As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, my mind starts wandering towards Autumn. There’s something special about the falling leaves, cosy evenings and cold mornings, isn’t there? It’s also the PERFECT season for crochet. No more sweaty palms while you’re handling your hook! I wanted to share some of the Autumn magic with you today with a bit of a revamped pattern. My crochet pumpkin is one of my most popular crochet patterns, so I’ve given it a bit of a polish and it is all ready to make its debut. Just in time for Autumn.
Whether you want to choose a warm Autumn palette, or go with spooky neon orange and green to add a more Halloween vibe – this gorgeous gourd is the perfect project. Why not hook up a string of them and create your own pumpkin bunting?
MATERIALS & TOOLS
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in 2 colours (Colour A, Colour B) I used Jaffa and Meadow.
Hook: 4.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Want to SUPER-SIZE your pumpkin? My Autumn Pumpkin pattern uses Aran weight yarn and creates a much plumper pumpkin. Why not mix and match between the two for the perfect Autumn display?
This pattern is written in UK terms.
TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.
Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog): Insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
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CROCHET PUMPKIN PATTERN
For the Pumpkin
Using orange yarn.
Working each round in circles
Round 1: 10dc into first chain
Round 2: 2dc into each dc (20 stitches)
Round 3: dc into each stitch
Round 4: 2dc into each stitch (40 stitches)
Round 5-8: dc into each stitch (40 stitches in each round)
Round 9: dc2tgr (20 stitches)
Round 10: dc in each stitch (20 stitches)
*Start stuffing the pumpkin*
Round 11: dc2tog (10 stitches)
*Further stuff the pumpkin if needed*
Round 12: dc2tog (5 stitches) dc into opposite stitch in order to close the hole.
Tie off leaving an extra long tail (30cm or more)
Attach a darning needle to your end. Thread the needle from the bottom of the pumpkin to the top. Thread the needle from the bottom of the pumpkin to the top again and pull tight on the yarn (this will make your indentations) Continue this 6 times making the spaces even. Tie off.
For the leaves
Using green yarn
Foundation: Chain 2
Round 1: 8dc into first chain and connect
Round 2: *chain 3, skip a stitch, ss into next stitch* 4 times.
Connect and tie off leaving a long end.
Sew onto the pumpkin and hide your ends.
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