I love trolling Pinterest for craft ideas and I found an easy pattern to crochet pumpkins. I made these pumpkins in one day. The pattern is free from Caron and the pumpkins come in 3 sizes. I made two medium and one small one, so the big one is probably pretty big. You need about 1 skein to make the body of the pumpkin and then just a bit of brown for the stem. I stuffed mine with Fiber Fill.
The pattern starts with a circle which is the bottom of the pumpkin. I am making a small pumpkin here.
Row two begins the expand. See how it looks like a flower? This pattern creates channels of single crochet that make the finished product look more like a pumpkin than a big beach ball.
By Row 4 you see the upward curve of the sides. Keep in mind there are only a few stitches involved in this pattern so it works up quickly.