Velvet Pumpkins

Velvet Pumpkins!

I love that the velvet yarns are back in style now! They are so fun to design and crochet with!

Several months ago I was in Hobby Lobby perusing the yarn aisle and noticed this beautiful “pumpkin” color of one of their velvet yarns.

(If you read my blog post from last week, you would have seen how strolling through yarn aisles gives me a lot of inspiration – you can read about how this simple activity inspired the Twilight Shawlette here)

Every time I saw the pumpkin-colored yarn I was drawn to it and decided to buy 2 skeins and save for a fall project!

Well, now it’s fall and I have the first of 3 velvet projects to share with you here 🙂 – Introducing the “Velvet Pumpkins”.

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements:

Large Pumpkin: 3 to 3 1/2″ height; 6″ diameter

Small Pumpkin: 2 1/2″ height; 4 1/2″ diameter

Supplies:

Yarn Bee Velvety Smooth – Color: Pumpkin; 1 skein per pumpkin

Color: Olive (for stems) – 1 skein

(The smallest blue pumpkin was crocheted with Bernat’s Velvet yarn in a pretty blue – this is slightly thinner than the Yarn Bee yarn so the same exact stitches create a slightly smaller pumpkin)

K/6.5mm crochet hook (for all pumpkins and stems) and G/4.25mm hook (for optional curlicue)

One stitch marker

Jumbo Tapestry Needle

Polyester Fiberfil

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations

Mini-bean stitch = YO, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp; YO, insert hk into same st, YO, draw up a lp; YO, pull through all 5 lps on hk

Instructions:

Large Pumpkin

With Pumpkin color ch 16

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch; sc in each of next 11 chs; sl st in each of last 2 chs. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1; sl st in each of next 2 sl sts; mini-bean stitch (see Special Stitches above) in each of next 13 sts; Turn.

*Mark the beginning of Row 2 with a stitch marker – this edge will become the top of the pumpkin**

Row 3: Ch 1; sl st in each of first 2 sl sts; sc in each of next 11 sts; sl st in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 sixteen more times (After finish repeats you will see 17 mini-bean st rows)

Last Row: Repeat Row 2 one more time. Fasten off with a long tail for assembly.

Total Mini-bean stitch rows = 18

Stem for Large Pumpkin:

With Olive ch 5

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (4 sc) Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 3-7: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off with long tail for assembly.

Fold in half lengthwise and sew sides together with yarn tail to form tube

Small Pumpkin

With Pumpkin color ch 10

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch; sc in each of next 5 chs; sl st in each of last 2 chs. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1; sl st in each of next 2 sl sts; mini bean stitch in each of next 7 sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1; sl st in each of first 2 sl sts; sc in each of next 9 sts; sl st in each of last 2 sts. Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 thirteen more times (After finish repeats you will see 14 mini bean stitch rows)

Last Row: Repeat Row 2 one more time. Fasten off with a long tail for assembly.

Stem for Small Pumpkin:

Work as for Large stem but only work 3 rows – Fold and sew as for large stem

Curlicue:

With G/4.25mm hk ch 15

2 sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off with long tail for assembly.

Finishing and Assembly:

With yarn needle and yarn tail from end of stitching, work running stitch along edge of rows (same edge that is marked by stitch marker)

Pull taut to create a gather and secure ends of fabric together

Sew across opening to close up small hole in center

Using a whipstitch sew up side of pumpkin

With top still open stuff with fiberfil

Repeat running stitch along top edge and pull taut to close opening

Secure by sewing across opening and tie off yarn. Weave in end.

Optional Shaping: Using a double-strand of pumpkin color tie knot at base of pumpkin

Feed needle and yarn through center of pumpkin and out the top

Pull taut to create a ‘dimple-like’ look at top of pumpkin and knot in place

Repeat stitching one more time from top to bottom and knot again. Weave in ends

Sew stem to center top of pumpkin using yarn tails in Olive

Optional: Sew on curlicue at base of stem or just sew on a curlicue in place of the stem

Now your cute Velvet Pumpkins are complete – your home decor is ready for fall!

I think these would look cute on your desk at the office or on a teacher’s desk at school.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

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