A Leaf and a Stem for the Pumpkin

pumpkin stem leaf and tendril (29 of 41)
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.

pumpkin leaf 1
Main stem and center of leaf:  ch 15, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook; sl st next ch, 6 sc.

Pumpkin leaf 2
Middle left lobe: ch 5, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, sl st in same ch as the last sc, sl st in next ch

pumpkin leaf 3
Bottom left lobe: ch 4, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, sl st in the stem ch at beginning of this ch 4

Pumpkin leaf 4
Stem: sl st next 4 ch, 2 sl st in bottom ch, 4 sl st up the other side of stem.

pumpkin 5
Bottom right lobe: sl st in same ch as opposite leaf segment; ch 4, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st next 2 ch, sl st in next st same as opposite leaf.

Pumpkin 6
Middle right lobe: ch 5, turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, sl st in beg sp
pumpkin 7
Top lobe, right half: hdc, in next st work (dc, htr, ch 3,sc),

pumpkin 8

hdc, sc, 3 sl st, ch 2, sl st in st directly beneath this.

pumpkin 9
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:(

pumpkin leaf 11

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
pumpkin leaf 12
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.

pumpkin stem leaf and tendril (27 of 41)
You can press your leaf and use that tail to attach it to your pumpkin.

Stem 1
Now for the stem.  Photo 1 – Rd 1: (ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc) 5X;  photo 2 -join with sl st to beginning to form star shape.

Photo 3 – Ch 1, turn. Photo 4 – Rd 2: Make 10 sc around circle. Do not join.

stem 2
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.

stem 3
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.

pumpkin stem leaf and tendril (28 of 41)
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!

If you make the pumpkin, I love seeing photos!  Post them on my facebook page:)

Now, if I can find some black yarn around this house, I’m going to make a little witch hat;)

5 Replies to “A Leaf and a Stem for the Pumpkin”

  1. So glad I found your site!! I have made several little crochet pumpkins and have been looking for the perfect leaf for them. I found it here!! I also love your stem!! Thank you so much for the patterns!
    Kay

  2. Forgot to ask, what is the yarn you are using? Love the color. The hook you used, an F? I think that is what I see in the photos.
    Again, thank you so much!!

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