Easiest Large Pumpkin Crochet Pattern- a fast and fun project for the quintessential autumn decor!
These crochet pumpkins are a breeze to make and they look great on bookcases and mantels. I have a collection of these pumpkins on my build-in bookcase. This is a fun crochet project that doesn't require much time. They're also a great way to make use of small amounts of yarn.
Nearly all of the crochet pumpkin patterns I came across were worked in the round. I wanted to create a pattern that was so simple, even true beginners could make it. The piece is crochet flat, then the side seam is sewn. Next, a loose "running" stitch is sewn around the bottom to gather. The pumpkin is stuffed with fiberfill and another running stitch is made at the top to gather. Finally, a handful of stitches are picked up at the top and worked in single crochet to create a stem.
For this pattern, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn. This is my favorite super bulky yarn to work with. It's easy to work with, it's inexpensive and it comes in a huge array of colors, including the perfect pumpkin orange. The bulky texture is ideal for home decor items and anything plush.
Easiest Large Pumpkin Crochet Pattern
Crochet Hook Size J (I know this hook is a little smaller than the recommended size for this yarn. The small hook creates a tighter crochet and the filling won't show through). This same crochet hook will be used to make the stem.
Gauge: not important for this project
Pumpkin measures (height including stem): 9 inches
Make a loop and chain 20 sts
Turn the chain over and Single Crochet in the back ridges of each chain.
Once the row is finished, make a turning chain and turn the work over. Single crochet in the back of each chain. Repeat, making a turning chain each time you finish a row. Work until your piece measures 16 inches. Cut the end of the yarn, leaving a long tail.
Once you are finished knitting, fold the piece over and sew the side seam using a yarn needle. Turn the piece inside out.
Make a running stitch (by weaving in and out) around the bottom of the pumpkin. Pull to gather until the opening is closed. Make a knot.
Once you stuff the pumpkin it will take on a rounded shape. Use a liberal amount of stuffing so it easily stands upright. Make another running stitch along the top. Pull to gather. If needed: make a few stitches to close the opening. Don't worry if there's still a small opening. The stem will cover it.
There's no exact pattern for crocheting the stem. Pick up stitches around the top of the stem and make a single crochet around the top of the pumpkin. Work for a few rounds until the stem is as long as you like.
On the last row, single crochet in every other stitch to decrease. Break yarn and weave in ends.
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