Decorate for the holidays with a modern crochet pumpkin. Follow the free crochet pattern and video tutorial to make this pretty modern crochet pumpkin.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for the Side-to-side rib modern crochet pumpkin pattern. You will also find the material list, stitch list, gauge, video tutorial, and sizing information.
Horizontal Ribbed Modern Crochet Pumpkin
I have designed a lot of pumpkins over the years, but I find the horizontal ribbing on this pumpkin to be unique and charming. This pumpkin is made from a simple rectangle and sewn into a pumpkin. This makes the pattern very beginner-friendly.
A Different Kind of Stem
For your pumpkin stem, you can use cinnamon sticks or crochet a stem, as we did with the Fox Pumpkin. If you follow the pattern below you will see that we decided to make a large braid to give this pumpkin stem a unique look.
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Side-to-Side Rib Modern Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
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1-3 oz or 52-156 yds of Red Heart Super Saver (Weight: 4/medium – 364 yds, 7 oz, 198 g)
The colors used are Carrot, Frosty Green, and Gold.
14 yds of Red Heart Super Saver (Weight: 4/medium – 364 yds, 7 oz, 198 g) Color: Cafe Latte
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
BLO – Back Loop Only
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 4 SC X 4 Rows = 1 inch
Small Pumpkin: 3.5 inches wide by 2 inches tall
Medium Pumpkin: 5.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall
Large Pumpkin: 7 inches wide by 4 inches tall
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Side-to-Side Rib Modern Crochet Pumpkin Pattern
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH1, turning chain, as a stitch.
– The Side-by-Side Rib Modern Crochet Pumpkin pattern is copyrighted by Winding Road Crochet.
– We will crochet a simple rectangle then use the photo instructions below to turn it into a pumpkin.
– You can find the leaf pattern seen in a few photos here.
For Small Pumpkin CH 33
For Medium Pumpkin CH 49
For Large Pumpkin CH 65
Note: Leave a 10-inch yarn end at the beginning of your work. This will be used to gather up one side of the pumpkin.
Row 1: HDC into the 2nd CH from the Hook. HDC in each CH across. (The stitch count is one less than the starting chain.)
Row 2: CH1, turn, SC in the BLO of each ST across.
Row 3: CH1, turn, HDC in BLO of each ST across.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the total number of rows needed for the size pumpkin you are making.
Small Pumpkin: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 12 rows.
Medium Pumpkin: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 19 rows.
Large Pumpkin: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have a total of 24 rows.
Fasten off leaving a 20-inch long yarn end. This will be used for sewing up the side of the pumpkin and gathering one side of the pumpkin.
Creating the Stem
Take your stem-colored yarn and cut 7-inch strands of yarn. Cut 26 strands for the large pumpkin, 20 for the medium pumpkin, and 14 for the small pumpkin.
Set two strands of yarn aside. These will be used to tie the top and the bottom of the braid. Take the rest of the strands and hold them together so that the ends are even.
Use one of the strands of yarn that you set aside to tie the top of the strands together (as seen in the photo on the right).
Take the strands of yarn and divide them into 3 sections, then braid them together.
Use the other yarn strand that we set aside to tie around the bottom of the yarn ends. (As seen in the middle photo above.)
Trim all the yarn ends and gently bend your braid so that it has a slight curve. (As seen in the photo above on the left.) We will tuck half of this braid into the top of our pumpkin and leave the other half out of the pumpkin to be our pumpkin stem.
Gathering your Crochet Pumpkins
The photos below are from another one of my patterns that has a vertical ribbing but the technique is the same. When you gather the pumpkin, make sure that the small ribbing (the single crochet rows) is showing on the outside of the pumpkin. I also think this pumpkin looks best when the stitches are turned upside down so that the top of the stitch is pointing to the bottom of the pumpkin.
Step 1: With your starting yarn end, sew a gathering stitch along the bottom of the pumpkin and pull tight.
Step 2: Make 2 stitches to secure the gather.
Step 3: Use a whip stitch to sew the two sides of the pumpkin together. Make sure to match up the horizontal ribbing.
Step 4: When you reach the top of your pumpkin, knot your two yarn ends together to secure.
Step 5: Using the longer yarn end, sew a gathering stitch around the top of the pumpkin.
Step 6: Stuff the pumpkin and tuck your stem into the top of the pumpkin. Pull the gathering stitch tight to close the top.
Step 7: Knot the two yarn ends together to secure the gather. Make a few stitches to secure the stem and knot the yarn ends together again.
Step 8: Now you can segment the pumpkin with the instructions below.
Segment the Pumpkin
For this pumpkin, we will hide our current yarn ends and use a new strand of yarn to segment our pumpkin into 6 sections.
Step 9: Use an 18-24 inch piece of yarn and needle to thread the yarn from the bottom to the top of the center of the pumpkin. Leave about 6 inches hanging out the bottom of the pumpkin.
Step 10: Wrap the yarn around the side of the pumpkin and reinsert the needle from the bottom to the top of the pumpkin.
Step 11: Wrap the yarn around the side of the pumpkin once more directly across from the other yarn. The two strands of yarn will cut the pumpkin in half.
Step 12: Pull both yarn ends tight to create a ridge in the sides of the pumpkin. This will segment the pumpkin into two halves. Knot the two yarn ends together at the bottom of the pumpkin.
Step 13: Using the same piece of yarn, repeat steps 9-12 to create a total of 6 segmented sections.
Now your Side-to-Side Rib modern Crochet Pumpkin is complete. Make several to decorate your home or to give as a gift.
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