Crochet a beautiful fall home decor pumpkin that has beautiful diagonal texture with this free crochet pumpkin pattern.

Autumn is finding a purpose for every pumpkin in the patch.

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Have you ever had yarn in your stash that you didn’t know what to do with?

We all have that yarn. You know…the partial skein that has long ago lost the label. You have no idea what you’ll do with it, but you can’t bear to throw it away knowing full well the moment you do is the moment when that perfect project with come along.

Well, now you have a use for that yarn! Go! Hurry and grab it off the shelf and come back so you can turn it into a Kelsi Pumpkin! You can make the Kelsi Pumpkin in either worsted or super bulky, and it would look great in any color! Neutral, classic orange, variegated, you name it…any yarn will do!

Inspiration hit…

When I was planning my fall designs, I knew that I wanted to design a crochet pumpkin pattern (or two or three). I also knew that despite all of the patterns I have written, my Kelsi Collection remains to be among the most popular! So, I decided to expand the collection and design a crochet pumpkin all in one pattern.

The Kelsi Collection is a collection of patterns that all feature this beautiful diagonal texture. It includes a headband, clutch, cozy, scarf, boot cuffs, and now…a pumpkin!

Now you can use that stash!

You can use this pattern to add a beautiful handmade crochet pumpkin to your fall decor on your mantle, table, or shelf. It would also make a great gift for a friend or loved one, and I’ll bet it would be a top seller in your Etsy shop! (I already have a few people asking for them.)

This pattern is proof that even though most might think that you’ll never find a project for that random skein of yarn that’s just taking up space, there’s always a project for every yarn. Just like there’s a purpose for every pumpkin in the patch, there’s a purpose for every…

…yarn in the stash!

Skill Level – Advanced Beginner

Materials

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SizeYardage
  
Worsted Small115
Worsted Med210
Worsted Lg315
Bulky Small50
Bulky Med75
Bulky Lg150

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • BLO – Back loop only
  • FO – Finish off
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SC INC – Single crochet increase (2 SC in one stitch)
  • SC2tog – Single crochet decrease (SC two stitches together)

Gauge

  • Worsted:  4” x 4” = 18 SC BLO x 18 rows
  • Super Bulky:  4” x 4” = 10 SC BLO x 10 rows

Measurements

  • Small:  3” tall x 4” diameter
  • Medium: 5” tall x 7” diameter
  • Large:  8” tall x 11” diameter

Notes

  • Pumpkin is worked as a flat piece from corner to corner.  It is seamed together with the mattress stitch to form a tube.  The top and bottom are then cinched closed with a basting stitch.  The pumpkin is stuffed with polyfil or your preferred method of stuffing.  A cork stopper or other stem alternative as well as leather leaf tags may be used as finishing details.
  • The entire pumpkin is worked in BLO.
  • Beginning chains DO NOT count as a stitch.
  • Repeat rows consist of a decrease at the beginning of each row and an increase at the end of each row in order to maintain a diagonal edge as the piece gets longer.
  • This pattern is written in three different sizes for two different yarn weights.  Watch the headings carefully to ensure you are making your preferred size with the correct yarn weight.  Row/Stitch counts are listed for the Small size with Sizes Med and Lg in parenthesis respectively.  Ex:  S (M, L) 
  • If you have any difficulty completing this project and would like support, please email me at aplushpineapple@gmail.com.

Pattern – Worsted Weight

*Use Size I9/5.50 mm crochet hook*

*Progress photos are included in the Super Bulky section if clarification is needed.*

Increase Rows

Row 1:  CH 4, working in the back bump of the CH, SC in 2nd CH from hook and in every CH across.  (3)

Row 2:  CH 1, turn, working in BLO for the remainder of the project, SC INC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, SC INC in last stitch.  (5)

Row 3:  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC INC in next stitch, SC across until 2 stitches remain, SC INC in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch.  (7)

Row 4-13 (19, 25):  Repeat Row 3 increasing two stitches per row.  Row 13 (19, 25) should have 27 (39, 51) stitches.

Repeat Rows

Row 14 (20, 26):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog (decrease), SC across until 2 stitches remain, SC INC in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch.  (27, 39, 51)

Row 15 (21, 27):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC INC in next stitch, SC across until 3 stitches remain, SC2tog (decrease), SC in last stitch.  (27, 39, 51)

Row 16-35 (22-51, 28-77):  Repeat previous two rows alternatively.  (27, 39, 51)

Decrease Rows

Row 36 (52, 78):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog, SC across until 3 stitches remain, SC2tog, SC.  (25, 37, 49)

Row 37-46 (53-68, 79-100):  Repeat previous row decreasing two stitches on every row.  At the end of row 46 (68, 100), you should have 5 stitches.

