There’s no need to spend a fortune on décor, instead DIY your Fall home décor with these Swirled Crochet Pumpkins. With their spiral ribbing these stuffed pumpkins make a quirky decoration, and to keep you on budget the Swirled Crochet Pumpkin pattern is completely free. Keep reading for the full written pattern and video.
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To make these Swirled Crochet Pumpkins for yourself you will need:
- 10 yards of dk/light worsted yarn for the small size, and 40 yards for the larger pumpkin
- 2 yards of green dk/light worsted yarn for the stem
- toy stuffing.
- 3mm hook
- Darning needle
With a few of these amigurumi pumpkins around the house, you will be all set for Halloween too with the perfect autumnal décor that all your neighbours will be admiring
This pattern is quick and easy to make and just uses sc and hdc (US terms) to create.
The texture is created by taking advantage of the extra loop created when making a half crochet stitch. Leaving 2 loops unused pushes them to the front of the fabric creating that wonderful ribbed texture. To make your Swirled Pumpkins, you will be using either the back loop only or the front loop only.
The Swirled Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
The Gauge for these swirled pumpkins = 9 stitches in 3cm, 6 rows in 3cm
The small swirled pumpkin needs 10 yards of Sirdar cotton DK, while the large size needs 40 yards. I have used cotton for this pattern as cotton doesn’t stretch so you won’t see the stuffing once it’s finished. If you would like to know more about why cotton is recommended, have a read of this article on using Cotton Yarn
Hook size = 3mm
- Ch = Chain
- St = Stitch
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Hdc2tog = Half double crochet 2 together
Start by making a chain of 17 for the small size, and a chain of 32 for the larger pumpkin.
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a hdc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch). Make a hdc in each chain across.
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make 2 hdc into the first stitch. Make a hdc in the front loop only of each stitch across the row until there are 2 stitches left. Make a hdc2tog over the last 2 stitches.
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a hdc2tog over the first 2 stitches. Make a hdc in the 3rd loop only of each stitch across . In your last stitch make 2 hdc in both loops.
All the texture should be on 1 side of your pumpkin, the other side should be smooth
Repeat rows 2 and 3. If you’re making the larger pumpkin, make 30 rows. If you’re making the smaller pumpkin make 15 rows.
Once you have finished, whip stitch the 2 short sides of your pumpkin together so that all of your ribbing runs from the top to the bottom like in the picture below. This will make those ribbed rows look like they’re swirling
Close the bottom by weaving the tail through the stitches and pulling tight. Don’t weave in the end, instead pull it up through the middle, through the stuffing to the top of the pumpkin.
Once you’ve closed the bottom, stuff your pumpkin with toy stuffing. You want to add enough to make it nice and firm. Once stuffed, close the top using the same tail you used to close the bottom. This tail should be pulled nice and tight so that your bottom pulls up slightly. You don’t want to close the top all the way, leave a small opening so we can add the stem like in the picture below.
We start the stem in the stitches around the small opening in the top you’ve pulled tight.
Join your yarn into any stitch in the top, and sc in the same stitch. Then make another 5 sc spread evenly around the top – I made them into the most accessible stitches.
In a spiral make a sc in each stitch until your stem is 3 stitches high all round. Cut your yarn and use the tail to sew the top of the stem closed.
If you find working directly into the top of the pumpkin too fiddly, you can chain 6 and slip stitch into the first stitch. Then sc in a spiral until your stem reaches 3 sc high all round. Then sew your stem into your pumpkin.
How To Make Your Pumpkin Larger Or Smaller
Changing the size of your Swirled Crochet Pumpkin is really easy. You can either use the same number of stitches and rows as in the pattern above and just use a thicker yarn and a larger hook size. Or you can change the number of stitches and rows. These pumpkins need the same number of rows as the number of stitches that you use in row 1. So if you’re making a pumpkin 20 stitches wide, you need to make it 20 rows high.
Enjoy your Swirled Crochet Pumpkins and revel in your slightly quirky yet traditional Fall décor. I’d love to see your fabulous Pumpkins, come and show them off here in our Facebook group
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