I’ve had a couple requests for a pattern for the squiggly crochet stem on my pumpkin, instead of the knitted one I have in the pattern here. Then, yesterday, knitter Debbie asked about a leaf pattern. So I thought, “well that’s a good idea for a blog post!” I took lots of photos of the steps along the way. Click on through for the pattern and tutorial.
Note: I use a stitch that I can’t find in any of the literature, and I know I didn’t make it up. Or at least I don’t think I did. Anyway, I call it a half treble or htr. If you know the proper name, please edify me! To do the htr, yo twice, insert hook into the stated stitch, yo and pull up one loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo pull through remaining 3 loops.
hdc, sc, 3 sl st, ch 2, sl st in st directly beneath this.
Top lobe left half: 3 sl st, sc, hdc, in next st work (2 htr, dc); hdc, 2 sc. (top two photos and bottom left). Bottom right photo – Middle left lobe: hdc; in next st work 2dc; sc, sl st in the end, ch 2. Sorry that bottom lobe is obstructing the view. I didn’t notice that until now:(
Top left photo, continuing the middle left lobe: sl st in first ch, sl st in first st on other side, sc, hdc, 2 sc.
Top right photo – Bottom left lobe: sc in first st of next leaf segment, hdc, sl st, sl st in end, ch 2 sl st in first ch, sl st in first st on other side, 2 sc, sl st in stem.
Bottom photos – Stem: Turn work over and do 2 sl st across back of stem where the arrow is pointing; turn your work back over and sl st in the side of stem
Top photo – Bottom right lobe: work 2sc, sl st in the end, ch 2, sl st in first ch; down the top of lobe work sl st, hdc, sc.
Bottom photo – Middle right lobe: 2 sc, hdc, sc, sl st in end, ch 2 sl st in first ch, sc, work 2dc in next st, hdc, sl st to join beneath top lobe.
Cut yarn and weave in.
Photo 3 – Ch 1, turn. Photo 4 – Rd 2: Make 10 sc around circle. Do not join.
Photo 1 – Rd 3: Sc in first sc of last rd, 9 sc around. Rd 4: Make sc dec 5X. Photos 2 and 3 show the sc dec. Insert hook into next sc; yo and draw through; insert hook in next sc; yo and draw through; yo and draw through 3 loops. One decrease made. Do this four more times.
Photo1 – Rd 5 and 6: 5 sc around. Photo 2 – Rd7: work sc dec 2X. Photo 3 – ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, work 2 sc in each of next 5 st. Join with sl st to stem. Photo 4 kinda looks like a dragon! Cut your yarn and weave in the end. Sew the stem onto your pumpkin.
To make the squiggly tendril, attach yarn to the base of your stem. Ch 13 (or however long you want it to be); sl st in second chain from hook, sl st in next ch. Then work 2 sc in each remaining chain. This makes it squiggle. Then join with a sl st to the base of stem.
Ta da! And there you have it!
**Edit – September 22, 2019. I’m pleased that so many people are enjoying this pattern. Please understand that this was a one-off from years ago. I am no longer creating any new crochet patterns and do not have the bandwidth to offer any further support on this or any of my other patterns. If you are having trouble, you may find it helpful to visit your local yarn shop on crochet night. I bet you can find another crocheter willing to help. Happy crocheting!