Perfect Pumpkin

Perfect Pumpkin

Pumpkins are the quintessential Fall decorating item!  These crocheted pumpkins are a quick craft project that anyone can do (even if you are a beginner crocheter)!

I am a Youtube taught crocheter.  I cannot read a complicated crochet pattern to save my life, but even I can crank out a couple of these simple pumpkins in an hour or so.  

Here is what you will need:

  • Yarn in whatever color pumpkin you want to make
  • Crochet hooks (I like J10/6mm for a palm-size or smaller pumpkin or L11/8 mm for a larger pumpkin)
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfill or beans (this will be the guts of your pumpkin)
  • Cinnamon stick or plain stick for the stem

Grab your yarn and favorite crochet hook (I am making a small pumpkin so I am using a J10/6mm hook)

Chain 16

Row 1: Turn and single crochet in the BACK LOOP ONLY (blo) across your chain, chain 1 and turn (15)

Row 2-28: Single crochet in blo across, ch 1 and turn (15). Row 29: Single crochet in blo across. Tie off and leave a tail that is at least as long as your project is wide.

Turning your mini blanket into a pumpkin is the fun part!  Using the long tail you left, mattress stitch the first and last rows together and tie off.  This will give you a tube. Cut a strand of yarn that is at least a foot long and use your yarn needle to weave in and out of the top of your tube.  Pull the ends tight to close the opening and tie it off. 

Stuff your cylinder with your fiberfill or beans.  The more stuffing you add, the taller your pumpkin will be.  So for a squatter pumpkin, use less stuffing. Take another foot of yarn and weave it in and out  of the top of your cylinder. Pull the ends tight to close the opening, but leave a small enough hole to add a stem later.  Tie it off.

You should now have 4 strands of yarn hanging off of your pumpkin (2 on the top and 2 on the bottom).  Use your yarn needle to wrap one string at a time around the pumpkin and pull it through the center. Tie each off and weave in the tails.

Perfect Pumpkin

Now you can add a stem.  Cinnamon sticks are fun to use because you get an additional perk- the smell.  If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, a regular stick can work just fine.

If you love the pumpkin but don’t have the time to make one yourself, you could always check out these adorable ones that have been crafted by our talented ArtFire makers!

You can find other fun Fall Crafts on our Pinterest board!  

Happy crafting! 

1 Comment

  • Reply October 23, 2019

    Sofi leen

    wow, looks nice pumpkin, Awesome hand work!

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