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Pumpkins are the perfect addition to your Autumn home decor. They set the perfect atmosphere for when the leaves start falling from the trees, the nights get darker and a bit chillier.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on decor, instead diy your Fall home decor with these crochet swirled pumpkins. With their spiral ribbing these stuffed pumpkins make a quirky decoration, and to keep you on budget it is a free pumpkin pattern.
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To make this swirled pumpkin you need just 10 yards of dk/light worsted yarn for the small size, and 40 yards for the larger pumpkin plus 2 yards of green dk/light worsted yarn for the stem and some toy stuffing.
With a few of these amigurumi pumpkins around the house, you will be all set for Halloween too.
This pattern is easy to make and just needs hdc (US terms) to create.
The Pumpkins can come out 2 ways. If you keep the texture on the outside then you get a heavily ribbed texture.
If the texture is left on the inside you get a more smooth outside, but the swirl is still easily seen
The Swirled Pumpkin Pattern
Gauge = 9 stitches in 3cm, 6 rows in 3cm
The small swirled pumpkin needs 10 yards of Sirdar cotton DK, large size needs 40 yards. I have used cotton for this pattern, but you can use any fiber of your choice.
Hook size = 3mm
chain 17 for the small size, chain 32 for the larger pumpkin.
Row 1. In the 4th chain from your hook make a hdc, Hdc in each chain.
Row 2. Chain 1 and make 2 hdc in the first stitch. hdc in the front loop in each stitch until there are 2 stitches left in the row. Make a hdc2tog in the last 2 stitches.
Row 3. Chain 1 and make a hdc2tog in the first 2 stitches. Make a hdc in the 3rd loop in each stitch across . In your last stitch make 2 hdc in both loops.
All the texture should be on 1 side of your pumpkin, the other side should be smooth
Rows 4 – 15 repeat rows 2 and 3. If you’re making the larger pumpkin, make 30 rows
once you have finished, whip stitch the 2 sides of your pumpkin together. This will make those ribbed rows look like they’re swirling
Close the bottom by weaving the tail through the stitches and pulling tight. Don’t weave in the end, instead pull it up to the top of the pumpkin, and use to pull the top closed after you’ve stuffed.
Once you’ve closed the bottom, stuff your pumpkin with toy stuffing. You want to add enough to make it nice and firm. Once stuffed, close the top using the same tail you used to close the bottom. This tail should be pulled nice and tight so that your bottom pulls up slightly. You don’t want to close the top all the way, leave a small opening so we can add the stem.
We start the stem in the stitches around the small opening in the top you’ve pulled tight.
Join your yarn into any stitch in the top, and sc in the same stitch. Then make another 5 sc evenly around the top – I made them into the most accesible stitches.
In a spiral make a sc in each stitch until your stem is 3 stitches high all round. Cut your yarn and use the tail to sew the top of the stem closed.
If you find working directly into the top of the pumpkin too fiddly, you can chain 6 and slip stitch into the first stitch. Then sc in a spiral until your stem reaches 3 sc high all round. Then sew your stem into your pumpkin.
How To Make Your Pumpkin Larger Or Smaller
Changing the size of your pumpkin is really easy. You can either use the same number of stitches and rows as in the pattern above and just use a thicker yarn and a larger hook size. Or you can change the number of stitches and rows. These pumpkins need the same number of rows as the number of stitches in row 1. So if you’re making a pumpkin 20 stitches wide, you need to make it 20 rows high.
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