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The Herringbone Crocheted Pumpkin

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Add a touch of fall to your home decor with this easy to crochet Herringbone Crocheted Pumpkin pattern from The Birch Cottage.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you how to crochet the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC) stitch. The HHDC stitch creates this lovely textured chevron pattern. Because I just love the way the stitch looks, I thought that it’d make a perfect little pumpkin.

And, I was right!

I can’t tell you how many of these little herringbone pumpkins I’ve crocheted now. But, I can tell you they work up quickly and they’re just so adorable! Plus they make for the perfect little fall accent piece that you can just use anywhere in your home decor.

I have a couple sitting in my coffee bar area by a little lit sign that reads “Happy Pumpkin Latte Season”. It’s adorable. (Although, my husband doesn’t get it at all.)

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How to Crochet the Herringbone Crocheted Pumpkin

Next, I had to come up with a name for these pumpkins. Creative name, I am not. So, these “cute pumpkin” were so cleverly named the Herringbone Crocheted Pumpkin. Original, I know!

Tools & Supplies

Let’s take a look at the tools and supplies you’ll need before you begin trying to crochet the herringbone pumpkins, shall we? For more specifics, please refer to the how-to below.

Instructions

Adjusting to Meet Gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match (8 rows = approx. 4”), your project will turn out smaller or larger, accordingly. But, please don’t get discouraged if this happens. Everyone crochets with different tensions. I know that I typically crochet a tighter stitch than say my daughter. Here are a few tips that might help:

  • If your gauge is too small, try crocheting with a larger crochet hook size than the one recommended. For example, if the pattern calls for an H hook, try an I or J instead.
  • If your gauge is too big, try crocheting with a smaller crochet hook size than the one recommended. For example if the pattern calls for an H hook, try a G instead.

Abbreviations

ch – chain
ch-sp – chain space
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl-st – slip stitch
hhdc – herringbone half double crochet
MC – main color
CC – contrast color

This pumpkin uses the herringbone half double crochet stitch (hhdc). You can learn how to crochet the hhdc here or watch the below video for even more help.

To make the pumpkin, you’ll crochet the body of the pumpkin, the stem and the vine separately, then attach them together.

Step One: Crochet the Pumpkin Body

Using the color of yarn that you have selected for the body of the pumpkin, you’ll crochet using the hhdc stitch.

Step Two: Form and Stuff the Pumpkin

You’ll use a darning needle to close up your pumpkin and stuff it with polyester fiber-fil. You could, of course, stuff your pumpkin with scraps of fabric, foam or other materials.

Step Three: Crochet Pumpkin Stem

With the brown yarn (or yarn color of your choosing) you can crochet the stem of the pumpkin, if you want to use yarn for the stem. I prefer the look of the wood stem. You will also need polyester fiber-fil for the stem. And be sure to leave a nice long piece of yarn so you can attach the stem to the pumpkin body.

Step Four: Crocheted Pumpkin Leaves

With the green yarn or yarn color of your choice, you can crochet the pumpkin leaves, like I did in the below picture.

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern by The Birch Cottage
Crocheted Pumpkin

Step Five: Attach Leaves and Stem to Pumpkin

With your darning needle, attach the leaves to the top of the pumpkin using the long strand of yarn you left attached to the leaves. Fasten off and trim yarn strand.

Attach the stem to the top of the pumpkin and leaves using the long strand of yarn you left attached to the stem and your darning needle. Fasten off and trim yarn strand.

Step Six: Wood Pumpkin Stem and Artificial Leaves

You can add a wooden stem and artificial leaves to your pumpkin – or any kind of trim – instead of the crocheted stem and leaves! The options are only limited by your imagination!

For the stems, you’ll need wood pieces that you’ll cut to about 2” tall. You can cut out leaves from felt, wool or use artificial leaves. Then simply use your hot glue gun to attach to the top of the pumpkin. I attach the leaves first and then attach the stem.

You can also use twine, ribbon or any other kind of decorative finish.

Herringbone Crochet Pumpkin

Herringbone Crochet Pumpkin

Yield: 1 pumpkin
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Crochet an adorable pumpkin using your favorite scraps of yarns and crafting supplies you probably already have on hand. Finished pumpkin measures approximately 3″ high and 4” wide.

Instructions

ADJUSTING TO MEET GAUGE

If your gauge doesn’t match (8 rows = approx. 4”), your project will turn out smaller or larger, accordingly. But, please don’t get discouraged if this happens. Everyone crochets with different tensions. I know that I typically crochet a tighter stitch than say my daughter. Here are a few tips that might help:

If your gauge is too small, try crocheting with a larger crochet hook size than the one recommended. For example, if the pattern calls for an H hook, try an I or J instead.

If your gauge is too big, try crocheting with a smaller crochet hook size than the one recommended. For example if the pattern calls for an H hook, try a G instead.

