Gingerbread man knitting pattern for Christmas

A free little knitted Christmas decoration pattern for a gingerbread man and woman without any seaming

I’m not joking when I say that Christmas is my favorite time of the year. All the lights, the cookies, and quality time with my family give me the energy to get through our cold winters. This year, I decided to add a knitted Christmas decoration pattern to my portfolio: A cute little gingerbread man and their wife.

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There are already enough patterns for Christmas baubles. This is probably the main reason I felt like knitting something a little bit more different. And what could be more iconic than gingerbread, eh? I plan to have them hanging from my Christmas tree (follow me on Instagram if you want to see the results)

gingerbread man and woman christmas decoration in a fake landscape with sugar cane trees and a red barn

You can use these knitted gingerbreads to decorate your home (windowsill, fireplace, etc) just as well. I’m sure they will work in a lot of contexts.

They are knit in the round on either double-pointed needles or magic loop and don’t require any seaming. You will, however, have to embroider the “glazing”. As this process reminded me of baking real Christmas cookies, I had a lot of fun doing so.

a knitted gingerbread christmas decoration with baking ingredients

The pattern is for a “man” and a “woman”. But just like with real gingerbreads it’s totally up to you to embroider their identity and costumes according to your own personal preferences. While you are free to copy my embroidery, I won’t provide any too detailed instructions for it. It’s just simple chain stitches and french knots.

gingerbread knitted christmas tree decoration - man and women

I would like to mention, however, that there are quite some unusual techniques involved to get the flat shape of gingerbread. That’s the bad news. The good news: There are video tutorials available here on my blog (linked in the pattern for your convenience) for almost all of them. So, I’m sure you will have no problem following my exact steps.

Materials you will need:

tools & materials for this gingerbread knitting pattern
  • 20 grams of the Wollmeise Twin (in the colors bärenstark) or any other fingering sock yarn scraps for needles size 2.5 – 3.00 mm; scraps in white & red for the embroidery.
  • Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.0 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
  • A stitch holder or some spare needles (you’ll need them for the feet)
  • A tapestry needle and scissors.
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Toy stuffing

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Knitting Techniques

developing christmas decoration pattern with a notebook full of charts

This knitted gingerbread Christmas decor is mainly shaped through a combination of increases and decreases. Because of the stacked increases and some other unusual techniques I feel it’s suitable for intermediate knitters, even though you might have to look up one or two stitches (I linked you to easy-to-follow tutorials in each case).

The gingerbread is knit in the round on a set of 5 double-pointed needles. If you still need to do some catching up, here’s my tutorial on knitting in the round. You might also check out my blog post with 10 tips for better results with dpns. I think you could also knit them using magic loop. It will be a bit fiddly, though.

knitted gingerbread woman and man christmas decoration right after finishing the embroidery

All in all, I really hope this knitting pattern will bring a bit of joy to your homes. 2020 was not the easiest year, right? But I’m quite positive that 2021 will surprise us in all the good ways and we may end up with “golden twenties” after all.

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That’s my gingerbread knitting pattern. Feel free to comment below in case you have any questions.

A step by step knitted gingerbread christmas decoration knitting pattern

6 thoughts on “Gingerbread man knitting pattern for Christmas”

  1. Norman,
    What happen to second leg of gingerbread after the round 20?
    The pattern says it is the same to round 20.
    Maybe you meant to 26.?
    If so there is a mistake to correct I believe.
    If not then tell me what to do with round 21 to 26 please.
    Sûre it’s a writing mistake.
    Waiting to see what you’ll say.

    • Hey Jeannine,
      longtime since I’ve knitted it (but I do plan to revisit the pattern next week) but having had a quick glance at it I would say it is a typo and it should say 26 indeed.

  2. Hi. I have subscribed and submitted my email address and name to receive this gingerbread man pattern but I have not received the pattern. I checked my spam folder but it is not there nor is it in my inbox. I hope this pattern is not out of print.
    Thank you for your help!
    Christine sydnor

    • Your email provider probably blocks my emails and there is literally nothing I can do about it. I plan to edit the pattern next week and I can add it to my etsy store then.

  3. Hello, Norman,

    I´m little late to the Nimble Needles blog party; I just discovered your YouTube channel three weeks ago. Thanks for the lovely Gingerbread Family pattern, which I´m excited to start once Christmas approaches.




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