Crochet a tartan plaid pumpkin for your fall decor with this free and easy tartan plaid crochet pumpkin pattern.
With fall finally here, I’ve had several requests for crocheted pumpkins after sharing my Mini Woven Pumpkins from last year. Pumpkins are so much fun to make!
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Design Story and Inspiration for the Tartan Plaid Crochet Pumpkin
Once I decided to crochet a pumpkin, I realized I wanted to do something different than what was already out there. So I spent some time researching and planning.
Finally, I wondered if the tartan plaid technique I used in this blanket would work as a pumpkin design. I tried it out and loved it!!
About the Yarn
I wanted something that would work up quickly, and I had these luscious fall colors for another design I’m working on, so Lion Brand Color Made Easy was a simple choice.
This yarn comes in a rainbow of colors, has a great feel to it (did I mention I’m using it in a larger project, too?), is easy to find and is very affordable. All great things in my book!
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Crochet Pumpkin Pattern Details
This pumpkin is crocheted flat and the vertical lines are added with a surface slip stitch. The sides are seamed.
Then, the bottom is closed and the pumpkin is filled with fiberfill and rice/beans/pellets if you decide to give it some weight.
Then the top is closed and leaves and stem are added as desired. The ends hide nicely inside so there is no need to weave in ends!
Tartan Plaid Crochet Pumpkin
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn Color Made Easy, 1 skein each of Pomegranate (MC), Mineral Yellow (CC1), and Wheat (CC2)
Hook: US Size J (6.00mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, cinnamon sticks or branches for stems, polyester fiberfill, rice or beans for base
Gauge: 14 sts and 18 rows = 4″ in single crochet
Finished Size: Approximately 6″ tall including stem
5 rows MC
1 row CC1
1 row CC2
Tartan Plaid Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
With MC, ch 42. Leave a long tail for finishing.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next 5 ch; repeat from * to last 6 ch, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in last 3 sts – 41 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, *ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in sc, ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * to last 6 sts, ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in sc, ch 1, skip ch-1 space, sc in last 3 sts; turn.
Rows 3-19: Repeat row 2, making sure to work stripe pattern.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for gathering top after adding plaid pattern.
MAKING THE PLAID
Join CC1 in first ch-1 space. Use surface slip st in the ch-1 space of each row to create the vertical line.
Join CC2 in the second ch-1 space. Use surface slip st in the ch-1 space of each row to create the second vertical line.
Repeat for each ch-1 space. See video for help if needed.
Using tail end, thread through a yarn needle and sew short ends together, then use same tail end to weave through last row, pulling tightly to gather and sew shut.
Fill with a small amount of rice, beans or plastic pellets. If using smaller items, you might consider placing them in a piece of pantyhose or a snack size zip top bag to keep them from falling out.
Stuff the rest of the way with fiberfill.
Gather top same as bottom, hiding all ends inside pumpkin.
If you would like to have it segmented like in the pictures, use the tail (or a new piece of MC if the tail end is too short) to run MC along sides of pumpkin in between plaid lines, through bottom until there are strands of MC between each plaid area.
Leaf (Make 2)
Round 1: Slip st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, slip st, tr, 5 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of chain (skip base of last chain where the 5 dc are worked into), tr, slip st, hdc, sc slip st in turning ch.
Sew on top of pumpkin.
Use hot glue to attach stem.
That’s it!! Today we learned how to make the Tartan Plaid Crochet Pumpkin pattern and I hope you love it as much as I do! It was a blast to make.
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