ABBREVIATIONS

ch – chain

ch-sp – chain space

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

sk – skipst(s) – stitch(es)

sl-st – slip stitch

hhdc – herringbone half double crochet

MC – main color

CC – contrast color


This pumpkin uses the herringbone half double crochet stitch (hhdc). You can learn how to crochet the hhdc here or watch the provided video for even more help.

To make the pumpkin, you’ll crochet the body of the pumpkin, the stem and the vine separately, then attach them together.

Foundation Chain: With size H crochet hook and white yarn (or color you selected for your pumpkin), leave an 8-10” tail, form your beginning loop and ch 22.

Row 1: hhdc in the 3nd ch from the hook and each ch to end of row, ch2 (counts as 1st stitch in next row and each row hereafter) and turn. (20 sts)

Row 2: hhdc in next stitch and each stitch across (20 sts). ch 2 and turn.

Row 3-30: Repeat row 2. Row 31: hhdc in next stitch and each stitch across. Chain 1. DO NOT finish off yet.

FORM AND STUFF THE PUMPKIN

  1. Fold crocheted pumpkin piece in half, lining up foundation chain row with last crocheted row and slip stitch in each stitch across. When you reach the last stitch, fasten off leaving an 8-10” tail.
  2. Turn pumpkin inside out so that the slip-stitch stitches are on the inside of the pumpkin.
  3. Thread the tail end of the yarn through the eye of a tapestry needle and weave in and out of the stitches all the way around the opening. When you come back to the beginning stitch, pull the yarn taut, cinching the opening closed. Secure yarn and fasten off.(I like to tie a knot in the tail at the pumpkin and then insert the needle back inside the pumpkin and pull through. Once I’ve stuffed the pumpkin, I will trim off the tail.)
  4. Fill the pumpkin with Polyester Fiberfill.
  5. Thread tapestry needle with the other tail end of the yarn, weave yarn through the top opening, just like you did with the other end of the pumpkin. When you come back to the beginning stitch, pull the yarn taut, cinching the opening closed. Secure the yarn and fasten off.
  6. Cut a 2 yard (about 72”) piece of yarn, twine or cording. Thread darning needle and secure thread to one end of the pumpkin, leaving a 6” tail. Insert needle through the middle of pumpkin and pull the needle all the way through to the other side of the pumpkin. Wrap yarn back around the pumpkin, insert needle and pull back through the pumpkin. Do this 5 or 6 times around the pumpkin, spacing evenly. This will create the ridges on the outside of the pumpkin. Secure the yarn and fasten off.

CROCHETED PUMPKIN STEM

With the brown yarn (or yarn color of your choosing) make a magic circle.

Round 1: Work 8 sc in the circle

Rounds 2-7: sc around

At the end of round 7, sl st to next stitch and finish off, leaving a long strand for attaching the stem to the pumpkin.

Stuff the stem.

CROCHETED PUMPKIN LEAVES

With the green yarn (or yarn color of your choosing) *chain 8 and join to form a circle.

Leaf 1: Work the following in the circle just made: ch 2, 6 dc, ch 3, st st to 1st ch, 6 dc, ch 2, sl st* Do not fasten off. You have just made the first leaf.

Leaf 2: Repeat from * to * to make the second leaf. Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for attaching the leaf to the pumpkin.

ATTACH LEAVES AND STEM TO PUMPKIN

With your darning needle, attach the leaves to the top of the pumpkin using the long strand of yarn you left attached to the leaves. Fasten off and trim yarn strand.

Attach the stem to the top of the pumpkin and leaves using the long strand of yarn you left attached to the stem and your darning needle. Fasten off and trim yarn strand.

WOOD PUMPKIN STEM AND ARTIFICIAL LEAVES

You can add a wooden stem and artificial leaves to your pumpkin – or any kind of trim – instead of the crocheted stem and leaves! The options are only limited by your imagination!

For the stems, you’ll need wood pieces that you’ll cut to about 2” tall. You can cut out leaves from felt, wool or use artificial leaves. Then simply use your hot glue gun to attach to the top of the pumpkin. I attach the leaves first and then attach the stem.

You can also use twine, ribbon or any other kind of decorative finish.

Notes

Approximately 3″ high and 4” wide.

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More Crochet Patterns

If you liked this herringbone crocheted pumpkin, you might also like these other crochet patterns from The Birch Cottage:

In addition to the crocheted pumpkins, you’ll also find my FREE Fabric Pumpkin Pattern for sewing a pumpkin in three different sizes here.

If you crochet the herringbone pumpkin, I’d love to see pictures. You can share them over on my Facebook Page called A Handmade Home or tag me on Instagram #thebirchcottage.

Til next time…

Pam from The Birch Cottage

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