A New Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

(You can find the PDF version of this free pattern in the shop by clicking HERE. Great for easy printing!)

Autumn is officially upon us my friends. I can’t get enough of this season, and all that it brings. I love going to fall markets with my mom, pumpkin patches, cozying up with a blanket, sippin’ on yummy lattes. And are you even human if you don’t love all the pumpkins?? So in the spirit of the season, I’ve brought a new crochet pumpkin to the blog— it’s a short and squat little punkin that has cool ridges that make a simple texture effect.

PS: you can see the first set of free pumpkin patterns featured on the blog by clicking HERE, there’s also an elegant pumpkin collection you can view HERE.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

I had a skein of the cool Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn that I actually bought this past summer without any plans on what it would become, but when I was thinking about making a new pumpkin— it was the first thing that came to mind. It’s such a unique yarn that’s got a poly-fil center, which makes it so plushy… and the stitch definition! It’s out of this world.

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

When working on the pumpkin I actually realized that the texture of the post stitches was creating a sort of indentation, kinda like a real pumpkin would have— so when working it you may decide the inside looks like even better and have it inside out?!

Free Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

I could see this pumpkin on an entry way table or even in the center piece with other fall items and pumpkins. I think it’d be the perfect decor piece this fall… And you can top it with so many different things to make it look unique. Use sticks or cinnamon sticks for the stem, and pair it with all sorts of adornments—leaves, raffia, fabric, ribbon, moss. I hope you’ll enjoy making this pumpkin!

(You can find the PDF version of this free pattern in the shop by clicking HERE. Great for easy printing!)

What you’ll need:

-One skein of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn, (linked HERE, I used color “Clay”, you could also use a different “5” bulky weight yarn)
-size J (6 mm) crochet hook (or hook needed to obtain gauge)
-poly fiber fill
-yarn needle
-hot glue gun
-items of choice to top pumpkin with— sticks, leaves, moss, raffia, ribbon

Gauge:

13 hdc by 10 rows equals a four-inch square

Abbreviations:

ch=chain, dc=double crochet, sl=slip, st(s)=stitch(es), hdc=half double crochet, fpdc=front post double crochet, 2fpdc=work two front post double crochet in designated st, 2hdc=work two half double crochets in designated st, hdc2tog=half double crochet two sts together, fpdc2tog=front post double crochet two sts together

Notes:

-finished pumpkin measures 10” x 3”, it makes a short and wide pumpkin

-ch’s at beginning of each round do not count as sts

-to help make the decreases (hdc2tog) less noticeable, you could work them in the front loop only

-pumpkin looks cool both inside and out… The post stitches create indentations on the opposite side that have a interesting effect, so you could rock it inside out too!

Pattern:

1) make magic circle, ch 2, work 10 dc in circle, join to 1st st with sl st (10 total sts)

2) ch 1, [hdc, fpdc] around, join to 1st st with sl st (20 total sts)

3) ch 1, [2hdc, fpdc] around, join to 1st st with sl st (30 total sts)

4) ch 1, [hdc in 2 sts, 2fpdc] around, join to 1st with sl st (40 total sts)

5) ch 1, [hdc, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (50 total sts)

6) ch 1, [hdc in 2 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (60 total sts)

7) ch 1, [hdc in 3 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (70 total sts)

8) ch 1, [hdc in 4 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (80 total sts)

9) ch 1, [hdc in 5 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (90 total sts)

10) ch 1, [hdc in 6 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (100 total sts)

11) ch 1, [hdc in 7 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (110 total sts)

12) ch 1, [hdc in 8 sts, 2hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (120 total sts)

13-15) ch 1, [hdc in 10 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (120 total sts)

16) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 8 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (110 total sts)

17) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 7 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (100 total sts)

18) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 6 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (90 total sts)

19) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 5 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (80 total sts)

20) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 4 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (70 total sts)

21) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 3 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (60 total sts)

22) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc in 2 sts, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (50 total sts)

23) ch 1, [hdc2tog, hdc, fpdc in 2 sts] around, join to 1st st with sl st (40 total sts)

24) ch 1, [hdc in 2 sts, fpdc2tog] around, join to 1st st with sl st (30 total sts)

**at this point you can fill your pumpkin with fiber fill

25) ch 1, [hdc2tog, fpdc] around, join to 1st st with sl st (20 total sts)

26) ch 1, [hdc, fpdc] around, join to 1st with sl st (20 total sts)

27) ch 1, fpdc2tog around (working hdc’s and fpdc’s together), join to 1st st with sl st (10 total sts)

28) ch 1, fpdc2tog around, join to 1st st with sl st (5 total sts)

-finish off, leave extra long tail to cinch the center

Crochet Pumpkin

Next you’ll cinch the middle of the pumpkin. Using your tail end of yarn and yarn needle, poke your needle through the center of the pumpkin to the other side and pull the yarn through tight.

Crochet Pumpkin

Then you’ll poke the needle back through the center again to the other side, just insert the needle a centimeter or so away from where it came up from. You’ll repeat that process multiple times, pulling tight to cinch until it looks the way you'd like it to. Then knot the yarn and weave in the ends.

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

Then you’ll hot glue on your stem and other adornments to complete your pumpkin. And she’s donnnnnneeeee! I hope you enjoy making these little seasonal projects like I do.. they’re so fun and I love seeing them around my house.

Take care and happy hooking my friend!

Meg

Crochet Pumpkin Pattern - Megmade with Love

Free Crochet Pattern for the Pillow Cardigan

Crochet pattern for Pillow Cardigan - Megmade with Love

***You can find the PDF version of this pattern in the shop by clicking HERE. Great for easy printing!***

So I’m pretty stoked to bring today’s pattern to you, mooooostly because I was able to team up with Red Heart and use their amazing yarn, Chic Sheep by Marly Bird! This yarn made the perfect material for what I’m calling the “Pillow Cardigan”… a cozy sweater—but for your pillow. ha!

