Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern

Gingerbread Man = one part cute, one part sweet, one part kind, and three parts fun!

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Hand Knit Gingerbread Man

This sweet invention is going be just as popular as your Elf on the Shelf – minus the tattling.  Whether he ends up on the tree as a decoration, in the playroom with the other toys, or hanging from the chandelier, this Hand Knit Gingerbread Man is going to be a welcome addition to your home this holiday season.

About the Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern

I have made this pattern beginner friendly by designing the entire project to be worked flat – that means that you need not get intimidated by those double pointed needles.  Becasue a gingerbread man has so many parts ( who knew, right?) the pattern may seem a bit longer than my usual ones.  Hang in there, and just follow along.  It will all turn out.  And this is a stash buster project!

Notes

Rated: Easy +

Materials

Skills Used

·        Cast on
·        Knit
·        Purl
·        M1R ( see the video below)
·        M1L ( see the video below)
·        K2tog
·        Bind Off

M1R

M1R ( Make one right) is an invisible increase that slants to the right.  When adding shape to your projects, for example when you want to add width to your project equally on both sides, you would use this along with the M1L increase.  Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and this can be important depending on what it is you are making, and of course, your preference.  I created a video tutorial for this stitch, and you can see it here:

 

M1L

M1L ( Make one left) is an invisible increase that slants to, yep you guessed it, the left.  You would use this along with the M1L increase.  Again, Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and you can see it here:

 

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern

Neck & Body

Cast on 18 stitches
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K2, M1R, K1, M1L, K2, M1R, K1, M1L, K5, M1R, K1, M1L, K2, M1R, K1, M1L, K3 ( 26 sts)
Row 3 : Purl
Row 4: K3, M1R, K1, M1L, K4, M1R, K1, M1L, K7, M1R, K1, M1L, K4, M1R, K1, M1L, K4 (34 sts)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: K4, M1R, K1, M1L, K6, M1R, K1, M1L, K9, M1R, K1, M1L, K6, M1R, K1, M1L, K5 (42 sts)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K5, M1R, K1, M1L, K8, M1R, K1, M1L, K11, M1R, K1, M1L, K8, M1R, K1, M1L, K6 (50 sts)
Row 9: Purl

Divide for Arms

Row 10 : K7, Slip next 11 stitches onto stitch holder, K14, Slip next 11 stitches onto another stitch holder, K7 (28 sts)
Row 11: Purl across the remaining 28 stitches now on your needle, being careful to pull the yarn tight where you have made rhe openings for the arms
Row 12 : K6, M1R, K1, M1L,  K14, M1R,  K1, M1L,  K6 ( 32 sts )
Row 13 : Purl
Row 14:  Knit
Row 15 : Purl
Row 16 : Knit
Row 17 : Purl
Row 18 : Knit
Row 19 : Purl

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating this pattern allows you to whip up gingerbread cookies from your yarn stash!

The arm stitches are on separate stitch holders, and the 16 leg stitches for the first leg have just been knitted, and the work is turned.

Divide for Legs

Row 20 : Knit the first 16 stitches on the needle, and turn your work. You will be leaving the other 16 stitches on the needle and coming back to them later
*Row 21 : Working only on the 16 stitches you just knit  ( one leg ) Purl across
Row 22 : Knit
Row 23 : Purl
Row 24 : Knit
Row 25 : Purl
Row 26 : Knit
Row 27 : Purl
Row 28 : Knit
Row 29 : Purl
Row 30 : Knit
Row 31 : Purl
Row 32 : Knit
Row 33 : Purl
Row 34 : K2tog ( 8 times ) ( 8 sts )
Row 35 : Purl
Row 36 : K2tog ( 4 times ) ( 4 sts)

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating this pattern allows you to whip up gingerbread cookies from your yarn stash!

One leg has been completed, and seam has been sewn – I have the one leg turn inside out in this image, but I would totally sew the seam with the fabric right side out. It won’t make a huge difference in the finished product, and it may just feel easier.

Cut yarn, leaving about 8 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 4 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up one leg seam.*

Rejoin yarn to the 16 stitches you set aside for the other leg, and work from * to * for the other leg.

Arms

**Slip 11 stitches from one of the stitch holders, and rejoin yarn, and work as follows
Row 1 : Knit
Row 2 : Purl
Row 3 : Knit
Row 4 : Purl
Row 5 : Knit
Row 6 : Purl
Row 7 : Knit
Row 8 : Purl
Row 9 : Knit
Row 10 : Purl
Row 11 : K2tog (5 times), K1 ( 6 sts )
Row 12 : Purl
Row 13 : K2tog (3 times) ( 3 sts )

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating this pattern allows you to whip up gingerbread cookies from your yarn stash!

One arm has been completed, and the stitches from the last stitch holder have been slipped onto a knitting needle, the yarn is joined again, and the arm is ready to be worked

Cut yarn, leaving about 8 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 3 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up one leg seam.**

Repeat from ** to ** for the other arm.

Head

Pick up 18 stitches along the cast on edge from the neck ( where you started ) I’ve got a handy little video on Instagram for it – just click over to have a look, and come back when you’re ready.

Row 1 : Purl
Row 2 : K4, M1R, K1, M1L, K8, M1R, K1, M1L, K4 (22 sts)
Row 3 : Purl
Row 4 : K5, M1R, K1, M1L, K10, M1R, K1, M1L, K5 (26 sts)
Row 5 : Purl
Row 6 : K6, M1R, K1, M1L, K12, M1R, K1, M1L, K6 (30 sts)
Row 7 : Purl
Row 8 : Knit
Row 9 : Purl
Row 10 : Knit
Row 11 : Purl
Row 12 : K4, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K12, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K4 (26 sts)
Row 13 : Purl
Row 14 : K3, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K10, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K3 (22 sts)
Row 15 : Purl
Row 16 : K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2 (18 sts)
Row 17 : Purl
Row 18 : K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1 (14 sts)
Row 19 : P2tog across (7 sts)
Row 20 : K2tog, K3, K2tog ( 5 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving about 12 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 5 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up seam, stuffing the gingerbread man as you go.

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating this pattern allows you to whip up gingerbread cookies from your yarn stash!

Add embellishments as desired.

Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern perfect for holiday gift giving and decorating this pattern allows you to whip up gingerbread cookies from your yarn stash!

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19 thoughts on “Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern

  1. Whew. Most of that went over my head because I know nothing about stitching. Someday I want to learn!! My friends that know how to crochet always make the cutest things. Keep sharing your talent. It’s super cool.

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