Monday, October 14, 2013

Trick Or Treat! - Crochet Pumpkin Pattern DIY Tutorial For Halloween

Make your own crochet pumpkins this Halloween with this fabulous DIY tutorial from The Chilly Dog. Enjoy!

"Halloween is just around the corner, so when I was crocheting some bean bag balls a few weeks ago, I thought it might be fun to modify my pattern a bit and make some pumpkins.

Each pumpkin is about the size of a softball and doesn’t take much yarn to create.

I actually raided my yarn stash for some bits of worsted weight orange and green for this project. If you aren’t fussy about the size of your pumpkins, you could try other weights of yarn.

Just make sure to use a smaller size hook then you normally would so that your stitches are very close together and the beans that fill your pumpkin don’t leak out. That would not be a nice treat."


• Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Carrot
• Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Frosty Green
• US size E crochet hook
• Dried navy beans
• Plastic yarn needle


You will be making your pumpkin from the stem down. The pattern is worked in a series of continuous spirals with the wrong side (the inside of the stem and pumpkin) facing. Do not turn your work after each round. Marking the first stitch of each round can help you keep your place.

With Frosty Green Yarn chain 3. Join with a slip stitch in the first chain to form a loop, ch 1.

Round 1: 6 sc in loop
Round 2 -7: *sc in next sc* 6 times


Change to Carrot colored yarn

Round 8: *sc in next sc* 6 times
Round 9: *2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 12 sc)
Round 10: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 18 sc)
Round 11: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 24 sc)
Round 12: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 30 sc)
Round 13: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 36 sc)
Round 14: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 42 sc)
Round 15: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 48 sc)
Round 16: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 54 sc)
Round 17: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc* 6 times (for a total of 60 sc)


Round 18 - 28: sc in next sc (60 sc per round)


Round 29: *dec, sc in next 8 sc* 6 times (for a total of 54 sts)
Round 30: *dec, sc in next 7 sc* 6 times (for a total of 48 sts)
Round 31: *dec, sc in next 6 sc* 6 times (for a total of 42 sts)
Round 32: *dec, sc in next 5 sc* 6 times (for a total of 36 sts)
Round 33: *dec, sc in next 4 sc* 6 times (for a total of 30 sts)
Round 34: *dec, sc in next 3 sc* 6 times (for a total of 24 sts)
Round 35: *dec, sc in next 2 sc* 6 times (for a total of 18 sts)

Fill your work with dried navy beans. Continue working carefully so the beans don’t spill out. (You may want to set your work on a table for the last two rounds to provide some support.)
Round 36: *dec, sc in next 1 sc* 6 times (for a total of 12 sts)
Round 37: dec 8 times so the hole at the top is closed
Finish leaving a 10 inch tail.

Use a plastic yarn needle to pull the tail through the pumpkin and trim.


For the vine, in Frosty Green, ch 81, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 79 ch. End off.

Gently twist the vine and tie it around the stem of the pumpkin.

Hope all of you had fun with this tutorial! :-)

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Meet Our Guest Blogger Ellen from  The Chilly Dog:

My name is Ellen and I have been making things for as long as I can remember. There isn't a craft I've tried that I haven't loved. I sew, quilt, scrapbook, knit, crochet, paint, bead... You get the point. I've designed and made blankets, curtains, formal wear, furniture, holiday decorations, mosaics, sweaters, hats and even an awesome coyote mascot. The list is never ending. I find it deeply satisfying to start with an idea and some yarn, fabric, or paint and finish with an interesting, useful and beautiful product that someone will enjoy for years to come.

If you’re curious about my business name and logo, they were inspired by our dog. She was a wildly fabulous Mexican Hairless Dog. Yep, she was hairless and therefore chilly from time to time. I loved her fun and unique spirit and feel it embodies my approach to crafting.

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  1. Lovely pumpkins. These will be on my list of things to make as soon as I learn how to crochet (for the moment I'm a knitter and the only bit of crochet I'm able to do are chains so I have a fair bit to learn yet.

  2. Oh, Ellen. That is so impressive! A cute little pumpkin and the directions to make it. Just following crochet directions can be daunting. It's a nice, clear tutorial. I hope to get a couple done for Halloween and Thanksgiving, too.

  3. Hahaha I enjoyed browsing for these awesome Pumpkin Carving Ideas . I hope it’s fine with you that I could pin them on my Pinterest board. I’m so sure my followers would be happy to see these interesting photos. Keep sharing! :D