Wednesday, 26 October 2011

little pumpkins :: a pattern

Free little pumpkins crochet pattern


I made these little ones up on a lazy saturday morning, with a toddler 'helping', they're pretty easy and super quick, so I thought I'd share my pattern with you here.

I quite like them simple and plain but you can embroider a face on them too if you like.

little pumpkins 
 ingredients ::

orange double knit cotton (I used rowan milk cotton in 'fruit salad')
green double knit cotton (I used debbie bliss organic cotton)
stuffing
black embroidery thread (if you want to put a face on)

4mm hook

embroidery needle

method ::

for the stork ::

leaving a long end and using the green cotton, chain 7

row 1 ::
work 1 1dc in to the second chain from hook, then 1dc in to each of next 5 chains.

row 2 ::
working in to both the top of the stitch you just made and the bottom chain, work 1dc, do this all the way along the row, making a tube of sorts.

fasten off, leave a long end, thread the end on to a needle and bring it through the stork to the bottom, so both end s are at the same end.

for the pumpkin ::

using the orange cotton, chain 2

round 1 ::
work 6 double crochet in to second chain from hook, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 2 ::
1 chain, *2dc in to each stitch, repeat from * to end.

round 3 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of dc below, 1dc, repeat from * to end, make sure you are working in to the top of each stitch with the double crochets you are working and around the post of each treble crochet below, so that you are increasing the amount of stitches you have to 18, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 4 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, 2dc, repeat from * to end, make sure you are working in to the top of each stitch with the double crochets you are working and around the post of each treble crochet below, so that you are increasing the amount of stitches you have to 24, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 5 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, 3dc, repeat from * to end, make sure you are working in to the top of each stitch with the double crochets you are working and around the post of each treble crochet below, so that you are increasing the amount of stitches you have to 30, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 6 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, 3dc, repeat from * to end, this time you are working straight and not increasing stitches, so don't work in to the top of the treble stitch, 30 stitches, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.


round 7 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, 3dc, repeat from * to end, this time you are working straight and not increasing stitches, so don't work in to the top of the treble stitch, 30 stitches, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 8 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, miss 1dc, 2dc, repeat from * to end, you are decreasing stitches this round, so you should finish with 24 stitches, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 9 ::
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, miss 1dc, 1dc, repeat from * to end, you are decreasing stitches this round, so you should finish with 18 stitches, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

round 10 :: 
1 chain, *1dc, 1 treble round post of tr below, miss 1dc, repeat from * to end, you are decreasing stitches this round, so you should finish with 12 stitches, join to top of first chain with slip stitch.

Thread one end of the stork you made earlier, through the centre hole at the top of pumpkin and the other through one of the gaps between the stitches on the row of crochet below, tie the two threads together really tightly so the stork won't come loose.

Stuff the pumpkin nice and plumply!

round 11 ::
1 chain, *1dc, miss 1dc, repeat from * to end, you should now have 6 stitches.

Fasten off, leaving a long end.  Thread the needle on the long end and stitch together the gap at the bottom.

little pumpkins

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