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Ripening Pumpkin
Fall Theme Afghan Square


An Original Design by Sandi Marshall

I have charted this design but I have also written row by row instructions for the color changes and for the placement of the long single crochet stitches. If you are new to crocheting from a chart, this pattern can be helpful in learning this method - simply refer back and forth between the chart and the written instructions to become familiar with chart reading.

This photo gives you a closer view of the rows with the long single crochet stitches.

Here is an even closer look at some of the long single crochet stitches used in this pattern.
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Materials Used In The Example:
Worsted weight yarn -
Colors used in the example: orange, old gold, hunter green and cream
US Size G crochet hook

Finished Size Of Square:
6 1/2 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches wide

Gauge: 7 sc = 2 inches, 9 rows = 2 inches

See the links in the Related Resources box on the right, for my how to pages showing photos and giving hints for Changing Colors in Crochet.

The following chart shows the colors used in each row. Refer to the second chart for placement of the long single crochet stitches within some of the pumpkin rows.

Read the charts as one square on the chart equaling one single crochet stitch.

The following chart shows the placement of the long single crochet stitches in the pumpkin rows. Below the chart I have also given written instructions for the placement of the long single crochet stitches. If you are unsure of some part of the directions when following the chart, refer to the written instructions (and vice versa).


Note: If you don't want to carry your background color across the wrong side of the pumpkin colors, you'll need to have a separate ball of yarn in the background color ready, then drop the background color to the wrong side as you pick up the pumpkin color and pick the second ball of yarn in the background color up again at the end of the pumpkin color for that row. The other method is to carry the unused strand of background color across the wrong side of the pumpkin, crocheting over the unused color on about every three stitches. This is a way to carry the unused strand across without having a long piece dangling (which would make it too easy to accidentally cause the crocheted piece to buckle outward by not leaving a long enough strand when beginning to crochet with that yarn strand again). When the unused strand is "caught' by crocheting over it every few stitches, it keeps it neat and just the right tension so no buckling will occur. On this piece, I chose not to crochet over the unused strand on every stitch because there was such a contrast between the two colors and it would be likely that the lighter color would show through the darker color, then when viewed from the right side, would look like dots of the lighter color across each row of the pumpkin.

Row By Row Written Directions:
BC = Background Color, LSC = Long Single Crochet
How to Make a Long Single Crochet Stitch: Insert the hook in a stitch of one of the rows below, yarn over, pull up a long loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (long sc made). [More About Long SC]
Long Single Crochet In This Pattern: In this pattern, the first row of Old Gold color has the LSC made in the corresponding sc (directly below the stitch currently being worked) in one row below. All other rows with LSC have the LSC being made in the corresponding sc (directly below) in two rows below.
How To Change Colors Within A Crochet Row: When ready to change to a different color, pull up the first loop for a single crochet in the last stitch of the old color, then, pull the new color through the last two loops to complete that single crochet. Continue in the new color, following the chart. Change colors in this manner, whenever indicated on the chart. This method makes a smooth transition to the new color. [Changing Colors Diagram]
Starting Chain: Beginning chain is 26 chains.
Row 1: (Row 1 on chart is read Right to Left). Single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and single crochet in each chain across for row 1. This gives you 25 single crochet in each row. Read the chart as one square on the chart equaling one single crochet stitch.
Rows 2 and 3: (Row 2 on chart is read Left to Right; continue alternating chart-reading direction for each row). Following the chart, you can see that the rows through row 4 are worked in the background color only.
Row 4: (Row 4 on chart is read Left to Right). 8 sc BC (Background Color), 9 sc Orange, 8 sc BC.
Row 5: 6 sc BC, 13 sc Orange, 6 sc BC.
Row 6: 5 sc BC, 4 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold: LSC in sc one row below, (2 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold: LSC in sc one row below) twice, 4 sc Old Gold, 5 sc BC.
Row 7: 4 sc BC, 17 sc Old Gold, 4 sc BC.
Row 8: 3 sc BC, 5 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below, 2 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below, 1 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below, 2 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below, 5 sc Orange, 3 sc BC.
Row 9: 3 sc BC, 19 sc Orange, 3 sc BC.
Row 10: 3 sc BC, 3 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold, in each of the next 2 stitches: LSC in sc two rows below, 1 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold, in each of the next 2 stitches: LSC in sc two rows below, 1 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold: LSC in sc two rows below, (1 sc Old Gold, then in Old Gold, in each of the next 2 stitches: LSC in sc two rows below) twice, 3 sc Old Gold, 3 sc BC.
Row 11: 3 sc BC, 19 sc Old Gold, 3 sc BC.
Row 12: 3 sc BC, (2 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below) three times, 1 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below, (2 sc Orange, then in Orange: LSC in sc two rows below) twice, 2 sc Orange, 3 sc BC.
Rows 13 and 14: 3 sc BC, 19 sc Orange, 3 sc BC.
Row 15: 4 sc BC, 17 sc Orange, 4 sc BC.
Row 16: 5 sc BC, 15 sc Orange, 5 sc BC.
Row 17: 7 sc BC, 4 sc Orange, 3 sc Green, 4 sc Orange, 7 sc BC.
Row 18: 8 sc BC, 3 sc Orange, 3 sc Green, 3 sc Orange, 8 sc BC.
Row 29: 11 sc BC, 3 sc Green, 11 sc BC.
Row 20: (Row 20 on chart is read Left to Right). 10 sc BC, 3 sc Green, 12 sc BC.
Row 21: (Row 21 on chart is read Right to Left). 13 sc BC, 3 sc Green, 9 sc BC.
Rows 22 - 25: 25 sc BC.

Finishing Round: Ch 1, then working down the side of the piece, sc in the end of each row. Do 3 sc in the corner, then sc in each sc along the bottom, 3 sc in the next corner, then sc in the end of each row along the other side.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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