5 Little Monsters: Easy Ribbed Crocheted Pumpkin

Easy Ribbed Crocheted Pumpkin

I have shared a few crocheted pumpkin patterns in the past, but I had another style of pumpkin that I wanted to try so now I have another pumpkin pattern to share.

My previous pumpkin patterns have been worked in the round using single crochet. This one is quite a bit different as far as the process used to make it. Instead this pumpkin is made with rows of half double crochet worked in the back loop only. It starts out as a rectangle and then is sewn together and cinched around the top and bottom to make the pumpkin shape.

I made a small pumpkin but the pattern is so simple it would be easy to adjust to make it larger, or smaller if you want. It was super fast to make, and really easy. This is definitely the quickest and easiest crochet pumpkin I have made. The fact that it uses a slightly taller stitch and there is no shaping makes it so easy.

Instead of crocheting a stem on this one I used a real stick and just left a small hole in the center of the top and stuck the stick in.

If you want to add a little bit of green you can tie some green yarn, ribbon, or fabric around the stick.

Continue reading for the written pattern, or find a full step by step video tutorial HERE

How to Crochet a Ribbed Pumpkin

Finished Size: approx. 3" tall and 4.5" diameter

You will need:

  • orange yarn (sample made with Loops and Threads Impeccable, Pumpkin)
  • G crochet hook
  • PolyFil Fiberfill
  • small stick, approx 2"-3" long
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • scrap of green yarn, ribbon, or fabric (optional)


This pumpkin is constructed by starting with a ribbed rectangle, seamed up the side and cinched around the top and bottom, and stuffed to give it the pumpkin shape. Because of the simple beginning shape you can easily adjust the size of the pumpkin by starting with more chains to make it taller or less to make it shorter, and working more rows to make it fatter and less rows to make it skinnier. 

(beginning ch 2 does not count as a stitch)

leave long tail at beginning to use later for sewing

Ch 22

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and each ch to the end (20 hdc)

Row 2: ch 2, turn, hdc in blo of each stitch to the end (20 hdc)

Row 3-25: repeat row 2 (20 hdc)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing

Fold so that 2 short ends are matched up and stitch a seam along short end

You should now have a tube shape

Along one edge (the edge your needle is currently on) stitch a running stitch all the way around and pull to cinch closes. This will be the bottom of your pumpkin. Stitch in place a few times to secure, pull yarn to center or weave in and clip end. 

Thread needle with beginning tail (if it is left on the unstitched side which it should be if you did the same number of rows as I did, if not thread a new piece of yarn and continue) and stitch running stitch all the way around the edge of the open end. 

Stuff with PolyFil and pull to cinch almost all the way closed. Leave an opening just large enough for the stick you have chosen for your stem. Stitch in place to secure the top and then stitch up and down a couple of times between the the top and the bottom to pull them slightly in towards the center. This step is optional but I like the look of the top being a little bit sunken in and less round. 

Insert the stick in the center of your pumpkin and if desired, tie a small scrap of green yarn around the stem. 

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