Free Easy Crochet Pumpkin Pattern For Any Yarn & Size With Video Tutorial

This is a free crochet pumpkin pattern recipe that is suitable for any yarn weight to make any size of pumpkin from small to large! It comes with a step by step video tutorial from start to finish.


I have always admired crochet pumpkins. Those cute little plump makes in all colors of fall decorating homes.

I must say that when I first made these pumpkins, I wasn’t thinking of written a pattern or making a tutorial.

When I was browsing online, there are so many cute patterns and helpful tutorials that I did not feel the need to add to the already full cup.

But then my awesome hubby took such wonderful pictures of my makes I shared online and was flooded with requests for the tutorial.

I think he really did those cuties a justice, so I am bringing you the written pattern and a video tutorial on how to crochet pumpkin from start to finish.

Crochet Pumpkin Step By Step Video Tutorial

I have filmed a step by step tutorial on how I made these cute crochet pumpkins. I will also share a recipe with you on how to make your pumpkin the perfect size.

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How do you crochet a pumpkin for beginners?

There are a few different ways on how you can crochet a pumpkin.

Firstly, you can start the pattern as a standard amigurumi style ball. This will mean working in joined rounds creating a ball shape at first.

Once you finish the ball shape, you can then use a needle and yarn in the same color to “squash” the ball shape into a pumpkin shape.

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crochet pumpkin pattern video tutorial

While doing this, you can also separate the pumpkin into 6 equal parts to mimic the pumpkin shape even better.

You can follow THIS TUTORIAL for amigurumi style pumpkin.

Secondly, you can simply crochet a long strip of fabric as in the above video tutorial. Then simply cinch one end using a needle and running stitch.

Stuff your pumpkin with stuffing of your choice and cinch the other open end in the same way.

crochet pumpkin

What size crochet hook for pumpkins?

The great thing about making pumpkins is that you can go diving into your stash and choose any yarn you like.

Whether you are using fingering or super bulky weight for the same pattern instructions, it really doesn’t matter.

The only difference is the finished size of your pumpkin. The thinner the yarn, the smaller the pumpkin will be.

On the other hand, the thicker yarn you use, the bigger the finished crochet pumpkin will be.

As for hook sizes, you can look at the yarn ball band label to see what hook size is suggested for that weight of yarn.

I have also included a handy chart below. Use it as a general guide for yarn weights and recommended hook sizes.

You can then use a hook that is one size smaller just to tighten up your stitches and reduce the gaps in your crochet fabric.

This way you will minimise the possibility of your stuffing being visible through the pumpkin.

How do you attach a stick to a crochet pumpkin?

I have shown you in the above video tutorial that I simply poke the stick through the small gap after cinching the top of the pumpkin.

However, this is only practical if you plan on keeping the pumpkin yourself and place it on display where it won’t be touched.

The best way to secure a stick to the top of your crochet pumpkin is to use a hot glue gun. Of course, follow all safety precautions.

Place a generous amount of glue to the top of the pumpkin and hold the stick in place until the glue dries.

crochet pumpkins - large and small

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Crochet Pumpkin Written Recipe

Materials

  • For smaller pumpkin I used Dishie (worsted weight; 190 yards /174 m per 100g ball; 100% cotton) x 1 ball in Sunbaked Clay (29501)
  • For larger pumpkin I used Scheepjes Merino Soft (50% Merino Wool 25% Microfibre 25% Acrylic; 105m (115yds) per 50g (1.8oz) ball); 1 balls in Van Gogh (641)
  • 4 and 5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • stuffing of your choice
  • hot glue gun
  • branch stick or cinnamon stick

Tension

gauge is not crucial for this project, you can work with measurements rather than stitch counts to achieve the desired size of your pumpkin

Stitches And Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)

ch- chain stitch

hdc – half double crochet

hdc tlo – half double crochet worked through third loop only, also known as camel stitch

Finished Size

The smaller pumpkin measures 23.5 cm circumference x 10.5 cm height from top middle to bottom middle

The larger pumpkin measures 32 cm circumference x 13.5 cm height from top middle to bottom middle

Smaller Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

Chain 16 leaving a long tail end to use for sewing up later on.

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as a st here and throughout), work 1 hdc in each ch across, turn. [15 hdc]

Row 2: 2 ch, 1 hdc tlo across until last st, 1 hdc into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. [15 hdc]

Repeat Row 2 another 18 times or until you have enough rows.

To determine how many rows you need to work, first measure the width of your rows.

Then multiply this number by 2.5.

Example: the width of my row is 11 cm.

11 x 2.5 = 27.5 cm

That means I will keep repeating Row 2 until my rectanlge measures 27.5 cm long.

Quick tip: Finish your last row on the same side as your starting tail end.

Continue with Finishing Instructions below.

small crochet pumpkin

Larger Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

Chain 26 leaving a long tail end to use for sewing up later on.

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as a st here and throughout), work 1 hdc in each ch across, turn. [25 hdc]

Row 2: 2 ch, 1 hdc tlo across until last st, 1 hdc into top of beginning 2 ch from previous row, turn. [25 hdc]

Repeat Row 2 another 33 times or until you have enough rows.

To determine how many rows you need to work, first measure the width of your rows.

Then multiply this number by 2.5.

Example: the width of my row is 11 cm.

11 x 2.5 = 27.5 cm

That means I will keep repeating Row 2 until my rectanlge measures 27.5 cm long.

Quick tip: Finish your last row on the same side as your starting tail end.

Continue with Finishing Instructions below.

large crochet pumpkin

Finishing Instructions

Fasten off leaving a longer tail end.

Line up the last row with the underside of the foundation chain and sew together using the tail end and a needle.

Then use running stitch to cinch one end of the pumpkin closed.

Fasten off. Stuff your pumpkin with your choice of stuffing. I used tail ends and leftover yarn inside a nylon stocking.

Using the other tail end, cinch the other end of pumpkin closed using running stitch.

Insert the needle through the top middle of the pumpkin and pull through to the bottom middle.

Pull yarn tight until you reach the squashed pumpkin shape, insert needle through the fabric and tie a tight knot to hold it in place.

Sew in the end securely.

Attach a branch stick or a cinnamon stick to the top with a hot glue gun.

You can also watch a full video tutorial on my YouTube channel.


Final thoughts…

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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