Crochet Gingerbread Man Cookie Potholder – a Merry Christmas Kitchen

The crochet Gingerbread Man Potholder is a fun and cute idea to start prepping up for Christmas.

Whether you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas to crochet for friends and family, or you’re just a potholder lover like I am, you should definitely add this Gingerbread Cookie to your kitchen decor for the holidays!

Round Christmas Potholders

For a nice Christmas set of potholders, make sure to check these other free patterns on the blog:

Crochet Round Christmas Potholders - Raffamusa Designs
Christmas PuddingPeppermintReindeer, and Gingerbread Man Potholders – Raffamusa Designs

For this project, I used DK weight cotton yarn. The construction is very simple because I just made two flat circles and then paired them so that the potholder has a double layer.

Of course, you can also use thicker yarn, in which case, you might not need to make it double. But keep in mind that with thicker yarn, your hot pad will be bigger than 6.1” (15.5 cm), maybe more of the size of a dishcloth.

More Christmas ideas

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Gingerbread Man Christmas Potholder - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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Color Reference & Yardage

The following color shades and codes are specific to Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.

  • A – Soft Fudge (410) – 96 yds, 87.5 m
  • B – Champagne White (403) – 11 yds, 10 m
  • C – Bubblegum Pink (451) – 5.5 yds, 5 m
  • D – Pure Black (402) – 3.3 yds, 3 m

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Ch – Chain
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • MCMagic Circle
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sc3tog – Single Crochet 3 Together
  • RS – Right Side
  • Sk – Skip
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • St – Stitch
  • Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Invisible Color Change
See how to make an invisible color change in this tutorial.

Magic Circle (MC)
Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a magic circle here.

Single Crochet 3 Together (Sc3tog)
(Insert your hook into next st, yo and pick up a loop) 3 times, yo, and draw yarn through all 4 loops on your hook.

Surface Crochet
Learn how to surface crochet in this step-by-step tutorial.


6.1” (15.5 cm)


6 rounds in dc in 4″ (10 cm)

Pattern Notes

  • If the pattern says “dc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated number of times.
  • […] – Crochet the instructions within brackets all into the same indicated st.
  • The potholder and all its parts are crocheted in consecutive rounds.
  • Join each round with a slip stitch into the first st of the round.
  • The stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each round’s instructions.

Gingerbread Man Potholder – Free Crochet Pattern


(Make 2)

With A, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 2, dc 12 in MC, join. (12 sts)

Round 2. Ch 2, dc inc 12 times, join. (24 sts)

Round 3. Ch 2, (dc inc 1, dc 1) 12 times, join. (36 sts)

Round 4. Ch 2, (dc 2, dc inc 1) 12 times, join. (48 dc)

Round 5. Ch 2, (dc inc 1, dc 3) 12 times, join. (60 sts)

Round 6. Ch 2, (dc 4, dc inc 1) 12 times, join. (72 sts)

Round 7. Ch 2, (dc inc 1, dc 5) 12 times, join. (84 sts)

Round 8. Ch 2, (dc 6, dc inc 1) 12 times, join. (96 sts)

Round 9. Ch 2, (dc inc 1, dc 7) 12 times, join. (108 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sugar Decoration

With B, ch 41.

Row 1. Sc 1 in the second ch from your hook, sc 2, (sc inc 1, sc 3, sc3tog, sc 3) 3 times, sc inc 1, sc 3, sc3tog. (36 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Eyes and Cheeks

(Make 2 with B and 2 with C)

Make a MC.
Round 1. Ch 1, hdc 11 in MC, join. (11 sts)
Round 2. Ch 1, hdc inc 11, join. (22 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


(Make 2)

With D, make a MC.
Round 1. Ch 1, sc 6 in MC, join. (6 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly – Face

RS facing, place the cheeks just below the center of one potholder, between rounds 5-8.

To hide the joining point of the potholder, I suggest you keep it on the right or left, just below one of the cheeks.

Then, attach the eyes slightly above the center of the potholder, in between the cheeks.

Pin the sugar decoration in place, and sew it.

Attach the pupils on top of the eyes.

Finally, using D, surface-crochet the mouth from cheek to cheek following the spaces between rounds 6 and 7.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

ASSEMBLY – Potholder

Step 1. Place the two potholders on top of each other with both RS facing out.

Working on the decorated potholder, identify a st on Round 9 that is in the middle of the face.

Step 2. Insert your hook in the inner loops of the st you identified and the corresponding st on the other potholder.

Join B with a sl st.

Step 3. Ch 20, and sl st back into the same inner loops where you joined the yarn.

Step 4. Join the two potholders by slip stitching together the inner loops of the corresponding sts.

If your sl sts are too tight, crochet looser or switch to a larger crochet hook!

Step 5. Once you’re back at the beginning point, sc 1 inside the loop you made in step 3.

Step 6. Sc 24 more sts inside the loop or as many sts as needed to cover the loop.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Your crochet Gingerbread Man Potholder is ready!

I hope this free crochet pattern! I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas potholders on Facebook or Instagram. If you’re sharing on Instagram, make sure to use the #raffamusadesigns so that I can find and share your creations!

Find more crochet ideas for Christmas here on the blog…


The pattern of the Gingerbread Man Potholder was featured in the Last-Minute Christmas Gifts Blog Hop hosted by Veronika over at Blue Star Crochet.

So, if you’re looking for some quick patterns for last-minute crochet gifts, definitely check This year, we’ve got you covered the main round-up page HERE to find some beautiful and quick ideas!

9 thoughts on “Crochet Gingerbread Man Cookie Potholder – a Merry Christmas Kitchen”

  1. You turned a plain circle into a cute face. I am going to make this one and hang it on my door for the Winter season.
    Thank you for posting the pattern. This one makes me smile . 🙂


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