You probably know by now that I just love crochet pumpkin patterns, and the Mini Ribbed Pumpkin pattern is no exception. I consider it the easiest and quickest pumpkin pattern I’ve created, and it’s very versatile. My favorite way to display them is on a decorative tray. They also look cute on a shelf, grouped with a cute plant and candle.
The pattern is worked in rows using super bulky yarn, my favorite is Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, but its extremely flexible with any yarn.
I love using two strands of worsted weight or bulky yarn held together, but you can also use thinner or bulkier yarn.
In the photo, I used Lion Brand Yarn Hue + Me (two strands held together), in the colors mustard, macchiato, saffron, & fatigues.
The pattern is very easy to adjust by adding or subtracting chains to the foundation chain, and adding or subtracting rows of single crochet (making sure you end with an odd number of rows, so you’ll have a tail at each end, once you join the ends). The rest of the pattern is followed exactly, you’ll just have a different stitch count.
Additionally, if you change the yarn size of the project, be sure to adjust your hook size accordingly. The most important thing is to have a nice tight stitch that will hide the Poly-fil from showing through.
The instructions below are for a mini size which is about a 12″- 13″ circumference, and 2″ inches tall, before adding the stem. The easiest option for the stem is wooden branches you find laying around outside (give them a good wash and let them air dry). Cinnamon sticks or wine corks work well too. In addition, you can buy real wooden sticks on Amazon. They’re all cleaned and ready to use, just look closely at the size description, as the photos can be misleading.
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Stitch Key | US Terms
beg – beginning
ch(s) – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch/stitches
blo – back loop only
Size 6, Super Bulky Yarn
Approximately 20 yards
I prefer Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick , colors used are Pumpkin & Mustard, (results will vary depending on yarn used)
L11/8mm Crochet Hook (or size to meet gauge)
Flexible Measuring Tape
Poly-Fil or extra yarn for filling
Dried Branch for Stem (glue or glue gun to attach)
Optional – Ribbon and/or flower embellishments
Gauge | Working in Rows
8 sts & 10 rows of sc working in BLO = 3.5 x 3.5 Inches with L Hook
Please be sure to check your gauge before starting, as tension can vary greatly from person to person and depending on the yarn used.
– Beg ch of each row does not count as st, work 1st st in same st as beg ch.
Leaving a long tail end, loosely ch 9, working in blo, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in remaining chs across, turn. (8sc)
Ch 1, working in blo, sc across, turn. (8sc)
If you add additional rows to the band, it should be made in odd increments.
Make sure the beginning and ending tail are on the same side of the rectangle before joining the band. This will allow you to cinch each side without attaching a new piece of yarn.
You will now join the foundation chain and last row together to form a continuous piece.
Fold the short sides of the piece together & line up the sts (the foundation row should be facing you). Very loosely sl st through the foundation chs & back loops of the last row of sc, repeat across until the piece is fully joined.
Fasten off leaving a long tail end.
Forming The Pumpkin
Using a tapestry needle, take foundation tail end, weave it in & out around row ends & cinch closed. Weave in tail end, turn pumpkin right side facing out & fill with Polyfil.
Weave remaining tail end in & out around final row ends & cinch closed (you can leave a slight opening in the middle to fit the stem). Insert tapestry needle through the top center of the pumpkin, pushing tail through the bottom center of pumpkin. Push needle back up through bottom center pulling slightly to create an indent in the top center. Weave needle around top where you cinched it closed to keep indent in place.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends once secure. Finish pumpkin off with stem, ribbon, and other adornments as desired using glue or a hot glue gun.
A quick video tutorial on joining the ends & forming the pumpkin can be found below.
Your pumpkin is finished!!
If you try the pattern, I’d love to see pics. Be sure to tag me @simplymadebyerin
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