3 Easy DIY Pumpkins for Fall

3 Easy DIY Pumpkins

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Fall is definitely my favorite season.  I love the cooler weather, the leaves changing colors, football, soccer, and decorating for the holidays.  I like using things from nature to decorate, bringing the outside in!  My favorite fall decorations are pumpkins. I love everything about pumpkins!  I love pumpkin spice anything and using all different kinds of pumpkins in my home decor.  I’m going to share 3 easy DIY pumpkins with you. The first one is my very own pattern, Rustic Pumpkin Basket that is featured in the 30 Days of Cozy blog hop hosted by Made With a Twist. Let me tell you more about that first!

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Rustic Pumpkin Basket

I love pumpkins!  I wanted a pumpkin that could also be a container.  So here it is..an easy crochet pattern for a pumpkin basket that is quick to make.  Fill it with candy, pine cones, keys, or plants to add to your home decor.

Materials

1 skein Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, 80% acrylic, 20% wool,  6oz/170g, 106 yd/97m in spice, used 92 yards; Plymouth Encore Worsted Weight, 75%acrylic, 25% wool, 100gm/200 yards in harvest, used 82 yards; Knit Picks Brava Bulky, 100% premium acrylic, 100gm/136 yards in hunter (for stem)—used 4 yards

Hooks—N-13/9mm and H/5.00mm

Small amount of fiberfill

Optional—plastic container for inside of pumpkin.  I used an 8 oz. Cool Whip container

Abbreviations

ch—chain

dc—double crochet

sl st—slip stitch

sc—single crochet

dc2tog—double crochet 2 together

st(s)—stitch, stitches

Round 1:  using the larger hook (N), make a magic ring, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 9 dc into the ring, sl st to top of ch 2 to join.  10 dc

Round 2:  ch1, 2 sc in 1st dc, *2 dc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, repeat from * to the last st, 2 dc in last st, sl st to join to the 1st sc.  20 st

Round 3:  ch1, *1 sc in next st, (1 sc and 1 dc) in the next st, (1dc and 1 sc) in next st, 1 sc in next st, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to beg sc to join.  30 st

Round 4:  ch1, *1sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to 1st sc to join.  40 st

Round 5:  ch1, *sc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to 1st sc to join.  50 st

Rounds 6-8:  ch1,* sc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 8 sts, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to 1st sc to join.  50 st

Round 9:  decrease row—ch1, *1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, 1 dc in next st, dc2tog, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog, dc in next st, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to join.   40 st

Round 10:  ch1, *1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 dc in the next 2 sts, dc2tog, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * 4 times, sl st to top of 1st sc to join.  35 st

Round 11:  sl st in front loop of each st around, sl st to 1st st to join.  35 st

Round 12:  sc in back loop of same st and in back loop of each st around, sl st to join.  Fasten off.  35 st

Round 13:  Join worsted weight yarn and switch to smaller hook to make the lining (H), ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join. 35 st

Rounds 14-20:  ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to join.  Fasten off. 35 st.

Lid

Starting with green and the larger hook, stem is made from 4 chain i cord.

Ch 4, pull up loops in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chains from hook—4 loops on hook

Step 1:  remove the 3 loops just made from your hook, hold onto them with left hand, yo, pull through the remaining loop on hook.-1 loop

Step 2:  insert hook in the 2nd loop and put back on hook, yo, pull through the 2nd loop—2 loops on hook

Step 3.  insert hook into the 3rd loop and put back on hook, yo, pull through the 3rd loop—3 loops on hook

Step 4.  insert hook into the 4th loop and put back on hook, yo, pull through the 4th loop—4 loop on hook.

Repeat steps 2-4 until cord measures 2 inches, yo, pull through all 4 loops, ch 1.

Now start working in rounds.

Round 1: ch2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the loop that was pulled through all 4 loops at the end of the i cord, sc in the edge st on side of i cord (looks like a V), sc in edge st on opposite side of icord, sl st to beginning ch1.  4sc

Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, sl st to join.   8 sc

Round 3: switch to large hook, ch 1, *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * to end , change color to spice yarn when you sl st to 1st sc to join. 12 sc

Round 4:  using spice —ch 1, sc in same st, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around to last 2 st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, sl st to 1st sc to join  16 sc

Round 5:  ch2 (counts as dc), dc in next 2 st, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, repeat from * 2 times, 2 dc in last st, sl st to top of ch 2 to join.  20 st

Round 6:  ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 st, * 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, repeat from * 3 times, 2 sc in last st, sl st to 1st sc to join.  25 st

Round 7:  ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st sc to join.  37st

Round 8:  ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to join, fasten off.  37 st

Finishing

Weave in ends.  Lightly stuff bumps in pumpkin with fiberfill.  Place bowl inside and fold lining inside of it.  Fill as desired. Enjoy!

 

So that was Pumpkin Number 1

 

Number 2 DIY Pumpkin

You will need:

1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in butterscotch or any other bulky yarn

Size N crochet hook, tapestry needle, small amount of fiberfill

Piece of a stick–2-3 inches long, or a cinnamon stick

You will make a 16 x 10 inch piece of ribbing.

Row 1:  Chain 20, single crochet in the back hump of each single crochet across, chain 1, turn.

Row 2: single crochet in the back loop of each stitch across, chain 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece is 16 inches long, do not fasten off.

ribbed crochet fabric

 

Fold short sides together, right sides facing in, slip stitch through the back loops on both sides of fabric to join.

slip stitch through back loops to form a tube                ribbed-crochet-pumpkin-tube

 

Using the tapestry needle, weave yarn in and out of the end stitches to gather, pull tight to close.  Turn right side out.

needle-in-and -out -of bottom-of-pumpkin-tube
gathered-pumpkin-bottom

Stuff lightly with fiberfill.  Gather the top, pull tightly to almost closed, leaving room for your stem.  Put glue on the base of your stem and place in opening.  Pull the gathering closed and wrap yarn around the base of your stem.

open-pumpkin-with-fiberfilll
top-of-pumpkin-gathered-almost-closed
finished-pumpkin

Optional:  pull yarn through to bottom of pumpkin and back up through top a few times to create more shaping for the pumpkin.  You don’t really need to do this as ribbing is enough.  Pull your ending yarn into the pumpkin to bury.  WooHoo!! Done with pumpkin 2. 

Pumpkin 3

This is probably the easiest pumpkin of the 3 because it requires no sewing so it is a great kid’s craft! Take an old beanie or stocking cap–this one was very frayed at the top.

hat-that-needs-repaired
frayed-top-of hat-gathered

Cut off the pompom.  Turn inside out and put a rubber band or hair band around the frayed ends. If your hat is in good condition, you can omit this part.  Turn right side out.

Lightly stuff with fiberfill.

old-hat-stuffed-with fiberfill
finished-hat-pumpkn

Gather up top and secure with a rubber band or an elastic hairband.  Insert a stick or a cinnamon stick for a stem! Yay!  Pumpkin 3 done!   

If you prefer a more finished look, you can gather the top using thread and stuff the end  into middle of pumpkin.  Add the stem and finish off with a bow or ribbon or raffia.

pumpkin-with-raffia

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