Pumpkin Crochet Pattern & Tutorial
Fall is here! There's something so cozy about crocheting in the fall with pumpkin colored yarn, hot coffee, and Gilmore girls on repeat.
I've made knit pumpkins in the past but this year I wanted to try and make a crochet version. I'm very happy with how it came out!
These pumpkins work up so quickly and are the perfect decor for any crocheter to have in their home this fall! Not to mention the endless possibilities of color, size (I'll explain how to make these bigger or smaller in the patter), and yarn weight.
The cinnamon stick on top is the perfect fall addition and makes the pumpkin smell delicious. You can even add some essential oil to the cinnamon stick to act as a diffuser for your room or home!
I have a YouTube tutorial for this crochet pumpkin pattern! If you need further explanation of any part of this pattern, check it out!
Yarn I used/recommend!
You can use whatever color you want! Here are a few I have used before and recommend:
Other Materials needed:
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The pumpkin I make in this tutorial measures 6 inches (w) by 4.5 inches (h)
However, this pattern is very versatile. You can make pumpkins of many sizes. You can even use whatever yarn weight with the corresponding hook size. At the end of the pattern, I will include modifications so you can make your pumpkin taller, shorter, wider, smaller, with less or more sections, etc.
What you will need:
Yarn: Worsted, size 4
In color of choice, I used orange
*any weight yarn can be used with the corresponding hook size.
1 Cinnamon Stick
Stitches & Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
blo = back loop only
st = stitch
1. chain 31
Starting in the second chain from hook,
2. sc in each stitch. chain 1 and turn.
3. Repeat step 2 three more time. (You should have a total of 4 sc rows)
4. sc in blo of each stitch.
5. Repeat step 4 one more time. (You should have a total of 2 sc blo rows)
6. Repeat steps 2-5 seven more times. (You should have a total of 8 sections)
7. On the last row, fold project in half so the last row and first row are next to each other. Sc in blo of last row and through the corresponding stitch of the first row to join.
8. Cut and fasten off project leaving a very long tail.
9. Flip project inside out (The last row was a wrong side row)
Stuffing and Closing the pumpkin
Using a long tapestry needle,
1. Thread the yarn tail through the needle.
2. Weave the needle in and out of every other stitch around the entire edge of the pumpkin.
3. Pull tight to cinch closed.
4. If needed, weave needle in and out a row down to close further.
With Poly-Fil or your stuffing of choice (yarn scraps can come in handy here!) fill the pumpkin. You want it to be pretty full so that the sections of the pumpkin are defined when we make them.
1. Thread your needle and yarn tail through the center of the pumpkin to bring it to the top.
2. On the top open edge, repeat steps 1-3 above to close the pumpkin.
Tip: Yarn scarps make great stuffing for crochet projects! I like to put down a layer of poly-fil in my project, then a layer of yarn scraps, and another layer of poly-fil on top. This is a great way to use up scraps and use less poly-fil on porjects!
Creating the sections
With the rest of the yarn tail,
1. Run the yarn along the one of the ridges we created with the back loop only stitches. These will ensure that the sections are proportionately sized.
2. Insert needle through the bottom of the pumpkin, pull it out the top and pull tight to create the first section.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 along each ridge of the pumpkin to create the 8 sections.
4. When you complete the last section, weave the yarn through the stitches around the top hole to close it further and secure the sections.
5. Knot the yarn around a stitch, weave your end back through the center of the pumpkin. Cut the remaining yarn.
6. Cut a cinnamon stick to desired length and glue into the center as a stem.
Tip: If there are any parts of your pumpkin's sections that are concaving or the stuffing isn't sitting right, use the back end of your tapestry needle or a crochet hook. Insert it between the stitches and push the stuffing where you want it to be.
If you want to make your pumpkin a different size, here are some modifications you can do.
More chains = taller pumpkin
Less chains = shorter pumpkin
In this pattern, I start with a chain of 28 (+1 for turning).
SC rows: (even numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.)
More rows = wider sections
Less rows = smaller sections
In this pattern, there are 4 rows of SCs
Amount of repeats = the amount of sections your pumpkin with have.
ex: repeat 6 times for a total of 6 sections
In this pattern, there are 8 sections.
For this small white pumpkin I made (Measures: 3 inches (w) by 2 inches (h))
I started with a chain of 19, did 2 sc rows, and repeated 8 times.
Your final pumpkin should look something like this!
If you make your own pumpkin be sure to tag me in your finished product on social media! They are all linked down below but it is @purlsandtopknots on all of them!
If you have any questions feel free to comment them down below or reach out to me on social media.
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I do give permission to sell completed items you crease using my patterns. Please give me, @purlsandtopknots, credit for designing the patterns.