The Autumn equinox has just passed and I feel as if it would not be Autumn without a crochet pumpkin or two. This year, I have decided to add (literally) a little twist to the crochet pumpkin pattern by adding an easy cable to give it the added texture of your typical gnarled pumpkin or gourd. Please find the free pattern below:
Tapestry needle and sharp scissors
Cinnamon stick or stick from tree
You can use any other aran/worsted weight yarn.
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8 to 10 cm high, depending on style.
Intermediate or beginners interested in new stitches.
The pattern is written using UK terminology, for a conversion chart to US terminology click this link.
The pumpkin is worked in the rows. You need to turn your work after each row.
[Stitches written in brackets like this are all worked into the same stitch.]
For the first stitch on each row: Chain 1 to move up to the next round if the round starts with double crochet. Chain 2 if the round starts with a half treble crochet, and chain 3 if the round starts with a treble crochet. These chains count as the first stitch in the row.
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Fptr – front post treble
Fpdtr – Font post double treble
2dctog – work 2 dc together to decrease
Start crocheting here:
Foundation: Chain 36. (36)
Row 1: Dc in second chain from hook, then dc across. (35)
Row 2: 5dc [2dc]. 6 times. (42)
Row 3: 2dc, 4fptr worked the stitches of row 1, 1 dc. 6 times. (42)
Row 4: dc across. (42)
This is the cross over row.
Row 5: 2dc, skip 2 and work 2fpdtr over fptr in row 3, then work 2fpdtr into the 2 fptr you skipped, 1 dc. 6 times. (42)
This video may help you with the stitch placement on row 5.
Row 6. Dc across. (42)
Crochet rows 3 to 6 in pattern another 4 times. If you want a taller pumpkin, you can make a few more repeats.
Final row: 5dc, 2dctog. 6 times. (35)
Fasten off leaving a very long tail for assembly.
Using an embroidery needle sew the two sides together. Do not fasten off, but instead tack around the bottom of you work. Then pull it tight to close the whole in the bottom of the pumpkin, then fasten off.
Stuff the pumpkin, then get a new thread and tack around the top of the pumpkin. Before pulling the tacking tight, insert a cinnamon stick into the centre of the stuffing, and pull the thread tight around the stick. You can now either just fasten off the yarn to get a taller pumpkin or you can wrap the thread around the pumpkin so that the thread runs inbetween all cables. Then you pull the thread tight and fasten off to make the fatter pumpkin with dimples