To do this, we'll use an invisible decrease. The big reason for using the invisible decrease is that it doesn't show up on the right side of your work. For example, check this out:
See any decreases here? Nope! Neither do I!
Extra Large (Round) Pumpkins
If you decided to grow your pumpkin a little larger than the pattern called for, you're going to need to compensate when you do your decreases by adding some more rounds. Just like when we were growing the pumpkin, I used a repeating pattern to decrease the size. That pattern is:
- Round A: Decrease evenly
- Round B: Single-crochet around
- Round C: Single-crochet around
Pumpkin #3 is actually a variation on the pumpkin #1 pattern where I changed up the A, B, C decrease pattern. Well actually, I pretty much threw the A, B, C decrease pattern out the window.
To get this look, I knew I needed to decrease quickly at first -- then more slowly. Let me show you how it would have looked in pancakes...
First, I built up and out -- just like the pumpkin #1 pattern:
Next, I threw in a couple of rapid-fire decreases:
After that, I began to decrease more slowly by adding a few rounds where I just single crocheted in each stitch:
I continued working this way (throwing in a decrease after a few rounds of single crochet) until I had roughly the height I wanted and about 30 stitches left in the round.
Then, I finished it off the same as the pumpkin #1 pattern!
Speaking of Finishing...
As I mentioned in the beginning, stuffing is really up to you. For items I plan to sell, I use 100% new Poly-Fil. Honestly, it's just easier to keep track of the fiber content that way and I don't have to put any disclaimers out to protect myself from the fiber police.
But, you can really use pretty much anything (softish) to stuff your pumpkin. In her Flikr group entry, Dsecrist says she used plastic bags (with smashing results -- in my opinion!):
I can see that this post is getting rather long, so I think I'll save shaping the "lobes" of the pumpkin for next time. Let me know if you try any unique fibers for stuffing or if you decide to make a tall skinny pumpkin. I'd love to hear how it goes!