Happy Sunday friends! I don’t consider myself much of a Halloween person, but this year I felt the urge to decorate. Last week, I made my first pumpkin – the Great Striped Pumpkin – and then had the brilliant idea of crocheting a Halloween-themed wreath. I thought long and hard on the design, bought the wreath form, and got to work. My plan was to make a long striped rectangle that I would sew around the wreath form, before adding a crochet ghost and witch’s hat. Good idea in theory, but my pumpkin obsession took over. Before I knew what was happening, I turned my partially finished striped rectangle, into a Halloween-themed pumpkin. That is how the Night of the Witches Crochet Striped Pumpkin was born.
About the Night of the Witches Crochet Pumpkin
Now that you know how the Night of the Witches Pumpkin came to be, it’s time to talk about the construction of the pumpkin. This crochet striped pumpkin uses the half double crochet stitch and scrap yarn to create a striped rectangle that is seamed together, stuffed, and shaped. Green, purple, and orange yarn are used for the Halloween-themed stripes, while charcoal grey is used as an accent colour.
You will need a total of 80 yards of yarn for this project, depending on the size of your pumpkin. This is a super quick and fun project that you can make while watching your favourite Halloween movies. You can never go wrong with some crochet and Hocus Pocus.
Let’s get started!
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Construction of the Night of Witches Pumpkin:
This pumpkin is easy to put together, once you know the process. Here is a basic overview of the construction process, but more detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures are provided below.
- Start by crocheting a rectangle.
- Seam the rectangle ends together to make a cylinder.
- Close up the bottom of the cylinder by weaving the yarn needle and yarn tail through the stitches.
- The next step is to fill the pumpkin with stuffing before closing up the top!
- Then, use the same weaving technique in Step 3 to close the top of the pumpkin.
- Shape the pumpkin to add dimension.
- Add a stick into the center of the crochet striped pumpkin for the stem.
- Approximately 80 yards of any medium 4 worsted weight yarn!
- 6.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn Needle
- Small, thick stick for the stem! This can be found in your yard.
Colour Choice for Stripes:
- A: 1 Skein of Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd/ 212 m, 142 g / 5 oz) – Dark Grey Heather (used approximately 40 yds)
- B: 1 Skein of Red Heart Soft Yarn Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 256yds/ 234 m, 5oz/ 141g) – Cinnabar (used approximately 20 yds)
- C: 1 Skein of I Love This Yarn Solids Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 355yds/ 325m, 7 oz/ 198g) – Mixed Berry (used approximately 10 yds)
- D: 1 Skein of Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd/ 212 m, 142 g / 5 oz) – Green Apple (used approximately 10 yds)
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- Hk – hook
- St(s) – stitch/stitches
- Ch – chain
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Rs – right side
- Ws – wrong side
- 16 Half Double Crochet by 7 rows in a 4″ x 4″ Square
- Height: 3″ Tall from Base to Tip
- Diameter: 4″ from one end of the pumpkin to another
Customizing the Size of your Crochet Pumpkin:
To customize the size of your crochet striped pumpkin, there are a couple of things you have to know:
- The length of your rectangle must be double the width of the rectangle. For example, the original pattern makes a rectangle that is 5″ wide by 10″ – 10.5″ long. Therefore, the length of the rectangle is twice the size of the width of the rectangle.
- The height of the finished pumpkin is 2/3 the size of the width of the rectangle. For instance, the width of the rectangle is 5″ wide, while the height of the finished pumpkin is 3″. Therefore, 5″ (width) x 2/3 = 3″ (height). This means that your pumpkin will lose about 1/3 of its height during the shaping process.
Now that you know some of these mathematical pumpkin principles, you can easily customize the size of your crochet striped pumpkin. The original pattern calls for chaining 20, which works out to a height of 3″ and a diameter of 4″. This is a small sized pumpkin.
To make your pumpkin smaller/larger:
- Chain until you are happy with the width of your rectangle. The initial chain will determine the height of your pumpkin. Remember that you will lose about 1/3 of the height when you begin to shape your pumpkin.
- Crochet the first row of your pumpkin/rectangle.
- Measure the width of your rectangle.
- Multiply the width by 2 to determine how long your rectangle needs to be.
- Continue to repeat Row 2-3 of the pattern below, until you have reached the desired length. Make sure to end on Row 2. It is okay if the length of your rectangle is slightly longer than it needs to be; however, it is not okay for the rectangle to be shorter than what it needs to be.
