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Easy Crochet Pumpkin; Free Pattern

Cute Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

An easy crochet pumpkin just in time for fall, although I think pumpkins are cute any time of the year. I made three pumpkins in three different ways. My favorite is this pattern.

You will need to know how to:

  • Crochet in the Round – Start with a circle, increase each round.
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc) – yo, insert hook, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through all three loops on hook.
  • Slip Stitch (sl st) – insert hook, yarn over (yo), pull through stitch, pull through the loop on hook.
  • Back Loops – See photo below.
  • Increase – half double crochet 2 times in the same stitch.
  • Decrease Half Double Crochet (hdc2tog) – yo, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

Materials

  • Yarn; I used Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn (5 bulky chunky) for this project. The other two I used Lyon Brand 24/7 Cotton (I love the way the 24/7 cotton Lyon Brand looked but the stitches are so easy to see with the Bernat in the pictures). Use any yarn, it’s your pumpkin and the outcome size doesn’t matter. Pumpkins come in all sizes. I used even rounds, 7 rounds increased, 7 rounds in the middle, and 7 rounds decreased, this pattern is easy to adjust.
  • Hook – I used 4.5mm, this is a little smaller than the recommended hook, use what feels comfortable. Be a rule breaker.
  • Stitch Marker – to mark the beginning of each round.
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Filling
  • Artificial Succulent

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Directions:

Use a stitch marker to mark the first crochet in each round, this is where your slip stitch will end each round. You will start your first crochet in the same stitch.  (Skip over slip stitch loop)

Crochet in the back loops, this will make a ribbed look.

To Start:

Chain 4, sl st in chain 1 making a circle.

Round 1

Half double crochet (hdc) 6 stitches in the center of the circle,  sl st in the first stitch to join. Pull tail to tighten.

Increase Round 2

Work 2 half double crochets in each stitch. At the end of the round, you should have 12 stitches. Join the round with a slip stitch.

Increase Round 3

*1hdc in the chain stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch (1 stitch increased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join in the first stitch of the previous round. You will finish with 18 total stitches. (1 hdc in the first stitch, 2 in the next, 1 in the next, 2 in the next, repeat the pattern until the end of the round.)

Increase Round 4:

*1 hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch (1 stitch increased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 24 total stitches. (1 hdc in the first stitch, 1 in the next, 2 in the next, 1 in the next, 1 in the next, 2 in the next, repeat until end of the round.)

Increase Round 5:

*1 hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch (1 stitch increased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 30 total stitches.

Increase Round 6

*1 hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch (1 stitch increased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 36 total stitches.

Increase Round 7

*1 hdc in the next 5 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch (1 stitch increased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 42 total stitches.

Round 8

This round will end the increase, this will make your project bowl to form the sides of the pumpkins. We will work 42 hdc in the 42 stitches in the round.

Rounds 9 – 14

Repeat round 8.

Decrease Round 15

*1 hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 36 stitches.

Decrease Round 16

*1 hdc in the next 4 stitches, hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 30 stitches.

Decrease Round 17

*1 hdc in the next 3 stitches, hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 24 stitches.

Stuff Your Pumpkin

Decrease Round 18

*1 hdc in the next 2 stitches, hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 18 stitches.

Decrease Round 19

*1 hdc in the next stitch, hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 12 stitches.

Decrease Round 20

*hdc2tog (1 stitch decreased); repeat from * to end of the round, slip stitch to join. You will finish with 6 stitches.

Finishing Your Pumpkin

Pull through a long tail to fasten off. You will need enough to wrap around the pumpkin several times so be generous.

Using a tapestry needle thread the tail. Wrap the tail around the pumpkin halfway, at the bottom insert the needle through the center of the pumpkin. Do that 8 times, to give the pumpkin the indentions that pumpkins have. Pull yarn tight (this will also flatten the top and bottom a little.

Fasten off and insert an artificial succulent in the top.

Ta-da super cute crochet pumpkin.

Check out my free Market Bag Pattern.

Do you love pumpkins but you don’t crochet. Check out this list of my favorite DIY Pumpkins.

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