A Better Jack o' Lantern


Source: http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/2009/10/diy-im-melting-melting-oh-what-world.html

A BETTER JACK-O-LANTERN

By Victoria Dunn (adapted from the original by L.J. Stout)

MATERIALS: Knitting worsted weight yarn, 2 oz. orange, and small amounts of lt. green, dk. green and black; crochet hook size F

FINISHED SIZE: Approximately 4’’ high.

NOTE: If you want a taller pumpkin, just increase the number of dc in the center of the row, adjusting the starting chain accordingly.

HEAD: With size F hook and orange, ch 20.

ROW 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sc in each of next 3 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, dc in each of next 4 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in each of next 3 ch, ch 1, turn (19 sts).

Working all sts through back of loop only, proceed:

ROW 2: Work sc in each sc, hdc in each hdc, dc in each dc, hdc in each hdc, sc in each sc, sl st in each sl st, ch 1, turn.

ROW 3: Work a sl st in each sl st, sc in each sc, hdc in each hdc, dc in each dc, hdc in each hdc, sc in each sc, ch 1, turn.  Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your pumpkin looks round enough.  The one in the illustration has 38 rows.

Bring the top and bottom rows together, line them up st to st, and close the seam with a row of sc.

Work 1 rnd sl st around top opening with orange.

BOTTOM: With orange, ch 2.

RND 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

RND 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).  End off.  Sew this piece to bottom opening of pumpkin head.

TOP: With orange, ch 2.

RNDS 1 & 2: Work rnds 1 and 2 of bottom (12 sc).

RND 3: * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * around (18 sc).

RND 4: Repeat row 3 (27 sc).

RND 5: Work even in sc.

RND 6: Repeat row 3 (40 sc).

RND 7: Sl st in each st around.  End off.

LARGE LEAF: With dark green, ch 2.

ROW 1: Work sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn.

ROW 2: Work 2 sc in sc, ch 1, turn (2 sc).

ROW 3: Work 2 sc in each of 2 sc, ch 1, turn (4 sc).

ROW 4: Working in sc, 2 sc in first and last sc, ch 1, turn (6 sc).

ROWS 5-9: Repeat row 4 (14 sc).

ROWS 10-12: Sc on these 14 sts.  Ch 3 on last row for turning ch.

ROW 13: Dc twice, hdc twice, sc three times, sl st two times across center, then sc three times, hdc twice, dc twice.  Ch 3.

ROW 14.  Sk 1st st, sc in second st, hdc twice, sc twice, sl st four times across center, sc twice, hdc twice, sk next st, dc in last st.  End off.  One large leaf made.

SMALL LEAF: With dark green, ch 2.

ROW 1: Work sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn.

ROW 2: Work 2 sc in sc, ch 1, turn (2 sc).

ROW 3: Work 2 sc in each of 2 sc, ch 1, turn (4 sc).

ROW 4: Working in sc, 2 sc in first and last sc, ch 1, turn (6 sc).

ROW 5: Repeat row 4 (8 sc).  Ch 3.

ROW 6: Dc, hdc, sc, sl st two times across center, then sc, hdc, dc.  Ch 3.

ROW 7:  Hdc, skip next st, sc, sl st twice, sc, skip next st, hdc.  End off.  One small leaf made.


STEMS: Using light green, make a chain that is as long as you want the stem to be (about 5 or 6 ch), then work sl sts through the center of the leaf for about 1/3 the length.  Turn and work sl sts all the way back along the chain you just made, right to the end of the stem.  Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing.

TENDRILS: With light green, make chains of varying lengths (model shows 3 tendrils).  Work 2 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  End off leaving long strand for sewing.  Repeat for each tendril.

CENTRAL STEM: With dark green, chain 2.

RND 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.

RND 2: Sc in each sc around, join with sl st, ch 1.

Repeat rnd until the stem is as long as you want it to be.  Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing, and sew the open end to the top of your pumpkin.

Sew leaves and tendrils in place.  Embroider face details.


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