It's OCTOBER! My most favorite month!
I want to share a super easy pumpkin pattern. I just made a whole bunch of these to share with my neighbors as fall gifts! There's no better reason to give a gift than the beginning of fall! These make super cute decorations in your home, and you can make them as big or as small as you'd like. So grab some yarn and get crocheting!
You will need:
Yarn of your choice (pumpkin color, stem color, and leaf color)
Crochet hook recommended for yarn choice
Batting or Stuffing
The best part about this pattern is it's so easy to change and make a big or small pumpkin. Just increase you starting chain to make a larger and taller pumpkin.
I used "I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby" It makes about a 3-4 inch tall pumpkin.
Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across.
Chain 1 and turn
From here on you will be crocheting into the BACK LOOPS ONLY. Continue rows until you have about 38. Your rectangle should measure about 3 inches by 5.5 inches if you are using the same yarn as me. If you are using a different yarn or making a smaller or larger pumpkin, just make sure you have a good rectangle shape. You don't want a square shape or you will have a funny looking pumpkin.
Fold your rectangle into a tube and either slip stitch the edges together or use a yarn needle to whip stitch. You should have something looking a little like this
Now you need to close up your ends. Start with the bottom and using a yarn needle weave in and out of the top stitches. Pull tight to cinch closed.
This is where you will stuff the pumpkin. I have learned through trial and error that a better shaped pumpkin happens when it's not overstuffed. Not too much, not too little.
Once you have added stuffing, complete the previous steps of cinching up the top. Before you pull it tight you can add a little more stuffing into the top.
You will finish with an oddly shaped oval.
Cut a long length of yarn and thread your yarn needle. Starting at the top of the pumpkin, insert the needle right down the middle and pull it though to the bottom. Go around the outside of the pumpkin in between the grooves and back down through the middle of the pumpkin again. Pull tight and repeat keeping about 3 or 4 grooves in between each yarn circle around. It should start looking like the photo below. You can see some of the yarn in between the grooves and the one piece of yarn I haven't pulled tight yet. I found that making your "bump" sections different sizes makes the pumpkin look more real. No pumpkin is perfectly shaped right?
When you're satisfied with how it's looking fasten off your yarn with a knot.
The stem is created by following the steps below:
In a magic circle chain 6 (8 or 10 for larger stem)
SC in each chain around for about 4-5 rows. Use your judgement here to make the stem as long as you'd like.
When you are happy with the size, slip stitch your final chain and fasten off leaving along chain for attaching to pumpkin.
The curly leaf is created by following the steps below:
Chain 20 (more if you'd like a long curl)
2 single crochet in each chain to the end. Fasten off leaving a long chain for attaching to pumpkin
That's it! Experiment with different yarn sizes and colors! I can't wait to see what you create!
A few years ago my mom and I made close to 1000 of these flowers for a craft fair. We sold tons and kept some of our favorites and now I have a collection I can't seem to give up.
We had the most fun picking and choosing what buttons to put in the middle. After each flower was finished we would spend hours trying buttons in the center of each flower and deciding which one looked best. A few of the buttons are vintage from my grandmothers button collection over the years. Getting creative is the best part. Buttons, gems, and even erasers were used for the center of these flowers, and there is definitely more than one option for each flower.
This pattern is considered a beginner/intermediate pattern. It can get a little tricky trying to figure out the layering, but once you get the hang of it, its easy and works up quickly. 1 flower can be finished in less than 30 minutes.
Note: A lower weight yarn will result in a smaller flower and need a small size button. A heavier weight or chunky yarn will result in a large flower and need a large button.
You will need:
Yarn -Be creative. ANY yarn will work
Crochet Hook (Choose your hook size based on the recommendation from the yarn)
Alligator or Hair Clip
Check out the pattern below and have fun shopping for buttons :)
Chain 6, sl st in first chain to form a circle
(sc in circle, chain 3) repeat 7 times, sl st to first sc
In chain 3 space: (sc, ch1, 3dc, ch1, sc) repeat 7 times, sl st to first sc, turn
(sc in spoke of previous round, ch4) repeat 7 times, sl st in first sc, turn
In ch4 space: (sc, ch1, 5dc, ch1, sc) repeat 7 times, sl st in first sc, turn
(sc in spoke of previous round, ch5) repeat 7 times, sl st in first sc, turn
In ch5 space: (sc, ch1, 7dc, ch1, sc) repeat 7 times, sl st in first sc, tie off
It can be a bit confusing to understand the first time around, so I decided to make my very first crochet video! Its a little rough as I really haven't ever filmed before, but I hope it can be helpful! I used a medium weight 4 yarn and a size H (5.0mm) hook and it made a large flower.
Check it out HERE
Once the flower is made you will need to cut a piece of felt in a circle the same size as the back of your flower. Cut another strip about 1/2 inch wide and glue it to the back. Add an alligator clip or any type of hair clip to use it in hair or clip it on to a crochet headband. I will have a pattern for headbands up soon! So make sure to check back. Here's a photo of the back of the flower with the felt pieces finished and a clip on it.
