It’s Fall y’all! Let’s get to crocheting! I’m offering the small plaid pumpkin as a free crochet pattern.
Yarn Used for the Plaid Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern:
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Low-Pill Fiber – 100% Low Pill Acrylic
(232 yards / 213 m / 5 oz / 142 g)
Pumpkin shown in buffalo plaid:
Crochet Hook Used for the Plain Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern:
US K/10.5 (6.5mm)
Additional Supplies Needed:
Small amount of brown yarn to complete stem
Abbreviations & Terms:
Ch – Chain
DC – Double crochet
Dec – Decrease
Inc – Increase
SC – Single crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Instructions for the Plaid Pumpkin:
This pumpkin is worked from bottom to top in rounds. You will slip stitch at the end of each round. Don’t forget to chain at the beginning of each round. Beginning chains do not count as stitches. When changing colors, work yarn into stitches and carry across. Do not cut yarn at each color change. However, cut yarn as you need to keep from getting tangled. For purposes of using different colors than I used here, I will refer to the colors as A, B, and C. In this case, Black is A, Red is B, and Dark Grey is C.
Working in Rounds:
Round 1: With A, make a magic circle, ch 2, work 8 DC in ring and pull tight, sl st in first DC to join (8 stitches)
Round 2 (Inc): Chain 2 (not included as a stitch), 2 DC in first st (same as slip stitch), change to B, 2 DC in next stitch, change to A, 2 DC in next st, change to B, 2 DC in next st, change to A, sl st to join (16 stitches)
Rnd 3 (Inc): With A, ch 2, 1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next st, change to B, 1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, change to A, * 1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, change to B, 1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, change to A *; repeat between * around. On last stitch, change to C, sl st in first DC to join (24 stitches)
Round 4: With C, chain 2, * 1 DC in the next 3 stitches, change to A, 1 DC in next 3 sts, change to C *; repeat between * around, sl st in first DC to join (24 stitches.)
Round 5 (ON LAST STITCH OF THIS ROUND, DO NOT CHANGE COLOR): With C, chain 2, *1 DC in next 3 stitches, change to A, 1 DC in next 3 sts, change to C *; repeat between * around, sl st in first DC to join.(24 stitches)
Round 6 (Dec): With A, chain 2, 1 DC in first st, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to B, 1 DC in next st, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to A, * 1 DC in first st, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to B, 1 DC over next st, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to A *; repeat between around, sl st in first DC to join (16 stitches.)
Round 7 (Dec): With A, chain 2, 1 DEC over first 2 sts, change to B, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to A, * DEC over next 2 sts, change to B, 1 DEC over next 2 sts, change to A *; repeat between * around, sl st in first DC to join (8 stitches.)
**STUFF PUMPKIN WITH POLY-FILL.
Round 8: With A, chain 1, 1 SC in each st around, sl st in first SC to join. Fasten off and leave a long tail. You will need this tail to close pumpkin and to make pumpkin creases around.
Finishing the Plaid Pumpkin:
To close the top of the small plaid pumpkin, use a yarn needle to weave your long tail through the front loops of the single crochets. Then, pull tight.
Then, begin to make your pumpkin creases by wrapping the tail all the way around and back to the top in one direction. Insert yarn needle in top of pumpkin, push through pumpkin to bottom and pull tight to ensure a crease.
Wrap yarn tail around again to make quarters. This time you will insert yarn needle into the bottom of the pumpkin and pull through to top. As a result, you should have four sections of pumpkin at this point.
Repeat this process two more times so that you have 8 total creases in your pumpkin (or more if desired.)
Stem for the Plaid Pumpkin:
Instructions for this will really depend on how wide and tall you want your stem.
Starting with a chain 2, single crochet into the 2nd chain from hook. The number of single crochets in this chain will determine width. You can always start with 6 and then increase on the next round.
For my small pumpkin, I did 4 SC and just went straight up in rounds until I was satisfied with the height. I did the same for the medium pumpkin.
For the large pumpkin, I started with 6 SC in the chain and then went up in rounds until I was satisfied with the height. You can make the stem as wide and tall as you would like.
Once you reach desired height for your stem, sew onto the pumpkin.
And there you have the small plaid pumpkin, a free crochet pattern!
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