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I simply cannot wait for fall. The cool, crisp air, beautiful foliage, pumpkin everything, and gorgeous decor to match the occasion are just a few of the reasons that autumn is my favorite season. I also love the cooler weather for doing tons of crafts and projects. There’s nothing like sitting down with a crochet hook and a skein of yarn to make something beautiful. Of course, when I come up on a new project I love, I want to share it with you. I really hope you enjoy these beautiful crocheted pumpkins as much as I do!
While I love sitting down with my hook and a skein of yarn, I’m just an average crocheter. I can make a massive blanket like nobody’s business. But, crocheting in rounds is actually pretty new to me. In fact, I was a bit intimidated the first time I tried. But, I’m happy to report it’s not really too scary. I honestly think even a crochet novice can achieve this craft.
These crocheted pumpkins are the perfect piece for your fall decor. They work up fairly quickly and would definitely be a hit at fall craft shows. But, I love just using them to sit on the dining room table and in our family room to add a bit of that rustic, autumn flair that I absolutely love. Plus, it gives something for the baby to play with. She thinks they’re amazing.
If you’re a beginner like me, the first step is to learn how to get a magic ring made. I was overwhelmed by all of the tutorials, but I finally figured it out after about three tries (which isn’t too bad). You’re really just looping the yarn around your non dominant hand and creating a slip-knot within it. I found this super quick tutorial really straightforward and to the point.
Once you get your magic ring made you’ll start this pattern. So, don’t follow the instructions in the above tutorial and do 6 single crochets. You’ll need a chain and then 7 single crochets.
How to Crochet a Pumpkin
Materials You’ll Need for this Project
- Worsted Weight Yarn (2 colors)Pumpkin Yarn Yarn for Stem
- Size G Hook (4 MM)
- Tapestry Needle
Size of Pumpkin
These pumpkins measure roughly 8″ in circumference. Keep in mind that if you use a different weight of yarn or a different size hook, results will vary.
Abbreviations for this Project
- Ch – Chain
- Sc – Single Crochet
- St – Stitch
- Hdc – Half-double Crochet
- Hdc2tog – Half-double Crochet Two Together
- Sl st – Slip Stitch
How to Make the Pumpkin
Using orange (or whatever color you choose to make your pumpkin) create a magic ring.
Round 1 – Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 7 Sc into magic ring, join (7 sts)
Round 2 – Work 2 hdc in each st around (14 st)
Round 3 – *Work 2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st* rep pattern around 7 times (21 sts)
Round 4 – *Work 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts* rep pattern around 7 times (28 sts)
Round 5 – hdc into each st (28 sts)
Round 6 – hdc into each st (28 sts)
Round 7 – hdc into each st (28 sts)
Round 8 – hdc into each st (28 sts)
Round 9 – *hdc2tog in first st, hdc in next 2 sts* rep pattern around 7 times (21 sts)
Round 10 – *hdc2tog in first st, hdc in next st* rep pattern around 7 times (14 sts) Begin stuffing fiberfill at this point, too.
Round 11 – hdc2tog 7 times (7 sts) continue stuffing
Round 12 – hdc2tog 3 times (3 sts)
Fasten off leaving about 48″ of tail.
To make your pumpkin shape you’ll want to use the tapestry needle to pull the tail through the center. Wrap the yarn around the side and pull it back through, pulling enough to give it a bit of a pumpkin shape. Repeat 3 more times to make evenly spaced indents around the whole ball to really make it look like a pumpkin. Alternatively, if you feel up to the challenge, stick your tapestry needle under the edge of the top of each stitch that way the yarn blends into the project a little better.
How to Make the Stem
Using green (or whatever color you choose to make your stem) create a magic ring.
Round 1 – Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 6 sc into magic ring, join (6 sts)
Round 2 – Sc into each st (6 sts)
Round 3 – Sc into first 5 sts, sl st into last st (6 sts)
Fasten off leaving enough tail to sew to pumpkin. Sew to pumpkin and viola you have a gorgeous little crocheted pumpkin to add some beautiful fall flare to your home or sell at a craft show!