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Update! Guess what? This pattern is now part of my Learn To Read Crochet Patterns series! So it now has a video! Woo!
Originally posted October 13th, 2019
Happy October! As I’m typing this, I’m freezing my butt off. All of August was between 96F and 110F, the temperature slowly dropped to ‘80s by the end of September, and the beginning of October gave us high ‘70s. That is, until today, October 11th. Last night, it plummeted to 30F, and the high for today is a whopping 60. Not only that, but our heater hasn’t been switched on yet, so it’s 61 degrees in my house and my space heater is my best friend today. Normally I love temperatures in the ‘40s and ‘50s, but since I’ve had zero time to acclimate, I’m basically freezing to death.
Well let’s get to it then!
Worsted (weight 4) yarn in pumpkin color, maybe 20 yards (I used Impeccable in the color...Pumpkin!)
Worsted (weight 4) yarn in stem color, 1 yard (Impeccable in Chocolate Brown)
Stuffing (scrap yarn is perfect for this)
2 jump rings and 2 earring hooks
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
inc - increase
dec - decrease
First, make the pumpkin.
every inc and dec is made with sc
Grab your pumpkin yarn and 4mm hook.
R1: Make a magic ring of 6sc. Pull tight, don’t join, work in seamless rounds & use a stitch marker if you need.
R2: inc around(12)
R3: repeat R1 (24)
R4-R9: sc around (24)
R10: dec around(12)
Add your stuffing now. You don’t want to stuff them as you normally would a stuffed animal, or you won’t be able to carve the indents into the pumpkin segments. Think of it as maybe 75% full.
R11: repeat R9 (6)
Finish off, leave tail of 16 or so inches. Close hole with tail, then use it to create the segments.
Bring your tail up through to the top, through the middle of the bottom.
Next, bring your yarn back to the bottom, going around the side.
Go back up through the top and over the side 4 more times to make a total of 5 segments. If they’re not perfect…well, mine aren’t! But they still look pretty cute. Pull nice and tight on your segments. Once you’re done, tie it off at the top, then weave it back down to the bottom, tie off again, and weave it away.
Next we’ll make the stem.
Grab your stem yarn and 4mm hook.
R1: Chain 3
R2: without turning, sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook, and the next.
Finish off, leave a short tail around 5 inches long. Bring the tails through the top of the pumpkin, but do 1 tail at a time, and bring them through different stitches at the bottom, like the photo below.
Now you can tie the two ends together and weave them away.
And with that, your tiny pumpkin is done! Open up your jump ring, stick it into the top of the stem, slide on the earring hook, then close up the ring. OR instead of earrings, put it on a chain and wear it as a necklace! Or make a keychain! Hmm, what else…attach it to a headband or hair clip?! So many options!
Tag me on social media if you make them, I’d love to see them!