Autumn is usually associated with colourful leaves, Halloween and pumpkins. Everywhere you look there are pretty decorations in yellow, red and orange. In this free tutorial, we show you how to make a DIY crochet pumpkin. Just keep crocheting until you have reached the desired size. The dimensions of our crocheted pumpkins: approx. 14 cm and 9 cm.
You will need the following for this crochet pumpkin tutorial:
- Various yarn leftovers
- Crochet hook no. 3
- Long sewing needle
- Your own Wunderlabel logo label
Single crochet (sc)
Half double crochet (hdc)
How to crochet a pumpkin step-by-step
Crocheting the pumpkin head
Both crocheted pumpkins are started off with a loop of yarn (or “magic circle”) and you will be working 6 stitches into the loop.
Mark the beginning of the round.
Row 1: Increase every stitch (12 sc)
Row 2: Increase every other stitch (18 sc)
Row 3: Increase every third stitch (24 sc)
Row 4: Increase every fourth stitch (30 sc)
Continue as above until you have reached the desired circumference for your pumpkin.
There will then be no more increases and you will simply crochet each single stitch.
The red pumpkin has about 5 rows of half double crochets, the beige one is worked in single crochet only.
The number of rows and types of stitches determine the height of the pumpkin.
The process is then reversed, meaning that you will be decreasing the stitches (crochet two together) evenly as you single crochet each row.
Note: Once the crochet piece has reached a diameter of about 4 cm you will need to start adding the stuffing. Any number of materials can be used for this. The important thing is to push the filling in firmly.
After this step, continue decreasing your stitches until you only have 6 stitches left. The remaining stitches are then pulled together and the opening closed.
And now to creating the indentations in the pumpkin:
You will need a slightly longer sewing needle (for example a tapestry needle). Go through the top centre of the pumpkin with a double piece of yarn and pierce all the way through to the bottom centre. The yarn is then pulled over the outside of the pumpkin before being reinserted back through the top centre. Pull the yarn tight to create the indentation. Continue to create the remaining sections by stitching through the centre of the pumpkin and pulling the yarn tight.
Crocheting the stem
Start off with a magic circle and crochet 5-6 single crochets into the loop. Continue crocheting until the stem has reached the desired length. Add stuffing if you wish and then close the opening. Sew or glue the stem on.
You could also crochet a loop directly onto the pumpkin and then single crochet to create a stem.
To finish off your project just add a personalised logo label.
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