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Candy Corn Pumpkins make for a cute Halloween

Two orange, yellow and black crocheted pumpkins with stems made from sticks for Halloween.

Is August or even the beginning of September too early to be getting ready for Halloween? Nah, I don't think so. Especially if you are a crafter. We have to be ready ahead of the holidays so we can decorate with or give away our creations, right?

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I don't do spooky, creepy or scary (mostly because I am so easily scared), but cute and fun are right up my alley. I have a few kids who like to put their own Halloween decorations up that are more fright than fun and they are required to keep it all in their rooms where I don't have to see it or hear it.

These candy corn pumpkins are my kind of Halloween fun. They work up really quickly and are bright and cheerful.

Video tutorial here:


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15 hdc worked over 12 rows with G hook measures an approximate 4-inch-square.

Stitch Abbreviations:

ch - chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

flo – front loops only

blo – back loops only


- The ch at the start of each row does not count as a stitch.

-The small pumpkin stands about 3 3/4 inches tall without the stem, and the medium stands about 4 3/4 inches tall without the stem.

Small and medium pumpkin patterns

Instructions for the medium pumpkin will be listed second in blue.

An orange, yellow and black crocheted pumpkin with a stick for a stem and cobweb ribbon.

H 5.0 hook

With Hot Sunshine yarn

ch 24 (ch 34)

row 1 – hdc in each chain, ch 1 (23)

rows 2-4 – hdc in each stitch, ch 1 (23)

Switch to Black yarn (do NOT cut Hot Sunshine yarn). Go here for a tutorial for changing colors. Carry the Hot Sunshine yarn up on the side of the project.

row 5 – sc in the flo, ch 1 (23)

row 6 – sc in the blo, ch 1 (23)

Switch to Hot Sunshine yarn. Carry the black yarn up on the side of the project.

Row 7 – hdc in flo, ch 1 (23)

A crocheted rectangle made with stripes in orange and yellow, and black.

Repeat rows 2-7 three (six) more times for a total of 30 (42) rows. You will have five (seven) “sections” of both the Hot Sunshine and Black. Finish with a row 7 in Black.

Do NOT cut off the Hot Sunshine yarn but weave in all the other ends.

Hands crocheting two sides of a rectangle together with a Clover Armour crochet hook.

Fold the short ends together with the right side (the one with the ridged areas in Black) together. Going under the loops of both sides, sc down the ends to attach the sides together. Keep in mind that the Black row is tighter than the Hot Sunshine row and you might have to stretch the Black row to align the stitches.

Finish off and cut a long strand of the Hot Sunshine.

Flip the pumpkin right side out.

Hands holding a yarn needle to weave in and out of the ends of a crocheted tube to close the opening.

Leaving a tail to weave in later, knot the yarn to the last row on the bottom end of your pumpkin.

Weaving in and out of the ends on one side, pull to tighten and close one end. If you would like to tighten it even more, use the needle and yarn to go from one side to the other and pull the hole closed.

Stuff the pumpkin with Poly-Fil.

Push the needle and the long tail of the yarn through to the other side.

Weave around the opening and begin to tighten and close.

Hands tightening an opening around a stick to make a crocheted pumpkin shape.

Before closing completely, hot glue in the stick/stem and then pull the yarn tight around it to finish closing.

Hands holding a crocheted pumpkin and squeezing the top and bottom centers to a make a pumpkin shape.

Use the needle and tail to go do through the center of the pumpkin to the other side and back again a few times and tighten to make the pumpkin shape.

Knot the yarn, finish off, and weave in ends.

It's never too early to get ready for Halloween. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. These would be fantastic for teachers, dorm room decorations, to sell at markets and, of course, for your own house.

If you want to make some pumpkins that look great all fall, there's a free Rustic Pumpkin pattern here.

I'd love to see your creations! Please tag me @nikki_findmecrafting.

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Happy crafting!


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