Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
It must be the change in the weather, but I am feeling all Autumnal this week. My thoughts have started to turn to the end of the year – my favourite time of year. I love Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas and all that goes with them. These times are all about staying warm and being with family. Feeling Autumnal, I decided to make this week’s free pattern a crochet pumpkin pattern.
What you will need to make the crochet pumpkin.
You will need:
- A number 5 (G) hook
- Chunky Yarn in orange (about 50g) I found this gorgeous orange yarn on Amazon.
- Chunky Green Yarn (about 30g)
- Toy stuffing
- A needle for weaving in the ends
Please note – I use US terminology
I decided to make the crochet pumpkin as a whole ball and then attach the stem and tendrils afterwards. This avoids having to join in a different colour for those who are not confident in joining. I have also only used one stitch – half double crochet to keep things easy (yarn over and insert your crochet hook into the stitch, yarn over again and pull the yarn through the stitch, yarn over again and pull through all three loops on the hook).
The Crochet Pumpkin
- Chain 25 in orange
- Row 1 – Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way along, chain two and turn. (24)
- Row 2 – Each stitch is made up of front and back loop. Half double crochet all the way along in the back loops only. This will give us the ridged effect that we want for our pumpkin. Chain 2 and turn. (24)
- Repeat row 2 until you have 20 rows. Leave a long tail for sewing up.
- Weave in the short end from the start and cut off.
- Sew two edges together, making sure that the ridges run vertically down the pumpkin.
- You will then have a tube of orange crochet.
How do I make it look like a pumpkin?
When you get to the end and have sewn the crochet pumpkin into a tube, your yarn should be at one of the short ends.
Keeping the same thread (this is why I said to leave quite a long tail for sewing up) weave in and out along the top edge of the tube. As you weave, draw the top in like a drawstring bag. Continue all the way along until you can draw up the hole at this end.
You make still have a small hole at the end. Sew across the hole and again draw the yarn in so that the end is sewn up. To finish off at this end, weave through 5 or 6 stitches. Go back and then forwards so that the yarn is woven in and then cut off.
Keep the yarn that is left for when we sew the other end up.
At this point, turn the pumpkin the right way out, so that any visible stitching is hidden inside. 🙂
Stuff the pumpkin with soft toy filling. You will see you crochet pumpkin taking shape.
Using your orange yarn, make a knot, start from the inside and drawstring along the top that is still open. We do the same as we did for the other end. As you draw it in, you may wish to add more toy filling to make your crochet pumpkin plumper.
Again, when you have drawn in the top, sew across the small hole that may remain.
Push your needle through the crochet pumpkin and out through another part of it. Then, push your needle back in where you came out and then out from another part of the pumpkin. This means that the yarn will catch on the stuffing inside the pumpkin.
Finally, pull on the yarn and cut it as close to the pumpkin as you can. When you let go of the yarn it will disappear inside the pumpkin.
The Crochet Pumpkin Stem.
- In green, chain 4 and slipstitch to the first chain to make a loop.
- Make 6 half double crochet in the space you have formed, slipstitch to the first stitch to join (6)
- Chain 2 and half double crochet in the same stitch. 2 half double crochets in the next 11 stitches and join in the first stitch with a slipstitch. (12)
- Chain 2, ** 2 half double crochet in the next stitch and then half double crochet in the next **repeat to end and then slipstitch to join (18)
- Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing onto the pumpkin.
- Use the small tail from the start to sew up any small hole on the underside.
- Weave in this end and cut off.
- Using whip-stitch or any stitch that you are confident with, sew the green circular part of the stem to the top of the pumpkin.
- To finish off, again push the needle through the pumpkin, go back in where you came out, pull tight and cut off.
Crochet Pumpkin Stalk
- In green, chain 9.
- Make a half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way back to the beginning.
- Finish off and weave in the short end.
- Sew to the centre of the circular part of the stem.
Crochet Pumpkin Tendrils (make 2)
- In green, chain 16
- Make 2 half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way down.
- Sew onto the sides of the circular stem either side of the stalk and weave in the ends.
(This makes wonderful curls. Once you learn how to do this you will want to make curls for everything. I made long curls for a jellyfish that I had up in my class all year last year and have just bought it home.)
Enjoy your finished crochet pumpkin.
You could make all of the bits and then sew it all together, but I prefer to sew up as I go along. It mixes up the jobs a bit and you see your piece coming together in stages.
My next project is to make these in different sizes. You could make them with different shades of orange and green. You might want to try different thicknesses of yarn. If you used DK they might be smaller and cuter – hmmm, I think I’ll have a go at that too. 😉
Please do not reproduce or share any part of this pattern as your own. If you wish to use this pattern or any of the photos on your social media, please credit back to The Made It Mum. I am happy for you to sell items that you make from this pattern.
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Please leave a comment and let me know how your pumpkin looks or email me a picture – I would to hear from you. The Made It Mum xx