Free Knit Pumpkin Pattern
I have been really getting into the fall season this year, especially with my makes. After creating a fun fall tablescape with pumpkins galore, I knew I had to make some knit pumpkins this year to add to my fall decor. I designed a simple and easy pumpkin pattern. This tutorial uses only the knit and purl stitches. A helpful step-by-step guide on how to knit these two stitches can be found here.
The knit pumpkins are about 3.5 inches wide and 3 inches high. This pattern is easily customizable to any size you prefer. Either cast on more stitches to add to the width or knit more rows for height. Just remember to cast on a multiple of 3 stitches for this knit pumpkin pattern to work!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Worsted weight yarn
- 8mm (US11) knitting needles
- Tapestry yarn needle
K – knit
P – purl
The Body of the Pumpkin
Step 1: Knit the body of the pumpkin using the pattern below.
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1: *K2, P1*, repeat until the end (i.e. knit 2 stitches, purl 1 stitch and repeat)
Row 2. Then flip work around. *K1, P2*, repeat until the end
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for about 4 inches.
Next, cut your yarn so that you have about a 12 inch tail. We will use this to join the sides together.
Step 2: Use the tapestry needle, pull it through the loops attached to your needle and slip the stitches off until the end. Pull the yarn tightly to close the hole. (Note: The hole will not close completely – this is okay!)
Step 3: Use your tapestry needle to sew back and forth down the stitches along either side to join together. Once you have have sewn the sides together, you will have one open end. It should look something like this:
Step 4: Using your tapestry needle, sew through all the top stitches along the open side.
Step 5: Stuff the pumpkin with fibrefill stuffing or any material you have on hand. I had some leftover tulle from my circle skirt tutorial. In fact, I was about to throw this tulle away when I was doing some spring cleaning, but I am so happy I kept it! What a great way to use scrap fabric to stuff these pumpkins!
Step 6: Pull the yarn tightly to close the hole. To finish, weave in the ends.
Cast on 9 stitches.
Row 1: K all the way across
Row 2: Flip around and P all the way across
Repeat row 1 and 2.
Leave about a 5 inch tail and cut your yarn.
Use your tapestry needle, pull it through the loops attached to your needle and slip the stitches off. Then pass the needle through all the stitches along the opposite side and along one top edge. Finish by pulling the yarn slightly. This will give you a bit of a curled stem.
It is easy as that! If you make any knit pumpkins using this pattern, I would love to see them! Tag me on Instagram #kukarudesigns. For other fall knitting projects, check out my post on the Dotted Headband!
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