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Pumpkin Knitting Pattern {Beginner Friendly!}

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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!

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

knitted pumpkins made from a pumpkin knitting pattern

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.

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I have so many in my living room next to little fairy lights and they look so pretty!

Pumpkin Knitting Pattern

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.

pumpkin knitting pattern straight needles

The Yarn

  • I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn (super bulky 06) in lots of lovely fall colors. 
  • 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.
pumpkins knit in grey marble and fisherman yarn

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.

knitted pumpkins in super bulky yarn oatmeal and spice

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:

pumpkin knitting pattern using super bulky yarn

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

easy knit pumpkin

Pumpkin Knitting Pattern

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

Notes

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.
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Skill Level – Easy

Gauge

10 sts and 15 rows = 4in/10cm

Sizes

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

Yarn

Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14 Ply (Yarn Weight Guide)

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the following colours:

Needles

Notions

Other Materials

white knitted pumpkin in Lion Brand fisherman wool ease thick and quick yarn

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern

Large Pumpkin

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.

Medium Pumpkin

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.

Small Pumpkin

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

Pumpkin DIY

  1. Step 1 – Get your finished ribbed rectangle

    You have your finished rectangle – looking something like this (this is the small pumpkin).

  2. Step 2 – You seam the rectangle to create a tube.

    Start by seaming with the right side facing you, then turn inside out.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Step 6 – Add a stalk and some ribbon to finish

    Add a stalk by using a stick or a cinnamon stick.
    Secure by using your glue gun and gluing it into place.
    You can add ribbon or twine to decorate.

Video Tutorial

There is a video tutorial to help you to see how you can make up the pumpkin.

You can 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.

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the handylittleme Facebook page and share a photo!  I’d love to see your work!

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14 Comments

    1. Hello Geraldine, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the pumpkin patterns.
      Happy Knitting!
      Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Diane,
      Wow, you have been busy!
      I’m so happy you enjoyed the pattern,
      Happy knitting!
      Louise ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Andrea,
      You can knit these in the round if you wish.
      Many people ask for patterns that are knit flat, which are easier for beginner knitters.
      So the pattern is geared more towards people who are new to knitting and want a simple project, step by step.
      But anyone can give it a go!
      Happy knitting!
      Louise

  1. Thank you so much for this pattern. Rented a cabin will knit these while there for myself and friends and family

  2. Louise,
    I have made 20 sets of your adorable pumpkins to give as gifts. The recipients are thrilled and think Iโ€™m very talented!
    I have also used your winter hat patterns for needy school kids. I add snap-on faux fur poms for the girls. I hear the kids love the hats. I have made 300 so far.
    Thank you for your wonderful and easy to follow patterns.

    1. Hello Janelle,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and wow! That’s amazing that you have been so generous in making hats and pumpkins for others to enjoy.
      I love that the hat patterns have come in handy for others and have been useful.
      You are awesome!
      Happy knitting ๐Ÿ™‚
      Louise