Hey all! Just popping into your feeds today with a quick Fall project that you can whip up in an hour or so.
If this little guy looks vaguely familiar, it’s because I used the pattern for my Kawaii Apple Keychain to make him! With two or three very small changes, our apple becomes a pumpkin! And since it’s so quick and easy to make, you could easily make a few as party favours for a Halloween or dinner party, or add them to a Halloween treat bag for any special kiddos in your life.
The finished measurement is approximately 6cm/2.5″ from top to bottom.
Let’s get started. Here’s what I used:
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF of the Kawaii Apple Keychain pattern can be purchased HERE.**
- 2.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- 1.5mm hook for ridges;
- Light weight cotton yarn in orange;
- Bernat premium in Chocolate Tweed for stem;
- Bernat Super Value in Lush for vine;
- Black crochet thread for mouth (I use THIS kind!);
- 8mm Safety Eyes;
- Tapestry needle
Check out the Kawaii Apple Keychain post HERE for the body panel instructions. They are made exactly the same way!
Stem (make 1) in Chocolate Tweed:
This time, for the stem, I used a worsted weight yarn (instead of light weight), so I had to scale it down a little. Here’s how I did it:
Row 1: Ch 2, sc (1 st)
Rows 2-6: Sc (1 st).
Tie off and weave in ends.
Vine (make 1) in Lush:
Instead of making a leaf, I made a curly vine for the pumpkin as follows:
Row 1: Ch 10, inc in each ch across (18 sts)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Step 1: Ridges, Eyes and Mouth
First we need to attach all of our facial features to the front panel.
The first thing I did was crochet four separate rows of slip-stitches onto the front panel to give the appearance of pumpkin ridges. I did this by using the surface slipstitch technique and a 1.5mm hook. Hold your hook above the panel, while holding the yarn underneath the panel. Insert your hook through the spot in the panel where you’d like your stitch to go. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook through the panel in the next spot, yarn over and pull through the loop on your hook. Continue doing this to complete the ridges. Here is a clearer picture showing where I placed the ridges:
Next, insert 8mm safety eyes and then stitch on the mouth using black crochet thread.
Step 2: Body, Vine and Stem
This part of the assembly is done exactly the same as the Apple Keychain HERE.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Lastly, I did some needle sculpting to indent the eyes a little bit to add a bit of character. With a length of orange yarn, you can do this by following these steps:
- Insert your tapestry needle behind Eye A (I started with the right eye, but it doesn’t matter);
- Exit the needle from behind Eye B ;
- Reinsert the needle into a different stitch behind Eye B;
- Exit the needle out the back of your pumpkin;
- Thread the yarn tail from Eye A into your needle. Reinsert your needle into a different stitch behind Eye A.
- Exit your needle out the same stitch in the back of your pumpkin.
- Gently tug on both yarn tails to create the sculpting.
- Tie a knot in the yarn tails and poke back inside the piece.
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