I have gone a little crazy with fall decorations this year. I have scarecrows and pine cones and wreaths galore, but I could really use a few more pumpkins! I’ve always felt that nothing says home quite like homemade so I decided to whip up a quick and easy pumpkin. It’s so easy in fact, that I’ve called it the “Easiest Pumpkin You’ll Ever Crochet”.
Lion Brand Heartland yarn offers the perfect color palette for this little pumpkin. I have chosen two different color options; the orange pumpkin is ‘yosemite’ with a stem crocheted with ‘grand canyon. The lighter pumpkin is ‘grand canyon’ with a stem crocheted with ‘yosemite’. Both leaves are crocheted with ‘joshua tree’. You will only need a small amount of yarn for each pumpkin. Purchasing one skein of each color will be plenty enough to make several pumpkins!
The Easiest Pumpkin You’ll Ever Crochet
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2014.
Please do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern without first obtaining my permission. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photo above.
Crochet pattern is written in US terms.
Gather your supplies…
- Lion Brand Heartland: Yosemite, Grand Canyon & Joshua Tree
- Size 4 mm crochet hook
- Handful of stuffing per pumpkin
- Darning needle
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- Ch – chain
- Slst – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
The body of the pumpkin is crocheted working in the round using the spiral method. Once the body is crocheted you will bind off and create a drawstring closure to seal up the ends. To create a drawstring closure, bind off leaving yourself a tail that is approximately 8-10″ long. Thread the tail with your darning needle and weave in and out of each stitch. When you pull the tail it will draw up and you must securely tie it off. I do so by creating several whip stitches over the closure.
Ch 50. Join with a slst to first chain to form a ring. (Leave yourself a tail that is approximately 8-10″)
Ch 1. Sc into each chain. Do not join. Continue to crochet in a spiral fashion by Sc one time into the back loops only of every stitch until your work measures 5 inches.
Bind off leaving yourself a tail that’s approximately 8-10″.
Using the long tails and your darning needle, create a drawstring closure at one end of your work and secure it tightly leaving the tail in tact. Stuff the pumpkin and create a drawstring closure at the other end and secure it. Now thread the same tail through the pumpkin and out the other end. Tie the two tails together as tightly as possible to shape the pumpkin.
Ch 2. Sc 8 times in the first chain. Do not join.
Rounds 2-6: Sc into each stitch in a spiral fashion.
Bind off. Sew stem to pumpkin using your darning needle.
Slst into the first chain. Sc into the next chain. Hdc into the next chain. Dc into the next two chains. Hdc into the next chain. Sc into the next chain. You should have 3 chains remaining.
Sc over the chain into the same stitch as the last sc but on the opposite side. Hdc into the next stitch. Dc into the next 2 stitches. Hdc into the next stitch. Slst into the last stitch.