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Beginner Crochet Pumpkin and Jack-o’-Lantern

In the first and second parts of the Working in the round tutorial, I showed you the steps to make a round pumpkin shape. Now, this pumpkin (or Jack-o’-Lantern) needs some detail. If you want to add vertical stitches around to give it a bumpy look then, once you’ve closed the opening in the pumpkin, leave a very long tail of yarn and then fasten off. Thread the yarn into a yarn needle and begin by inserting the needle into the centre and pulling it through the opposite end. Pull yarn, a bit tight, wrap around and insert the needle into the opposite centre, pull through to the other end. Repeat this until you have 6 stitches, or more/less, it’s up to you. Weave in a few times to secure the yarn and fasten off.

finished pumkin shape

1 insert needle through centre 2 pull needle through other side 3 wrap around and insert needle again 4 pull tight to create bumps 5 mini pumkin side 6 mini pumpkin

 

To make a stem:

Chain 4 and make 2 single crochet stitches (increases) in each chain. Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn. With yarn needle, thread the short end and weave it through the stitches then thread the long tail and sew onto pumpkin.

7 ch 4 8 inc in each ch 9 weave end

10 sew stem to pumkin 11 sew stem to pumkin2

For the Jack-o’-Lantern face I used a bit of scrap felt and a glue gun, but you can also sew the pieces on or embroider any design you like. You could even use safety eyes or googly eyes to make it even cuter.

13 two jack o lanterns

But if you’re looking for some fall décor then you can leave the pumpkin blank and display it at Thanksgiving!

12 pumpkins2

Now with your new-found knowledge you can experiment with increases and decreases to get the size and shape you want. Try it out and make more pumpkins in different sizes!

Here are the patterns for both pumpkins:

Mini Pumpkin

Round 1: ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 6: [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Round 7: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 10: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you decrease.

Round 11: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave tail to sew opening shut. Weave ends.

Bigger Pumpkin

Repeat Mini Pumpkin Rounds 1-6 then:

Round 7: [sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Round 8: [sc in next 6 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (48 sts)

Round 9: [sc in next 7 sts, inc in next st] repeat 6 times (54 sts)

Rounds 10-11: sc in each st around (54 sts)

Round 12: [sc in next 7 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (48 sts)

Round 13: [sc in next 6 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (42 sts)

Round 14: [sc in next 5 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (36 sts)

Round 15: [sc in next 4 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (30 sts)

Round 16: [sc in next 3 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (24 sts)

Round 17: [sc in next 2 sts, dec] repeat 6 times (18 sts)

Round 18: [sc in next st, dec] repeat 6 times (12 sts)

Begin to stuff with fiberfill and continue to stuff as you decrease.

Round 19: dec 6 times (6 sts)

Fasten off and leave tail to sew opening shut. Weave ends.

I hope you’ve found this short Crochet Basics series helpful and if you have questions send me a message 🙂

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