Colour Chart for the Stripes on the Pumpkin:
Carrying the Yarn Through Technique
Crocheting a striped pattern is fun, but there are usually a million ends to weave in at the end of the project. To minimize the number of ends to weave in, you can use a technique called “carrying the yarn through”. If you prefer to learn through video tutorials, here is an excellent tutorial for changing colour and carrying your yarn through by West Coast Mom (skip to 0:59). Otherwise, check out the photo tutorial below.
Step 1: At the end of each row, we will be changing colours to create a striped pumpkin. To do this, work a half double crochet in the final stitch of the row. Before pulling through the 3 loops on your hook, drop the current yarn (white) and pick up the next colour (grey). Gently tug on the new colour strand to get rid of any bumps that might have appeared as you crocheted the row. Grab the new colour with your hook and pull it through the remaining 3 loops on your hook to close the stitch. Turn your work and chain 1.
Step 2: Now that we changed colour, we need to carry the second colour through the row, so that we can change colours again at the end of the row. To do this, make sure that you work each half double crochet stitch over top of the yarn strand that you are trying to carry. When you get to the end of the row, drop your current strand of yarn, and gently tug on the new colour to get rid of any bumps in your work. Repeat Step 1 to change colours.
- The beginning chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
- To minimize the number of ends in this project, try carrying the yarn through the project. There is a tutorial for carrying yarn and changing colour above.
- The pumpkin is worked as a rectangle, before it is seamed together and stuffed to give it shape.
- Odd numbered rows are considered Rs (right side) and even numbered rows are considered Ws (wrong side).
- There is a colour chart above to let you know when to change colours throughout the crochet striped pumpkin pattern.
- Instructions are provided above for customizing the size of your pumpkin above.
- *The final row of the rectangle should always be Row 2.
With Colour B:
Row 1 (Rs): Hdc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each ch across. Turn. (19 hdc)
With Colour A:
Row 2 (Ws): Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (19 hdc)
With Colour B:
Row 3 (Rs): Repeat Row 2.
Row 4 – 24: Repeat Row 2, but continue to alternate between each colour shown above in the colour chart.
Fasten off, and leave a long tail (approximately 30″) to seam the pumpkin together. Weave in all ends except the long tail.
Seaming the Pumpkin Together
To sew the pumpkin together, we will be using a technique called the whip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you here.
Fold the rectangle in half, making sure that the rectangle is facing wrong-side up. Thread your yarn needle with the long tail, line up the edges of the rectangle, and begin whip stitching across the edges. You should have a total of 19 whip stitches – 1 whip stitch for every half double crochet stitch.
Shaping the Crochet Pumpkin
Bottom of the Pumpkin:
Stand the “pumpkin” up, so that it resembles a cylinder. Insert your yarn needle into the nearest row and pull the tail through. Continue to weave your yarn needle and yarn tail through every other row, until you reach the beginning of the circle. Pull the tail until the circle scrunches up and closes. Weave the needle through to close the tiny hole and secure it with a knot.
Insert the needle into the center of the bottom and pull it through until the tail comes out the other side (top of the pumpkin).
Top of the Pumpkin:
Stuff the pumpkin with Polyfill until you are happy with the amount of fluff inside.
Insert your yarn needle into the nearest row and pull the tail through. Continue to weave your yarn needle and yarn tail through every other row, until you reach the beginning of the circle. Pull the tail until the circle scrunches up and closes. Secure it with a knot.
Shaping the Crochet Pumpkin:
- To shape the pumpkin, insert your needle into the top center hole, and pull the tail through to the bottom of the pumpkin. Pull tight.
- Insert your needle and yarn tail from the bottom center out of the top center hole. Pull tight.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2, a total of 3 – 4 times, or until you are happy with the look of your pumpkin. Play around with your pumpkin and fluff to achieve an imperfectly perfect pumpkin look.
Adding Dimension to Your Crochet Pumpkin:
To add dimension to your pumpkin, so that it isn’t a solid sphere, move the yarn tail along one row of grey (Picture #1). Insert the yarn needle in the bottom of the pumpkin and out through the top of the pumpkin to secure the tail (Picture #2). Pull the tail and watch the pumpkin take shape (Picture #3)! Repeat this process 3-4 more times, so that there are a total of 4-5 shaped sections (Picture #4).
Final Touch to the Crochet Pumpkin:
Add a small, thick stick through the small hole you’ve left in the top of the pumpkin. If the hole is too large, sew it closed with the remaining yarn tail, and secure it with a knot.
Tip: If your stick isn’t completely secure, use a bit of hot glue to hold it in place!
And You’re Done!
Congratulations! You’ve made your first Night of Witches Pumpkin. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. If you loved this pattern, please share it, so that others can make it too!
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Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).
As always, thank you so much for following along with me. I hope you have a great rest of your day, and I can’t wait to see what you create!