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Free Crochet Pattern: Popcorn Pumpkin Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern: Popcorn Pumpkin Pattern

I am BEYOND excited to share this pattern with ya’ll! Various versions of this pumpkin have been rolling around in my brain since like 2019 and I’m so happy to finally have it written out. Keep scrolling to check out this free crochet pattern: Popcorn Pumpkin Pattern

This pumpkin pattern is quick, customizable, and best of all, beginner-friendly! Plus, the row repeat is so easy that you can whip up a bunch of these adorable pumpkins while watching your favorite show.

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Free Crochet Pattern | Popcorn Pumpkin

Materials

  • Yarn: Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (1 skeins)
    • Color A: Linen (160yds)
  • G/4.50mm hook
  • Poly-fill
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Twig or cinnamon stick
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks

Stitch Abbreviations

(**) – See Project Notes section

  • Sc – single crochet
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Ch – chain
  • BLsc – back loop single crochet
  • Pc – popcorn stitch (**)

Project Notes

  • Final dimensions: H: 4in. x W: 5in.
  • This project is written in US terminology.
  • Popcorn Pumpkin is worked flat and sewn into shape.
  • Popcorn stitch: work 4sc into one stitch, remove the hook, insert the hook into the first sc, reach over to your working loop and pull it through the first sc, ch1.

You can get the printable pdf with 20+ photos, video links, bonus tips, customization instructions here: Etsy/Ravelry.

Gauge

Gauge is not super important to this pattern, but if you’d like to create a pumpkin the same size as mine, follow the gauge below.

Ch 18

Work the pattern for 16 rows. = 4in. x 4in.

Popcorn Pumpkin Pattern

Ch 30

Row 1: sc in the second ch from the hook and in each ch until the end. Ch 1, turn. (29)

From here on, ALL sts are worked in the back loop, including the pc.

Row 2: [BLsc, pc] 14 times, BLsc. Ch 1, turn. (29)

Row 3: BLsc across. Ch1, turn. (29)

Row 4: repeat Row 2.

Rows 5-7: BLsc across. Ch 1, turn. (29)

From here, repeat Rows 2-7 until your pumpkin is as wide as you want. However, when working your last row repeat: after your last pc st row, only work 2 rows of BLsc instead of 3. 

Fasten off with a long tail (approx. 30-40in.)

I worked a total of 45 rows for my pumpkin.

Shaping

Seam

  1. Fold your piece over so the popcorns are on the inside and with the foundation row lined up with the final BLsc row.
  2. With the foundation row closest to you, insert your tapestry needle from the front to back through the ch of the foundation row to the back loop of the final row. 
  3. Continue sewing the rows together, being sure to only work in the back loop of the final row.
  4. When you get to the end, tie off a knot along the edge and flip your work right side out. (Popcorns on the outside)

Bottom

  1. Using the same tail, thread your tapestry needle in and out along the top (side where tail ends up after seaming) edge all the way around. Pull tightly, but be careful not to break your yarn. You may have to repeat this in and out process a few times to get the hole to close up.
  2. Tie off, then thread the needle through the center up into the inside of the pumpkin. Tie another knot along the opposite edge. (This keeps the pumpkin from collapsing too much on one side.)

Top

  1. Start adding stuffing.
  2. Repeat the process of threading in and out along the edge, but make sure to finish adding stuffing before finally closing up the hole.

Compress

  1. Insert your needle down through the center and push it out through the center on the other side of your pumpkin.
  2. Insert your needle back through the center and out the other side, pulling tight to compress the centers of the pumpkin. 
  3. Repeat this step as many times as you want, but a total of 3-4 is plenty secure. Fasten off and weave the tail into the bulk of the pumpkin.

Stem

You have a few options for a stem:

  • Twigs
  • Cinnamon sticks

For the sake of this tutorial, we’re using a small twig. 

Heat up your hot glue gun. (Be safe and do this on a safe surface.)

Put a generous amount of glue on the bottom of your chosen stem and then press it down into the center of the pumpkin. Hold it there for at least 30 seconds so it can set. 

That’s it!

Summary

I’m telling you, this pattern is addicting. I really only meant to make 2 of these for photos for this design and now I’m working on my 5th one!

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