Gingerbread Man Nalbinding Pattern

Gingerbread Man Nalbinding Pattern

This is a nalbinding pattern.
It uses Korgen/Mammen stitch with an F2 connection, tensioned on the thumb unless otherwise stated.
The yarn used was Aran weight wool dyed to a brown ginger colour using bramble roots.


To make the Gingerbread Man Nalbinding Pattern you’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • Blunt tapestry or Nalbinding needle
  • Scissors
We asked Katherine if she could recommend a YahouTube Channel or blog and she told us ‘the absolute best person for all things naalbinding is Sanna Mari Pihlajapiha. She has a comprehensive website with more than 50 YouTube videos of stitches and skills. She explains everything slowly and clearly in both English and Finnish.



Use a magic loop to pull a chain of 12 stitches into a flat disc.
Continue around once increasing by putting two new stitches into each stitch top of the previous row (24 stitches).

Make two more stitches into the next stitch top but tension these more tightly than usual. 

Finish, neaten end and weave in yarn ends.


Make a chain of 22 stitches.
Finish, neaten ends and weave in end threads.


Make a chain of 30 stitches. (This is the man’s leg and one side of his body.) 
Turn to work along the bottom edge, increasing by putting 3 stitches into the first stitch to make the turn flat. (This is the man’s neck.)
Make two more stitches along bottom edge.
Make 3 stiches unattached to the bottom edge. (To make a buttonhole.)
Skip 3 stitch tops of the bottom edge and make 7 more stitches along the bottom edge. (This is the man’s body)
Make 17 more stitches unattached. (This is his other leg.)
Finish, neaten end and weave in yarn ends


Sew the head to the neck with 3 or 4 little whip stitches.
Weave in yarn ends.
Pass the arms through the buttonhole in the middle of the body and pin in the centre. 

Edging Row

Begin at the right hip of the man. Make stitches around the gingerbread man’s body with no increases or decreases except for the following locations:

  • Increase at the end of the feet hands by 3 stitches.
  • Decrease in the crotch by 3 stitches.
  • Decrease at the armpits, shoulders, and neck by 2 stitches.
  • Increase while going around the head by increasing one in every 3 stitches. (That is, stitch 1 into stitch top, stitch 1 into next stitch top, stitch 2 into next stitch top, and repeat to end stitch right up to the first stitch that you made in the edging row.)

Make one or two free unattached stitches. Place these behind the first stitch. Neaten the first and last stitches use yarn ends to sew theses stitches neatly in place.

Weave in yarn ends. 


Plait 3 strands of yarn. Pass through centre top of man’s head. Knot and trim neatly


You could leave your little man plain or embroider him with a little white icing.

Katherine Walsh is an eclectic enthusiast.  This is a polite way of saying that her hobbies of living history, textiles, fibre, historical costume and teaching have entirely taken over her time, her house and her attic.  She has demonstrated Viking Age Living History at places like the Irish National Heritage Park, Dublinia Medieval Museum, Waterford County libraries and the Copper Coast Geopark Centre.  She also enjoys teaching both modern and historical textile crafts like knitting, crochet, nalbinding, embroidery and fingerloop braiding.

In what remains of her spare time Katherine may be found on Tramore Promenade in Victorian garb or weeding precariously in her sloping garden.

Katherine can be contacted by email via or via the Leine Medieval Crafters facebook page.