Rustic Pumpkin Pillows | Free Crochet Pattern

Rustic Pumpkin Pillows | Free Crochet Pattern

Hello everyone! And hello Fall!

 

I am so thankful that this year we are actually getting one, that I am going to take special advantage of the season and not let it by without a big to-do. After all, it is my favorite season!

 

I love so many things about fall, the cooler weather, the warm colors, apples and pumpkins, chunky sweaters and etc. I could go on but I think you get the picture. Maybe what I should do is write a “100 Things I Like About Autumn” post. That would be fun. Would you read it?

 

But not today.

 

Today I am super excited to be sharing my latest, free crochet pattern, all about fall — a set of three, rustic pumpkin pillows!

 

I told myself that September 1st would be the first day of fall for me, and after that the seasonal inspiration started building. I began with pumpkins, naturally.

 

Originally my idea was for one 2D pumpkin, or a pumpkin pillow. But after doing some research on pumpkin types I knew I would have to do at least three.

 

I chose to design a Jack ‘o’ Little, Sugar Pie, and Fairytale for my project. Interested? Keep reading for the free pattern!

 

Each pumpkin is made by joining two identical crocheted panels, a stalk that is created the same way, using two panels crocheted together, and stitched down the center in various places to simulate the ribbing of a pumpkin. Afterward, you can embellish each pumpkin with leaves, buttons, ribbons, or anything you have in mind. Sound good?

 

(You can now purchase your own PDF copy of this pattern, with no ads or interrupting chatter, at a inexpensive price, at Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy and Ravelry!)

 

 

Rustic Pumpkin Pillows

 

 

Here are the details you need to know before starting:

 

 

Skill Level Easy

 

Finished Size
Jack ‘o’ Little: 7” (18 cm) x 7” (18 cm)
Sugar Pie: 9” (23 cm) x 11” (28 cm)
Fairytale: 11” (28 cm) x 9 1/2” (24 cm)

 

What you will need for all three pumpkins:
Medium weight yarn
Orange: 30 yards
Yellow: 50 yards
Red: 75 yards
Dk brown: 15 yards
Lt brown: 15 yards
Tan: 15 yards
Dk green: 10 yards
Lt green: 10 yards
Crochet hook H/5.00mm
Stitch markers
Fiberfill
Yarn needle (embroidery needle recommended for easily piercing through material and fiberfill but not required)
Embellishments: e.g. 2 buttons, lace ribbon
Fabric glue or hot glue

 

Gauge is not necessary for this project.

 

Sketching three pumpkins

 

I began designing by sketching out the size and style I wanted each pumpkin to be. I pulled out a large sheet of poster board and did some loose sketching.

 

 

Previously, I had put myself on a bit of a yarn budget and was intent on using yarn that I had instead of purchasing more. Luckily I had a good amount of fall colors.

 

Isn’t it wonderful how very different God made so many pumpkin kinds? Some are short and squat while others are long and very round. And then the colors are so varied. Orange, white, green, yellow, speckled.

 

I have fallen in love with all of these kinds of pumpkin, but if I had to choose one it would probably be the Fairytale. It is so old world! I love it’s squashed look (if you’ll pardon the pun)!

 

Let’s get to the pattern!

 

Jack o' Little from the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows pattern

JACK ‘O’ LITTLE

Pumpkin Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with orange, ch 15, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to last ch, 2 sc in last ch: 16 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 18 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 20 sc
Row 4 – 11: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 12: ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 18 sc
Row 13: ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 16 sc
Row 14: ch 1, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 14 sc
Row 15: ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc to last 4 sc, sc2tog twice: 10 sc
Finish off.

 

The panels for each element in this pattern is very basic, simple single crochets, increasing here, decreasing there to give the round shape.
Begin joining pumpkin panels by joining yarn in upper lefthand corner. Single crochet down side, working 2 sc in last 3 rows before bottom. Place 2 stitch markers along bottom where you want the indentions to be, and do the same in corresponding stitches on the top of the panels. Single crochet along bottom, working a row down at markers. Work 2 sc in first 3 rows of side and single crochet up to top. Do not close top. Instead, single crochet across first panel, working a row down at markers for the indentions. Finish off.

 

Stuff pumpkin well.

 

With orange, stitch a curved line from a top indention to its corresponding bottom indention. Do the same with the other set of markers.

 

Now for the stalk!

 

Stalk Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with lt brown, ch 9, sc2tog in 2nd and 3rd ch, sc to last 2 ch, sc2tog: 6 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 4 sc
Row 3 – 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 4 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc across: 3 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc2tog: 3 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, 2 sc in last sc: 3 sc
Finish off.

 

Single crochet stalk panels together, stuffing it with the ends. With orange, sew stalk to opening of pumpkin, closing opening at the same time.

 

The Jack ‘o’ Little is the smallest pumpkin of the three, with the Sugar Pie being second, and the Fairytale the biggest. However, what the Sugar Pie lacks in width, it makes up for in height.

