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Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball Lookatwhatimade Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

  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.

Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball Pattern Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball Pattern

  Materials

  • 4 mm Crochet Hook (US G/6  UK 8)
  • Double knit or worsted weight yarn (#3 or #4, in other words) in Orange and Dark Green
  • Stuffing
  • Yarn needle

 Abbreviations

ChChain
ScSingle crochet
Sc incSingle crochet increase (make 2 sc’s in the same st)
Sc2togSingle crochet 2 together
Sl stSlip stitch
StStitch
*Repeat all instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.

 Instructions

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The wedges are basic single crochet circles worked in the round.  They are worked in a spiral, so you do not have to join at the end of each round.  Just continue around, making the first stitch of each round in the first stitch of the previous round.

Wedges – make 6 in Orange

1Into a magic ring:  Ch 1, sc x 6.  Remember to pull the magic ring closed before continuing.  Alternative way to start:  Ch 4 and join to the first st with a sl st to form a ring.  Ch 1 and sc x 6 into the ring.6
2Sc inc x 612
3*Sc inc, sc* x 618
4*Sc inc, sc x 2* x 624
5*Sc inc, sc x 3* x 6.  Sl st in the next st.  Ch 1 and bind off.30

Chain of Lids – make 3 in Orange

1Ch 2.  Sc inc in the second ch from the hook.  Ch 1 and turn.2
2Sc x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.2
3Sc inc x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.4
4Sc x 4.  Ch 1 and turn.4
5Sc inc, sc x 2, sc inc.  Ch 1 and turn.6
6Sc x 6.  Ch 1 and turn.6
7Sc x 6.  Ch 1 and turn.6
8Sc x 6.  Ch 1 and turn.6
9Sc x 6.  Ch 1 and turn.6
10Sc2tog, sc x 2, sc2tog.  Ch 1 and turn.4
11Sc x 4.  Ch 1 and turn.4
12Sc2tog x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.2
13Sc x 2.  Ch 1 and turn.2
14Sc2tog.  Ch 1.1
Repeat rows 1-14.  This will give you a chain of 2 “lids”.  Bind off.

Stem

1Starting with a 15 cm (6″) tail of yarn, ch 4.
2Starting in the stitch furthest away from your hook, sc through one loop only of each of the 4 ch st’s.  In other words, you are working in the round.4
3Continuing around:  Sc x 4.4
4Sc x 4.  Sl st in the next st.  Ch 1 and bind off, again leaving a 15 cm (6″) tail of yarn.4
You should now have a little fat tube.Use the initial tail of yarn to sew the 4 foundation chain stitches closed.  The easiest way to do that is to insert your needle into the first chain and out through the second, in again through the third and out through the fourth.  Pull tight and the end should close up…like a teeny tiny drawstring.Work away your tail of yarn.Place this little stem to one side until you are ready to attach it.

A Little Help With The Lids

If you have never made one of my puzzle balls, working into the rows of the lids can be a bit daunting.  So before I tell you how to attach the wedges (circles) to the lids, I thought I would give you a quick run-down of the lids.

Although the lids only have 14 rows, there are actually 15 “holes” along the sides of the lids.  Here’s why:  working into the second ch from the hook in row 1 of the lids causes that second ch st to gape, giving you an “extra” hole.

Wedge Lid 300x167 Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

Attaching the Segments

To attach the lids to the wedges (circles), place one of the circles face-down (with the wrong side towards you).  Place one of the “chain of lids” on top of the circle as in the picture below.

With a slip knot already on your hook, insert your hook into the first row of the wedge lid AND any stitch around the side of the circle (so both layers) and make a sc.  Continue making a sc into each row of the lid (see photo above) and each stitch around the outside of the circle until you have worked into all the rows up the side of the lid (so 15 sc’s).  See photo below.

At this point, the lid will be standing up from the circle, sort of like a bra-cup.  This is exactly what you want it to do, so don’t fret because it’s not lying flat!

Assembling the segments 2 Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

Slip stitch into the ch stitch between the two wedge lids.  Place another circle (wedge) behind the second wedge lid, again with the wrong side facing you.  Now insert your hook into the first row of the second wedge lid AND any stitch around the outside of the circle and make a sc.  Continue making a sc into each row of the lid AND each st of the circle until you have made 15 sc’s.  The last sc should fall in the last row of the wedge lid.

Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball Attaching Segments to wedges Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

You will now close the wedges by working down the other side of both lids and circles.  So starting in the same (last) row of the lid and the NEXT stitch around the outside of the circle, make 15 sc’s through both layers.  Remember to stuff as you go!

When you have stuffed and completed one wedge, sl st into the ch st between lids again and then continue working 15 sc’s through both layers of the last wedge.  Stuff as you go. Crochet Pumpkin Pattern Free Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

When you get to the end, ch 1 and bind off.  Leave a 15 cm (6″) tail of yarn.

Now use your yarn needle to attach the two ends to each other so that you have a 2-wedge segment.

Crochet Pumpkin Ball Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

Repeat with the other two segments so that you end up with 3 segments, each containing 2 wedges…sort of like an orange.

Finally, attach the stem to the top of one of the segments using the 15 cm (6″) end tail of yarn from the stem.

Crochet Pumpkin Segments Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

To assemble your teensy crochet pumpkin, just slip the segments over each other, keeping the one with the stem for last.

Crochet Pumpkin Segments 2 Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

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.

Spooky Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

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…

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can always try the Mini Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball or the Crochet Kiwi Puzzle.

And if you would rather bake than crochet, have a look at my skeleton cookies.  They were made using a DIY cookie cutter.  Who knew empty canned-food tins could be so useful!

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Happy Hooking!

xxx dedri

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4 Responses to Crochet Pumpkin Segment Ball

  1. This is so cute. I will be making one for my Daughter.

  2. Hi Dedri! I love this :)

    My son is obsessed with Halloween :) I am going to try to make this for him before Thursday!
    He also loves balls and puzzles so I think this is a winner :)

    Thank you for linking up at Link & Share Wednesday!
    Rhondda
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