Halloween tutorial: crochet Pop Pumpkins

from Annalisa Chelli - 29 September 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
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Annalisa Chelli

This tutorial will walk you through, step by step, how to make the Pop Pumpkins using the amigurumi technique. There are two versions of the amigurumi pumpkins: a Round Pop Pumpkin and a Tall Pop Pumpkin. They have both been made with our Piuma yarn and designed by Airali Design – Ilaria Caliri.

Ever since Ilaria was a child she has spent her afternoons doing something creative. She has learnt the basics of loads of different techniques and the transformation of yarns and fabrics into handmade clothing blows her away. She got back into crocheting and amigurumi when she was about 20 when the hidden geometry behind those stuffed yarn teddies got its grip on her! Being able to bring her drawings to life with just some thread and a hook is a great incentive and what motivates her every day.

These two pumpkins are to be crocheted using the amigurumi technique, they’re the ideal project for a wicked Halloween! Saying that, they are so nice and minimal that they’re perfect also to use as cushions to brighten up a sofa or bed all year round. What’s more, their super softness comes from the use of our Piuma, that fluffs up as soon as it’s worked, and becomes as soft as a feather.

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The difficulty level of these two tutorials is easy so you can get going with the projects right away – even if you’re a beginner – no pressure to preform!

Round Pop Pumpkin about 35cm in diameter, 25cm in height*

Tall Pop Pumpkin about 25cm in diameter, 25cm in height*

*using the yarn indicated

Materials
for the Round Pop Pumpkin: Piuma yarn 300g colour. Coral
for the Tall Pop Pumpkin: Piuma yarn 300g colour. Marshmallow

for the detail: a few metres of Piuma yarn in the colours Ireland and Dark

5mm hook
1 pair of 24mm safety eyes for each Pumpkin
Yarn needle
Stitch markers
500g synthetic wadding

filato piuma merino

Tutorial: how to make the amigurumi pumpkins

The pumpkins are worked in rows by making a rectangle that is sewn with a crochet hook to create a cylinder shape. Lastly, the work is done on the edges of the cylinder to close up the bottom and the top part and make the pumpkin. The stem, the curls and the mouth are sewn onto the pumpkin with a needle and thread.

The Round Pumpkin is about 35 cm in diameter, 25cm in height and the Tall Pumpkin about 25cm in diameter, 40cm in height.

Stitches (US)
ch: chain
s: stitch
sl st: slip stitch
sl st BLO: slip stitch through back loops only
sc: single crochet
sc BLO: single crochet through back loops only
hdc: half double crochet
hdc BLO half double crochet through back loops only
inc: increase
dec: decrease
rep: repeat
trn: turn
[number]: number of s of the round or row

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How to make the Round Pumpkin

Using the Piuma yarn colour. Coral cast on 51 ch.

1st row: 1 sl st in the second ch from the hook, sc 1, Hdc 46, sc 1, 1 sl st, trn [50]

From the 2nd row to the 64th row: ch 1, sl st BLO 1, sc BLO 1, Hdc BLO 46, sc BLO 1, sl st BLO 1, trn [50]

Fold the rectangle in half, matching up the first row of the work with the last one.

Insert the hook into the first s of the last row and the first row and work 1 sl st to sew together the last row with the first one. Sl st 1 for each stitch to the end of the row to sew the two rows together and create a cylinder shape.

Don’t fasten off, keep working on the edge of the cylinder.

1st round: ch 1, sc 1 every 2 rows for a total of 32 single crochets [32]

2nd round: dec 16 [16]

3rd round: dec 8 [8]

Fasten off leaving a length of thread to sew with. Close up the remaining hole with a yarn needle: pass it through the front loops of all the s of the last round, pull the thread through until the hole is closed. Block it and fasten off.

Place the safety eyes 16 rows apart, about 30 s from the edge that’s open. Start stuffing the pumpkin to check the position of the eyes before sewing them on.

Join the thread from the open edge of the pumpkin and repeat rounds 1-3 to close up the hole.

Stuff the pumpkin after having completed Round 1.

With a long piece of thread and yarn needle, insert the needle in the middle of the top part of the pumpkin and push it down until it comes out of the other side (the bottom of the pumpkin). Insert the needle 1 stitch away and bring it back up through to the top part. Pull on the thread until you get the perfect shape, tie a knot and then cut the thread this will be covered up by the stem. If the wool thread is too weak and frays while it’s being pulled, use a cotton thread of a similar colour (it will be hidden inside the pumpkin anyway).

