Years ago, my mom crocheted very cute gingerbread man Christmas tree ornaments. They were a lot of work, she told me, because there were lots of starts and stops, leading to lots of ends to weave in.
Do you recognize this pattern? Do you know where it appeared?—if you do, will you please leave a comment to let me know, so I can acknowledge it here?
The front and back pieces were crocheted back and forth. The back piece hides the wrong side of the embroidered buttons and face, and gives the piece more stability as an ornament. The sides are joined with a round of sc.
I always have a difficult time crocheting neatly into the sides of stitches to make borders or, in this case, to make a border and join two pieces. I can never make it look professional or even good.
Also, I’m not the only crocheter who wants to minimize the ends she must weave in at the end of the project.
When I was writing Cute Crochet World, I wanted gingerbread for the “Seasons” chapter, so I pondered the possibilities. The only way to minimize yarn ends AND avoid having to crochet into the sides of rows, was to crochet a gingerbread person in rounds.
And that’s why “Gingerbread Kids.”
Step-by-step tutorial to supplement the instructions in the book at my blog Curious and Crafty Readers. Instructions for making cute Gingerbread Kid ornaments are there, too.