Knitted Pumpkins

Knitted Pumpkins
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Fall is my favorite season - the colors, leaves and pumpkins are so festive and fun to decorate with! Why not add knitted pumpkins to your harvest decor and create a set of these adorable knitted pumpkins for your home?

These little cuties are perfect for the beginning knitter to practice with or for the intermediate knitter just wanting to knit something fun and quick! Add a knitted pumpkin or three to your harvest centerpiece or Thanksgiving dinner table too.

Skill level: Beginner

Materials: 185 yards of bulky yarn. Small amount of worsted weight for stem. The sample was knit using Lion Brand Homespun in the color 408 Wild Fire
Size 9 needles
Yarn needle
Fiber Fill

Gauge: 3.5 stitches to the inch

Instructions:

Small Pumpkin
With bulky yarn cast on 20.
Row 1: K in each stitch across.
Repeat row 1 until piece measures 10 inches from cast on.
Cast off.
Stem
With worsted weight yarn cast on 10.
Row 1: K in each st across.
Row 2: P in each st across.
Repeat row 1 and 2 until piece measures 1 ½.
Cast off.
Gather stitches at cast off and sew side seam of stem.

Putting it all together
With yarn needle and 1 yard of bulky yarn, sew up cast on edge to cast off edge. Gather up and close up bottom of pumpkin. Stuff pumpkin, gather up the top edge and secure as for bottom. To give the pumpkin more depth, run a thread from the top of the pumpkin to the bottom and pull tight and secure. Weave in all ends and set aside.
Gather cast off stiches as for bottom of pumpkin and sew side seam of stem. Sew bottom of stem to the top center of pumpkin. Weave in all ends.

Tall Pumpkin
With bulky yarn cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Inc into each st across. (10)
Row 2. K in each st across.
Row 3:* K 1, inc, repeat from * across. (15)
Row 4 and ALL EVEN ROWS: K in each stitch across.
Row 5: * K 2, inc, repeat from * across. (20)
Row 7: K in each st across.
Repeat row 7 until piece measures 6 inches from the cast on.
Top
Row 1:* K 2, K2tog, repeat from * across. (15)
Row 2 AND ALL EVEN ROWS: K in each st across.
Row 3: *K 1, K2tog, repeat from * across. (10)
Row 5: K2tog, repeat across.(5)
Stem
Cut bulky yarn and pick up worsted weight yarn.
Row 1: K in each st across.
Row 2: P in each st across.
Repeat rows 1 &2  two more times.
Cast off.

Putting it all together
With worsted weight yarn sew up side seam of stem.
With bulky yarn sew up side seam and bottom, before you close up the pumpkins stuff with fiber fill.
Weave in ends.

Large Pumpkin
With bulky yarn cast on 45.
Round 1: Being careful not to twist join in around and place a marker, K in each st around.
Round 2: K in each st around, slipping marker when you come to it.
Repeat round 2 until piece measure 7 inches.
Top
Round 1: Decrease 4 stitches evenly around.
Round 2: K in each st across.
Round 3: Decrease 10 stitches evenly around.
Round 4: Repeat round 2.
Cast off.
Stem
Repeat as for small pumpkin stem.

Putting it all together
With bulky yarn, gather up the bottom and secure.
Repeat for top, but stuff before you close. To add depth to the pumpkin run a strand of yarn from the top to the bottom and tug lightly until you reach the desired shape. Secure ends, and weave in.

Enjoy!

 

About The Author

Melanie has more than 25 years experience as a Hands-on fiber artist and fiber arts teacher specializing in crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving and tatting. She has taught classes through various yarn stores, Community Education Programs, fiber fairs; as well as in 4-H programs around Idaho. She has been designing her own unique projects and patterns for numerous year and she has spent several years as a pattern tester for many yarn and design companies. You can usually find her working on something or planning her next project.