Wow, does anyone else feel like September was only about a week long? I know I was super busy with all my ghost releases, but it just went by in a flash. Not that I’m complaining, October is my favorite month of the year. And to kick it off, I’m releasing a new pumpkin – the Keeley Pumpkin crochet pattern.
As I’ve said many times over, I love to make pumpkins every year. It just makes me so happy. It’s like marking the season with a very tangible item. I can look at the last few designs of the last few years and know what I was doing and thinking when I designed the pumpkins. And for me, that’s super wonderful and special. And I hope that my new pumpkin design is like that for you.
I will admit, this year’s pumpkin is a lot like last year’s Keiran Pumpkin. I loved the use of the back third loop only in that pattern – how it broke up the pumpkin in a very sophisticated way. While I really loved the way that I segmented the pumpkin in the Amelia Pumpkin (and ones like it) but I have to be honest with you, this is much easier 😀 It just works up so much faster in one piece. Although, I bet you could add pieces of yarn along the edges to give more plumpness to the segments. It would be cute.
What sets this design apart from the Kieran Pumpkin is that texture. It’s a fun blo/flo that makes the best texture. Doesn’t it look like knitting when turned this way? It’s so wonderful! I kinda want to make a sweater from it… but in bulky yarn because that would work up faster. I like this blo/ flo texture for this smaller design 😀 Or maybe I’ll start with a scarf in this texture. Don’t quote me on that, but maybe.
Anyway, I love Halloween. It is my favorite time of year and I’m so thankful for being able to share this pattern (and all my other Falloween designs) with you year after year. Thank you so, so much for all your support. Have a wonderful October!
Please note: I was provided the, Pound of Love, yarn for this pattern by Lion Brand Yarn for the purposes of designing other patterns. This was left over yarn from other patterns I made with yarn. This post features affiliate links, if you click on any of the links and purchase I may make money from that.
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Where to purchase the Keeley Pumpkin Crochet Pattern
- 19 sc x 16 rows = 4”
- See notes for details
Terms/ Stitches used
- St: Stitch
- Ch: Chain
- RS: Right side
- Sc: Single crochet
- BLO/FLO: Back loop only/ Front loop only
- BTLO: Back third loop only (explained below)
- You can purchase the easy to print version of this pattern for a fee in my Ravelry shop.
- For gauge: Chain an even amount of chs that will give you an over 4” swatch (your row st count needs to be odd), sc into the 2nd ch from the hook, *sc into the FLO of the next st, sc BLO into the next st,* repeat from * to * across. Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first sc, *sc into the FLO of the next st, sc BLO into the next st,* repeat from * to * across. Repeat row 2 as many times as you need to get more than 4” swatch then measure a blocked section. Please note that gauge is not super critical for this design but to keep your stuffing from falling out of your pumpkin, make sure your stitches are tight.
- Back third loop only (BTLO): When looking at the front of the st you will have the 2 loops on top of the hdc (the V on top), lean the st towards you and will see the third loop that runs along the back of the st. This is the loop you will work into. This st is also known as the Camel Stitch. Please note on the rnds where you work this st you will be looking at the back of the previous row’s hdc, so the third loop will be facing you.
- Picot: Ch 3, insert your hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, yarn over, draw through the st and the loop on your hook.
- This pattern is worked flat in back and forth rows with a ch 1 at the beginning of the rows. When you’ve made your rectangle piece you will seam up the first row to the last row, creating a cylindrical shape, and then you’ll close the open ends to make the pumpkin.
- The ch 1 at the beginning of the rows does not count as a stitch.
- This pattern is very easy to make larger or smaller as you’d like. To make it taller add stitches to the design in multiples of 2 as long as your final stitch count is odd. To make it wider, add more repeats of the rows design.
- In the photos: Color A is the pumpkin and color B is the Tendrils. I used some scraps of Pound of Love by Lion Brand Yarn – the yellow is Maize and and the gray is Elephant Gray.
Keeley Pumpkin Crochet Pattern Finished Product Details
|7.5” (folded in half flat, before seaming)|
Keeley Pumpkin Crochet Pattern Instructions
Row 1: Ch 32, sc into the 2nd st from the hook and across – 31 sc
(RS) Row 2: Ch 1, turn, slip st into the first 2 sts, sc into the next st, sc FLO the next st, *sc BLO the next st, sc FLO the next st,* repeat from * to * until 3 sts remain, sc into the next st, sc into the last 2 sts – 4 slip st, 27 sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first 3 sts, sc FLO the next st, *sc BLO the next st, sc FLO the next st,* repeat from * to * until 3 sts remain, sc into the last 3 sts – 31 sc
Rows 4 – 7: Repeat Rows 2 – 3, twice more.
Row 8: Ch 1, turn, slip st into the first 2 sts, sc into the next st, hdc across until 3 sts remain, sc into the next st, slip st into the last 2 sts – 4 slip st, 2 sc, 25 hdc
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first 3 sts, sc BTLO into the next 25 sts, sc into the last 3 sts – 31 sc
Rows 10 – 49: Repeat Rows 2 – 9, a total of 5 more times.
Rows 50 – 56: Repeat Rows 2 – 8, once more.
Keeley Pumpkin Seaming Instructions
Using the BTLO of the hdcs of Row 56, use your preferred method of seaming (I used a whip stitch) seam together Row 1 and Row 56 (this makes your seam nearly invisible). This will create a tunnel shape to your pumpkin, next you will weave around the open ends to close it.
Using your needle and yarn, weave back and forth through the row ends that are single crochet stitches (the odd numbered rows) all the way around until you get back to where you started. Pull your yarn tight until you close the hole. You may need to weave around the opening a couple times or sew it a bit to securely close it (I had to do this, it won’t change the look of your pumpkin). After you’ve done one side, stuff your pumpkin as full as you’d like and close the other open end in the same manner. Optional: Once your pumpkin is completely closed you can run your needle and a piece of yarn down through the closed/ seamed center (or a tail if you have a long one left from seaming) and pull it out the other end. Pull this piece of yarn as tight as you’d like to give the pumpkin a more squat shape.
Keeley Pumpkin Tendril Instructions
Row 1: Ch 18, create a picot with the final ch 3, and hdc 3 times into the next st, *hdc twice into the next st, hdc 3 times into the next st,* repeat from * to * 6 more times across – 38 hdcs
Fasten off, weave in your ends.
Row 1: Ch 24, create a picot with the final ch 3, and hdc 3 times into the next st, *hdc twice into the next st, hdc 3 times into the next st,* repeat from * to * 9 more times across – 53 hdcs
Fasten off, weave in your ends.
Keeley Pumpkin Finishing Instructions
Sew or glue your Tendrils to the top of the closed Keeley Pumpkin and then glue a stick to the center to act as the pumpkin’s stem.