Autumn is definitely here now and Halloween is slowly creeping up on us. We’ve spent afternoons foraging for pine cones and conkers, to be proudly displayed on the mantelpiece with an array of candles. As soon as September hit, my lounge has had the cosy smell of pumpkin spice filling the room!
After seeing so many gorgeous pumpkins filling my feed over on IG, I decided I really needed to whip up some of my own! These cute little rustic pumpkins don’t take long to make at all and are perfect for passing the time.
With the use of post stitches, this little pumpkin is full of character when stitched together. So far, no 2 pumpkins have been the same which, to me, makes for a perfect pumpkin patch!
I’ve created 3 different patterns for these little pumpkins, all using different stitches but following a similar method. Keep a look out for the other patterns coming very soon!
- Aran weight yarn – I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran
- 4.5mm hook
- Fibre fill
- Yarn needle
Yarn colours – the colours used for this pattern are Mustard, Blush Pink, Misty Grey, Champagne White and Slate Green.
- Chain Stitch – ch
- Single Crochet – sc
- Half Double Crochet – hdc
- Double Crochet – dc
- Front Post Double Crochet – fp dc
- These little pumpkins can be made in a variety of different weight yarns and hooks, and are all easily adaptable to be made bigger if needed!
- Each pumpkin measures approximately 4” across by 2” tall.
- The pattern is written in US crochet terms
- You can make the pumpkins bigger by chaining a starting chain divisible by 5 and increasing the amount of rows you crochet.
Row 1: Leaving a 30cm tail, ch 40, sl st in first chain made to form a ring being careful not to twist the chain. Ch 1, 1 dc in each ch to end, sl st in top of starting ch (40)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 dc in next 2 st, fp dc, * 1 dc in next 4 st, fp dc in next st; rep from * until 2 st left unworked, 2 dc, sl st in top of first dc (40)
Row 3 – 11: Rep Row 2, break yarn and fasten off, leaving a 50cm tail (40)
Weave the tail from the starting chain through the bottom of each chain until you get back to the beginning. Gently pull to close the circle, making sure not to pull too tight and snap the thread. Sew up the small gap to close your pumpkin.
Repeat this with the tail from the last row, making sure to stuff the pumpkin before you close the pumpkin! Be careful not to stuff the pumpkin to firmly, otherwise it will be harder to shape and the stitches will pull too much.
With the rest of the thread, insert your needle into the top hole and through the bottom of your pumpkin, gently pulling. Re-insert your needle back through the top hole and out through the bottom, so the thread goes from bottom to top. Position the thread so it’s in-between the fp dc stitches and gently pull to shape the pumpkin.
Repeat this up to 7 more times, dependent on how much shape you want to give the pumpkin!
Row 1: Leaving a long tail, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Row 2 – 4: 1 sc in each st, break yarn and fasten off leaving a long tail for joining (6)
Using a yarn needle, close the top of the stalk up. Insert needle through the back loop of the first sc and then repeat this in the next 5 sc. Gently pull to close, inserting the needle in through the top of the stalk and pulling the tail out the bottom.
Attach the stalk through the top of the pumpkin and fasten at the bottom.
The vines are completely optional and can be made to any length you want! To make them bigger, simply crochet any number length of chain. As you work the [3 hdc] into each chain, the vine will start to curl.
Row 1: Leaving a long tail, ch 26, [2 hdc] in 3rd ch from hook, working along the chain [3 hdc] in each ch to end, break yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail
Using a yarn needle, attach the vines through the top of the pumpkin and fasten at the bottom if you’ve opted to add them.
To hide any loose threads, using a yarn needle, insert your hook into the bottom of your pumpkin and pull them through to the other side. Being super careful not to cut your stitches, snip the thread as close to the pumpkin as possible and give it a squish. The ends will then be safely hidden inside!
Happy crocheting! xx
Want to add to your pumpkin patch? I’ll be adding 2 other pumpkin patterns to give your pumpkin patch even more character and variety! 🎃
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