I made one of these cute little guys for a friend last year. She wanted one for her daughter who they nicknamed 'Pumpkin'. How cute! Then suddenly after posting a picture online, I had multiple orders for more.
I started writing the pattern last year, but I never got around to finishing. With halloween fast approaching, it seemed a fitting time to tick that pattern idea off the TO DO list.
You will need:
Orange, green and a small amount of black yarn.
Needle and scissors
I have used Rico Creative Cotton Aran which is a great weight for Amigurimis. You can find it for sale here.
The pumpkin is worked in the round. You do not need to turn your work after each round, and you do not need to slst and ch1 when you begin a new round.
DC: Double Crochet
DC.INC: Double Crochet Increase: 2 DC into one stitch
DC.DEC: Double Crochet Decrease: insert hook into the front loop of the next stitch and the following, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook
HTR: Half Treble Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet
TRCL: Treble cluster: *Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and pull through 2* Repeat in the SAME stitch that you have just work in. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
To begin: Using your orange yarn to make the pumpkin
Use a stitch marker in the first ST of each round to make sure you have the correct amount of stitches.
Round 1: 6 DC into a magic circle (6)
Round 2: DC.INC in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: (DC.INC, 1 DC) x6 (18)
Round 4: (DC.INC, 2 DC) x6 (24)
Round 5: (DC.INC, 3 DC) x6 (30)
Round 6: (DC.INC, 4DC) x6 (36)
Round 7 - 13: DC in each stitch around for 7 rounds. Remember your stitch marker! (36)
Round 14: (DC.DEC, 4 DC) x6 (30)
Round 15: (DC.DEC, 3 DC) x6 Insert safety eyes on row 12, 8 stitches apart. (24)
Round 16: (DC.DEC, 2 DC) x6 Begin to put the stuffing in. (18)
Round 17: (DC.DEC, 1 DC) x6 Continue adding some stuffing. (12)
Round 18: ((DC.DEC, 1 DC) x4 Make sure your pumpkin is filled with stuffing as you desire (8)
SLST into the next stitch and fasten off. Leave a tail 50cm long.
Take the tail of your yarn, and using your needle, thread it through each of the front loops around the hole at the top of your pumpkin. Pull tight to close the hole. You will now use this thread to push down through the top of the pumpkin and out the center of your magic circle at the bottom.
Thread your yarn through the top and out of the bottom of the pumpkin until you have created your little sections.
Below are some pictures to help you!
Making the leaf: Using the green yarn
CH 12. SLST in second CH from hook. working back to the beginning of the CH:
DC, HTR, HTR, TR, TRCL, TRCL, TR, HTR, DC
This should leave you with one chain left. 4DC into the last chain, pivoting your work so you can begin to work up the other side of the leaf. Work into the other side of the CH:
DC, HTR, TR, TRCL, TRCL, HTR, DC
SLST into the top of the leaf, and fasten off. Sew this onto the top of your pumpkin.
Making the curl and stem: Green Yarn
CH 21. SLST into the second CH from hook. Make 2TR into every stitch back to the beginning of the chain, leaving 1 chain. You will find this will curl as you go. 1 DC and SLST into the last chain. Continuing to make the stem: CH 5, DC in second ST from hook and each stitch, ending with a SLST at the end of your curl. Sew this on to your pumpkin.
Using your needle and black thread, sew a little smile onto the face of your pumpkin, and you're done!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern!
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