Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
This is a very last-minute Halloween craft: A crochet pumpkin segment ball. We have had visitors all day – and what a nice visit it was – so I have not had time to post until now. Not that these few extra hours will really have made a difference. Anyone who wants to make something for Halloween will no doubt already have made it.
But this ball was designed for the occasion, so post the pattern I will.
It is a simplified version of my Original Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball. It is only 6 cm high when completed, so makes for a very cute little thingy. Yes, I did say cute. But in keeping with the Halloween spirit, and if you are moved to do so, you can always embroider a scary face on this little crochet pumpkin.
- 4.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Double knit wool in Orange and Dark Green
- Yarn needle
|Sc inc||Single Crochet Increase (2 sc’s in same st)|
|Sc2tog||Single Crochet 2 together|
|Sl st||Slip Stitch|
The wedges are basic single crochet circles worked in the round. To join each round, just start the next round in the first stitch of the previous round.
Wedges – make 6 in Orange
|1||Into a magic ring: Ch 1 and sc x 6. Alternatively, ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring. Ch 1 and work 6 sc’s into the ring.||6|
|2||Sc inc x 6||12|
|3||*sc inc, sc* x 6||18|
|4||*sc inc, 2 x sc* x 6||24|
|5||*sc inc, 3 x sc* x 6. Sl st in the next st. Ch 1 and bind off.||30|
Wedge Lids – make 3 in Orange
|1||Ch 2. Make 2 sc’s in 2ndch from hook. Ch 1 and turn (2)||2|
|2||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||2|
|3||Sc inc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||4|
|4||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||4|
|5||Sc inc in first and last st. Sc in the other two st’s. (So: 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc) Ch 1 and turn.||6|
|6||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||6|
|7||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||6|
|8||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||6|
|9||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||6|
|10||Sc2tog, sc in next 2 st’s, sc2tog. Ch 1 and turn.||4|
|11||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||4|
|12||Sc2tog x 2. Ch 1 and turn.||2|
|13||Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn.||2|
|14||Sc2tog. Ch 1.||1|
|Repeat rows 1-14. This will give you a chain of 2 “lids”. Bind off.|
|2||Join by working an sc into the first ch and the next 3 ch st’s.||4|
|3||Sc in next 4||4|
|4||Sc in next 3. Sl st in next st. Ch 1 and bind off.||4|
|Turn the stem inside out by pulling the tail at the top through the tube of the stem quite forcefully, forcing the stem to invert itself. Now work the tail through the top 4 st’s and pull them tight. Work this tail away. You will use the tail at the end to attach the stem to one of the segments.|
To attach the lids to the wedges, take one of your chains of lids and join to any stitch around the wedge with a single crochet stitch. In other words, you want to place the lid on top of the wedge with the wrong side of the wedge facing the lid. Single crochet through the first stitch of the lid and any stitch around the wedge. Single crochet through the next row of the lid and the next stitch of the wedge. Keep doing this until you have worked 15 sc’s.
Slip stitch into the ch st between the two wedge lids and then repeat the above process with the next wedge.
When you get to the last st of the lid, continue around in the following fashion: sc into the same stitch of the lid (the last st) and the next st of the wedge. Continue making 14 more sc’s around the lid and wedge. Remember to stuff as you go!
When you have stuffed and completed one wedge, sl st into the ch st between lids and then continue working 15 sc’s through both layers of the remaining wedge. Again, stuff as you go.
When you get to the end, ch 1 and bind off. Leave a 15 cm tail.
Now use your yarn needle to attach the two ends to each other so that you have a 2-wedge segment.
Repeat with the other two segments.
Finally, attach the stem to the top of one of the segments using the tail of the stem.
To assemble your teensy crochet pumpkin, just slip the segments over each other, keeping the one with the stem for last.
I’ve added a spooky border to my photo (using PicMonkey) to make this crochet pumpkin less cute, but I am afraid it hasn’t worked.
This pattern will also make a great crochet ball for a baby and a super simple puzzle for a toddler. Why not try to make one with coloured wedges and black lids? Like an inverted round rubix cube…