I made the pumpkin top more complicated than a simple cap because I wanted sections, like in a real pumpkin. If you look carefully, the bottom edge of the pumpkin top has eight scalloped sections, and there are faint ridges going up the pumpkin sides that split the pumpkin into eight sections. I’m quite pleased with how that turned out, although I wish it were just a bit rounder.
I tried making a stretchy band to keep Kirby’s pumpkin top on more securely, but Kirby is too small for an under-the-belly band. A crocheted band would be so thick for him that he’d have to walk on all his tippy-toes! In any case, the pumpkin top stayed on well enough, as long as he didn’t bump into anything.
Kirby’s Pumpkin Costume
Stem and leaves
Identical pattern to amigurimia’s, but with size 10 crochet thread instead of yarn. Leave a long tail for sewing the stem and leaves to the pumpkin top.
Worked in continuous rounds:
Chain 2. Sc 8 in second chain from hook.
Rnd 1 Inc around. (16)
Rnd 2 *2 hdc in next st, hdc 1, sl st in same st* around. (32)
Rnd 3 *Sc 1, dec 1, sl st* around. (24)
Rnd 4 *Sc 2, sl st* around. (24)
Rnd 5 *Sc 2, sl st, sc 1, inc, sl st* around. (28)
Rnd 6 Sc 1, inc, sl st, sc 2, sl st, sc 1, inc, sl st. (12, i.e. only 3/8 of a round)
Sew stem and leaves to center of pumpkin top. Put on baby tortoise and squeal!
I can’t wait to make more costumes next year!