Tonight is an ultra lame free yarn class at Michaels, winding yarn into a ball to make a pumpkin with a pipe cleaner stem. The only reason to come is because the first 10 people get a free skein of Caron Cupcake yarn. I am almost embarrassed to have to teach it. Because of this, I wanted to make a pumpkin that actually takes some skill, so I took some left over yarn I had on hand and came up with this one. It is about 6 inches or so across and I think it turned out fairly cute.
Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
For body, use Bernat Softee Chunky or another size 6 yarn with an 8mm crochet hook for the body. I used the color Pumpkin.
For stem, use Loops and Threads Impeccable or another worsted weight (size 4) yarn with a size H (4mm) crochet hook for the stem. I used the color Deep Forest.
sc = single crochet
sct = single crochet together
Row 1: sc in second stitch from hook and the rest of the chain (14 stitches). Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: sc in each stitch (14) chain 1 and turn
Row 3: sc in back loops only in each stitch (14) chain 1 and turn.
Row 4: sc in each stitch (14) chain 1 and turn.
Rows 5-34: repeat rows 3 and 4 but skip the chain 1 after last stitch of row 34.
Slip stitch row 34 to the initial chain (make sure the back loops are on the outside) to make a tube and tie off. Put a length of yarn on a yarn needle and thread thru the end loop of every other row, there is an obvious loop on the end of the back loop rows you want to use. Draw the yarn tight to close the opening, tie it shut, and turn it inside out so the seam between the sides of the tube are inside. Hide the ends of the yarn holding the opening shut inside and stuff the body. When body is stuffed to your satisfaction, repeat sewing the end shut for the open end, draw shut, tie off, and pull the ends inside with your crochet hook.
Stem is worked in the round so no chains or turns between rows. You may want to mark the end of a row with a stich marker to keep your place.
Row 1: Use a magic circle and put 8 sc in it
Row 2: 2 sc in each stitch (16)
Row 3: 1 sc in each stitch back loops only (16)
Row 4: 1 sc in each stitch (16)
Row 5: 3 sc then sct next 2 stitches to end of row
Row 6: 2 sc then sct next 2 stitches to end of row
Row 7: sc in each stitch and tie off with a long tail for sewing to body.
Stuff the stem and sew it to the end you want to be the top of your pumpkin using the tail left behind.
Take a long string of thicker yarn and thread it from the bottom hole through the top under the stem and back down to the bottom hole, draw it tight until pumpkin has an indentation in top and bottom to your satisfaction and tie off the yarn. Hide the ends inside the pumpkin, pulling them through with your crochet hook.
For those interested, here are the pumpkins made for the class.