Crochet Pumpkin – Free Crochet Pattern

 

 

This crochet pattern teaches you how to make the basic design for a pumpkin so you can make it in any size you wish!

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Crochet Pumpkin – Free Crochet Pattern

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For this project you will need:

HOOK: 4 mm hook or size 6 hook for the US Or feel free to use a 3.75 mm hook or F hook

YARN: 4 ply US, 10 ply AU (Worsted weight)

Grab 2 colors, one for the pumpkin and one for the stem. Unless you plan on making a giant pumpkin you shouldn’t need but a skein or half a skein for the medium size pumpkins. Scrap yarn can he a great source for the smallest pumpkin!

IMPORTANT – You will need a tapestry needle & Fiber fill to stuff your pumpkin.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = Chain

sl st = Slip Stitch

st = Stitch

dc = Double Crochet

* = Repeat what is in between the stars for the rest of the row

 

 

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To Start

Create your slip knot leaving a bit of a tail to work over, you will use this later to pull your hole tighter.

Ch 3 and work 11 DC’s into 3rd ch of hook. The two skipped ch’s will count as your first DC. Sl st into top of beg ch 2 to end round. (12 sts) Pull on tail to tighten hole.

 

Round 1

ch 2 and DC into same stitch. * DC 2 in all sts around. *

 

Round 2

ch 2, in next stitch *DC 2, then DC 1 in next * repeat for round. Sl st into top of beg ch 2 to end round. SMALLEST SIZE PUMPKIN (the yellow pumpkin in the picture) you’re done increasing and can move on to the Pumpkin section of this pattern.

 

Round 3

ch 2, in next stitch *DC 2, then DC 1 in next 2 sts * repeat for round. Sl st into top of beg ch 2 to end round. MEDIUM SIZE PUMPKIN (the green pumpkin in the picture)you’re done increasing and can move on to the Pumpkin section of this pattern.

 

 

Round 4

ch 2, in next stitch *DC 2, then DC 1 in next 3 sts * repeat for round. Sl st into top of beg ch 2 to end round. MEDIUM to LARGE SIZE PUMPKIN (the red and gold pumpkin in the picture)you’re done increasing and can move on to the Pumpkin section of this pattern.

 

Round 5

ch 2, in next stitch *DC 2, then DC 1 in next 4 sts * repeat for round. Sl st into top of beg ch 2 to end round. LARGE SIZE PUMPKIN (the orange pumpkin in the picture)you’re done increasing and can move on to the Pumpkin section of this pattern.

 

NOTE: I made a giant size one as well that I don’t show here, using the same method, just keep doing increase rows. If your project starts to buckle but you still want to go bigger, just do a row of just double crochets and no increases for the next row and it should fix it.

 

 

PUMPKIN Section

For 8 or more rows for small to medium size and 10 rows or more for the large, put 1 DC in each stitch around. Sl st in beg ch 2 to end round.

Once you have your rows done it’s time to decrease! You can add more rows if you wish.

To start decreasing your pumpkin you want to take it row by row, the same way you increased. Only where you increased before you will decrease.

 

The smallest pumpkin you did 2 rounds of increases.

So to reduce, you’re next two rounds will be

  • DC 1 then DC decrease all the way around then you should stuff your pumpkin and do the last round of DC decrease all the way around.

 

The medium pumpkin you did 3 rounds of increases.

So to reduce, you’re next three rounds will be

  • DC 1 in next 2 sts and then DC decrease * all the way around, then
  • DC 1 and DC decrease for your next round, then you should stuff your pumpkin and do the last round of DC decrease all the way around.

 

The medium to large pumpkin you did 4 rounds of increases.

So to reduce, you’re next three rounds will be

  • DC 1 in next 3 sts and then DC decrease * all the way around,
  • DC 1 in next 2 sts and then DC decrease for your next round
    • DC 1 in next st then DC decrease for your next round,then you should stuff your pumpkin and do the last round of DC decrease all the way around.

     

    The large pumpkin you did 5 rounds of increases.

    So to reduce, you’re next three rounds will be

    • DC 1 in next 4 sts and then DC decrease all the way around, then
    • DC 1 in next 3 sts and then DC decrease for your next round, then
    • DC 1 in next 2 sts and then DC decrease for your next round
    • then
    • DC 1 in next st then DC decrease for your next round,then you should stuff your pumpkin and do the last round of DC decrease all the way around.

     

 

THE STEM

Once you have done your decreasing you need to switch over to your stem color. I usually just slip my new color into the loop on my hook and change colors that way.

  • Then DC in all sts around for 3 rounds.
  • The last round DC decrease in all sts. If you have a st left over just DC into it and sl st in beg ch to end round. Ch 1 cut yarn, work in tail. Sl st a few times to close the top completely, ch 1 and cut your yarn, hide your tail.

 

 

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To get your crocheted ball to look like a pumpkin:

Cut a long piece of yarn of the same color you used for your pumpkin and tie one of the ends to one of the DC’s from round 1 and the other side of the tail thread your tapestry needle.

Working from the bottom of your pumpkin up, push your needle through the bottom and up through the first row of stem, then go through the bottom again a few DC’s over from where you tied on your tail, and back up through the middle of your pumpkin. Come out through the 1st row of stem again but a bit further down, and pull your string tight.

Keep working this way all the way around, trying to get at least 5 sections. Tie your tails together to keep your pumpkin shape tight. Then hide your tails.

 

 

 

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By |2018-10-16T11:00:01+00:00October 28th, 2015|Halloween, Holiday Crochet, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

About the Author:

Hi I'm Candy from Meladora's Creations and I design crochet patterns and film them on YouTube. I want to start by saying, I am by no means a professional teacher. I figure things out as I go along and I love playing with yarn! This is how I have discovered new crochet stitches. I am a mother of two and I live in Israel presently, but I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I met a man on an online game and became friends and through time we fell in love and I came out here to Israel to be together. From lack of knowing how to speak Hebrew, I had to find a way to help take care of our two kids, so after sharing my crochet projects online and being asked to do a tutorial on one of them, I finally broke down and tried it. Click on the "About Me" on the top of the page to read a longer version of my story.

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