A few headbands/ear warmers with a flower attached.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crocheting!
This bag is made with Bernat's new Outdoor Yarn using the star stitch. When I came across this yarn I was so excited! I had so many ideas but decided on a bag because of how versatile it could be. It works as a picnic bag, a park bag, a beach bag or just a tote when you need one. The perks of using the outdoor yarn is you can literally take it anywhere without worrying about ruining it like you would with a regular yarn.
It is a Joann exclusive so it is only available for purchase online or in their store.
If you'd like to purchase an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern visit my Etsy shop HERE
So lets get to the instructions!
You will need:
2 balls of Bernat Outdoor Yarn
Size N (9mm) Crochet Hook
Yarn needle (optional)
2 yards of 3/8" twisted rope (I found mine at Joann)
1/2" Fashion Grommet Kit (Also found at Joann)
Slip Stitch to beginning chain to form a circle (careful not to twist) For a super fun trick to keep your chains from twisting check out this youtube video HERE
If you aren't familiar with the star stitch or how to do it in the round I would check out this awesome tutorial HERE
For a quick refresher the star stitch is done like this: First Stitch: insert hook in second ch from hook, pull up a loop, insert hook in next ch from hook, pull up a loop, repeat until there are 6 loops on your hook, yarn over, and pull through all 6 loops -this creates the "spokes" of your star. chain 1 to finish stitch which will make the center "eye" of the star.
Next stitch: Insert hook in “eye” you just made, pull up a loop, insert hook in last "spoke" of previous star, pull up a loop, insert hook in the foundation chain of the "spoke", pull up a loop, insert and pull up a loop on the next 2 chains (6 loops on your hook) yarn over and pull through all 6 loops; ch 1 to finish stitch and make the “eye” of the star. Continue this to the end. On your last star do not chain 1, your chain 1 will be a slip stitch to the first star stitch.
Chain 3 to begin your star stitches.
The photo above shows 1 star stitch completed. Continue star stitches until you reach your first stitch again. Instead of closing your last star stitch with a single crochet slip stitch to the first stitch. As shown in the photo below
Chain 3 and continue star stitches all the way around for round 2.
Slip stitch to the beginning.
Chain 3 and repeat.
Continue this pattern until you have 21 rows of star stitches.
You will start to create a seam as you go, this will be the back of your bag and isn't very visible as long as you keep your final star stitch and slip stitch to the top chain fairly tight. The photo below shows the seam on my bag.
To create a finish around the top slip stitch in each stitch around.
After finishing your slip stitches across the top of your bag it is time to sew the bottom together. TURN YOUR BAG INSIDE OUT. Using a yarn needle (if you don't have a yarn needle you can slip stitch the bottom shut), cut a piece of yarn about 40 inches in length and whip stitch the bottom together.
With you bag still inside out you are now going to form the base of the bag. Fold the bottom you just stitched together so the seam is in the middle and the corners of the bag lay flat. (see photo below- the seam is directly under the tape measure) You will stitch a straight line across at 4 inches.
Complete that on the other side as well so you have 2 stitched triangles on each corner. Turn your bag right side out and make sure the triangles you just stitched lay flat in the bottom of your bag. If you'd like to stitch them down to make them stay you can do that. I left mine the way it was, they do flatten out more over time.
This picture is kind of an odd angle but this is how your bag should look at the bottom from the outside. You can see the seam running down the middle of the photo and the "pockets" of sorts sewing your triangles made. This forms a base for you bag to be able to stand flat.
The bag is almost complete! Now you will need a 1/2" grommet kit. I decided to use grommets to be able to hold the weight of whatever was in the bag. I found my grommet kit at Joann.
The great thing about the star stitch in this project is it makes its own holes. Normally you would have to crochet spaces for the grommets to go, but that isn't necessary in this case. Put the grommets in the very center of the star stitch
With the seam on the back measure 4 inches from the left and right sides. I placed my grommets on the 3rd row down from the top of the bag. You do have to kind of wiggle them in, but the tight space makes it much easier to hammer them in because they stay put.
Place your grommets. If you would like your grommets a little closer together go ahead and move a few spaces closer to the middle of the bag. You really can pick and choose where you'd like them to be.
Follow the instructions on the kit to attach the grommets to the bag. Line up your front and back side of the bag and attach the grommets in the same place on the back side.
For the final step you will need the 3/8" rope. I also purchased mine at Joann. I had 2 yards cut and made 2 equal pieces 36" long. Thread one of the pieces from the inside of the bag to the outside of the bag through the grommet, tying a knot and leaving about 3 inches free at the bottom.
Cut the rope to about 1 and 1/2" below the knot. If you purchased rope like mine you can pull on the outside edges and unravel it. Do this on all sides to make a frayed effect.
Complete the last 2 steps with the other handle and the bag is complete!
I have been star stitch crazy lately! It’s such a fun stitch to work up. Check out my other star stitch pattern HERE
If you need to learn how to star stitch I recommend checking out Ami’s pattern for a star stitch pouch HERE
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