Photo of gift wrapped with crochet pine cones as gift topper

Crochet Pine Cone Pattern

Not so long ago, I was shopping the aisles of my favorite craft store and noticed the cutest pine cone decorations tucked into a shelf. Even though they weren’t made of yarn, I instantly thought, I want a crochet version of those! So I added “crochet pine cone pattern” to my to-do list of future designs.

Once I was able to get to work on these, I experimented until I got a pine cone shape I liked. I tried different yarn weights and hook sizes and got all kinds of different results. The pine cone pattern shared here is my favorite of the bunch. It uses worsted weight yarn and a size E/3.5mm hook. However, you can use lighter weight yarn and a smaller hook for smaller pine cones.

A variety of crochet pine cones from the designer's trial and error process
The pine cones from my designing trial and error

The pattern does have a special stitch I’m calling the prickle stitch. I promise, it looks more complicated than it us! Just make sure to read through the entire pattern and the notes before starting and you’ll be all set. Let’s get started!

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Crochet Pine Cone Pattern

Materials Used:

Stitches/Abbreviations Used:

  • ch – chain
  • R – row
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • magic ring
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • inc – increase (work 2 single crochet stitches into the next stitch)
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
  • BLO – back loop only
  • Prickle stitch – yo, insert hook, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops remaining on hook), yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through all 3 loops remaining on hook

Finished Size:

Each finished pine cone measures about 3″/7.5cm in length.

Pattern Notes

The pine cones are made in two parts. First, you’ll crochet the inner pine cone shape, with some rounds worked only in the back loops. Then, you’ll make the pine cone’s “prickles”, working into the remaining front loops from the earlier rounds.

Inner Pine Cone Shape

R1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6)
R2: Inc in each st around. (12)
R3: In BLO, (sc, inc) 6x around. (18)
R4: Sc in each st around.
R5: In BLO, sc in each st around.
R6: Sc in each st around.
R7: In BLO, sc in each st around.
R8: Sc in each st around.
R9: In BLO, sc in each st around.
R10: (Sc, sc2tog) 6x around. (12) Stuff the inner pine cone.
R11: In BLO, sc in each st around.
R12: Sc2tog 6x around. Then, remove stitch marker and complete two additional sc2tog. (4) Do not fasten off.

Pine Cone “Prickles”

With the last loop from the last stitch still on your hook, (ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 2x around, using the 4 sts remaining from R12.

Now we need to “jump” down to the next round of front loops to work into. To do this, we’ll work one prickle stitch sequence into a post stitch of the round below.
Ch 2, turn and work into a post of R12 directly below current loop on hook (see photo below): (Prickle st, ch 2) 1x.
Sl st into front loop of R11 directly below. Even though this prickle is sideways, it blends in with the others in the end.

Steps to complete prickle stitch in the post stitch below

Hold pine cone upside-down for the remainder of the pattern.
Working into front loops remaining from R11: (Ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 6x around.
You may notice, due to working in the round, that the front loops remaining meet with a slight gap where the round begins/ends- just crochet right over it.

Ch 2, turn and work into post of R10 directly below current loop on hook: (prickle st, ch 2) 1x. Sl st into back loop of R9 directly below.

Working into front loops remaining from R9: (Ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 9x around.

Ch 2, turn and work into post of R8 directly below current loop on hook: (prickle st, ch 2) 1x. Sl st into back loop of R7 directly below.

Working into front loops remaining from R7: (Ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 9x around.

Ch 2, turn and work into post of R6 directly below current loop on hook: (prickle st, ch 2) 1x. Sl st into back loop of R5 directly below.

Working into front loops remaining from R5: (Ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 9x around.

Ch 2, turn and work into post of R4 directly below current loop on hook: (prickle st, ch 2) 1x. Sl st into back loop of R3 directly below.

Working into front loops remaining from R3: (Ch 2, prickle st in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st) 9x around.

Fastening Off

Now, depending on how you plan to use your pine cone, you can fasten off in a couple of different ways. The first option is to create a loop for hanging the pine cone. To do this, with the last loop still on your hook, sl st into the posts of rounds 1 and 2. This gets your hook to the center of the pine cone. Then chain the length of the loop you want, and slip stitch again into the center to attach the loop. Then you can fasten of by pulling through, cutting the yarn, and weaving in the end.

Adding a chain loop to the pine cone

Another option is to just fasten off from the last stitch, pull through and leave a long end. If you’re planning to make a number of pine cones to turn into a garland, you could use this method and then use the yarn ends to attach the pine cones to a chain.

Adding Greenery

Now, you also might want to add pine needles to your pine cones (as shown in the main photo). If so, you’ll want to check out this pattern. I made a few length of this greenery, then sewed it to the top of each pine cone to finish them up.

If you’re searching for more ways to embellish gifts with yarn, check out this video by Ophelia Talks. And if you’d like to see more free Crochet to Play patterns, head here.

So, how will you use this crochet pine cone pattern? Try it for garlands, gift toppers, ornaments and more. Let me know in the comments what you like best!

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All rights reserved. Designed and written by Jennifer Percival.  This pattern is property of Crochet to Play.  The written pattern and images are for personal use only.  Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern or images, in part or in whole. Thank you.


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