If you want a soft, squishy pumpkin that is perfect for fall decor or kids toys, then this free crochet pattern is for you!
Our step by step guide for how to crochet a pumpkin will teach you all of the steps and stitches to use to make a cute three dimensional pumpkin.
These are perfect for placing in a basket or displaying on a tiered tray. Our crochet maple leaves also look great on a table or shelves, too.
They will also sell well at craft fairs!
Easy crocheted pumpkins are just one of the many free single crochet patterns we share!
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How to Crochet a Pumpkin
- Crochet yarn, medium light weight (orange and green colors)
- Crochet hook – 3.5 mm
- Tapestry needle
- Cotton or Poly-fil Stuffing
- A pair of scissors
Skip the chain next to the hook and insert the hook into the 2nd stitch from hook.
Work a SC (single crochet) into that chain stitch. Work single crochet into each stitch all the way to the other side.
You will have a total of 11 stitches.
Flip the pattern to the other side and chain one.
While working into the top chain stitches, keep in mind to insert your hook into the back/ further loop of the top chain stitches. Do not insert hook into both loops of a stitch.
Work single crochet into the further loop of the first chain stitch.
Work single crochet all the way to the other side, and then chain one.
After the chain one, flip the crochet pattern to the other side.
Continue to crochet until you have a total of 22 single crochet rows.
Once you are done crocheting 22 rows, join both open ends of the crochet pattern together and align the stitches nicely and evenly.
Insert the hook in the 2 aligned foundation stitches of both open sides. Work a slip stitch to join them.
Now, insert your hook into the next 2 aligned foundation chain stitch and join them with a slip stitch.
Continue to join 2 aligned foundation chain stitches all the way to the other side. Keep 10-12 inches yarn and then cut off the rest.
Thread a tapestry needle into the remaining yarn.
We are going to close the adjacent open end of the crochet-cylinder pattern. Insert the needle in and out (like running stitch) of the loops of that end.
After several stitches, pull the yarn carefully to bring the loops closer.
Once you’re done stitching the pattern all the way around, pull the yarn tightly to close that end.
Stitch through the end to close it neatly.
Once that end is closed neatly, insert the needle inside the pattern, tie tight knot and take the needle out of the yarn.
This is what the other end (open) of the crochet pattern should look like now.
Select a green yarn and make a slip knot with it. Insert the hook into the slip knot and then into any loop at the open end of the pumpkin base pattern.
Pull yarn through that loop (note that counting loops or stitches isn’t necessary at this step).
Now, insert the hook into any next (but not too far) loop.
Pull the yarn through that loop.
You should have 3 loops in hook (including the first slip knot). Now, pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook.
To continue, insert hook through the next edge loop and pull yarn through and keep that loop on hook. Insert hook into the next loop and pull yarn through again. Check that you have 3 loops in hook.
Pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook.
Continue this process all the way around the open end.
Stuff the pumpkin crochet base with cotton or Poly-fil. Keep the stuffing nice and fluffy; not too tight and not too light.
Continue to crochet around the open end.
Decrease your stitch count as you continue to crochet. This will eventually bring the stitch towards the center and close that end.
Once you reach the center, continue the process without decreasing the stitch count. This time, keep the stitch count same to crochet the stem of the crochet pumpkin.
Finish the stem pattern with a slip stitch and then pull out a few inches of the yarn and cut off extra.
Insert a tapestry needle through the open end of the yarn strand.
Stitch the remaining yarn inside the pumpkin pattern randomly and then cut off extra yarn if required.
Be sure to Pin this free pattern for a crochet pumpkin to save for later:
If you like how easy it is to make a crochet pumpkin with this free pattern, be sure to see our other fun crochet patterns, too:
- How to Crochet a Daisy
- Sunflower Granny Square Pattern
- Crochet Leaves
- Easy Sunflower Crochet Pattern
- Crochet Granny Square Tutorial
- How to Crochet an Open Loop Flower