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Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern with 2 Sizes

Looking for a cute crochet pumpkin pattern to make this fall? Check out this free crochet pattern for a sweet fall pumpkin. It’s completely adorable, and the perfect thing to make to decorate your house for the autumn season.

Even better? This crochet pumpkin pattern is worked flat with an easy combination of basic stitches, so it’s the perfect choice for beginner crocheters. You can whip up a few pumpkins for yourself, or make a whole patch of pumpkins to sell at craft fairs. Either way, I know you’ll love this easy fall crochet project.

rustic farmhouse crochet pumpkin with ribbed texture and a stem

The crisp fall air and changing leaves mean that it’s time to get cozy. Break out the crochet hooks, dive into your yarn stash, and make some of these crochet pumpkins with me!

Today, I’m so excited to bring you a free crochet pumpkin pattern. It’s a quick and easy pattern that you can use to make fall decor for your home or sell at seasonal craft fairs.

I’ll also show you how to adapt the basic pattern to make different sizes of pumpkins – medium and small.

And don’t stop at just one! Make a whole bunch of cute little pumpkins to decorate your bookshelves or fireplace mantle.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

In order to make this pumpkin pattern as easy as possible, I designed it a little differently than most amigurumi projects. Instead of being made “in the round”, this pumpkin is crocheted flat (aka back and forth in rows).

That means you don’t need to know how to crochet in the round, work in continuous rounds, or start with a magic circle to make the pumpkin itself. (The stem, on the other hand, is worked in the round. So, I’ll give you a few alternative options for stems in the pattern.)

Instead, you’ll be crocheting a ribbed, rectangular piece of fabric. Then, you’ll gather the top of the pumpkin with a running stitch. Next, you’ll stuff the inside of the pumpkin with a handful of fiber stuffing. After that, gather the bottom of the pumpkin – just like you did the top.

Finally, (and this is optional) you can crochet a stem for your pumpkin. If you don’t want to crochet a stem, you can add a small twig or even a cinnamon stick instead.

Materials You’ll Need

I choose a nice, orange, worsted weight (CYC 4) yarn for this project. I worked with a crochet hook that’s slightly smaller than recommended on the yarn label. Using a smaller hook makes the fabric a little tighter and sturdier, so it will hold the stuffing without showing holes.

Smaller or Larger Pumpkins: You can substitute other types of yarn to change the size of your pumpkin. Choose a DK or Sport weight for a smaller pumpkin. Choose a bulky yarn or even a super-bulky weight yarn for a larger pumpkin. Whichever weight yarn you choose, make sure to use a crochet hook that’s one or two sizes smaller than you’d normally use. (Check out this crochet hook size chart for more info.)

Here are the materials you’ll need to make a crochet pumpkin:

If you’d like to crochet a pumpkin stem, you’ll also need a scrap amount of brown worsted weight yarn.

Skill Level

Beginner – Easy. This project uses basic stitches in a repetitive stitch pattern with simple shaping and finishing.

Abbreviations

Here are the crochet abbreviations used in this pattern. Note that all instructions are written in US terms.

blo = back loops only

ch = chain(s)

dc = double crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

sc = single crochet

sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

Measurements

Medium Size: The finished pumpkin measures 5″ wide and 5″ tall (stuffed, and with the stem.)

Small Size: Read the notes as the end of the pattern to learn how to modify the stitch count to make a smaller version.

Gauge

20 st = 4″

Meeting gauge isn’t critical to the success of this project.

If you want to crochet a pumpkin the same size as mine, aim for a piece of fabric that measures 6″ wide and 12″ long before seaming.

Special Stitches

If you would like to crochet a pumpkin stem for your pumpkin, you’ll need to know the front post double crochet stitch. It’s very similar to the double crochet stitch — you’ll just insert your hook in a different spot.

Front Post Double Crochet: Yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of corresponding stitch below, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on the hook). Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on the hook). Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, again.

starting to crochet a ribbed pumpkin

You can find the ad-free printable version of this pattern right here.

Pattern

Row 1: Ch 31. Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, and working in blo for all stitches, make 3 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 sc, 3 sl st. Turn. (30)

Row 2: Ch 1. Working in blo, 3 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 sc, 3 sl st. Turn. (30)

crocheting the pumpkin with orange yarn and a purple crochet hook

Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures 12 in long. (Measured across the center at the widest point.) I crocheted 40 rows.

Last Row: You can make the last row and seam the short sides in the same step. To do this, fold the short sides together, right sides facing out. Insert the hook through both the starting chain stitches and the back loops of the working stitches as you crochet the last row – all slip stitches.

seaming the sides of the crochet pumpkin pattern

Finishing

If you didn’t join the sides as you worked the last row of crochet (as described in the previous section, join the sides with a mattress stitch.

Then, turn the pumpkin so that the raised “V” shapes point down.

With a matching piece of yarn and blunt yarn needle (I used the long yarn tail) sew a running stitch along the top edge.

Pull the ends of the yarn to gather the top edge. Tie a knot, cut the excess yarn, and weave in the ends.

making gathers at the top of the pumpkin with a running stitch

Next, stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill through the bottom opening.

In the same way as before, sew a running stitch along the bottom edge. Pull the ends of the yarn to gather the bottom edge. Tie a knot, cut the excess yarn, and weave in the ends.

sewing the crochet pumpkin together with long stitches

You can stop here, or you can make some additional stitches to create a sculpted, “squashed” pumpkin shape.

To do this, make some long stitches that run vertically between the stem end and the base of the pumpkin. I made four stitches down through the center of the pumpkin, overlapping them in an X shape (almost like sewing on a button.)

