I've been fixated on pumpkins lately. I've yet to buy a real one this fall, but I'm happily crocheting yarny ones. And this week I'm enjoying reading a cozy mystery, Basket Case by Nancy Haddock. Autumn seems like the perfect time to read cozies, for some reason.
The yarn I'm using above is Vanna's Choice in Tangerine Mist. I found a lone skein of this color on clearance recently and it was so inexpensive I couldn't not buy it. Didn't know what I was going to use it for, but as pumpkin season rolled around I realized it would be perfect for this project.
Using my favorite, fail-proof small pumpkin pattern, I love making various sizes and colors of these pumpkins. For giving and decorating. You can increase the pumpkin size by either (or both) changing up the hook, and/or adding or decreasing the number of increase and decrease rows.
They can be made taller by adding more (I'll call them static) rows in the middle (these rows are just straight single crochet all the way around with no increase or decrease stitches - they give the pumpkin its height).
While I enjoy seeing how different people finish their crocheted pumpkins off, my favorite way is to make a button stem. I have a lot of old buttons that are perfect for this. After wiring a stem of buttons together I just stick the wire ends through the center of the pumpkin and twist the ends together, tucking any sharp edges up into the fabric to finish it off. See my button stem tutorial here.
A simple crochet project that's fun and satisfying. Visit Ginny's Yarn Along to see what other knitters and crocheters are making and reading this week.