Hello there pumpkin-lovers! It seems like every time fall season rolls around I have a little debate with myself on whether I should make more pumpkins. On the one hand, I have lots of crochet pumpkins around here, but on the other, I just can’t resist making them! So this time around, I decided to do something a little different and created a faux fur pumpkin! Not only is it fabulous and my kids are obsessed with it, but it also can double as a super soft throw pillow. So let’s get started with the Fable Pumpkin!
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About the Fable Pumpkin
So like all of my pumpkin patterns, I tried to do something that I hadn’t seen in crochet before. Sure there’s furry pillows and maybe even furry pumpkins out there, but I had never seen a furry crochet pumpkin. So my goal with this one was to make it just like I would make any other pumpkin, except with faux fur yarn and supersized!
This pumpkin will come out to about 10″ across and about 6″ tall. I say about because doing a gauge swatch with faux fur yarn is pretty tricky, so you’re pumpkin might vary slightly in size from mine. However, I have some pattern notes on how to adjust the size to whatever your heart desires.
Since this is going to double as a throw pillow, I wanted to give some options for the stem that weren’t “go find a dirty stick and glue it to your fabulous pumpkin”. So I used a bit of cotton rope leftover from my Onyx Nesting Baskets to make a really cool i-cord stem. The color and texture contrast between the rope and the fur is just *chef’s kiss*! But you could also use a scrap of faux leather and make a pull tab style stem as well.
About Fable Fur Yarn
So this pumpkin is designed with Fable Fur yarn from WeCrochet. Fable Fur is a super bulky yarn that comes in several colors. I opted to make mine in the colorway Eisbar, which is a cream color. They have several neutral colors and even a few pinks available from WeCrochet. But If you’re looking for something bright or maybe even Halloween-esque, Lion Brand has some brights and neons in their classic Go For Faux Yarn.
I used 2.5 skeins of Fable Fur for my pumpkin or about 200 yds if your substituting your yarn. And for the stem you’ll only need a few feet of rope (or a jumbo yarn), depending on how long of a stem you want. I kept mine pretty short, but I think a dramatic stem would be pretty fab too.
Tips & Tricks for Faux Fur Yarn
Now I’m not gonna lie, if you’ve never worked with this type of textured yarn before, it can be a little tricky. But, I promise that once you get the hang of it, its really kinda fun! And most of it is super bulky or larger, so it works up really quickly!
Feel your Stitches
So first of all, it’s important that you’re at least somewhat familiar with the stitch you’re using. You need to know how it looks so that you know what it should feel like. It’s pretty difficult to actually see the stitches with highly textured yarn like this, so instead you will feel with your fingers where the hook should go and work along your row that way.
Count your Stitches
When you can’t see your stitches well, its pretty easy to accidentally add or drop stitches as you work. I recommend counting your stitches as you work across at least every few rows to make sure you’re not messing with your stitch count. Since the fable pumpkin will be seamed and cinched at the end, a mistake here or there isn’t too big of a deal. If you find that you’ve added or lost a stitch, I recommend just adjusting it back to where it should be in the next row by skipping a stitch or adding one back in somewhere across your row.
Double your Yarn
If you’re still struggling to get the hang of faux fur, another great trick for this or any other novelty yarn is to double it with a basic yarn. If you hold the two yarns together as you work, you should be able to get some stitch definition from your basic yarn to help you see your stitches. Your finished result might not be quite as fluffy, but it’ll still get the job done. And bonus, this is a great opportunity to play with color!
- 3 Skeins of Fable Fur (or 200 yds of super bulky faux fur yarn)
- Cotton rope for stem (optional) – I used 10mm cotton rope.
- Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook
- Jumbo Hook for rope (optional)
- Measuring Tape
- Tapestry needle
- Polyfil Stuffing
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Gauge is difficult to determine with faux fur. This pattern will be worked largely on measurements. Note: Size of pumpkin may vary slightly due to difference in gauges and amount of stuffing.
10” diameter, 6” height
- This pattern is worked flat, seamed and stuffed to create a pumpkin shape.
- You can customize the size of your pumpkin by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in your starting chain. As a general rule, to get a pumpkin shape, you’ll need your finished rectangle to be about twice as wide as the height of the piece.
Using 6.5mm (K) hook.
Row 1: Ch 33. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (32)
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each stitch across. (32)
Repeat Row 2 until piece measure approx. 24” wide or approx. double the height unstretched.
With cotton rope (or other jumbo yarn) and an oversized hook of your choosing, make an i-cord. For a tutorial on making an i-cord, check out this video.
The number of rows on your i-cord will depend on personal preference and size of rope or yard you choose. When i-cord reaches desired size, tie off and attach to pumpkin with hot glue or by cinching tightly in the top closure.
Some alternate stem options could be a leather tag or rustic stick.
- Fold the rectangle in half so that the short ends meet. Holding the ends together sc across to seam the ends.
- Tie off leaving long tail.
- With a tapestry needle and long tail, weave in and out of the bottom edge of the tube you created. Cinch bottom closed and secure by going around the edge 1-2 more times.
- Push the tapestry needle up through the center of the bottom and pull tail through to the center of the tube.
- Repeat the weaving around the top edge of the tube, but do not cinch yet. Stuff the piece with polyfil until desired size. Cinch the top closed and secure by going around the edge 1-2 more times. (Note: You can attach your stem by inserting in the top before cinching closed if you choose)
- Attach Stem with hot glue.
I hope the Fable Pumpkin brings all the cozy vibes to your fall decor. I’d love to see your finished makes so be sure to tag me @craftingforweeks on Instagram or Facebook. Use hashtag #fablepumpkin when posting your photos too!
And if you loved this pumpkin, check out some of my other pumpkin patterns! Click the buttons below to check out the free patterns.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!