Stitch your own pumpkin patch with luxurious yarn in autumnal colors.
Photography: Flax and Twine
Source: Martha Stewart
This idea comes from our contributor Anne Weil of Flax and Twine. "This tweedy cream yarn from Loopy Mango with fall colors blended throughout fits the fall pumpkins perfectly," she says. "Two pumpkin sizes make for variety and interest on any table. Simply change up the yarn and follow the same proportions, and you've got a great way to use up your stash!" Before you begin, learn how to crochet.
Large: 8 by 6.5 inches
Small: 4 by 3.25 inches
ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet (Bring your yarn over the hook. Insert your hook in the next stitch or chain. Yarn over the hook. Draw the yarn through the stitch. You now have three loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull it through all three loops on the hook.)
blo = back loop only
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
Make a foundation chain of 22 ch.
Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, continue in hdc across remaining chs (20 sts).
Row 2: hdc into back loop only (blo) across row, ch 2.
Rep Row 2 until the piece measures twice as long as it is wide (about 24 rows), finishing your last row on the wrong side of the fabric. (Tail should be to your right). Then, turn the piece as if you were starting a new row. The yarn tail from the initial chain to your left.
Fold the piece in half bringing the initial chain end up to match your current row.
Slip stitch the beginning chain and the blo of your current row together, matching stitch for stitch, thereby securing the ends of your rectangle together.
Secure your end by bringing it through the last chain and tying it to the tail. Turn the piece inside out.
Add a 12-inch piece of yarn to a darning needle. Gather up the side of the piece by collecting the end stitch of every bump in your fabric.
Pull ties tight drawing side closed like a drawstring bag. Knot the two ends of your piece of yarn.
Stuff your pumpkin with a polyfil stuffing (if you do this, you'll need a sharp needle). Repeat the drawstring bag closure on the other side with an 18-inch piece of yarn, leaving extra length after knotting.
Thread these two ends onto a needle, bring the needle through the top of the pumpkin, over a stitch in the base of your pumpkin and back through to the top creating a depression in the bottom and top of the pumpkin. Repeat to shape as necessary.
Take an 24 inch piece of yarn. With your crochet hook, bring it through the top of your pumpkin, near the center. Ch 18 sts. Fold this chain over and bring your yarn end through the top of the pumpkin, and through the last loop of the chain, so that the chain forms a loop.
Adding the two ends from the drawstring to bulk up your folded chain, use the remaining yarn in your length to wrap around and around the bundle to form the stem.
Feed the end of your yarn back into your stem and pull taut adding a little curl to your stem. Weave in and or trim any ends.