Pull these stitches with slight tension to give the pumpkin a more realistic shape. Knot the yarn to secure, and weave in the ends.

crochet pumpkin and crochet pumpkin stem

When it comes to attaching a stem to your pumpkin, you have several options.

  • For a simple stem, you can use hot glue to attach a short twig or a cinnamon stick to the top of the pumpkin.
  • Or, you can attach a crocheted stem as described below.

Small Pumpkin Variation

Here’s how I’ve adapted the pattern to create a smaller size version.

  1. Row 1: Ch 22. Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, and working in blo for all stitches, make 2 sl st, 4 sc, 9 hdc, 4 sc, 2 sl st. Turn. (21)
  2. Row 2: Ch 1. Working in blo, 2 sl st, 4 sc, 9 hdc, 4 sc, 2 sl st. Turn. (21)
  3. Repeat until you have made 30 total rows. Continue the seaming and stuffing steps as described above.

Another way to make the pumpkin smaller or larger is to use thinner or thicker yarn.

How to Crochet a Pumpkin Stem

First, make a magic ring. (Click for a tutorial on how to start crochet with the Magic Ring technique)

  1. Round 1: Make 6 dc into the magic ring, sl st to the first dc to join round. (6)
  2. Round 2: Ch 2. Fpdc in each st around, sl st to first fpdc to join round. (6)
  3. Repeat round 2 until your stem is as long as you’d like. I made 5 rounds.
  4. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
  5. Using a darning needle and the yarn tail, whipstitch top of the stem to the top of the pumpkin.  Fasten off and weave in end.

More Free Crochet Patterns

If you love to crochet, I think you’ll enjoy these other patterns.

Need a Snack In Between Projects?

If you’re making this pumpkin around Halloween, then check out these cute mummy cupcakes and ghost cupcakes for your next Halloween party — or if you just want to treat yourself!

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Crochet Pumpkin

Crochet Pumpkin

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 5

Make this cute crochet pumpkin pattern and decorate your house with a rustic farmhouse fall style. Made with an easy combination of basic stitches, this free pumpkin pattern is perfect for beginner crocheters. 

Materials

  • worsted weight (CYC 4) yarn, in orange
  • worsted weight (CYC 4) yarn, in brown for the stem
  • a few handfuls of fiber-fil toy stuffing

Tools

  • size G – 4.0mm crochet hook (Here’s my favorite inexpensive hook.)
  • a darning or tapestry needle
  • a tape measure
  • scissors
  • stitch markers, optional

Instructions

  1. Row 1: Ch 31. Starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, and working in blo for all stitches, make 3 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 sc, 3 sl st. Turn. (30)
  2. Row 2: Ch 1. Working in blo, 3 sl st, 6 sc, 12 hdc, 6 sc, 3 sl st. Turn. (30)
  3. Repeat Row 2 until the piece measures 12 in long. (Measured across the center at the widest point.) I crocheted 40 rows.
  4. Last Row: You can make the last row and seam the short sides in the same step. To do this, fold the short sides together, right sides facing out. Insert the hook through both the starting chain stitches and the back loops of the working stitches as you crochet the last row of stitches.
  5. Sew a running stitch along the top edge, and pull the ends of the yarn to gather the top edge. Tie a knot, cut the excess yarn, and weave in the ends.
  6. Next, stuff the pumpkin with fiber-fill through the bottom opening. Sew a running stitch along the bottom edge, and gather the bottom edge. Tie a knot, cut the excess yarn, and weave in the ends.
  7. Optionally, make some long stitches that run vertically between the stem end and the bottom end to shape the pumpkin.
  8. Attach a twig or cinnamon stick as a stem with hot glue, or follow the pattern steps for a crochet stem in the pattern notes below.

Notes

Pattern for crochet pumpkin stem:

  • Round 1: Make 6 dc into the magic ring, sl st to the first dc to join round. (6)
  • Round 2: Ch 2. Fpdc in each st around, sl st to first fpdc to join round. (6)
  • Repeat round 2 until your stem is as long as you’d like. I made 5 rounds.
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
  • Using a darning needle and the yarn tail, whipstitch top of the stem to the top of the pumpkin.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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nadiyah

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

heya! novice here and have just made 3 pumpkins and they're all so cute so thank you for this pattern! just attempting the stems at the moment, but does anyone have advice on how to alter the sizing of the stem?

for reference, one pumpkin is the normal size and the others are 1/3 and 2/3 of the size.

Karen Templin

Monday 3rd of October 2022

Thank you for this pattern. so cute

Michelle

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Thank you for the pattern!

I'm having a little trouble getting the pumpkin to close tightly with the running stich. I measured to make sure that wasn't the issue and I'm right at 12 inches. But I can't seem to get a smaller than a pinky sized hole.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated ☺️

Thanks again, all your work is just lovely

Michelle

Thursday 29th of September 2022

@Sarah Stearns,

Worked perfectly, thank you so much!

Sarah Stearns

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Hi Michelle, Thanks for your comment. One thing you can try is to make that running stitch twice around the perimeter of the hole. Sometimes that second go-around can help you close the hole more tightly.

Hannah Shelley

Monday 12th of September 2022

How did u start the first row? A slip knot or a magic circle?

Sarah Stearns

Monday 12th of September 2022

Hi Hannah, This pumpkin pattern is crocheted flat in rows, so you can just start with a slip knot.

Mia Moore

Friday 9th of September 2022

Hi, I really like your pumpkin pattern!! May I sell the pumpkins that I make from your pattern?

Sarah Stearns

Friday 9th of September 2022

Yes, absolutely! It would be great if you can credit me as the pattern designer, either on the tag or on your shop website. Thanks!

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