Velvet pumpkins has been a hot trend for a while. In this free crochet pumpkin pattern I will show you how to make elegant and whimsical little pumpkins.
Crochet velvet pumpkins can be very sophisticated like any other handmade pumpkins you see around. In fact, they can be used for multiple decoration occasions. Make several of them and group them together on a joyful holiday centerpiece, and even wedding decoration. Randomly spread them around the house, use them on top of your fireplace and even in your porch.
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About the yarn
I wanted small pumpkins that looked simple yet elegant. Surely Bulky (5) Yarnspirations Bernat velvet yarn was the perfect yarn for them. You can pick from a variety of beautiful colors, there is neutrals and also the traditional velvet colors. It worked out great for what I envisioned and I will make a lot more of them to decorate the house this fall.
Due to the fuzzy nature of the yarn I recommend you to practice a little, before starting a major project. That way you will get used to count the stitches and find the right tension. Also it’s important to keep in mind that unraveling velvet yarn projects multiple times will pill off the fur. Not only that, but something else to think about is that velvet yarn is slippery, so please avoid pulling the inside end of the skein, that way you won’t end up with a tangled mess.
If you would like to try this free crochet pumpkin pattern with any other type of yarn, I recommend you to crochet a swatch before proceeding to a larger project to make sure you will be happy with it.
- Small Pumpkin: 1.78 oz (50 g), 54 yds (50 m). Color: Mulled Rose
- Medium Pumpkin: 2.55 oz (72 g), 77 yds (70 m). Color: Ivory
- Large Pumpkin: 3.56 oz (101 g), 107 yds (98 m). Color: Smoke Blue
Notes about the free crochet pumpkin pattern
- This Pattern is written using standard US terminology.
- Level of difficulty: Easy.
- As you progress with your circle in the pattern, you will notice it ruffling up. You are not doing it wrong. That technique is what will create the indentations for the pumpkin (see image #6 in photo tutorial below).
- The thread to sew the top of the pumpkin doesn’t need to be the same color as the pumpkin. It will be hidden once you finish off. For the larger pumpkin, I used a thread about 90” long (228 cm). The thread needs to be extra strong, that way it won’t break as you pull it tight.
- Use the smallest hook possible with the velvet yarn, in doing so you won’t get holes and have the polyfil showing once you stuff it. The velvet yarn that I used asked for a 6.5 mm hook, I recommend using a 4 mm (US G) hook or smaller with that yarn. I used a 3.75 mm (US F) one and the tension was perfect.
- If you are a beginner, you may find it easier to count the stitches by sections of increases. For example: on round 5 you have 60 stitches, which means 12 sections of 5 stitches each (inc + 3 sc = 5). So, instead of counting all the way up to 60, count by 5’s, twelve times. That will help you to know exactly where the increases go. And also you won’t get bored once you have a round with a high stitch count. At the end, if you did it right, there won’t be any missed stitch.
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Materials and Tools
- 3.75 mm (US F) crochet hook
- Stitch marker
- Strong Crochet tread or upholstery thread
- Bent tip yarn needle
- Fiber fill like polyfil
- Dried pumpkin stems (wood craft sticks, cinnamon sticks or leather strips are also good options for the stem)
- Scraps of felt or fabric, about 0.5” square or small enough to be covered by the base of the stem, if you are using dry stems
- Fabric glue (or hot glue)
FO: fasten off
inc: increase (two single crochets in the same st)
sc: single crochet
RS: Right Side
( ): Repeat instructions within parentheses as many times as indicated
[ ]: Stich count in a round
*: Repeat Instructions after asterisks as many times as indicated.
A gauge swatch is optional, but it will help you to compare your stitch tension with mine. In fact, if you are using the same yarn and hook size I did, it will be helpful for you to have an idea if your pumpkins will have the same size as mine.
A swatch of 6 rounds in sc, the diameter is 2 ¾ in / 7 cm
Gauge swatch pattern:
Rnd1: sc 6 in second chain from hook
Rnd2: (inc) 6 times 
Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 6 times 
Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times 
Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times 
Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 6 times 
Approximate finished sizes (circumference)
Small: 13” (33 cm)
Medium: 15” (38 cm)
Large: 18” (46 cm)
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Helpful hint before you start: For this pattern, you will be using the spiral technique, which means you won’t join the rounds with a slip stitch, you will crochet in continues rounds. Now, this is very important, use a stitch marker to mark the beginning or the end of every round.
