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How to make adorable crochet pumpkins that look knit

Adorable crochet pumpkins that look like they are knitted? Yes, please!

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!

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

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If you would like to know how to crochet a pumpkin, you have come to the right place.

You will not only learn how to make these cute, small crochet pumpkins, but also a cool technique for the pumpkin stem.

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.

I have actually written a blog post about 10 types of crochet ribbing, one of them you can see right here in this pattern, that you might want to check out. Some of them look like knitting, some don’t.

These crochet pumpkins are small in size -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 the premium pdf that you can find in all my shops for you to make these crochet pumpkins with just about any yarn, even a nice, huge bulky!

Hint: If you would like to make a big, chunky crochet pumpkin, use chunky yarn and the appropriate hook. 😉

You can find the free crochet pattern if you scroll down below. However, you can choose to upgrade to the premium ad-free pdf version of this pattern for easy printing. Create from the comfort of your couch while supporting a small business.

Crochet pumpkin pattern

Gathering all the materials for your crochet pumpkins:

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!

How to locate the front and back loops in crochet:

  • 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 away 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.

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Notes:

  • The pattern is very easy to follow but keep in mind to work those slip stitches, loosely. If you find that extremely hard, you can always go up a hook size.
  • The pattern is written in Standard US terms.

Free crochet pumpkins pattern

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 used to sew your pumpkin, after you finish it.

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 the instructions below for the assembly.

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How to sew your crochet pumpkin

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. T

urn 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 process 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!

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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 used to sew your pumpkin, after you finish it.

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.

How to crochet a pumpkin stem

An easy way to make a stem for your crocheted pumpkins is with the crochet icord technique.

With 5 mm crochet hook make an icord of only 3-4 rows and fasten off. Attach on the top of your tiny pumpkin.

If you don’t know how to make an icord I have a photo tutorial for you below.

How to crochet an icord (photo 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.

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That’s it! What do you think of my easy pumpkin crochet tutorial? Let me know in the comments below, or buy me a cup of coffee and share your thoughts, there.

If you make any crochet mini pumpkins using my free pattern, tag me @mallooknitwear on Instagram and use #malloomakers so I can see your projects!

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Tamar

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

When I go to use the code in ravelry for the pattern it says I've already redeemed the code but I havent.haven't. Please advise

malloo

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Hi there! Could you please send me an email through the contact form on the blog, preferably including your Ravelry username, so I can help you out?

Holly Anderson

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

I have tried to use the coupon code to download the pattern for free, and it tells me that the coupon code has already been redeemed and won’t let me use it.

Colleen W

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

This is adorable. When I try to apply the coupon code it says I’ve already redeemed, but I haven’t. What an I doing wrong?

malloo

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Send me an email please through the contact form on the blog so I can help you out.

Peace

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

These pumpkins! are soooooo cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern

Jeanne

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

When you end row 35 you say not to fasten off. What do you do with loop on the hook?

malloo

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew the pumpkin and then pull the loop up. This will pull the yarn all the way through and form a knot. You can sew the pumpkin with no problem.

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