I’m not a crochet expert, but last night, I whipped up the cutest little thing that I have to share. Fall is here and Halloween is coming. For about a dollar and an hour of my time, I made these cute little crochet pumpkins and you can too. Follow my tutorial below.
I’m going to assume that anyone following this knows the basics of crochet. If you don’t, there are an infinite number of tutorials online. I still learn new things by following tutorials on YouTube. There is a nice, neatly organized video series by Alycia at Habitual Homebody. For those who prefer to read, my number one favorite beginner book is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi. The author teaches you how to create all the basic shapes that are the starting point for most projects.
Crochet pumpkins supplies
- A handful of orange yarn and even less green yarn (I used scraps)
- Size F crochet hook, to make a 3-inch tall pumpkin
- Polyester fiberfill for stuffing (You could also use scrap fabric or yarn)
Crochet pumpkins pattern
Using the orange yarn, start with a magic ring or chain four and slip-stitch to make a circle.
Round 1. Half-double crochet into the circle 14 times. Slip-stitch into the beginning.
Round 2. Half-double crochet into each stitch around the circle, but increase in every other stitch. You’ll make one stitch in the first and two in the second and so on alternating. Slip-stitch into the beginning.
Round 3-11. Half-double crochet one time into each stitch around the circle. For these rows, crochet in the round instead of slip-stitching into each row at the end. This will create a smooth face.
*At this point, leave a tail and cut the orange yarn. Slip-stitch the green into the last stitch you were on and continue.*
Round 12. Half-double crochet one time into each stitch around the circle.
Round 13-15. Half-double crochet around the circle, but decrease in every other stitch. (This is kind of hard to explain and took me forever to learn.)
Yarn over. Insert the hook into the first stitch. Yarn over. Pull two stitches through. Yarn over again. Insert the hook into the second stitch. Pull three stitches through. Yarn over one last time. Pull the rest of the stitches through. You have just turned two stitches into one.
*Before you totally close the top, stuff the pumpkin with the fiberfill.*
At this point, the hole in the top of your pumpkin should be basically closed.
Round 16. To make a stem, I really just kind of crocheted back over the last row until there was a bump.
To make the more traditional-shaped pumpkin, start by making the whole thing larger all over. You could use a larger hook and yarn, or just add a few extra stitches to each row. Just keep the proportions similar.
Basically, you’ll be making the same round orange shape and then tying it into sections with yarn. I also crocheted the top separately. I made a flat star shape and then used the same technique to make the stem and slip-stitched it onto the orange part after stuffing it.
To get the bump sections, wrap the pumpkin in yarn like you’re tying a ribbon on a gift. Basically, you’re dividing the pumpkin into four sections by squeezing it with yarn. Loop the yarn under the bottom and pull tight at the top and tie it off.
- There is no gauge for this project. You could make it much bigger or smaller and it would still look good.
- I used scraps, so the orange is wool and the green is cheap acrylic. The options for this are really unlimited. I think it would be fun to do in 100% cotton.
- My pumpkin turned our very “organic” shaped. If it were in more natural, earthy colors it might pass for a gourd. In fact, I might make a few more just to keep him company.
- This could easily be made into a jack-o-lantern by sewing little pieces of black felt for a face.
If you make some crochet pumpkins, I’d love for you to share it on my Facebook page. If you share it on Instagram or Twitter, be sure to tag me @kerihouchin.