If you browsed through the new Yarnspirations StitchFlix Season 1 Lookbook, you probably came across the most adorable Crochet Apple Pouf (get the pattern HERE)! A cute piece of decor for the Fall season and a great project to add to your Fall crochet to-do list! But I was thinking… wouldn’t it look super cute as a pumpkin as well?! YES IT WOULD! AND IT DOES! Just by using different colors the Apple Pouf has become a Pumpkin Pouf!! Let me show you how I added a few simple tweaks to the stem and leaf and actually made the pattern a bit easier by stopping after the 28th round!
Honestly this project was screaming to become a pumpkin because there is a color in the line of Bernat Blanket yarn called PUMPKIN! So instead of Race Car Red, you will need 4 skeins of Bernat Banket Yarn in Pumpkin. Shop the color HERE at Yarnspirations.com. I also used a small amount of Bernat Blanket in Taupe Brown, and Go Go Green for the stem and the leaf. Don’t worry, if you don’t have any on hand and don’t want to purchase a large skein of Bernat Blanket just for these colors, you can use 2 strands of worsted weight yarn in brown and green and follow my instructions below or the apple pouf instructions from the lookbook.
You will also need a pouf insert. You can purchase a pretty inexpensive inflatable footrest on Amazon. I think it actually worked great for this project because it dips down at the top and bottom which makes it more pumpkin-like!
The one I purchase is actually called the Firstwish Portable Outdoor Inflatable Stool footrest Cushion For Home Office Yoga (Beige) – Click HERE to purchase.
Below I will show you how I tweaked it slightly.
So the first thing I did was stop after the 2nd round in the “Continuing Shaping Top” portion of the pattern. This is technically round 28. I did this so I could remove the pouf and (deflate or inflate it) and also so I would be able to wash the crocheted pumpkin pouf cover. Obviously this will mean that the bottom of your pumpkin is uncovered. But that is the part that sits on the floor so no biggie to me.
So this is what my pouf looked like when the main cover portion was finished. I used a long string of the pumpkin color yarn woven in and out of the SC stitches in the last row. Then I pull it tight and tight in a bow. The ties are tucked in but that keeps it tight until I want to un-tie it and wash it!
For the stem, I used Bernat Banket yarn (single strand) and my N hook.
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join to first SC, chain 1
Round 2-9: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (10 SC)
Round 10: 2 SC in each stitch around (20 SC)
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto middle of the pumpkin.
For the leaf, I used Bernat Blanket in Go Go Green (single strand) and my N hook. Follow same leaf pattern as written in the Apple Pouf pattern document, but instead of fastening off, chain 15, and make 3 SC in second chain from hook and in rest of the way down chain (until you get to the bottom of the leaf) to create a curly-q! Stitch onto top of pouf, next to stem.
Put your feet up and dive into some Fall crochet projects!
I am working on my Autumn Rainbow Granny Squares!
Be sure to get the Apple (turned into Pumpkin) pattern HERE in the Yarnspirations StitchFlix Season 1 Lookbook and have fun browsing other super cute patterns that are fun to snuggle up with while you binge watch your favorite Netflix show!