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Cable Knit Pumpkin Pattern


In this post, you will see a cable knit pumpkin pattern.

These pumpkins work up really quickly and can be a great way to use up leftover yarns in your stash.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

cable knit pumpkin pattern

Knitted Pumpkins

Knitted pumpkins are just everywhere right now and make great fall decor.

Place them around your home for a cozy autumnal look.

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Arrange on a wooden tray as a table decoration with pine cones and fresh greens.

chunky knit pumpkin pattern

Why are the pumpkins easy to make?

The pumpkins knit up so fast because the pattern uses bulky/chunky/12 ply yarn.

I knit three pumpkins in about 2 hours and then needed about another hour to make them all up.

For the stalks, I used cinnamon sticks and decorated them with twine.

knitted pumpkin decor

The yarn I used to knit the pumpkins

  • I used The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters (bulky 05) in three lovely fall colours. 
  • The knitted pumpkins have been made in the colors – natural, ochre and cinammon.
  • All you need are a few materials to get started, I just used scraps from my yarn stash, including yarns leftover from other projects.
  • There is one size to make.
close up of pumpkins

The pumpkins are knit flat and seamed

These pumpkins were knit flat using two straight knitting needles  – size 6mm (US 10).

Knitting the pumpkins flat means that there is some seaming involved when making up.

The stitches used include a basic cable stitch pattern to create a rectangle.

knitted pumpkins

More Knitted Pumpkins

This pumpkin pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for practicing stitches.

For more free pumpkin patterns please take a look at these posts:

Related Post: Knitting For Beginners -The Complete Guide Step-By-Step

fall knitted pumpkins
Cable knit pumpkin petite wool

Pumpkin Knitting Pattern

Grab your inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Pumpkin Pattern Ebook


The pumpkins knit up quickly in bulky/chunky/12-ply yarn, and the simple cable design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Easy


16 sts/20 rows in 4×4 inches/10x10cm.


Circumference – 16″ / 33 cm

Height – 4″ / 10 cm

cable knit pumpkin on tray

The Supplies You Need


  • We Are Knitters / The Petite Wool in the following colors:
  • 1 x Ochre
  • 1 x Cinnamon
  • 1 x Natural
  • Any bulky/chunky/12 ply yarn


6mm (US 10) knitting needles

Cable needle


Other Materials

pumpkin decor


  • CO – Cast on
  • C4B – (K2 and 2) Slip the next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, K2 from the left-hand needle, then knit the 2 sts from the cable needle.
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)


With your chosen color, CO 47 sts, leaving a tail length of around 15 inches / 39 cm

  • Row 1: K1, *P3, K4 – Rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1 (edge).
  • Row 2: P1, *K3, P4 – Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1.
  • Row 3: K1, *P3, K4 – Rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1.
  • Row 4: P1, *K3, P4 – Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1.
  • Row 5: K1, *P3, C4B – Rep from * to the last 4 sts, P3, K1.
  • Row 6: P1, *K3, P4 – Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1.

These 6 rows form the pattern, rep rows 1-6 four more times.

(Your piece should measure 6 inches)

Cast off in pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming when you finish – around 12+ inches.

rust color knit pumpkin

Making Up

To view a video tutorial to help you to make up the pumpkins, please visit my YouTube channel here.

You can also see a step-by-step photo tutorial in a similar pattern here. – Pumpkin Knitting Pattern (Beginner Friendly!)

Step 1 – With your finished rectangle, you seam the rectangle to create a tube.

Step 2 – Sew a running stitch around one end of the pumpkin, then cinch it together and secure.

Turn the pumpkin on the right side out.

Step 3 – Stuff the pumpkin with polyfil/toy stuffing to make it nice and round.

Then stitch through the top and cinch together to close and secure.

Step 4 – Push the needle through the bottom hole, then out through the top hole.

Catch the yarn over the side (the purl stitches) and repeat this step all the way around the ridges.

Step 5 – Add a stalk by using a stick or a cinnamon stick.

You can use your glue gun and glue it into place.

You can add ribbon or twine to decorate.

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the pumpkins, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme or hashtag #handylittleme to be featured.

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  1. Love this pattern! I modified it slightly to not have the last 3 purls so it seams up more neatly. I’ve knit up 3 pumpkins in different colors and they’re great decor!