Hey guys, I made crocheted pumpkins for fall. I made a bunch in different sizes before choosing the perfect size I wanted for creating a garland. I used an F or 5 crochet hook. First, I placed the yarn over the hook with the end facing toward. I brought the end of the yarn to the back, wrapping around the longer end. Then, I brought the longer end over to the front of the hook, and pulled the yarn through the loop created. This is a slip knot. I brought the longer end over to the front again, and pulled the yarn through the loop created. This is the first chain stitch. I made 13 chain stitches, 12 for the row and 1 to start the next row. It should look like a braid. Next, I went through the back loop of the chain stitch, wrapped the hook, and pulled the yarn through the braid. Wrap it again, and pull the yarn through both loops. Repeat this with the next chain stitch. When you reach the end, make a chain stitch to start the next row. I went through the top loop of the chain stitch and repeated the pattern. Wrap the hook, pull the yarn through the braid, wrap it again, and pull the yarn through both loops. At the end of the row, make a chain stitch, turn it over, and repeat the steps. You should start to see a rib pattern. This pattern was similar to what I used when I made my DIY crocheted crossbody bag. I made 26 rows. I just double the amount of chain stitches I used per row, which was 13, to figure out how many rows I would need, which was 26. At the end of a row, I made another chain stitch. I cut the yarn at 3 times the length of the piece. Then, pulled it completely through the loop. The longer end will be used to close the openings. Using a tapestry needle, I connected the ends with an overhand stitch. When you reached the other end, sew along the edge, and pull the yarn tight. then triple knotted the yarn to secure it. Next, add poly fiberfill. Sew along the other edge and pull the yarn tight. I sewed an x, like I did for the bottom, then knotted the yarn. Pull the needle back down to the bottom center and tug it. Then, cut the extra yarn. Scrunch it to get the shape you want. For the stem, I crocheted an i-cord. To do this, I left yarn the end, that was the length of my crochet hook, before making a slip knot. Then, I made 3 chain stitches. Go through a chain stitch, wrap the hook, and pull the yarn through the braid. Then, go to the next chain stitch, wrap the hook, and pull the yarn through the braid. You should have 3 loops. Carefully remove 2 loops from your crochet hook and hold them so they don’t unravel. Wrap the hook and go through the loop. Then, go through the 2nd loop, wrap the hook, and pull the yarn through the loop. Go through the 3rd loop, wrap the hook again and pull the yarn the 3rd loop. This makes 1 round. Remove 2 loops and repeat the steps. I made 3 rounds. At the end, I wrapped the hook, went through all 3 loops, and made a chain stitch. Leave extra yarn at the end, the length of a crochet hook, and go completely through the loop. I brought the end of the yarn down through the center of the i-cord, so the 2 ends were on 1 side. I went through a chain stitch and brought the other yarn through it. Next, attached a stem. I sewed the ends through the top of a pumpkin, creating at x. I went go through the bottom chain stitches of the stem and through the chain stitches at the top of the ball. When it feels like the stem is secure, bring the 2 ends of yarn to 1 spot. Then, triplet knot them. I brought them down to the bottom center of the pumpkin, and cut the extra yarn. Then, I made more pumpkins and also in this grey color. At first, I made tiny pumpkins. These had 11 chain stitches per row and 22 rows. These were too tiny. Then, I made pumpkins that had 17 stitches per row and 34 rows. These were slightly too big. Then, I wanted to see if it would look good as a bigger pumpkin, so I made this one. This had 25 chain stitches per row and 50 rows. I finally decided on these pumpkins, which had 13 chain stitches per row and 26 rows. I turned them into a garland using this cord. I placed the other pumpkins around my room. I knotted the end, went through the stem of a pumpkin, and knotted it again. I left 4”, made another knot, added another pumpkin, followed by another knot. I repeated this until I had the length I wanted and here’s how it turned out.