Easy beginners pattern and tutorial
Halloween is almost with us. I can’t believe that Summer has ended and Autumn is already here!
Our last crochet tutorial (cupcake) was so popular, we’re back with another. This time our resident knitting and crochet guest blogger Esra (aka Knitella) has turned her hand to a scary crochet Halloween pumpkin.
Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or just something to decorate the house – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.
My nephew was VERY excited when he saw that I was making a scary Halloween pumpkin. All he wanted to do was attack the pumpkin and eat it, but I managed to rescue it and took few pictures for you to enjoy!
Supplies: Crochet hook size 6, two colors of DK yarn (orange & green), scissors, a piece of black felt for the eyes and teeth, a needle and a thread, and some stuffing.
- Rnd: Round
- Ch: Chain
- SS: Slip stitch
- DC: Double crochet
The crochet language: (UK crochet)
Start with the pumpkin body from top to bottom:
- 5 ch
- Rnd1: ss from loop in hook to first loop in the ch to form a ring. (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop)
- Rnd2: 2 ch, then dc inside the ring to go all around (total 10 stitches). (DOUBLE CROCHET: to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops )
- Rnd3: 2ch, 2dc in each stitch (total 20 stitches)
- Rnd4 & 5: repeat rnd 3 (the total of stitches will increase)
- Rnd6: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch all around
- Rnd7: repeat Rnd6
By this point the pumpkin will start looking a little funny like the stitches are squashed, but that’s the whole point to give it that pumpkin effect otherwise it will look like an orange, and we all know oranges are NOT scary!
- Rnd8: we will decrease at this step, so the above increase in stitches show on the top. 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on.
- Rnd9-13: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
- Rnd 14: we will decrease again, 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on. It will start getting a little smaller.
- Rnd15-19: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
- Rnd20: we will decrease again to get it ready to be stuffed and closed, so 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line.
Add the stuffing now. You can buy stuffing by kilos from Ebay or Fred Aldous, in Manchester city center.
- Rnd 21: after stuffing the pumpkin well, dc one and skip 1, dc one and skip 1, until the circle becomes really small and close it.
Hooray! Now you got most of the pumpkin done, you just need to add the green top.
It’s very simple: ch3, ss to form a ring, 1dc around the ring (total 6) then dc into each stitch 3 times, and it’s done!
Of course this is just a regular pumpkin, to scarify it you need to add the dark evil felt pieces. I just cut them into triangles.
Take the needle and thread, sew the green top, the eyes and the teeth.
Now be ready to be terrified.
You can play with the face as well if you want. Why not try adding red felt or red thread to make it like a vampire pumpkin.
For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.
Have a very exciting Halloween!
Note: this pattern is for personal use only.
Photographs: Esra aka Knitella
This is not a sponsored blog post.
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