look great! 😄

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