Rnd1: sc 12 in 2nd ch from hook 
Rnd2: (inc) 12 times 
Rnd3: (inc, sc in next st) 12 times 
Rnd4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts) 12 times 
Rnd5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts) 12 times 
Rnd6: (inc, sc in next 4 sts) 12 times 
Rnd7: (inc, sc in next 5 sts) 12 times 
Rnd8: (inc, sc in next 6 sts) 12 times 
Rnd9: (inc, sc in next 7 sts) 12 times 
Rnd10: (inc, sc in next 8 sts) 12 times 
Rnd11: (inc, sc in next 9 sts) 12 times 
Rnd12: (inc, sc in next 10 sts) 12 times 
Rnd13: (inc, sc in next 11 sts) 12 times 
Rnd14: (inc, sc in next 12 sts) 12 times 
Stop here for the small pumpkin. FO. Cut the yarn.
Rnd15: (inc, sc in next 13 sts) 12 times 
Rnd16: (inc, sc in next 14 sts) 12 times 
Rnd17: (inc, sc in next 15 sts) 12 times 
Stop here for the medium pumpkin. FO. Cut the yarn.
Rnd18: (inc, sc in next 16 sts) 12 times 
Rnd19: (inc, sc in next 17 sts) 12 times 
Rnd20: (inc, sc in next 18 sts) 12 times 
FO. Cut the yarn.
Assembly part 1
Thread the yarn needle with the crochet thread folded in the middle and place a stitch marker at the folded end so it doesn’t go loose. First, it’s important that you know you won’t do a running st all around the edge of the pumpkin because it would end up too thick to close it. Do it in sections instead. Doing so will also help creating the indentations around the pumpkin.
- To start, lie the piece on a flat surface with the wrong side facing you. Then with the yarn needle and the folded thread, find one of the increases on the edge and insert the needle into the two loops of one stitch from the wrong side and pull it out on the right side. As you know, the edge has 12 increases, insert the needle in one stitch in each increase. It’s easy to visualize them because they are a little pointy. Then, once you have stitched 12 times, insert the needle in the folded end of the thread. After that, remove the st marker and gently start pulling to cinch it, leaving a cavity to add stuffing (see image# 2 in photo tutorial below).
- Next you will fill the pumpkin with the desired amount of stuffing and using your fingers, tuck the fiber in as you tighten the thread. This time, pull the thread tight until it closes the ring. FO. Do not cut the thread (see images# 3 and 4 in photo tutorial below).
Assembly part 2
- At this point, the pumpkin will look like a flower with petals. To simplify it, “petals” is what we will call it. Add some extra stuffing into the “petals”. Next, make sure there is stuffing all the way up to the top but do not tuck it in too firm to not overstuff it, otherwise it will make it difficult to close the opening. Now, with the uncut thread *insert the bent tip yarn needle into a stitch in the center of one of the petals in the outside edge. Then go back and insert into the center knot. Repeat from * in each of the remaining petals. Pull it tight as you go (see image# 5 in photo tutorial below).
- If you are making the small pumpkin, at this point you will have the opening almost closed. For instance, if you look closely you will be able to see the edges of the remaining “petals”, gather them together like instructed in next step until you close it completely.
- This is the last step to close it. Again, you will do what you did in step 2. Go ahead and insert the needle on the edge of each small “petal” that now look more like bumps and insert it back in the center. Then repeat this step with each remaining “petal” and pull it tight as you go (see images# 6 and 7 in photo tutorial below). FO. Cut the thread. Lastly, weave in the ends.
Placing the stem
I used real dried stems I saved from pumpkins we used for decoration last fall. But any craft stick, cinnamon sticks or even leather stripes will work too. Even dry sticks you get from trees, if you have them around your house, will be a great option too. As an option, you can also buy them online, there is real dried stems and resin ones for sale on Etsy and Amazon.
Here is how you will place the stem: First, squeeze one drop of glue on top of the pumpkin right where the gathering stitches are. Then place the felt scrap (or fabric) on top of the glue and squeeze another generous drop of glue on top of the felt and place the stem on top of it (see image# 8 in photo tutorial below). Let it dry completely.
Your are done with the free crochet pumpkin pattern. Congratulations!
I hope you liked this pattern and that you make beautiful decoration pieces with your pumpkins. If you share it on Instagram, I would love to see it, tag @zamiguz or use the hashtag #zamiguzmakers.