Tunisian Fall Pumpkins – Free Pattern!!

I live in Austin, Texas and even though it is officially Fall, the temperatures are still in the late 90s and sometimes 100s! I have been looking at all the beautiful Fall makes of my fellow crocheters and got inspired to create some pumpkins with Tunisian crochet!

I made them in three sizes and this is an extremely simple pattern that’s great for beginners. It works up really quickly too – I was able to make all three sizes in under 3 hours!

Pattern

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Small pumpkin – Single color | Two Colors
Medium pumpkin – Single color | Two Colors
Large pumpkin – Single color | Two Colors
Pumpkin Assembly

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What you will need 

  1. Yarn: Aran/Worsted weight yarn – 20 – 100 yards (18 – 90 m)
    • I used Impeccable by Loops & Threads in colors Pumpkin and Gold. The yarn requirement varies based on size.
  2. Hook: 6.5 mm Tunisian crochet hook
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in tails
  5. Twigs or cinnamon sticks to make the pumpkin stem

Experience level

Beginner

Dimensions

The pattern includes instructions for 3 sizes. The diameter of the pumpkins in each size:
Small: 8 cm
Medium: 10 cm
Large: 12 cm

Gauge

6 rows of 7 Tunisian Simple Stitches is a 2 inch (5 cms) square.

You do not have to match my gauge exactly. Depending on your crochet style and tension, the size of your project will be different. 

If your swatch is smaller than mine, you can use a larger hook. If your swatch is larger than mine, you can use a smaller hook but you need to make sure that your hook is large enough to avoid curling. It is possible to fix some curling after the project is complete but it is best to use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended crochet hook for the yarn.

Abbreviations

You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.

Colors

C1: Pumpkin
C2: Gold

Resources

Photo and video (left and right handed) tutorials for Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques used in this pattern:

  1. How to make a Foundation Row 
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch 
  3. Tunisian Reverse Stitch
  4. Binding off

Demo videos to help with making your pumpkins: Left handed | Right handed

Here is a playlist of all the video tutorials that will be helpful in making these pumpkins: Tunisian Fall Pumpkins Playlist on Youtube

Pattern notes

  1. This pattern is written in US terms.
  2. The return pass for every row is the same. For this reason, you will not find instructions for it along with the forward pass instructions
    • Reverse pass: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row. 
  3. The last row in each pumpkin will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch (or a single crochet stitch depending on the bind off method you choose) every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.

Instructions

Small pumpkin – Single color

Foundation Row
FP:
Chain 10. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP:
fs, 8 tss, ls

Rows 3 and 4
FP:
fs, 8 trs, ls

Rows 5 – 24
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 five times.

Small pumpkin – Two colors

Foundation Row
FP [C1]:
Chain 10. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP [C2]:
fs, 8 tss, ls

Rows 3 and 4
FP [C2]:
fs, 8 trs, ls

Rows 5 and 6
FP [C1]:
fs, 8 tss, ls

Rows 7 and 8
FP [C1]:
fs, 8 trs, ls

Rows 9 – 24
Repeat Rows 1 – 8 two times.

Medium pumpkin – Single color

Foundation Row
FP:
Chain 15. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP:
fs, 13 tss, ls

Rows 3 – 6
FP:
fs, 13 trs, ls

Rows 7 – 36
Repeat Rows 1 – 6 five times.

Medium pumpkin – Two colors

Foundation Row
FP [C1]:
Chain 15. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP [C2]:
fs, 13 tss, ls

Rows 3 – 6
FP [C2]:
fs, 13 trs, ls

Rows 7 and 8
FP [C1]:
fs, 13 tss, ls

Rows 9 – 12
FP [C1]:
fs, 13 trs, ls

Rows 13 – 36
Repeat Rows 1 – 12 two times.

Large pumpkin – Single color

Foundation Row
FP:
Chain 20. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP:
fs, 18 tss, ls

Rows 3 – 8
FP:
fs, 18 trs, ls

Rows 8 – 48
Repeat Rows 1 – 8 five times.

Large pumpkin – Two colors

Foundation Row
FP [C1]:
Chain 20. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. 

Rows 1 and 2
FP [C2]:
fs, 18 tss, ls

Rows 3 – 8
FP [C2]:
fs, 18 trs, ls

Rows 9 and 10
FP [C1]:
fs, 18 tss, ls

Rows 11 – 16
FP [C1]:
fs, 18 trs, ls

Rows 17 – 48
Repeat Rows 1 – 16 two times.

Assembly

Note: I strongly recommend viewing the assembly section of this video before going over the written instructions below.

  1. Cut yarn and leave a long tail (approx 24”).
  2. Fold the fabric in half with two halves of the front facing each other. Join the two short edges as shown in the video. 
  3. Flip the fabric inside out so the front faces outward now.
  4. Using a tapestry needle, weave the tail into the stitches along the top edge.
  5. Pull the yarn and cinch the top to a close.
  6. Insert your needle in the hole at the center of the closed edge and bring it to the other side. 
  7. Flip the pumpkin upside down so that the closed side is at the bottom now.
  8. Stuff the pumpkin lightly – it should still be a little squishy after the stuffing.
  9. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to bring the other side to a close.
  10. Locate a simple stitch band and wind your yarn around it. Now locate the simple stitch band right opposite to it and wind the yarn around it too. This will bring your yarn to where you started before this step. Pull tighly to create a depression where the yarn is wound. Insert the needle into the center of the cinched circle or as explained in the video to secure it.
  11. Repeat Step 10 for the other two sets of opposite bands of simple stitches.
  12. Insert the needle in the hole at the center of the closed edge and bring it to the other side.
  13. Adjust the yarn and the shape of the pumpkin and secure the yarn by making a knot on this side too. 
  14. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
  15. Insert a twig / a cinnamon stick into the hole at the center of one of the cinched edges to make the stem of the pumpkin. You can secure it with a glue gun but be careful if you are using acrylic yarn since it could burn or melt. I did not use any glue since my twig was quite secure even without it.

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Happy crocheting!

~Arunima

2 Replies to “Tunisian Fall Pumpkins – Free Pattern!!”

  1. Hi, thank you for this lovely pattern! I made one and your instructions are so clear that I finished it real quick!

    Srividya Ganapathy says:

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