5 Little Monsters: Pumpkin Bear

Pumpkin Bear

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Today I am excited to be sharing a new crochet pattern as part of the 3rd annual Halloween Crochet Along with CAL Central.  The crochet along started in August and goes through the end of September with a new Halloween themed pattern coming out each Monday and Thursday. 


This is the 9th pattern of the crochet along, so be sure to head over to Underground Crafter to see all of the patterns, and for all of the details, including how to enter the giveaway at the end of the crochet along.  

I have had the idea for this pumpkin bear for a long time, like several years, but because it is a seasonal design if I don't get around to making it before fall is over it gets pushed off to the idea list for the next year. But this year I finally made it!

I debated a lot about how I wanted to make the pumpkin, do I make ribs somehow so it has the bumpy texture of a pumpkin, do I add a Jack O' Lantern face, but in the end I decided to keep it as simple as possible. I still think it would be really cute to add a face on the belly though! You could either make crocheted appliqu├ęs, cut felt shapes, or even just embroider the face on. 

One nice thing about keeping it as a plain pumpkin though, is the fact that it works not only for halloween, but all through the fall. 


I wanted to keep the assembly as simple as possible so the head and body are made in one piece, the other pieces are made separately and sewn on. The finished bear sits about 7 inches tall. 




How to Crochet a Pumpkin Bear


You will need:


Instructions:


The body and head are made in one piece, from the bottom up, the other pieces are made separately and sewn on at the end. All parts except the vine and stem are made starting with the magic ring. 


Body and Head


Begin with magic ring, using orange yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts] repeat around (30 sc)

Round 6: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 4 sts] repeat around (36 sc)

Round 7: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 5 st] repeat around (42 sc)

Round 8: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 6 st] repeat around (48 sc)

Round 9: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 10: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 11: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 12: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 13: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 14: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 15: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 16: 1 sc in each st (48 sc)

Round 17: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 sts] repeat around (42 sc)

Round 18: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 sts] repeat around (36 sc)

Round 19: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts] repeat around (30 sc)

Round 20: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 21: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (18 sc)

switch to brown yarn, begin stuffing and continue to stuff as you work

Round 22: 2 sc in each st (36 sc)

Round 23: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 5 st] repeat around (42 sc)

Round 24: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 25: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 26: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 27: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 28: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 29: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 30: 1 sc in each st (42 sc)

Round 31: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 sts] repeat around (36 sc)

Insert Safety Eyes between rows 28 and 29, about 5 or 6 stitches apart

Round 32: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4 sts] repeat around (30 sc)

Round 33: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3 sts] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 34: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 35: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (12 sc)

Round 36: sc2tog around (6 sc)

Finish off, weave around opening to close, weave in end

Arms (make 2)


Begin with magic ring, using brown yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 5: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 6: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (12 sc)

Round 7: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 8: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 9: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 10: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 11: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 12: 1 sc in each st (12 sc)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing

Legs (make 2)


Begin with magic ring, using brown yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5: 1 sc in each st (24 sc)

Round 6: 1 sc in each st (24 sc)

Round 7: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 8: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 9: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 10: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 11: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 12: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Round 13: 1 sc in each st (18 sc)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for sewing

Ears (make 2)


Begin with magic ring, using brown yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3] repeat around (15 sc)

Round 4: 1 sc in each st (15 sc)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing

Muzzle


Begin with magic ring, using tan yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: [3 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat (10 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts] repeat (16 sc)

Round 4: 1 sc in first 2 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 4 sts (20 sc)

Round 5: 1 sc in each st (20 sc)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing, add safety nose just above the center of the muzzle 

Pumkin Hat

Begin with magic ring, using orange yarn

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: [1 sc in first 2 sts, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st] repeat around (12 sc, 6 (hdc, dc, hdc ) sections)

Finish off and cut yarn leaving long tail for sewing  

Stem 


With brown yarn 

ch 4

sc in second ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch 

finish off cut yarn leaving ends long enough to tie

Vine


With green yarn

ch 10 

work 2 sl st in each ch 

finish off and cut yarn leaving ends long enough to tie

Hat Assembly 

Pull the yarn ends of the stem through the stitches in the center of the hat, tie securely and trim ends. Repeat the same process with the vine.

Bear Assembly


Sew the muzzle onto the front of the head below the eyes, lightly stuffing it as you sew it on.

Sew the ears to the top side of the head, curving them to fit along the head.

Lightly stuff the ends of the arms and sew to the side of the body as close as possible to the color change between body and head. 

Lightly stuff the ends of the legs and stitch them to the bottom of the body. I wanted my bear to be sitting so to determine the proper placement for the legs I just sat the bear body down and put the legs where I wanted them and sewed them in that place. 

Sew the little pumpkin top hat to the top of the head in between the ears. 











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