Make a fun little stuffed pumpkin with this small crochet pumpkin pattern! When you’re done, try the free daisy crochet pattern. This post contains affiliate links.
I totally have pumpkins on my mind these days! They’re such a bright spot in the fall harvest fields, it’s no wonder they’re such a seasonal favorite. In fact, they’re pretty much synonymous with this time of year.
Pumpkins are fun to craft, too. Whatever your medium, there’s a pumpkin waiting to come out of you. It can be small or large, simple or detailed, it’s there somewhere!
Check out our easy 3D origami pumpkin tutorial for example.
This small crochet pumpkin tutorial uses the natural texture of the crochet rows to form the pumpkin’s distinctive ribbed shape. Then the ins and outs of the yarn perfectly represent the way the stem cap grows.
Who would have guessed that the classic craft of crochet could so perfectly form a pumpkin, of all things? But as you can see here, it really is the perfect medium. And yarn goes with the warm, hygge vibe of fall.
These mini 3-D yarn pumpkins are so sweet with their soft, fluffy vibe. It brings to mind the comfort of a warm knitted sweater on a cool fall day.
They would make a great addition to your tiered tray seasonal décor. Try positioning them alongside clay or other smooth pumpkins for some texture contrast and visual interest.
The small size and light weight of this craft makes it great for accessorizing – try dangling it from a keychain or adding it to a hair clip or tie. It would also be fun to fidget with and squeeze as a sensory plaything.
You’ll need some familiarity with basic crochet stitches in order to follow these directions. If you’ve never crocheted in 3D before, you’ll find it is really quite easy, as it starts with a flat pattern.. Whether you’re a pro or still learning, you’ll enjoy this small crochet pumpkin pattern.
What you need
- Crochet yarn – medium-light (Super Saver quality yarn works fabulous for this.)
- Crochet hook – 3.5 mm (E)
- Tapestry needle
- Cotton balls or Poly fill (cotton balls can work for this because it’s small, but poly-fil is more consistent.)
Step by Step Instructions for the Small Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
1. Start with orange yarn for the pumpkin (or any other colored yarn of your choice). Start with a slip stitch and then chain 12.
2. Skip the chain next to the hook and insert the hook into the 2nd stitch from the hook.
3. Work a SC (single crochet) into that chain stitch. Work single crochet into each stitch all the way to the other side. You’ll have a total of 11 stitches.
4. Flip the pattern to the other side and chain one.
5. While working into the top chain stitches, make sure to insert your hook into the back/farther loop of the top chain stitches. Do not insert the hook into both loops of a stitch.
6. Work single crochet into the farther loop of the first chain stitch.
7. Work single crochet all the way to the other side, and then chain one.
8. After the chain one, flip the crochet pattern to the other side.
9. Continue to single crochet until you have a total of 22 single crochet rows.
10. Once you’re done crocheting 22 rows, join both open ends of the crochet pattern together and align the stitches from each end. Insert the hook into the top foundation stitches of each side. Work a slip stitch to join them.
11. Now, insert your hook into the next chain stitch from each end and join them with a slip stitch.
12. Continue to join 2 ends all the way to the other side. Keep 10-12 inches of yarn and cut off the rest. Thread a tapestry needle into the remaining yarn.
13. We are going to close the top of the crocheted cylinder. Insert the needle in and out of the loops of that end in a running stitch.
14. Every few stitches, pull on the yarn carefully to bring the loops together, like a drawstring bag.
15. Once you’re done stitching the pattern all the way around, pull the yarn tightly to close that end of the pumpkin.
16. Pull the needle through the center of this end of the pumpkin to close it neatly.
17. Tie a tight knot and take the needle out of the yarn. Trim most of it and push the little that’s left into the center of the small crochet pumpkin pattern
18. Turn the pumpkin over to work on the open side.
19. Take your green yarn and make a slip knot. Insert your hook into the slip knot and then into any loop at the open end of the pumpkin pattern so far.
20. Pull yarn through that loop (note that going forward counting loops or stitches isn’t necessary.)
21. Now, insert the hook into the next loop.
22. Pull the yarn through that loop.
23. You should now have 3 loops on your hook, including the first slip knot. Now, pull yarn through all 3 loops on the hook.
24. Insert the hook through the next loop on the edge of the pumpkin. Pull yarn through while keeping that loop on the hook. Insert the hook through the next loop and pull yarn through again. Check that you have 3 loops on the hook.
25. Pull yarn through all 3 loops on the hook.
26. Continue this process all the way around the open rim of the pumpkin.
27. Stuff the pumpkin with poly fill or cotton. Keep the stuffing nice and fluffy – not too tight, nor too light.
28. Continue to crochet around the green trim. Decrease your stitch count as you continue to crochet. This will eventually bring the stitches toward the center so that we can close that end.
29. Once you reach the center, continue to crochet without decreasing the stitch count. This time, keep the stitch count the same to crochet the stem of the crochet pumpkin.
30. Finish the stem with a slip stitch and then pull out a few inches of the yarn and cut off the extra. Insert the tail of the yarn through a tapestry needle..
31. Stitch the remaining yarn inside the pumpkin/stem randomly and then cut off extra yarn if required.
That finishes off the small pumpkin crochet pattern! I hope you had fun and learned something new!