Monday, October 7, 2019

Faded Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern

Hello! It's finally fall and it's actually starting to feel like fall around here, so I've started decorating my house for this wonderful season. I've been seeing so many crocheted, knit, tunisian crocheted and even machine knitted pumpkins in my feed lately and I was inspired to create my own little pumpkin. My little pumpkin is so cute, I love the color fade that I created, and I am so tickled with how it turned out! Scroll down for the free pattern!

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice, falling leaves as they change into beautiful colors, and cooler temperatures which mean scarves, beanies and sweaters. All the cuddly, cozy garments come out at this time of the year, and the fall themed or spooky decorations come out too. I put my little pumpkins on my dining room table and I think I'm a little obsessed with how cute they are!

This cute little pattern has a simple but distinct color fade. I love all of the different color combinations that can be used for this pumpkin and you can even make a solid colored one too!

I think it's the perfect size and you can make the sizes slightly different by adding more or less stuffing!

I think this little pumpkin is the very little decoration for fall and Halloween, plus with the cinnamon stick, it smells nice too! 

Faded Pumpkin

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US Terminology


advanced beginner/intermediate


5" across and 3" tall 

To make it 5" across and 3" tall, stuff until it is completely full. You may stuff the pumpkins with less to make your pumpkins slightly different sizes. I was also able to make one that was 4.5" across and 2.5" tall and one that was 4" across and almost 2.5" tall, by stuffing different amounts into my pumpkins.

You may also substitute different yarn weights/hook sizes to make the pumpkins different sizes.


Gauge is not important, but I have included measurements in the pattern.
If substituting a different yarn weight/hook size, the measurements are not important.


- Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn in 2 colors (25 grams each) or Super Bulky 6 Weight Yarn
- Size P (10 mm) crochet hook (I used a Furls Streamline)
- Scissors
- Darning Needle
- Polyfill or yarn scraps to stuff with
- Cinnamon Stick or other "stem"
- Twine
- Optional: hot glue and glue gun
- Optional: measuring tape


ch: chain
ea: each
st(s): stitch(es)
wst: waist coat stitch
2wst: waist coat stitch increase
cc: color change
ca: color a
cb: color b


The pumpkin is worked in a spiral, use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

I did not hot glue my cinnamon stick into the pumpkin because I plan on changing the cinnamon sticks each year, (I love the smell of cinnamon) but if you are making these to sell or gift, I suggest using hot glue to secure the stem in place.

Waist Coat Stitch Video Tutorial

How To Color Change:

Insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over with the new color and pull through the loops on the hook.

The Pattern

with color a:
R1: Make a magic circle or a loose slip knot and ch 1 (does not count as a st), put 6 sc into the loose slip knot or magic circle. (Make ea sc loose so that you will be able to work wst into them). Pull on the tail end to close the hole. =6

R2: 2wst into ea st around. =12

R3: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next st. Repeat from the star around. =18
*should measure approximately 3.5" across.

R4-R6: wst into ea st around. =18

R7: *with ca, wst into the next st and cc to cb. with cb, wst into the next st and cc to ca. Repeat from the star around but do not cc in the last st. =18

R8: with cb, wst into ea st around. =18

R9: *with cb, wst into the next st and cc to ca. with ca, wst into the next st and cc to cb. Repeat from the star around. =18

R10: with cb, wst into ea st around. =18

R11-R12: Repeat R10
*should measure approximately 5.5" tall.

Cut the yarn leaving the tail end long enough to weave through the 18 stitches and to make the indents on the pumpkin. I cut mine about 60" and pull through the last stitch.

Stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill or yarn scraps and knot off all ends or stuff as you go. Thread the yarn through a darning needle and whip st into each stitch around, by inserting the hook into the next stitch and pull through,

continue around and pull tight as you go. I pull tight about every 5 stitches. 

Pull tight, but leave the hole big enough for the stem to be inserted into it and knot off.

Insert the hook into the stem hole and and pull the needle out the bottom of the pumpkin. Squeeze the pumpkin with your other hand as you do this. Insert the hook into the middle of the top of the pumpkin and while squeezing the pumpkin, pull the needle out of the bottom of the pumpkin and pull tight.

Continue around the pumpkin as many times as you would like. I usually do 4 or 5 times. (I like my pumpkins to be a tad bit different than each other.)

Weave in the end and add a stem and a bow made of twine, if you would like. Use hot glue to secure the stem in place.

The End!

Copyright ©2019 Alexandra Halsey
You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern without permission, and no video tutorials may be made using this pattern.

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