When I was in ninth grade, I learned that I could develop my few crochet skills my great-grandmother had taught me, and learn to crochet more than just wonky scarves, thanks to the vast world of the internet. In 2009, there weren’t as many resources for learning crochet as there are now, but there was enough. I found tutorials on DeviantArt, and learned how to read patterns, so I could find more ideas on websites with free patterns available. I was especially interested in the (at the time) fairly new world of amigurumi, and that taught me how to crochet in the round. By that fall, I was crocheting like mad, and begging my mom to get me Halloween colored yarn at the store so I could make Halloween crafts.
One of my first projects was learning how to make pumpkins. Honestly, this was one of the easiest and quickest things I learned, and I think that it’s one of the best projects for a beginner learning to crochet in the round. I even used my own pattern for a project in one of my classes, where I had to demonstrate something in five minutes (it was obviously heavily abridged, but my classmates loved the little example pumpkin I’d brought in with me).
Over the years, I make at least one of these pumpkins every fall. When Munchkin was around 1, and I pulled out some of my old ones for decorations, he fell in love with them, and claimed them as his own, so I made more. Each year when I pull out the pumpkins he adores them, and just wants to play with them. Last year, I modified my pattern and used cotton yarn and wooden rings to make sweet teether rattles to sell on my Etsy (I only made two, but they sold fairly quickly). I’ve modified the pattern here and there to adjust my needs for different sizes, different yarns, etc. Each time, they’ve worked up quickly, and they always prove to be a hit with anyone who sees them.
So, for the first time in nine years, I will be sharing my pattern here, for anyone to use. I think they’re a great project for anyone learning how to crochet, and they’re really a great way to add a bit of a touch of seasonal spirit to any home!
Size US H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook
Orange medium weight yarn (I usually use Red Heart yarn, because it’s cheap, vibrant, and the texture doesn’t matter much when it’s used as decoration)
Green medium weight yarn
Poly-fil (or other stuffing material)
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
sc2tog single crochet 2 together (decrease)
Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Round 3: (1 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (18)
Round 4: (2 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (24)
Round 5: (3 sc, 2 sc in next st) 6 times (30)
Round 6-12: Sc in each st around
Round 13: (3 sc, sc2tog) 6 times (24)
Round 14: (2 sc, sc2tog) 6 times (18)
Round 15: (1 sc, sc2tog) 6 times (12)
Round 16: Sc2tog 6 times (6)
Tie off, leaving a very long tail. Using yarn needle, close up remaining hole.
Taking your yarn needle, pull needle through the bottom of the ball, where your magic circle is. Pull up through the top of the ball, pulling very tight. This is the first ridge of your pumpkin. Continue to pull your needle through the pumpkin seven more times, making eight ridges in your pumpkin. Tie off again, and hide the remaining yarn end in the pumpkin.
Round 1: 6 sc in magic circle
Rounds 2-6: 6 sc in each ch around.
Tie off, leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle, sew the stem onto the top of the pumpkin. Tie off, and hide remaining tail in the pumpkin.
That’s it! It’s really quite simple to make, and you can easily work one up in under an hour (if you have an uninterrupted hour, of course! It can take me half the day to finish one, thanks to mom life!) For more advanced crocheters, you can easily modify the pattern to make a bigger or smaller pumpkin to suit your needs (just increase to a higher number, and add a few rows as needed, or stop increasing at a smaller row and make less rows before decreasing).
I hope you can fill your home with sweet little decorations! Feel free to share your completed pumpkins on Pinterest on the Photos and Comments section of my pins I’ve shared for this post! Or post it on Instagram with #bbbpumpkin so I can see it!
If there are any mistakes in my pattern, or if you are struggling to read it, please let me know in the comments! I’d love to help!