This beautiful and unique pumpkin crochet hat pattern is bursting with delightful texture! 4 different stitch patterns are patched together to create the look that makes this hat stand out from the typical crochet pumpkin hats you see this time of year. Crochet pumpkin hats are a staple during autumn for parents wanting to visit the local pumpkin patch with their babies, and you and your little one are sure to get comments and compliments on this sweet beanie.
The crochet stitch patterns include the bobble stitch, shell, and two forms of cross-stitches. The top of the pumpkin is composed of a stem and a “flower” that the secondary pumpkin color is worked into via post stitches. It is important to keep relaxed, even tension for this project so that there is plenty of stretch. Though I used double crochet stitch patterns throughout, different stitches have slightly different heights, so this hat does not lay perfectly symmetrical (much like a real pumpkin). Lightly blocking should take care of this, but because of the stretch in the yarn it is not necessary, and the slight variation should not be noticeable once the hat is on baby’s head. You will notice in the materials description that I used two different Red Heart yarns: “With Love” for the pumpkin stem crochet pattern, and “Super Saver” for the body. Red Heart “With Love” is slightly thicker than Red Heart “Super Saver” which helps to make this hat wider at the top. Using different yarns may not produce the same results.
Since pumpkins come in a variety of colors (have you seen the gorgeous heirloom pumpkins and gourds out there?), I’ve included several yarn suggestions below so you can crochet the pumpkin you want. Since I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie, I’ve named most of them after smaller pie pumpkin varieties that actually exist. Though some real-life pumpkins are variegated in their coloring, trying to use a variegated yarn on this crochet hat will make the unique texture disappear, so I do not recommend it for this project.
4.5mm hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
100 yards #4 worsted weight Red Heart Super Saver yarn (click the link to purchase) in Carrot for “Sweet Sugar Pie” pumpkin, Gold for “Sunlight” yellow pumpkin , White for “Cotton Candy” pumpkin, or “Medium Thyme” for green pumpkin/gourd, 15 yards Red Heart With Love yarn (click the link to purchase) in “Tan” for pumpkin stems.
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
FPsc = front post single crochet
FPdc = front post double crochet
FLO = front loop only
Cross stitch = sk st, dc in next, working in front of dc just made, dc in skipped st
Cluster cross stitch = dc in next 3 sts, working around cluster, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull yarn through both loops
Bobble/5 dc cluster = dc5tog in same st
Shell = 4 dc in same st
hdc in 3rd loop = Instructions: Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back*, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop.
Chainless starting dc = pull up a loop as tall as a regular dc (you’ll need to approximate if this is your first row), place index finger of your hook pressing firmly on the top of the loop to keep it steady, this way the loop doesn’t get larger or smaller. Wrap the hook over and behind the loop, yo, pull the yarn behind the wrapped yarn loop, yo again, and pull through the last 2 loops.
0-3 mos: 7 1/2” wide at widest point, 5” tall excluding stem, (6 1/2” tall including stem). It may be possible to create a 3-6 mos hat using a 5mm (H), or 5.5mm (I) hook, and following the same directions. I have not tested this though.
10 cross stitches in 3”, stitch height for single row is approximately 3/4” tall.
-Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
-Because of the different stitch patterns used this hat is a little wobbly when laid flat. If this really bothers you it can be blocked. It should look fine once it’s on baby’s head either way.
-What I have termed the “Cluster cross stitch” is also called a “Cross Stitch”. I’ve named it the “cluster cross stitch” in this pattern to help make differentiating between the two stitch patterns easier.
Patchwork Pumpkin (US terms):
With tan color,
Round 1: 8 hdc in magic circle, join with sl st to first hdc. (8)
Rounds 2-5: ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (8)
Round 6: ch 1, working in FLO, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (12)
Round 7: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (18)|
Round 8: ch 1, (hdc, 2 dc) in first st, (2 dc, hdc) in next, sl st in next st, *(hdc, 2 dc) in first st, (2 dc, hdc) in next, sl st in next st; repeat from * around, final sl st counts as join. (6 petals)
Drop tan color and fasten off.
Round 9: Using pumpkin color of choice, chainless starting dc in final sl st of round 8,, *BPdc around hdc, BPhdc around next 4 dc, BPdc around hdc, dc in sl st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to standing dc. (42)
Round 10: ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (48)
Round 11: ch 1, FPdc around first sc from previous round, dc in next st, sk st, dc in next, working in front of dc just made, dc in same st as FPdc, [work cross stitch over next 2 sts]4times, FPdc around next st, dc in next st, [5dc cluster in next, sc in next 3 sts] 2 times, 5 dc cluster in next st, dc in next st, FPdc around next st, [cluster cross stitch across next 3 sts] 4 times, FPdc around same st as final dc of cluster cross stitch, sk 2 sts, [shell in next, sk 2 sts] 3 times, sk 2 sts, join with sl st to FPdc. (53)
Round 12: ch 1, FPdc around FPdc from previous round, work 5 cross stitches across next 10 sts (these should line up on top of the cross stitches you worked in the previous round), FPdc around FPdc from previous round, dc in next 3 sts (your 2nd dc should be placed in the top of the 5dc cluster from previous round), [5 dc cluster in next st, dc in next 3 sts] 2 times, FPdc around FPdc from previous round, [cluster cross stitch across next 3 sts, sk st] 4 times (these should line up on top of the cluster cross stitches from the previous round), FPdc around FPdc from previous round, [sk to center of shell from previous round, and work shell between 2nd and 3rd dc] 3 times, join with sl st to first FPdc. (53)
Round 13: ch 1, FPdc around FPdc from previous round, work 5 cross stitches across next 10 sts (these should line up on top of the cross stitches you worked in the previous round), FPdc around FPdc from previous round, dc in next st, [5 dc cluster in next, dc in next 3 sts] 2 times, 5 dc cluster in next st, dc in next st, a FPdc around FPdc from previous round, [cluster cross stitch across next 3 sts, sk st] 4 times (these should line up on top of the cluster cross stitches from the previous round), FPdc around FPdc from previous round, [sk to center of shell from previous round, and work shell between 2nd and 3rd dc] 3 times, join with sl st to first FPdc. (53)
Repeat rounds 12 and 13 one more time
Round 16: ch 1, FPdc around FPdc, hdc in next 10 sts, FPdc around FPdc, hdc in next 11 sts, FPdc around FPdc, *hdc in next 3 sts, sk st* repeat from * 3 more times, FPdc around FPdc, hdc in next 12 sts, join with sl st to first FPdc. (49)
Round 17: ch 1, FPsc around FPc, sc in 3rd loop of hdc next 10 sts, FPsc around FPdc, sc in 3rd loop of hdc next 11 sts, *FPsc around FPdc, sc in 3rd loop of hdc next 12 sts* repeat from * to * 1 more time, join with sl sts to first FPsc. (49)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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