two orange and mustard colored crochet pumpkins on a round decorative tray

The Harvest Pumpkin | Free Crochet Pattern

The Harvest Pumpkin crochet pattern is my very first pumpkin design, and I created it years ago. Pumpkins are my absolutely favorite item to crochet! The Harvest Pumpkin is an easy pattern that works up in no time. You can literally have an entire pumpkin patch ready within a few hours.

The pattern is worked in the round using super bulky yarn, my favorite is Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, but its pretty flexible with just about any size yarn. I love making them with two strands of worsted weight or bulky yarn held together, but make sure you 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 include the size small which is about 14 inches around and 2 ½ inches tall, before adding the stem. Speaking of the stem, you can use just about anything. For example, I love using wooden branches I find laying around outside, cinnamon sticks, or wine corks. In addition, you can also find real wooden sticks all cleaned and ready to go on Amazon, just look closely at the size description, as the photos can be misleading.


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Skill Level

Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Stitch Key | US Terms

ch(s) – chain/chains
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch/stitches
rnd(s) – round/rounds
sc2tog – single crochet two together
beg – beginning


Size 6, Super Bulky Yarn
Approximately 30-45 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)
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Marker
Flexible Measuring Tape
Dried Branch for Stem (glue or glue gun to attach)
Optional – Ribbon and/or flower embellishments

Gauge | Working in the Round

First 3 Rounds in Pattern = 4 ¼ 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.

Pumpkin Instructions

– Size is approximately 14” circumference & 2 ½” tall
– Do not join at end of each round unless otherwise noted, mark the 1st st of each round with st marker.

Rnd 1. Create a magic circle, ch1, work 10 hdc in circle. (10hdc)
Alternate Method: Ch4, join with sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch1, work 10 hdc in circle. (10hdc)

Rnd 2. 2 hdc in each st around. (20hdc)

Rnd 3. *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat from * around. (30hdc)
(diameter should measure approximately 4 ¼  inches across)

Rnd 4-8. sc in each st around. (30sc) 

Rnd 9. *sc in next st, sc2tog, repeat from * around. (20sc)

Rnd 10. sc2tog around, join with sl st in beg sc. (10sc)

NOTE: After publishing this pattern I discovered the invisible single crochet decrease (inv-scdec). It creates a nice tight decrease that works well for amigurumi projects. Please feel free to substitute the sc2tog in rounds 9 & 10 with the inv-scdec. Here’s a a quick video on how to create the stitch.

Fasten off leaving a 30-40 inch tail end. Weave in beginning tail end.
Reference Steps 1-3 below for finishing off your pumpkin.

Step 1.

Weave tail end in and out around last rnd of sts.      

Demonstration on how to close top of crochet pumpkin

Step 2.

Fill pumpkin with Poly-fil and pull tail end tightly to cinch closed. Tip: don’t overfill or you’ll see the Poly-fil through the gaps in the yarn.

Continued instructions on how to close the top of a crochet pumpkin

Step 3.

Take tail end and insert tapestry needle through the bottom center of pumpkin, push needle up through the top center, and pull tight to create the first ridge.  Repeat step 3 evenly around the pumpkin until you have a total of 5 ridges around the pumpkin.

Instructions on how to fasten off and finish a crochet pumpkin

Your pumpkin is finished!!  Weave in the loose end and adorn with stems, leaves, ribbons, and flowers as desired!!  I use a hot glue gun to add the flowers and stem.

If you try the pattern, I’d love to see pics. Be sure to tag me @simplymadebyerin

I also have a bundle of six pumpkin patterns on Etsy for a great discount.
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