13Oct

Free Crochet Pattern - Rustic Pumpkins

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lulu Loves Blog

Well, I managed about four days of October before I felt the need to crochet pumpkins! This is my first pumpkin pattern and I've gone for this lovely textured 'rustic' style. I love that they are kind of squat and uneven! I've used my favourite 'up and down' stitch (alternating uk double and treble crochet) for these as it gives a lovely texture to crochet but it so simple, perfect for beginners. The chunky yarn and 6mm hook also mean that these work up super quick. So if you've got this far into October without crocheting pumpkins you can whip these up in no time at all!

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lulu Loves Blog

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lulu Loves Blog

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lulu Loves Blog

Crochet Rustic Pumpkin Pattern

By Emma Escott

Yarn

1x 100g ball of chunky weight yarn - I’ve used King Cole Magnum Chunky 75% acrylic, 25% wool but any chunky yarn should give similar results.

Hook 6mm – J/10 for pumpkin and 5mm - H/8 for pumpkin leaves

Other materials Toy stuffing, darning needle, scissors

Gauge – not important for this project

Measurements Finished pumpkins measure approx. 19cm (7.5") in diameter x 8cm (3") high - size may change slightly due to yarn, tension, and how they are stuffed

Stitches used/Abbreviations:

*Note pattern is written in UK crochet terminology 

UK Terms US Terms
DC – double crochet SC – single crochet
Tr – treble crochet DC – double crochet
   

Pattern Notes

Pumpkins are created by crocheting a rectangle, joining at the short sides to make a cowl. Then gathering the openings with yarn and a needle to close. The segments are created by pulling the yarn up and through the centre of the pumpkin, then back around it. – see photos. Starting ch3’s count as 1tr, starting ch1’s do not count as a stitch.

 {Pattern Starts}

Row 1: Leaving a 30 cm (12”) tail for sewing short edges, Ch54, 1dc into second ch from hook, *1tr into next ch, 1dc into next ch; repeat from * to end, turn. [53 sts] (make sure you start and end the row with the same st here and throughout pattern).

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1tr), *1dc in next tr, 1tr in next dc; repeat from * along to last st, turn. [53 sts]

Row 3: Ch1 (does not count as st), 1dc in same st, *1tr in next dc, 1dc in next tr; repeat from * along to last st. [53 sts]

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have approx. 19cm (7.5”) of crochet, fasten off leaving a tail of 1.5m (5ft) for sewing close top and bottom and creating pumpkin segments. 

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Joining:

Using the short tail of yarn, thread a darning needle and sew close (using a whip stitch) the short edges of your piece of crochet (to create a cowl) - see photo 2

Using the long tail of yarn, thread a darning needle and weave in and out of top stitches using a running stitch. Then pull tight to close gap and secure with a few stitches – see photos 3 & 4

 Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Stuff pumpkin with toy stuffing.

Pull yarn up through centre of pumpkin and once again use a running stitch to weave in and out of the stitches, then pull tight to close opening.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Create 5 segments (wedges) by threading yarn around the outside of the pumpkin, then back up through the centre, pull tight to create segments – make them uneven for a more realistic pumpkin shape - see photo 5. Weave in ends.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Pumpkin Leaves:

Using a 5mm (H/8) crochet hook and aran weight yarn make 2 leaves as follows:

Ch16, 1dc in second ch from hook, 1htr in next ch, 3tr in each of next 10 ch, 2htr in next st, 1htr, 1dc in last st

Sew to centre of pumpkin.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern | Lulu Loves Blog

And that is it - so simple and quick, I've already made several for my coffee table.

As always if you do make them, I'd love to see your projects - please feel free to tag me over on Instagram: @Lululoves_UK or use the hashtag #luluovescrochet

Stay safe, bye for now, Em xx

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