Halloween is just around the corner and this week I’m sharing my free crochet pattern for Paulie Pumpkin. Paulie is a small pumpkin that works up quickly and fits in the palm of your hand.
This adorable amigurumi pumpkin uses basic crochet stitches and is accessible to beginner crocheters. The pumpkin stem of this project is crocheted so you won’t need a cinnamon stick or any fancy materials to make it. You’ll just need some brown, green and orange yarn and some basic crochet tools.
Need some extra help? Learn how to crochet a pumpkin step-by-step with the free video tutorial included with this free crochet amigurumi pumpkin pattern as well!
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I designed this cute crochet pumpkin pattern to be the perfect Halloween decoration to be made in a flash and so there are no pieces to sew together. That’s right – this toy is made in one piece!
Whether you want an army of cute little pumpkins or you just need a quick little decoration, this project is for you. I also like to have little amigurumi toys to give away at Halloween to kids in the neighbourhood that have food allergies or to the really little kids whose parents will likely be the ones eating all their candy.
Amigurumi pumpkins are my favourite project to give to the kids at the door and I love the moment when the child notices what’s in their bag and they run away yelling “Mom/Dad! I got a pumpkin toy!!”. That reaction NEVER gets old.
How to Crochet a Pumpkin for Beginners
This free crochet pumpkin pattern is crocheted using basic stitches like the single crochet stitch (including increases and decreases) and slip stitches. We’ll work from the stem at the top of the pumpkin, working our way down to the bottom of your pumpkin.
After finishing off, we’ll use our yarn tail to shape our pumpkin, threading it from the base of the pumpkin and out through the top. We’ll repeat this until we have six bumps on our pumpkin and we have the perfect pumpkin shape.
After shaping the pumpkin, we’ll move on to add facial features to your pumpkin using embroidery thread. To finish our pumpkins, we’ll add a curled green vine to the top of the pumpkin.
Want to customize your pumpkin? Keep reading below for tips and ways to customize your pumpkin.
Ways to Customize Your Adorable Pumpkins
These easy crochet pumpkins are so much fun to make and easy to customize. Here are some of my tips/suggestions for customizing the pumpkin:
- Omit the eyes and face of the pumpkin – now you have a basic pattern for a regular pumpkin!
- Use black felt to add the standard triangular eyes and mouth with jagged teeth
- Use a bulky yarn and larger crochet hook to make a larger pumpkin using this pattern or make a REALLY big pumpkin by using a super bulky weight yarn and a bigger crochet hook.
- Crochet a bunch of these pumpkins and string them onto a ribbon or crocheted chain to create a garland for some fun crochet pumpkin decor
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Paulie Pumpkin is released as part of the 2022 Halloween Crochet Along.
How the 2022 Halloween CAL Works
Every Monday and Thursday from August 22 through September 29, 2022, we’ll share a free crochet pattern for a Halloween-themed project. These patterns include decorations, toys, costume elements, and more.
Babé Crochet, Clover USA, Darn Good Yarn, GlassEyesOnline, Hooked for Life, KennyClayCo, KnitPal, Knitter’s Relief Balm, Unicorn, and WalnutFarmDesigns have generously provided us with fabulous prizes for our end-of-CAL giveaway. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway in this post on Underground Crafter by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2022!
How To Join the 2022 Halloween CAL
- You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
- Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentralCrochet on all social media.
- If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Crochet Facebook group, or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
- By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 12 spooky Halloween projects.
Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-CAL giveaway, and to get links to each Halloween CAL pattern as it is released.
Feel free to sell the item created with this amigurumi pumpkin pattern or any of my other free patterns but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com. This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.
- U.S. Terminology
- E / 3.5 mm Crochet Hook (or whatever hook size needed to match gauge)
- WeCrochet Brava Worsted Weight (100% Premium Acrylic yarn, Worsted Weight (4), 218yds/200m, 100g/3.5oz), 1 skein each of:
- Colour A: Sienna (brown yarn) (approx. 1g/2.5yds)
- Colour B: Orange (approx. 11g/ 24yds)
- Colour C: Peapod (green yarn) (approx. 1g/2.5yds)
- 9 mm Black Safety Eyes
- Black Embroidery Thread
- White Embroidery Thread
- Polyester Stuffing
- Tapestry Needle / Yarn Needle
- Stitch Marker
- CH = Chain
- FLO = Front Loop Only
- FO = Finish Off
- FPSL = Front Post Slip Stitch
- MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring
- SC = Single Crochet
- SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
- SCINC = Single Crochet Increase / 2 Single Crochet Stitches Worked in the Same Stitch
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- ST = Stitch
- Front Post Slip Stitch: Insert hook around the post of designated stitch from front to back and out to the front of the fabric on the other side of the post. Yarn over hook and pull up a loop. Pull loop through the loop on hook.
- Approximately 2” tall
- Rounds 1 – 7 = 2” across at the widest point
- Not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through. Not matching gauge may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project as well as the size of your project.
- This free crochet amigurumi pumpkin pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise). Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated. A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
Paulie Pumpkin Free Crochet Amigurumi Pumpkin Pattern Video Tutorial
Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and place 6 SCs into the MC. (6)
Rounds 2 – 3: SC around. (6)
Change to Colour B
Round 4: (SCINC) x 6. (12)
Round 5: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)
Round 6: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC. (24)
Round 7: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)
Gauge Check: Piece should measure approximately 2” across at this point.
Rounds 8 – 14: SC around. (30) – Insert eyes in Round 9 with 3 sts between them.
Round 15: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. (24) – Start stuffing and adding more as you go.
Round 16: SC, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC. (18)
Round 17: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)
Round 18: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)
FO leaving a long tail of at least 15 – 20”. Finish stuffing. Thread tail onto a tapestry needle and weave it through the FLO of the last round and pull tight to close up the hole. Do NOT cut yarn. Move onto Shaping the Pumpkin.
Shaping the Pumpkin
To add the indents to your pumpkin, thread your yarn tail onto your tapestry needle and pull the tail through the center of the pumpkin (from bottom to top). When bringing needle through the top, bring it out at the base of the stem. *Wrap the yarn around the side of the pumpkin and insert the tapestry needle back into the center of the pumpkin (from bottom to top).* Repeat the instructions in the * 4 more times to create evenly spaced indents around the pumpkin. You should have 6 bumps on your pumpkin. FO and weave in ends.
Adding Facial Details
Use black embroidery thread to embroider a triangle mouth, centered between the eyes.
Use white embroidery to add detail to the outsides of eyes, using photo as reference.
Using Colour C, FPSL around one of the stitches near the bottom of the stem, on either side of the pumpkin.
CH 6. SCINC in 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across.
FPSL around ST directly next to ST you attached to at beginning of vine. FO and weave in ends.
I hope that you enjoyed making Paulie Pumpkin with this free crochet amigurumi pumpkin pattern and that you have a happy Halloween. I’d love to see your beautiful finished pumpkin! Share your crochet projects with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylamb in your posts.
Want to carve a crochet-themed pumpkin for Halloween this year? Check out my free Crochet Pumpkin Carving Stencils!
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