In this post, you will learn how to knit a pumpkin with this beginner pumpkin knitting pattern.
With a step by step photo tutorial and a video tutorial, you will be able to make your pumpkins in no time at all!
Great for fall decorations you can make them in various colours and sizes.
Scroll down for the free pattern, photo tutorial and video or you can purchase a printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.
The Farmhouse Pumpkin Inspiration
Knitted pumpkins are just everywhere right now and make great fall decor.
Place them around your home for a cozy autumn look.
I have so many in my living room next to little fairy lights and they look so pretty!
Easy Knit Pumpkins
The pumpkins knit up so fast because the pattern uses super bulky/super chunky/14 ply yarn.
I knit five pumpkins in about 2 hours and then needed about another hour to make them all up.
For the stalks, I collected sticks and cinnamon sticks.
I wrapped leftover ribbons and twine to finish off the stalks for a little extra decoration.
- I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn (super bulky 06) in lots of lovely fall colours.
- The knitted pumpkins have been made in oatmeal and grey marble (large), fisherman and spice (medium) and spice (small).
- 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 are three sizes to make, including small, medium and large.
- But the pattern is easy enough to adapt to make any size that you want.
- You can make them larger by adding more stitches and knitting more rows to add to the length.
Pumpkin Knitting Pattern Straight Needles
These pumpkins were knit flat using two straight knitting needles – size 10mm (US 15).
Knitting the pumpkins flat means that there is some seaming involved when making up.
The stitches used in the patterns are variations of ribbing, using knit and purl stitches to create a rectangle.
More Knitted Pumpkins
This pumpkin pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for practising stitches.
For more free pumpkin patterns please take a look at these posts:
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- Knitting cast-on methods.
- You should also know how to purl – as this is a commonly used stitch.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Pumpkin Knitting Pattern
The pumpkins knit up quickly in super bulky/super chunky/14 ply yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Easy
10 sts and 15 rows = 4in/10cm
Small – Circumference – 13″ / 33 cm / Height – 4″ / 10 cm
Medium – Circumference – 16″ / 43 cm / Height – 5″ / 13 cm
Large – Circumference – 20″ / 51 cm / Height – 6″ / 16 cm
The Supplies You Need
Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14 Ply (Yarn Weight Guide)
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the following colours:
- Polyfil/toy stuffing – to fill the pumpkin
- Sticks or cinammon sticks for the stalks
- Ribbon or twine to decorate the stalks
- CO – Cast on
- K = Knit
- P – Purl
- Rep = Repeat
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
CO 36 sts, leaving a tail length of around 15 inches / 39 cm
- Row 1: K4, P2, rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: K2, P4, rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 6 inches / 16 cm
Cast off in pattern.
Cast on 24 sts, leaving a tail length of around 15 inches / 39 cm
- Row 1: K3, P1, rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: K1, P3, rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 5 inches / 13 cm
Cast off in pattern.
Cast on 18 sts, leaving a tail length of around 15 inches / 39 cm
- Row 1: K2, P1, rep to the end of the row.
- Row 2: K1, P2, rep to the end of the row.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until the piece measures 4 inches / 11 cm
Cast off in pattern.
Making Up The Pumpkins
- Step 1 – Get your finished ribbed rectangle
You have your finished rectangle – looking something like this (this is the small pumpkin).
- Step 2 – You seam the rectangle to create a tube.
Start by seaming with the right side facing you, then turn inside out.
- Step 3 – Sew a running stitch around one end of the pumpkin, then cinch it together and secure.
Turn the pumpkin the right side out.
The bottom should look like the fourth picture.
- Step 4 – Stuff the pumpkin
Stuff the pumpkin with polyfill/toy stuffing to make it nice and round.
Then stitch through the top and cinch together to close and secure.
- Step 5 – Create the pumpkin shape
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 6 – Add a stalk and some ribbon to finish
Add a stalk by using a stick or a cinnamon stick.
You can add ribbon or twine to decorate.
There is a video tutorial in this post to help you to see how you can make up the pumpkin.
You can also view this on my YouTube channel here.
I love seeing your finished projects!
If you enjoyed making the large, medium and small-sized knitted pumpkins, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.
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