You will just love adding this crochet bear pumpkin to your fall decorations. Use the free crochet pattern to make this pumpkin and set it out to keep you company all fall.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this crochet bear pumpkin pattern. You will also find the material list, stitch list, gauge, and sizing information.
Making a Bear Pumpkin
We just keep adding to the critter pumpkin family. This bear makes a cute addition to the pumpkin family.
This is not the first character pumpkin I have designed. You can find a cute fox pumpkin, unicorn pumpkin, raccoon pumpkin, deer pumpkin, and moose pumpkin here on the blog.
A Beginner Friendly Crochet Bear Pumpkin?
I really wanted to make this pattern as easy as it could be so that everyone who wanted one could have a crochet bear pumpkin. To say this is a beginner-friendly pattern would be wrong, but I do believe it is an easy pattern.
If you are a beginner and you are comfortable with the basic stitches, then I think you will be able to complete this pattern with the instructional photos, video, and pattern below. Here are some of the easy skills you will learn to complete this pattern.
Working in the Back Loops Only – This is demonstrated in the fox pumpkin video tutorial and is a very easy skill to learn. This created the beautiful ribbed texture of the pumpkin.
The Magic Circle – This is used to create a tight ring for the beginning of a project that will be a half-circle or cylinder. We will use it for the ears and stem. It can be a bit tricky to learn but several people have told me my method makes it easy. I will also provide an alternative to using this technique.
Working in Continuous Rounds – This is easier than it sounds. You will just work in a spiral pattern and use a stitch marker to mark the end of your row. This is also demonstrated in the fox pumpkin video tutorial.
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2.9 oz or 155 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Coffee (Weight 4/medium)
0.1 oz or 6 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Buff (Tan) (Weight 4/medium)
5 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Tea Leaf (Stem)
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
Size L 8mm Crochet Hook (For Larger Pumpkin)
Felt – Black and Tan
Embroidery Thread – Black, Tan, White
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC- Single Crochet
BLOSC – Back Loop Only Single Crochet
CC – Change Colors
MC – Magic Circle
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
SLST – Slip Stitch
Gauge and Size
Gauge is not important for this pattern.
Large Pumpkin: 5 SC X 5 Rows = 2 in
Small Pumpkin: 7 SC X 7 Rows = 2 in
Large Pumpkin is 8.5″ wide by 13.5″ tall.
Small Pumpkin is 7″ wide by 8.5″ tall.
Fox Pumpkin Video Tutorial
The Bear Pumpkin is constructed very similarly to the fox pumpkin. You can check out the fox pumpkin video tutorial to help with making the bear pumpkin. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more fun crochet video tutorials.
Crochet Bear Pumpkin Pattern
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
– For the color changes I pulled yarn from both sides of the coffee brown skein. I did not carry my yarn.
Crochet Bear Pumpkin Base
CH 36 with Brown
Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. SC in next 34 CH.
Row 2-25: CH1, turn, BLOSC in next 35 STs.
Note: From Row 26 – 38 you will change colors in every row. From now on all SC are worked in the Back Loops Only, I am dropping the BLO to save space.
Row 26: CH1, turn, SC 8 in Brown, CC, SC 7 in Tan, CC, SC 20 in Brown.
Row 27: CH1, turn, SC 19 in Brown, CC, SC 9 in Tan, CC, SC 7 in Brown.
Row 28: CH1, turn, SC 7 in Brown, CC, SC 9 in Tan, CC, SC 19 in Brown.
Row 29: CH1, turn, SC 18 in Brown, CC, SC 11 in Tan, CC, SC 6 in Brown.
Row 30: CH1, turn, SC 5 in Brown, CC, SC 13 in Tan, CC, SC 17 in Brown.
Row 31: CH1, turn, SC 17 in Brown, CC, SC 13 in Tan, CC, SC 5 in Brown.
Row 32: CH1, turn, SC 5 in Brown, CC, SC 13 in Tan, CC, SC 17 in Brown.
Row 33: CH1, turn, SC 17 in Brown, CC, SC 13 in Tan, CC, SC 5 in Brown.
