Hello crafters! I got yet another free crochet pattern to share with everyone. A Plarn Pumpkin!
First, you will need some plarn, which is just lingo to say yarn made out of plastic. Plastic bags to be more specific. If you don’t know how to make plarn, or if you need a refresher. I made a video tutorial to show how to make plarn.
Just click on the link and check it out. Once you have enough plarn, come back and let’s start crocheting this plarn pumpkin.
With this pattern, you will be able to create a medium pumpkin. The size is perfect for a centerpiece, or as a decor accent to be used at home. But still big enough if you would like to use it to decorate something outside, like your patio or porch.
What I LOVE about this plarn pumpkin is that I’m not only creating a cool and unique home decor item, but I am also recycling in the process.
In conclusion, you can make this plarn pumpkin as a decor accent for almost any corner of your home. And you don’t have to spend a dime on it because is made with free plastic bags you get when you purchase your groceries at the supermarket.
Tip: Make sure to use bags of the same color, preferably from the same store, or you will get splotches of colors and it won’t be as pretty. You can ignore this tip if you plan to paint your pumpkin.
What you need to know about the Plarn Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern:
Skill level: intermediate
Size: Medium pumpkin
Gauge: Because this is not a garment that needs to fit a specified size, the gauge is not important.
- Crochet hook size J 6.0 mm
- Plastic bags (for filling the inside of the plarn pumpkin)
- Stitch marker
Stitches and Abbreviations Used:
- Ch = chain (How to make the chain stitch)
- sc = single crochet (How to make the single crochet stitch)
- sc2tog = 2 single crochet together
- sl st = Slip Stitch (How to crochet the slip stitch)
- st = Stitch
- Rnd = Round
- Rep = Repeat
- * * = Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as many times as directed
- FO = Fasten off
Plarn Pumpkin Free Crochet Pattern Instructions
Create a magic ring (or ch2 and work on 2nd ch from hook)
Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring. (Do not close, place a stitch marker and keep working on the round) (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (16)
Rnd 3: * 1sc; 2sc in same st* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (24)
Rnd 4: *2 sc; 2sc in same st*. rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (32)
Rnd 5: *3 sc; 2sc in same st* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (40)
Rnd 6: *4 sc; 2sc in same st* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (48)
Rnd 7: *5 sc; 2sc in same st* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (56)
Rnd 8: *6 sc; 2sc in same st* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (64)
Rnd 9 to 20: sc around. (no increases)
Rnd 21: * 6 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (56)
Rnd 22: * 5 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (48)
Rnd 23: * 4 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (40)
Rnd 24: * 3 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (32)
Rnd 25: * 2 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (24)
Start stuffing your pumpkin before the opening becomes too small.
Rnd 26: * 1 sc; sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (16)
Rnd 26: *sc2tog* rep ** until you reach your stitch marker (8)
Now you will create the ridges in the pumpkin. Each ridge is created with a string of chain stitches, that is wrapped around your pumping and then secured with slip stitches.
Ch20. Wrap around the pumpkin. Going thru the middle, all the way to the other side, secure it with a sl st. (Is ok if you need to create extra ch sts. just make sure is thigh enough to create ridges in your pumpkin)
Repeat 3 more times.
Notes: Consider placing a weight inside if you plan you have your plarn pumpkin outside. I grabbed a couple of rocks from my garden and placed them inside before filling it with all the plastic bags.
Also, if you don’t like the color of your plarn, you can use spray paint. Silver or gold would be lovely colors for a special pumpkin.