Pumpkin King Cuddle Buddy - Free Crochet Pattern

Hello, hi & welcome back! I'm so excited to share my Pumpkin King Cuddle Buddy free crochet pattern with you! I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and this pattern was so much fun to design! This Jack Skellington inspired cuddle buddy is quick to whip up and makes a fun addition to your Halloween decor or the perfect trick-or-treat companion.



The finished Crochet Pumpkin King measures approximately 7" tall and is comprised of a front, back, bow tie, vest/undershirt, eyes, and arms that are all stitched together using a tapestry needle. We will be stitching on the face with a tapestry needle and adding a bit of stuffing between the front and back before completing the join.


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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

  • SC dec - Single Crochet Decrease

  • TC - Triple Crochet (also referred to as treble crochet)

  • * - Repeat sequence until the end of the round


Pumpkin King Cuddle Buddy - Free Crochet Pattern


Body (Make 2):

With white yarn, chain 11


Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 2: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 8, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 3: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 10, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 4: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 12, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 5: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 6: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 14, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Row 7: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (18 stitches)



Row 8: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 16, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (20 stitches)


Rows 9-11: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (20 stitches)


Row 12: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 18, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (22 stitches)


Row 13: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (22 stitches)


Row 14: SC dec, SC in the next 18, SC dec, chain 1 (20 stitches)


Row 15: SC dec, SC in the next 16, SC dec, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Row 16: SC dec, SC in the next 14, SC dec, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 17: SC dec, SC in the next 12, SC dec, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 18: SC dec, SC in the next 10, SC dec, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 19: SC dec, SC in the next 8, SC dec, chain 1 (10 stitches)

on the last stitch of the 19th row, switch to black yarn


Row 20: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (10 stitches)



Row 21: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 8, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 22: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 10, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 23: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 24: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 12, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Rows 25-30: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 31: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next 14, 2 SC in the last, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Row 32: SC in the first 7 stitches, chain 1 (7 stitches) (this begins the first leg)


Rows 33-35: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (7 stitches)


Row 36: SC dec, SC in the next 5, chain 1 (6 stitches)


Row 37: SC dec, SC in the next 4, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Row 38: SC dec, SC in the next 3, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 39: SC dec two times, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end.


Join to the other side and repeat Rows 32-39.


Tie off and weave in all ends. Trim any excess yarn.


Using a tapestry needle and white yarn, stitch some pin stripes onto the black portions of his suit.



Bow Tie Base:

With black yarn, chain 4


Rows 1-3: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 4: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next 2 stitches, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 5: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (4 stitches)



Row 6: Chain 6, slip stitch in the 3rd chain from the hook, slip stitch in the next, SC in the next two stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch of row 6* repeat this sequence three times


Chain 1, tie off and weave in ends.


Join to the beginning chain stitches and repeat rows 1-6 for the other side of the bow tie. Tie off with a long enough tail to attach it to the body. Weave in the other ends.


Using a tapestry needle and white yarn, stitch some pin stripes onto the bow tie.



Black Bat for Bow Tie:

With black yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: We are only working into the first three stitches of round 2:

  1. [2 SC in the first stitch],

  2. in the next stitch [chain 1, TC, chain 2, slip stitch],

  3. in the next stitch [chain 2, TC, chain 1, slip stitch],

Chain 1 and tie off with a long tail. Weave the ends to the back, making sure the magic circle is pulled tight.


Using white yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch on two little eyes. Tie off on the back and trim any excess yarn (keeping the long black tail).


Using the long black tail and a tapestry needle, attach the bat to the bow tie. Set aside.


Jack's 'Vest' or Undershirt:

With white yarn, chain 9


Rows 1-4: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Row 5: SC dec, SC in the next 4, SC dec, chain 1 (6 stitches)


Row 6: SC dec, SC in the next 2, SC dec, chain 1 (4 stitches)



Row 7: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 8: SC dec two times, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Row 9: SC dec, chain 1 (1 stitch) *don't tie off


Border:

  • Continue up the left side with a round of slip stitches.

  • Chain 1 at each corner of the top before turning and continuing.

  • At the bottom point: [chain 1, DC, chain 1], slip stitch into the next

  • Tie off with a long tail.



Arms (Make 2):

With white yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next* (9 stitches)

On the last stitch of round 2, switch to black yarn


Rounds 3-5: SC in each stitch (9 stitches)


Slip stitch, chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


Stuff the remaining tails (except the long black tail) inside the arm.


Using a tapestry needle and white yarn, add pin stripes to the black portion.


Set aside.



Eyes (Make 2):

With black yarn, chain 3


Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Row 2: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 3: 2 SC in the first, SC in the next two stitches, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Rows 4-5: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 6: SC dec, SC in the next two stitches, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 7: SC dec, SC in the next stitch, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Row 8: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Border: Continue left around the eye with a round of SC to clean up the edges.


When you arrive back to the beginning of the border, slip stitch, chain 1


Tie off with a long tail.



Front/Face Assembly:

Using a tapestry needle and the long tail, stitch the vest/undershirt onto one side of the body under the head.


Attach the bow tie at the top of the vest/undershirt.


Using the long black tails, stitch the eyes onto one side of the face.


Using black yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch on the mouth/nose holes/ eye brows.


Tie off on the back side and trim any excess yarn.



Body Assembly:

  • Line up both sides of the body base (making sure the face/stripes are on the outside).

  • Join the front and back together with a round of single crochet using corresponding colors black for the body, white for the head.

  • Be sure to add your stuffing before closing entirely and tying off.

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, attach the arms.

  • Tie off and trim any excess yarn.


I hope you have enjoyed crocheting this Pumpkin King Cuddle Buddy with me!


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