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!
Let’s take a look at the supplies you’ll need before you begin trying to crochet the herringbone pumpkins, shall we?
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- Scraps of yarn in colors of choice, I used:
- Crochet hook size US G-6 (4.0mm)
- Jute twine
- Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Darning needle
- Poly Fiber Fill
Approximately 3″ high and 4” wide.
8 rows = approximately 4”
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.
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
To make the pumpkin, you’ll crochet the body of the pumpkin, the stem and the vine separately, then attach them together.
Crochet the Pumpkin
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
- 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.
- Turn pumpkin inside out so that the slip-stitch stitches are on the inside of the pumpkin.
- 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.)
- Fill the pumpkin with Polyester Fiberfill.
- 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.
- 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.
More Crochet Patterns
If you liked this herringbone crocheted pumpkin, you might also like these other crochet patterns from The Birch Cottage:
- Crocheted Pumpkin Pattern (uses single crochet stitch)
- 5 Free Crocheted Pumpkin Patterns
- 14 Free Crocheted Coaster Patterns
Til next time…