Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scary Halloween Pumpkin




I've seen lots of cute crocheted pumpkins, but no scary ones!  What's Halloween without a SCARY pumpkin?  I found these carved pumpkins on Pinterest and I thought they would translate well to crochet.  So HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Real House Design
Materials
  • H hook
  • G hook
  • Worsted Weight yarn, burnt orange (1 to 2 skeins, about 300 yds), bright yellow, black, forest green and red
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • long sewing pins
  • Tapestry needle
Gauge
With G hook, 4 scs and 4 rows = inch
With H hook, 4 sts = inch, for scs 4 rows = inch, for hdcs 6 rows = 2 inches, for dcs 4 rows = 2 inches

Abbreviations
sc(s)--single crochet(s)              BLO--back loop only               ch(s)--chain(s)
hdc(s)--half double crochet      dc(s)--double crochet(s)     st(s)--stitch(es)
sl st(s)--slip stitch(es)               sc2tog--single crochet 2 stitches together
beg--beginning


Pumpkin Shell


Crochet in BLO for every stitch in all rows of pumpkin shell. 
(this will give the pumpkin ridges)



With Orange Yarn ch 60.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 8 scs, hdc in next 13 chs, dc in next 15 chs, hdc in next 13 chs, sc in last 9 chs, ch 1, turn.(59 sts)
Row 2: Sl st same st and in next 4sts (crochet the sl sts loosely, then it will be easier to do the next row), sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, dc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, sc in next 7 sts, sl st in next 5 sts, ch 1, turn. (59 sts)
Row 3: Sc in same st and in next 8 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, dc in next 15 sts, hdc in next 13  sts, sc in last 9 sts, ch 1, turn. (59 sts)
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 42 times, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing
Sew the sides together.





Eyes
Make 2

With G hook and yellow yarn, form a magic circle.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc 6 times in the circle, insert hook into beg sc, sl st, pull tail to tighten circle, ch 1. (6 scs)
Rnd 2: Do 2 scs in each sc, sl st in beg sc, ch 1. (12 scs)
Row 3: Sc in next 4 scs, ch 1, turn. (4 scs)
Row 4: Sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, turn. (2 scs)
Row 5: Sc2tog, fasten off leaving a tail for weaving in. (1 sc)

Attach yellow yarn in 3rd sc from Row 3,
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sts, ch 1, turn. (4 scs)
Row 7: Sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, turn. (2 scs)
Row 8: Sc2tog, fasten off leaving a tail for weaving in. (1 sc)



Mouth

Row 1: Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn. (1sc)
Row 2: Do 2 scs in same st, ch 1, turn. (2 scs)
Row 3: Do 2 scs in 1st sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, turn. (3 scs)
Row 4: Do 2 scs in next 2 scs, sc in last sc, turn. (5 scs)
Row 5: Do 2 scs in same st and next sc, sc in next 3scs, ch 1, turn. (7 scs)
Row 6: Sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (7 scs)
Row 7 to 11: Repeat Row 6
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 scs, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (7 scs)
Row 13 to 14: Repeat Row 6    
Row 15: Repeat Row 12
Row 16 to 20: Repeat Row 6
Row 21: Sc in 1st 3 scs, sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, turn. (5 scs)
Row 22: Sc2tog 2 times, sc in last sc,ch 1, turn. (3 scs)
Row 23: Sc, Sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (2 scs)
Row 24: Sc2tog, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing. (1 sc)



Attach red yarn on right side of straight edge of mouth,  *ch 3, sk 3 st, sc in next st* 6  times, sl st in last st, fasten off leaving a tail for weaving in.






Stem

With G hook and green yarn, ch 19.
Row 1: Sc in BLO of 2nd ch from hook and in each BLO to end, ch 1, turn. (18 scs)
Row 2: Sc in BLO of same st and each sc to end, ch 1, turn. (18 scs)
Row 3 to 8: Repeat Row 2
On last row, turn towards end, do 2 scs in each end st for a total of 16 scs, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.




Fold a pipe cleaner to fit length of stem, whip stitch sides of stem together with pipe cleaner inside






With G hook and green yarn form a magic circle, ch 1, do 6 scs in circle insert hook in 1st sc, sl st, pull tail to close circle, fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing. Whip stitch to top of stem.



Assembly

On the one of the open ends of the pumpkin shell, pin the fabric to overlap about 1/2 inch over and over until the hole is about 1-1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.


Sew the pleats together and about 1 inch deep.

Sew up the other end of the shell the same way.


Sew the stem onto one side of the shell, covering the hole.


Using the red yarn and straight stitches, stitch on the gums of teeth, catching the loose chains at the top of the mouth to anchor them.



Back stitch a line along the bottom edge of the mouth.


Make close stitches all along bottom edge of mouth to form bottom lip.


Back stitch down the line of stitching at the points of the gums to form the teeth.



Loosely stuff the pumpkin shell, just enough so it has a rounded shape, but the shell is still loose enough to shape. 

Sew on the mouth.

Stitch the over the outside ring of stitches with black yarn.

Stitch over the inside with red yarn.

Make creases in the pumpkin shell by tacking loose parts of the shell together.



Sew the eyes on and then form brow ridges by tacking the pumpkin shell down over the eyes.




Use a long piece of yarn threaded with the tapestry needle, push through the pumpkin shell from front to back to squeeze the pumpkin together at the center, sew back and forth several times.

Since there is a pipe cleaner in the stem, you can bend the stem any way you like.

Continue tacking down the shell moving toward the back of the shell, making creases that give the pumpkin a menacing look.

Continue sewing the back hole together by folding and tacking it together to close the hole.







Happy Hooking!

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