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Amigurumi tutorial: how to make the Tall Pumpkin

With the Piuma yarn colour Marshmallow, cast on 71 ch

1st row: sl st 1 in the second chain from the hook, sc 7, hdc 60, sc 1, sl st 1, trn [70]

2nd row: ch 1, sl st BLO 1, sc BLO 1, hdc BLO 60, sc BLO 7, sl st BLO 1, trn [70]

3rd row: ch 1, sl st BLO 1, sc BLO 7, hdc BLO 60, sc BLO 1, sl st BLO 1, trn [70]

From the 4th row to 48th row: repeat rows 2 and 3

Fold the rectangle in half, matching up the first row of the work with the last one.

Insert the hook into the first s of the last row and the first row and work 1 sl st to sew together the last row with the first one. Sl st 1 for each stitch to the end of the row to sew the two rows together and create a cylinder shape.

Don’t fasten off, keep working on the edge of the cylinder.

1st round: ch 1, sc 1 every 2 rows for a total of 24 single crochets [24]

2nd round: dec 12 [12]

3rd round: dec 6 [6]

Fasten off leaving a length of thread to sew with. Close up the remaining hole with a yarn needle: pass it through the front loops of all the s of the last round, pull the thread through until the hole is closed. Block it and fasten off.

Place the safety eyes 11 rows apart, about 20 s from the edge that’s open (position the eyes on the opposite side of the strip with 7 sc that will result in the narrowing of the upper part of the pumpkin). Start stuffing the pumpkin to check the position of the eyes before sewing them on.

Join the thread from the open edge of the pumpkin and repeat rounds 1-3 to close up the hole.

Stuff the pumpkin after having completed Round 1.

With a long piece of thread and yarn needle, insert the needle in the middle of the top part of the pumpkin and push it down until it comes out of the other side (the bottom of the pumpkin). Insert the needle 1 stitch away and bring it back up through to the top part. Pull on the thread until you get the perfect shape, tie a knot and then cut the thread this will be covered up by the stem. If the wool thread is too weak and frays while it’s being pulled, use a cotton thread of a similar colour (it will be hidden inside the pumpkin anyway).

How to crochet the mouth of the Round Pumpkin

With the colour. Dark yarn cast on 21 ch

1st round: skip the first ch, sc 20, trn [20]

2nd and 3rd round: ch 1, sc 20, trn [20]

4th round: sl st 1, sc 2, hdc 2, dc 10, hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 1 [20]

Fasten off, leaving a length of thread to sew the mouth between the pumpkin’s eyes.

With the Piuma yarn colour. Coral embroider a tooth on the top part of the mouth on the edge.

How to make the mouth of the Tall Pop Pumpkin

1st round: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring [6]

2nd round: inc 6 [12]

3rd round: sc 1, hdc 2 in the next s, dc 2 in the next 2 s, hdc 2 in the next s, sc 1) rep 2 times [20]

4th round: (sc 3, hdc 2 in the next s, dc 2 in the next 2 s, hdc 2 in the next s, sc 3) rep 2 times [28]

Fasten off, leaving a length of thread to sew the mouth between the pumpkin’s eyes.

How to crochet the stem of the pumpkin (for both pumpkins)

With the Piuma yarn colour. Ireland.

1st round: cast on 8 sc in the magic ring [8]

From the 2nd to the 8th round (add another 4 rounds for the tall Pumpkin): sc 8 [8]

9th round: inc 8 [16]

10th round: (inc 1, sc 1) rep 8 times [24]

Fasten off, leaving a length of thread to sew the stem of the pumpkin.

How to make the curls on the amigurumi pumpkins

With the Piuma yarn colour Ireland cast on between 20 to 30 ch depending on the desired length of the curls.

1st row: hdc 2 into the third ch from the hook, hdc 2 in all the ch

Fasten off, leaving a length of thread to sew the curls onto the base of the stem of the pumpkin.

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Just how nice are our Pop Pumpkins? They can be used as décor or for a great present to give to a child. The amigurumi technique is really characteristic and with the right project you can create really amazing things. That’s why, if you’re getting more and more hooked on this technique, I suggest reading the instructions on how to make an amigurumi bear. A bear, that’s so cute, it will put a smile on anyone’s face.

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