Row 47 (69, 101):  CH 1, turn, SC2tog, SC, SC2tog.  (3)

Piece should measure 5” (7”, 10”) tall by 13 ½” (19”, 27”) long.  Add or subtract the necessary amount of rows to obtain the length measurement. Leave a long tail for seaming.  Cut yarn, FO.

Pattern – Super Bulky

*Use Size M13/9 mm crochet hook*

Increase Rows

Row 1:  CH 4, working in the back bump of the CH, SC in 2nd CH from hook and in every CH across.  (3)

Row 2:  CH 1, turn, working in BLO for the remainder of the project, SC INC in first stitch, SC in next stitch, SC INC in last stitch.  (5)

Row 3:  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC INC in next stitch, SC across until 2 stitches remain, SC INC in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch.  (7)

Row 4-10 (13, 17):  Repeat Row 3 increasing two stitches per row.  Row 10 (13, 17) should have 21 (27, 35) stitches.

Super Bulky Medium Row 13

Repeat Rows

Row 11 (14, 18):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog (decrease), SC across until 2 stitches remain, SC INC in second-to-last stitch, SC in last stitch.  (21, 27, 35)

Row 12 (15, 19):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC INC in next stitch, SC across until 3 stitches remain, SC2tog (decrease), SC in last stitch.  (21, 27, 35)

Row 13-27 (16-35, 20-46):  Repeat previous two rows alternatively.  (21, 27, 35)

Super Bulky Medium Row 21
Super Bulky Medium Row 27

Decrease Rows

Row 28 (36, 47):  CH 1, turn, SC in first stitch, SC2tog, SC across until 3 stitches remain, SC2tog, SC.  (19, 25, 33)

Row 29-35 (37-46, 48-61):  Repeat previous row decreasing two stitches on every row.  At the end of Row 35 (46, 61), you should have 5 stitches.

Row 36 (47, 62):  CH 1, turn, SC2tog, SC, SC2tog.  (3)

Piece should measure 5” (7”, 10”) tall by 13 ½” (19”, 27”) long.  Add or subtract the necessary amount of rows to obtain the length measurement.

Leave a long tail for seaming.  Cut yarn, FO.

Super Bulky Medium Row 47

Seaming

Fold the rectangle so that the two short sides meet.

Thread the long tail onto your tapestry needle.  Use the mattress stitch to seam the two ends together.  Be sure to line up the ridges as you go.

Fold rectangle so that the two short sides meet.
Work needle around the row posts alternating rows.

When you reach the top, you should have a tube.  Use the basting stitch around the edge of the tube and pull tight to cinch it closed.  (I went around two rows with every stitch.  The less you weave the yarn around, the easier it is to cinch tight.)

Seaming complete
Basting stitch around the opening
Pull tight to cinch the opening closed.
Close the hole with a cross stitch.

Use a cross stitch across the remaining hole.  You should now have both tails in one spot.  Bring both tails to the inside of the pumpkin and tie them together with a surgeon’s knot (a surgeon’s knot is similar to a regular knot but cross the tail over twice instead of once).  Leave the ends on the inside of the pumpkin.

Secure knot on the inside.

Finishing

Stuff your pumpkin with polyfil or your preferred stuffing material. Be sure to add more stuffing than what will stay inside so that the pumpkin appears full at the top after closing.

Fully stuff the pumpkin

When the pumpkin is fully stuffed, thread a new length of yarn onto your tapestry needle.  Insert the needle just to the right of the seam on the other end of the tube.  Use the basting stitch around the edge of the tube and pull to cinch it closed.  Close the hole in the same manner as the bottom with a cross stitch.  Tie a surgeon’s knot with both tails.  Thread the tails onto the needle and weave them down through the center and out of one side of the pumpkin.  Trim the ends leaving the tails inside the pumpkin.

Basting stitch around the opening.
Thread tails through the center and leave the ends inside.

Finish your crochet pumpkin with a stem and leaves of your choice.  I hot-glued a cork topper to mine for the stem and attached some leather laser-engraved leaf tags from Kathy’s Kozies to mine!

Add finishing touches.

If you make this crochet pumpkin, please share it! I would love to see your work! You can tag me on Instagram and Facebook @aplushpineapple. Use the tags #aplushpineapple and #kelsipumpkin.

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Written by

Sarah

Sarah is the maker and designer behind A Plush Pineapple. She is a wife of thirteen years to her college sweetheart and momma to two awesome kiddos. When she is not crocheting, designing, or blogging, you can probably find her soaking up the sun or eating seafood. Her goal as a designer is that love, sunshine, and pineapples make their way into the hearts and homes of all who make her designs.