 

Sugar Pie from the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows pattern

 

SUGAR PIE

Pumpkin Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with yellow, ch 17, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to last ch, 2 sc in last ch: 18 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 18 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 20 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 22 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 22 sc
Row 7: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 24 sc
Row 8: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 24 sc
Row 9: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 26 sc
Row 10 – 22: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 26 sc
Row 23: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 24 sc
Row 24: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 24 sc
Row 25: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 22 sc
Row 26: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 22 sc
Row 27: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 20 sc
Row 28: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 20 sc
Row 29: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 18 sc
Row 30: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 16 sc
Row 31: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 14 sc
Row 32: ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc to last 4 sc, sc2tog twice: 10 sc
Finish off.

 

Begin joining pumpkin panels by joining yarn in upper lefthand corner. Single crochet around to top, working 2 sc in each bottom corner. Leave top open.

 

Stuff pumpkin well.

 

With yellow, stitch 2 slightly curved lines through center of pumpkin, not reaching bottom or top, going through both panels.

 

Stalk Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with dk brown, ch 11, sc2tog in 2nd and 3rd ch, sc to last 2 ch, sc2tog: 8 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 6 sc
Row 3 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 6 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, hdc in last 2 sc: 5 sts
Row 7: ch 1, turn, hdc in next 2 sts, sc across: 5 sts
Row 8: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts: 4 sts
Finish off.

 

Join stalk panels and stuff with ends.

 

With yellow, sew stalk to opening of pumpkin, closing opening at the same time.

 

Fairytale pumpkin from the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows crochet pattern

 

FAIRYTALE

Pumpkin Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with red, ch 27, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to last ch, 2 sc in last ch: 28 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 30 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 32 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc to last sc, 2 sc in last sc: 34 sc
Row 5 – 17: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 34 sc
Row 18: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 32 sc
Row 19: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 30 sc
Row 20: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 28 sc
Row 21: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 26 sc
Row 22: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 24 sc
Row 23: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 22 sc
Row 24: ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc to last 4 sc, sc2tog twice: 20 sc
Finish off.

 

Begin joining pumpkin panels by joining yarn in upper lefthand corner. Single crochet down side. Place 4 stitch markers along bottom where you want the indentions to be, and do the same in corresponding stitches on the top of the panels. Single crochet along bottom, working a row down at each stitch marker. Single crochet up to top, but do not close top. Instead, single crochet across first panel, working a row down at markers for the indentions. Finish off.

 

Stuff pumpkin well.

 

With red, stitch 4 curved lines from each indention, a top marker to its corresponding bottom marker.

 

Stalk Panel (make 2)
Row 1: with tan, ch 17, sc2tog in 2nd and 3rd ch, sc to last 2 ch, sc2tog: 14 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc to last 4 sc, sc2tog twice: 10 sc
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc2tog twice, sc to last 4 sc, sc2tog twice: 6 sc
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc across to last 2 sc, sc2tog: 5 sc
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc across: 4 sc
Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2 sc: 4 sts
Row 7: ch 2, turn, dc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts: 4 sts
Row 8: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, sc2tog: 4 sts
Row 9: ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st: 4 sts
Row 10: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next st, sc2tog: 4 sc
Finish off.

 

Join stalk panels and stuff with ends, and a little fiberfill.

 

With red, sew stalk to opening of pumpkin, closing opening at the same time.

 

 

So now you have three pumpkins finished and ready to be embellished.

 

Let’s add some leaves!

 

Leaf closeup of Rustic Pumpkin Pillows crochet pattern

 

Small Leaf
Round 1: ch 8, 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch to turn to opposite side, (working back over ch) sc in next ch, hdc in next 2 ch, dc in next ch, 2 dc in last ch, sl st in first dc: 16 sts
Finish off.

 

With a contrasting green, make stitches through center of each leaf.

 

Leaf and Ribbon closeup on the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows crochet pattern

 

Long Leaf
Round 1: ch 12, 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, sc in next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch to turn to opposite side, (working back over ch) sc in next 2 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in last ch, sl st in first dc: 25 sts
Finish off.

 

With a contrasting green, stitch through center of leaf.

 

Embellishments for the Rustic Pumpkin Pillows crochet pattern

 

Embellishments
Make an assortment of leaves, in alternating greens, and sew to your pumpkins.

 

Now you can leave them as is or add some more character. I used different size wooden buttons and lace ribbon. For the buttons, I sewed orange and burgundy threads through them before gluing them onto the pumpkins.

 

And that’s it! What do you think of my Rustic Pumpkin Pillows?!

 

I always take my projects outside to photograph because you get an instant background and better lighting. It worked perfect for this project. I also remembered my mother’s mini hay bale she had bought a few years ago from Hobby Lobby and we dug that out of storage just for this photo-op. I love how it turned out!

 

You can use these pillows for decoration, though I would recommend only indoors, of course. Or throw them on the couch or a bed for the season.

 

I would love to see how yours turns out! Send me an email, or message me on Ravelry, Facebook, or any other social media convenient to you. You can find me at the social media links above.

 

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of my pattern, I have an inexpensive PDF available at Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy and Ravelry! My PDF patterns are always worded so that they are easy to understand, concise, no ads, and contains pictures.

 

 

This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright. 

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