How to make adorable crochet pumpkins that look knit

 

Fall is just around the corner and since I can remember, pumpkins in all shapes and forms are the main theme in any fall decorations. With that in mind, I decided to add my little stone to this madness with my crochet pumpkins!

Crochet pumpkins pattern that actually look knit | free crochet pattern and tutorial

*** You can purchase a pdf for easy printing and more sizing options, for a small fee, here. ***

But not just any crochet pumpkins. They look like they are knitted but they are not! Yes, that pictures you see are actually crocheted pumpkins. I find it very intriguing to try and replicate knit stitches in crochet and have done so in other patterns of mine.

Crochet pattern pumpkins | crochet pumpkins

These crochet pumpkins are small -approximately 3 inches wide and 2 inches high- but they are easily customizable and you can make a bunch in no time to decorate your Halloween table or spread them around the house. I am offering more instructions in a pdf form in my Etsy shop in order for you to make these crochet pumpkins with just about any yarn, even a nice, huge bulky!

Crochet pumpkin pattern

Let’s take a look at the materials you are going to need:

Aran weight yarn (I used Drops Nepal)
US H/5 mm crochet hook
sewing needle
scissors
fiberfill stuffing

Abbreviations

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
st: stitch
flo: front loop only
blo: back loop only

Here you can find two different patterns for pumpkins that look knitted but aren’t. The one is called the “knit pumpkin because the stitches look like the knit stitch and the other one is called the “purl pumpkin” because the stitches look like a purl in knitting. Very imaginative, huh? I know… I am that great in picking up names!

Notes:

  • The front loops are the ones that are closer to you when you are working any row. The back loops are the ones that they are further from you in any given row. Try to remember that as you turn your work in every row.
  • The back bumps of the initial chain are located on the back side of the chain. They look like a backbone.
  • The pattern is very easy to follow but keep in mind to work loosely those slip stitches.

UPDATE 18/10/2017: A very nice and talented young man called El Principe del Crochet, asked my permission to make a crochet tutorial for my pumpkins on his youtube channel. It is in Spanish but he made such a great job that you watch it even if you don’t speak the language.

The “knit” crochet pumpkin

Crochet pumpkin pattern that looks like knit

Before you begin, leave a long tail of yarn, about 6 inches (15 cm). This will be useful in sewing your pumpkin.

R1: ch 15, sl st in back bumps only, ch 1, turn (14)
R2: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
R3-35: repear row 2

Do not fasten off. See instructions below for the assembly.

Assembly instructions

When you make the last row, chain 1 and fold the piece in half like in the photo below. This is the wrong side of your work, you will turn it inside out, eventually.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Turn your work so that the yarn tail you left in the beginning is in front of you. Insert hook in the back loop of one side of the fabric and the front loop of the other side of the fabric. Yarn over and pull through all loops on your hook.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Continue in the same manner all the way across. It will look like this.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

When you reach the end of the row, leave a long tail of yarn for sewing and cut the rest. Turn your work inside out and thread the needle. Begin sewing the bottom of the pumpkin. Down in one stitch…

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

…up in the other stitch. Continue all the way around.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Start pulling the yarn to close the hole.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Close the hole all the way through by pulling tight.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Insert the needle like so and keep pulling. I like to go one full round of this and then make a knot and hide the yarn again in the same manner.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Stuff the pumpkin and sew the upper side of the pumpkin in the same manner as the bottom side and start pulling tight. Before you close the opening completely make sure you have put enough stuffing.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Close the opening in the same way as before and pull tight. Do not cut the yarn yet.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Insert the needle in the middle of the hole.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

And push it all the way to the middle of the other side.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Pull the yarn tight so the upper center of the pumpkin will curve inwards. Insert the needle under the closing loops again and repeat the same procedure in the other way around, from the bottom up and keep repeating until you are satisfied with the result.

Crochet pumpkin tutorial

Your first pumpkin is ready!

The “purl” crochet pumpkin

Crochet pattern for pumpkins that actually look knit!

Before you begin, leave a long tail of yarn, about 6 inches (15 cm). This will be useful in sewing your pumpkin.

R1: ch 15, sl st in back bumps only, ch 1, turn (14)
R2: sl in flo in each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
R3: sl st in blo in each st across, ch 1, turn (14)
R4-35: repeat rows 2 and 3

Do not fasten off. See instructions above for the assembly. This one is finished in the same way.

The stem

With 5 mm crochet hook make an icord of only 3-4 rows and fasten off. Attach on the top of your pumpkin. If you don’t know how to make an icord I have a photo tutorial for you below.

icord tutorial

1. Chain 3.

icord tutorial

2. Insert hook into the second chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop.

icord tutorial

3. Insert hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have 3 loops on your hook.

icord tutorial

4. Remove the last 2 loops from your hook carefully and hold them with your left thumb and index finger. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

icord tutorial

5. Slide one loop on your hook again, yarn over and pull up a loop. Remember to hold the other one tight.

i cord tutorial

6. Slide the last loop on your hook, yarn over and pull up a loop.

icord tutorial

You have completed your first icord row. Repeat steps 4-6 for the desired length.

icord tutorial

When you reach the desired length for the stem, you have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. Cut the yarn and pull it so it won’t unravel. Thread the needle with the yarn that you just cut off and sew the stem on the pumpkin.

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? If you make any pumpkins with my pattern tag me @mallooknitwear on Instagram and use #malloomakers so I can see your projects!

Free crochet pattern for pumpkins that look knit!

*** You can purchase a pdf for easy printing and more sizing options, for a small fee, here. ***

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17 thoughts on “How to make adorable crochet pumpkins that look knit

    1. Hi Lori!
      When you reach the desired length for the stem, you have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. Cut the yarn and pull it so it won’t unravel. Thread the needle with the yarn that you just cut off and sew the stem on the pumpkin.
      Thanks for the observation! I will update the pattern.

    1. Hi Mimi!

      I am glad you like my pattern! Yes, you can sell finished items in small quantities, from my patterns just credit “Malloo” (me) as the designer of the pattern.

      Thank you!

  1. I love these! Can you clarify the assembly? When I fold in half and crochet thru the back loop of one and the front loop of the other, I get a very wide seam!
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Becky!

      I made the seam of the pumpkin this way so when you turn the piece inside out the seam will be almost invisible and the same as the rest of the pattern. It seems that you are making it the right way. What do you mean the seam is wide? Would you like to send me a photo so I can help you better? You can use the contact form on my blog or shoot me an email at [email protected].

      Thank you!

  2. Great pattern! I made a larger size one using the instructions above with 3 strands of yarn and a 10mm hook. It turned out great and I love it. I tagged you on Instagram. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.
    ljb1019

  3. Hopped over from HOHD at Moogly. Think I saw this earlier in month, love these little pumpkins! Definitely going to give them a go! Thank you for the pattern!

    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn, for your kind words! I would love to see some photos when you make them! Happy hooking!

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