Plush Pumpkin Pattern

A few years ago I made pumpkin hats for my kids to wear for Thanksgiving. They looked adorable and it only increased my desire to create more autumn-themed items. Flash forward to the present and you may have read about my pumpkin debacle with another pattern I was using. It got sorted out in the end (and turned out pretty cute!) but I wanted to have something with a bit more texture to it. So here is my old pumpkin hat pattern adapted to become a stuffed pumpkin to brighten up your autumn decor!

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Supplies:

Crochet Hook: US size H/5.0 mm

Yarn: Bulky weight #5 (I actually used 2 strands of worsted weight held together because I had it on hand, either will work fine) You will need three colours: Colour A is the main pumpkin colour, I’ve used white for this one. You’ll need approximately 1/3 of a skein. Colour B is your stem and Colour C is for your leaf and vine. You’ll need very little of colours B and C, I used scraps from my stash.

Polyfil for stuffing

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing on the stem, leaf, and vine.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

dc2tog= double crochet 2 together

fpdc = front post double crochet

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 together

sl st = slip stitch

Important note:

The increases are done by making a dc and then doing a fpdc around the same stitch from the row below. Make sure all your fpdc stitches line up as this will create the ridges around your pumpkin.

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Row 1: Begin with a Magic Loop and colour A: chain 2 and make 11 dc into the loop and join with a sl st to the 1st dc (11).

Row 2: ch 2, in 1st stitch (1 dc and 1 fpdc), repeat in each stitch around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (22).

Row 3: ch 2, *dc in 1st stitch, in next stitch(1 dc and 1 fpdc). Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (33).

Row 4: ch 2, *one dc in each of the 1st  two stitches, in next stitch(1 dc and 1 fpdc). Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (44).

Row 5: ch 2, *one dc in each of the 1st  three stitches, in next stitch(1 dc and 1 fpdc). Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (55).

Row 6-10: ch 2, *one dc in each of the next four stitches, fpdc around the next stitch. Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (55).

Row 11: ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in each of next two stitches, fpdc around next stitch. Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (44).

At this point you’ll want to secure/weave in your starting tail and begin to stuff your pumpkin. Make sure not to overstuff so the stuffind does not show through the stitches. Alternatively, you can use some scrap fabric or a pair of pantyhose to line the pumpkin so the stuffing cannot escape through the stitches.

Row 12: ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in next stitch, fpdc around next stitch. Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (33).

Row 13: ch 2, *dc2tog, fpdc around next stitch. Repeat from * around, join to 1st dc with sl st. (22).

Row 14: ch 2, dc2tog around, join to 1st dc with sl st(11). Fasten off and cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew pumpkin closed. Finish stuffing pumpkin.

Using a tapestry needle and the long tail, thread the yarn into the front loop of each stitch around and pull to tighten. Fasten off and sew in ends. I found the finish on the “bottom” side of the pumpkin (our original starting point) more attractive, so I flipped mine upside down before attaching the stem but it’s completely up to you.

To create the stem

Using Colour B, create a magic loop

Row 1: Using Colour B, create a magic loop. Ch 2 and sc 8 times in the magic loop. Join to 1st sc with sl st (8).

Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around, join to 1st sc with sl st (16).

Row 3-4: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join to 1st sc with sl st (16). Make sure to secure/weave in your starting tail before moving on to the next step.

Row 5: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each of next two stitches. Repeat from * around, join to 1st sc with sl st (12).

Row 6-7: ch 1, sc in each stitch around, join to 1st sc with sl st (12). Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto pumpkin. Stuff firmly with polyfil.

To create the Leaf

ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across (8).

Row 2: ch 3, tbl in 1st stitch, tbl, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, slip stitch into last stich, ch 1. You will now turn your work and will be working into the bottom of the previous row. Sl st, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, tbl, tbl, ch 3 and secure to 1st stitch. Leave a long tail to sew onto pumpkin.

To create the Vine

ch 25, sc into 2nd ch from hook, *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc. Repeat until end of chain. Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto pumpkin.

Sew the stem onto the top centre of the pumpkin and attach leaf and vine as desired. You’re done! This pattern is so versatile because by just adding another round or two of increases you can change the size of your pumpkin until you’ve got a whole bunch of cute little pumpkins to add to your autumn decor! Enjoy!

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