Row 34: CH1, turn, SC 5 in Brown, CC, SC 13 in Tan, CC, SC 17 in Brown.
Row 35: CH1, turn, SC 18 in Brown, CC, SC 11 in Tan, CC, SC 6 in Brown.
Row 36: CH1, turn, SC 7 in Brown, CC, SC 9 in Tan, CC, SC 19 in Brown.
Row 37: CH1, turn, SC 19 in Brown, CC, SC 9 in Tan, CC, SC 7 in Brown.
Row 38: CH1, turn, SC 8 in Brown, CC, SC 7 in Tan, CC, SC 20 in Brown.
Row 39-63: With Brown: CH1, turn, BLOSC in next 35 STs.
Fasten off leaving a very very long yarn end. This yarn end will be used to sew up the side of the pumpkin and gather the top of the pumpkin.
Later you will need to cut another strand of brown yarn to use to gather the bottom of the pumpkin.
Crochet Bear Pumpkin Ears (Make 2)
Row 1: Work 3 SC into a Magic Circle. (3)
Alternative Row 1: CH2, Work 3 SC into 2nd CH from hook. (3) (Use this Row 1 if you do not know how to make a magic circle.)
Row 2: CH1, turn, *Work 2 SC into the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (6)
Row 3: CH1, turn, *SC in next ST, Work 2 SC into the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (9)
Row 4: CH1, turn, *SC in next 2 STs, Work 2 SC into the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (12)
Row 5: CH1, turn, *SC in next 3 STs, Work 2 SC into the next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. (15)
Row 6: CH1, turn, SC in next 15 STs.
Fasten off leaving a long yarn tail to see the ear to the pumpkin base.
Cut out a piece of felt that is smaller than the crocheted ears and use embroidery thread to sew them onto the ear. I sewed my stitches only halfway through the crocheted piece to keep the backside of the ear nice looking.
Crochet Pumpkin Stem
-We will be working in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each row to help you keep track of your rows.
-If you do not know how to make a magic circle check out this video.
Round 1: With Green: Work 6 SC into Magic Circle (6SC)
Alternative Round 1: CH2, Work 6 SC into 2nd CH from hook. (6SC) (Use this row 1 if you do not know how to make a magic circle.)
Round 2: *Work 2SC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12SC)
Round 3: BLOSC in next 12 STs. (12SC)
Round 4-7: SC in next 12 STs (12SC)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Assembling the Crochet Bear Pumpkin
Adding a Face
Take your felt and cut out two eyes and a nose and inner ears for your pumpkin. Take your pumpkin base and stretch it out a bit so that it is wider. When we stuff the pumpkin it will get stretched out and we want the eyes and nose to still be in place. Using embroidery thread sew them onto the pumpkin base.
Sewing, Gathering, and Adding the Stem to the Pumpkin
Now we will turn our rectangle into a pumpkin! You can use a whip stitch or blanket stitch to join the sides of the pumpkin.
Step 1: Using the yarn end at the bottom of the pumpkin, sew a gathering stitch along the bottom edge of the pumpkin.
Step 2: Pull the gathering stitch tight. Make a few extra stitches to close the bottom of the pumpkin if needed.
Step 3: Whipstitch the first and last row of the bear base together.
Step 4: Make a knot at the top of the side seam to secure it.
Step 5: Run a gathering stitch along the top of the pumpkin and stuff your pumpkin.
Step 6: Pull the gathering stitch closed and secure the top of the pumpkin.
Step 7: Lightly stuff the stem and whipstitch the stem over the gathering at the top of the pumpkin.
Step 8: Weave in all yarn ends.
Adding a Crochet Bear Ears
All we need to do is use the yarn end that we left ourselves and sew the ears to the pumpkin. My ears sit about 1 inch away from the stem of the pumpkin and I curved the ears just slightly to give them a more natural look.
Ok, that is it, your crochet bear pumpkin is done! She is the perfect soft and plushy decoration that can stay out all fall and winter long. I really hope you loved this pattern and will check out the other crochet patterns on the Winding Road Crochet Blog.
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