Red Heart® Boutique™ Gorgeous Gourds (Crochet)

These large scale pumpkins are easy to crochet and make a big impact. Flickering battery-operated votives inside look cozy and warm inside large glass globes from Michaels floral department. The slow colour changes of the Red Heart® Boutique™ Midnight yarn create vertical sections of colour. Crochet one or two for a simple Fall display.

Skill Level:  Easy

Allison Hoffman designs amigurumi with a pop culture twist. She loves to make fun toys with a little nostalgia and a lot of detail. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Conan, and Yo Gabba Gabba. She has been published in several magazines and her work has been featured in galleries in New York, Miami and LA. Her first book will be released in September of 2013 from Lark Crafts. 

 

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Craft Time: varies

Uses Recycled Items: No

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Materials

  • Red Heart® Boutique™ Midnight – Harvest (A, 2 Skeins)
  • Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® – Olive (B, 1 Skein)
  • Crochet Hook, Size 5.0mm (US H/8)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Round Glass Containers, 20.3 and 25.4 cm (8" and 10") Diameter
  • Battery-operated Votives (3 or 4 for each Pumpkin)
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Instructions

20.3 cm (8") Pumpkin

With yarn A and an H hook, ch 33.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 3 chs, sc in next 4, hdc in next 4, dc in next 4, trc in next 8, dc in next 4, hdc in last 4 (32 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 4 hdc, 4 dc, 8 trc, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 4 sc, 4 sl st (32 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 4 sl st, 4 sc, 4 hdc, 4 dc, 8 trc, 4 dc, 4 hdc (32 sts)

Rows 4-35: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Thread tail onto a yarn needle and stitch long edges of Rows 1 and 35 together. Weave in ends.

 

20.3 cm (8") Pumpkin Stem

With yarn B and H hook, join yarn at the top narrower edge of the Pumpkin with a sc.

Rnd 1: Sc2tog around top edge evenly for 9 more sts (10 sts)

Rnds 2-3: Sc into each st.

Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts).

Rnds 5-6: Sc into each st.

Rnd 7: Working into BLO, sc2tog around (6 sts)

Fasten off and use yarn tail and yarn needle to close up hole at the top of Stem. Weave in ends.

 

20.3 cm (8") Pumpkin Vines

With yarn B and H hook, ch 22.

Row 1: 2 Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 20 chs (42 sts).

Use yarn tails to sew Vine to base of Stem.

 

With yarn B and H hook, ch 16.

Row 1: 2 Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 14 chs (30 sts).

Use yarn tails to sew Vine to base of Stem.

25.4 cm (10") Pumpkin

With yarn A and an H hook, ch 41.

Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 3 chs, sc in next 4, hdc in next 5, dc in next 6, trc in next 10, dc in next 64, hdc in last 5 (40 sts).

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 5 hdc, 64 dc, 10 trc, 6 dc, 5 hdc, 4 sc, 4 sl st (40 sts).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 4 sl st, 4 sc, 5 hdc, 6 dc, 10 trc, 6 dc, 5 hdc (40 sts).

Rows 4-39: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Thread tail onto a yarn needle and stitch long edges of Rows 1 and 39 together. Weave in ends.

 

25.4 cm (10") Pumpkin Stem

With yarn B and H hook, join yarn at the top narrower edge of the Pumpkin with a sc.

Rnd 1: Sc2tog around top edge evenly for 14 more sts (15 sts).

Rnds 2-4: Sc into each st.

Rnd 5: * (2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts).

Rnd 6: Sc into each st.

Rnd 7: Working into BLO, *(sc2tog in next st, sc into next st), rep from * around (12 sts).

Rnd 8: Sc2tog around (6 sts).

Fasten off and use yarn tail and yarn needle to close up hole at the top of Stem. Weave in ends.

 

25.4 cm (10") Pumpkin Vines

With yarn B and H hook, ch 28.

Row 1: 2 Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 26 chs (54 sts).

Use yarn tails to sew Vine to base of Stem.

 

With yarn B and H hook, ch 22.

Row 1: 2 Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 20 chs (42 sts).

Use yarn tails to sew Vine to base of Stem.

 

Finishing

With globe upside down and the opening at the bottom, stretch the cover over each corresponding size. Light each pumpkin with three or four electric votives or a string of miniature lights.

 

Abbreviations

Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Trc: Triple Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together
BLO: Crochet into Back Loops Only of each stitch