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Beg every row with ch 1, work sc in every sc on row.
Work 1 sc but wait with last pull through (= 2 sts on hook), then work next sc (or next 2 sc the same way) but on last pull through, pull yarn through all sts on hook = 1 sc remain.
Work piece back and forth from top of head, down to legs, then work arms from body.
ROW 1: Chain 5 with 2 strands Safran on hook size 4 mm / G/6, turn and work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of the next ch 2, 2 sc in last ch = 6 sc, turn piece.
ROW 2: READ CROCHET INFO! Work 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in every sc until 1 sc remains, 2 sc in last sc = 8 sc, turn piece.
ROW 3: Work 1 sc in every sc = 8 sc, turn piece.
ROW 4: Work 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in every sc until 1 sc remains, 2 sc in last sc = 10 sc, turn piece.
ROW 5-7: Work 1 sc in every sc = 10 sc, turn piece.
ROW 8: Work the first 2 sc tog, READ CROCHET TOG, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, work the last 2 sc tog = 8 sc, turn piece.
ROW 9: Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, work the last 2 sc tog = 6 sc, turn piece.
ROW 10: ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc = 8 sc, turn piece. Insert 1 marker at beg of row (= shoulder, arm beg here later).
ROW 11: ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc = 10 sc, turn piece. Insert 1 marker at beg of row (= shoulder, arm beg here later).
ROW 12-14: Work 1 sc in every sc = 10 sc, turn piece.
ROW 15: Work 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in every sc until 1 sc remains, 2 sc in last sc = 12 sc, turn piece.
ROW 16: Work 1 sc in every sc = 12 sc, turn piece.
ROW 17: Work 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in every sc until 1 sc remains, 2 sc in last sc = 14 sc, turn piece.
ROW 18-20: Work 1 sc in every sc = 14 sc, turn piece.
Then work 1 leg as follows:
ROW 21: Work 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc on row, work the next 2 sc tog = 6 sc (7 sc remain on the other side of row), turn piece.
ROW 22-24: Work 1 sc in every sc = 6 sc, turn piece.
ROW 25: Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, work the last 2 sc tog = 4 sc, turn piece.
ROW 26: Work all sc tog 2 by 2 = 2 sc, fasten off.
Repeat ROWS 21-26 on the other side = 1 more leg.
Worked back and forth. With 2 strands Safran work 5 sc (approx. 1 sc in every row) from marker on shoulder in one side, turn piece. Then work 5 rows with 1 sc in every sc (6 rows sc in total). Work next row as follows: Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next sc, work the last 2 sc tog = 3 sc, turn piece. Work the 3 sc tog = 1 sc, fasten off. Work the same way on the other arm.
Work another gingerbread man (= back piece) the same way.
With red Paris work 1 sl st in space between the middle 2 sc on head on back piece, then chain a band for approx. 12 cm / 4¾'', finish with 1 sl st in same sc, fasten off.
Worked back and forth from the middle and out towards the sides. With red Paris ch 2, * 3 sc in 1st ch made, turn piece and work 1 sc in every sc = 3 sc *, fasten off. Turn piece and repeat from *-* 1 time - i.e. work on the other side of bow, cut the yarn and keep 20 cm / 8'' for assembly. Work sl sts with yarn until mid of bow, twine it around the middle 2 times, tighten and fasten.
Sew bow on between head and body and front piece. With off white Paris embroider eyes and mouth on head, sew with small stitches at the bottom of legs and at the edge of arms, make 2 knots on body for buttons - see picture.
Place front piece and back piece on top of each other, WS against WS, and crochet them tog with 2 strands Safran as follows: Work 1 sl st under 1 arm through both layers, * ch 2, skip approx. 1 cm / ½'', 1 sl st in outer loops of edge sts *, repeat from *-* around the entire gingerbread man. Finish with 1 sl st in 1st ch under arm, fasten off.
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