Talking Crochet with Carol Alexander

Basket of Pumpkins

Designed by Trudy Atteberry

Finished Size
Each Pumpkin is 3 1/2" across.

Materials

  • Worsted-weight yarn -- 3 oz. orange
  • Size 3 crochet cotton -- 50 yds. green
  • Wooden basket
  • Natural raffia
  • 2 artificial sprigs of harvest bouquet
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Tapestry needle
  • C and I crochet hooks or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Gauge
With C hook and size 3 crochet cotton, 6 sc = 1"; 6 sc back lp rows = 1".
With I hook and worsted-weight yarn, 3 sc = 1"; 7 sc rows = 2".

Pumpkin (make 4)
Row 1: With I hook and orange, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn (10 sc).
Rows 2-30: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of last row, leaving long end for sewing, fasten off.
Matching sts, sew first and last rows together, weave through ends of rows, pull to gather; secure.
Rnd 31: Working in ends of rows across opposite edge, join orange with sl st in first row, ch 1, sc same row and next row tog, (sc next 2 rows tog) around, stuffing before closing, join with sl st in first sc. Leaving long end for gathering, fasten off.
Weave end through rnd 31, pull togather, draw end through top center to bottom center of Pumpkin make small st and draw back to top pulling tightly to form indentation; secure.

Stem
Row 1: With C hook and green, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn (6 sc).
Rows 2-8: Working these rows in back lps only, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 9: Holding first and last rows together, matching sts, working through both thicknesses, ch 1, sl st in each st across, do not turn.
Rnd 10: Working in ends of rows, ch 1, 2 sc in each row around, join with sl st in first sc. Leaving long end for sewing, fasten off.
Sew back lps of sts on last rnd to top center of Pumpkin over indentation.

Finishing
Fill basket almost full with raffia. Insert one sprig of harvest bouquet on each side. Fill with Pumpkins.

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