Crochet Pillow Cardigan Pattern - Megmade with Love

It features such a great textured stitch pattern, with a ribbed center that holds four oversized buttons. It’s so simple, yet so lovely! And the best part?? It’s worked up in one piece— yessssssss.

Crochet Pillow Cover - Megmade with Love

I think what makes this pillow, though, is the yarn. You guys. If you haven’t tried out Chic Sheep yet… you’ve gotta. I think what sets it apart from other big brand yarns is the luxurious feel of it. It is hands down the sleekest yarn I’ve used. You can tell when working with it, that it’s such good quality. It’s 100% superwash merino wool, and washable— hayyyyy! Another thing I noticed while working with Chic Sheep was the “bounce” it had to it. Like it seemed really springy and squishy. Does that make sense?! lol

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This project is actually a part of a blogger tour that features lots of amazing projects created with Chic Sheep by other super talented designers! You can read more about the tour HERE and swoon over all the other awesome designs. There’s lots of great garments and accessories in the lineup!

Red Heart Chic Sheep - Megmade with Love

I chose to use the color “Linen”, which is exactly what I used for The Slopes Headband this past Winter. There’s such a nice selection of colors for this yarn too… a good mix of vibrant tones plus some good neutral options.

Crochet Pillow Cover - Megmade with Love

I hope you enjoy making this pillow cardi! It’s sure to cozy up any corner of your home :)

What you’ll need:

-worsted weight (4) yarn, approximately 700 yards (for this project I used four skeins of Red Heart Chic Sheep in color “Linen”, linked HERE)

-size i (5.5 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge

-18 x 18 inch pillow insert

-four 1 3/8 - 1 1/2 inch buttons (the ones I used can be found HERE)

-thread for buttons

-yarn needle

-sewing pins

Finished Dimensions:

Pillow cover measures approximately 16.5” x 17”

Gauge:

15 hdc by 12 rows equals a four inch square

Abbreviations:

ch(‘s)=chain(s), hdc=half double crochet, BLO= back loop only, sc=single crochet, sk=skip, dc=double crochet, st(s)=stitch(es)

Notes:

-pattern is written in US terms

-whether or not ch’s count as sts will be clarified in the pattern

-the pillow cover is worked up in one piece, starting with the ribbing (that includes button holes) then working sts along the long side of the ribbing. It’s designed to wrap around the pillow and be buttoned in the center, then the two sides are sewn.

-the finished cover measures a tad smaller than the 18” pillow, but since it stretches it fits nicely

***You can find the PDF version of this pattern in the shop by clicking HERE. Great for easy printing!***

Pattern:

-Ribbing (chains at the beginning of ribbing rows do not count as st):

Row 1) ch 9, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and across (8 total sts)

Rows 2 - 10) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO across row (8 total sts)

Row 11) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO of first 2 sts, ch 4, sk 4 sts, hdc in BLO of last 2 sts (4 total sc, 4 total ch’s)

Rows 12 - 23) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO across row (8 total sts)

Row 24) repeat instructions from row 11

Rows 25 - 36) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO across row (8 total sts)

Row 37) repeat instructions from row 11

Rows 38 - 49) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO across row (8 total sts)

Row 50) repeat instructions from row 11

Rows 51 - 60) ch 1, turn, hdc in BLO across row (8 total sts)

-do not finish off

-Body of the pillow

Row 1) to begin the body of the pillow you will start by working into the side of the ribbing, from where you left off in row 60. You will ch 1 (does not count as st), then work one sc into the side of each row of the ribbing, working sc’s all along the long side of ribbing. You can see a visual of this in the photo below. (60 total sc’s)

Crochet pillow how to

Row 2) ch 1 (counts as sc), sk first st, dc, [sk next st, work 1 sc and 1 dc in next st] across until last st of row— in that last st, only work 1 sc, not a dc (59 total sts)

Rows 3 - 135) ch 1 (counts as sc), dc in first st, [sk next st, work 1 sc and 1 dc in next st] across until last st of row— in that last st, only work 1 sc, not a dc (59 total sts)

-Finish off

Assembly:

crochet pillow how to - megmade with love

To assemble your pillow cover, you will fold up your piece like shown in the photo above— bringing both ends to the middle and overlapping them, with the ribbed side on the under side, because you will flip it inside out once it’s sewn and will want the ribbed side on the outside. You will want the middle overlapped part to be in the very center.

crochet pillow

Make sure to overlap in the middle only just up to the top of the ribbing, like shown in the photo above. You can pin your pillow together on the sides, to keep it from shifting around while you sew.

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Then using a long piece of yarn and yarn needle, sew along the very edge of the two open sides using a whip stitch. When you sew the middle part that is overlapped be sure to include all the layers when sewing— very important! Then you can weave in all ends.

crochet pillow button

Once your pillow is sewn, flip it right side out. Now you’re ready to sew on your buttons. How I attached each button was by going one at a time and aligning the button with each button hole to where it should be placed on the under piece.

After all buttons are sewn on, you can stuff in your pillow insert, button up the center and you’ve got yourself a cozy little sweater just for your pillow! Teehee.

Crochet Pillow Cover Pattern - Megmade with Love

I really really love this pillow pattern… Dare I say it’s my new favorite?! I love the simplicity and the durability of it. And those buttons are the perfect touch…

If you make one of these bad boys yourself, be sure to tag me over on Instagram. I’d love to admire! Thanks for following along with my makes, and I hope you have a great weekend!

-Meg

Crochet Pillow Cover Pattern - Megmade with Love