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Pumpkin Knitting Patterns

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Take a look at these easy pumpkin knitting patterns and make your own this autumn.

They would look great for Halloween or as table decor, party decor or to use as Thanksgiving decor.

There are 3 sizes to make, including small, medium, and large.

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

knitted pumpkins on a wooden bench

An Easy Level Pattern

The three knitted pumpkins have been made in white (large), a rusty orange color (medium), and orange/white (small).

All you need are a few materials to get started, I just used scraps from my yarn stash, including a bulky yarn in white and DK yarn in orange.

This is a great project that will take you about an hour or two to make, with easy pattern instructions to follow.

They will make great decorations for your Thanksgiving table, or to give as gifts.

If you are an advanced beginner or expert, this pumpkin pattern will be a fun project for you.

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The Yarn + Needles

The pumpkin patterns are easy to follow, knit in the round on circular needles.

If you are using DK yarn with the 8mm (US 11) 16″ circular needles, you will need to knit with two strands together.

You can use up leftover yarns in your stash and make lots of pumpkins in different colors.

I think they would also look great in green, grey, and cream, but whatever color you want to use will look great!

three knitted pumpkins on a wooden bench

More Knitted Pumpkin Patterns

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

You can also buy a pattern bundle with all of my pumpkin patterns here – Pumpkin Knitting Pattern Bundle

And crochet pumpkins here – Crochet Pumpkin Pattern Bundle

cable knit pumpkin pattern

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

Video Tutorial

You can see a video tutorial showing you how to make up the pumpkins over on my YouTube channel here.

large-medium-and-small-knitted-pumpkins

Pumpkin Knitting Patterns

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

Pumpkin Pattern Ebook

Notes

The pumpkins knit up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Copyright Info

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Skill Level – Easy

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 10 sts and 15 rounds in stocking stitch.

Size

  • Small – Circumference – 11″ / 28 cm / Height – 4″ / 10 cm
  • Medium – Circumference – 17″ / 44cm / Height – 6″ / 15cm / Gauge – 4 sts/4 rows in 1″
  • Large – Circumference – 22″ / 56cm / Height – 6″ / 15cm / Gauge – 4 sts/4 rows in 1″
knitted pumpkins in three sizes

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Scrap yarn in the following colors:

  • White yarn (1 skein of bulky yarn)
  • Rust yarn – (less than 50g DK yarn)
  • Orange yarn (less than 50g DK yarn)
  • White yarn (less than 50g DK yarn)
  • Brown yarn – for the stalk – DK yarn

Needles

8mm (US 11) double-pointed (or 16″ circular) knitting needles.

Notions

  • Darning/yarn needle for seaming
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Other Materials

Fiberfill/Polyfill/toy stuffing – to fill the pumpkin

knit pumpkins autumn decoration

Abbreviations

  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • M1 = Make 1 stitch
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • SKPO – Slip one, knit one
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row)

Pumpkin Patterns

Large Pumpkin

Made using bulky yarn

  1. Cast on 59 stitches, leaving a tail length of about 15″
  2. Divide the stitches onto your two needles (use the 8mm (US 11) circular needles) and join being careful not to twist.
  3. *K5, P1* repeat until the knitting is about 8″ long.
  4. Break off the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, pull them together tight, and secure them with a knot.
  5. Turn the right side out.
  6. Then stuff the pumpkin with the fiberfill until it is nice and round.
  7. On the open end, thread your yarn through and pull it together to close the opening.
  8. Make a knot to hold it in place.
  9. Push the tail from the end through so you have two lengths of yarn coming from one end.
  10. Tie the two tails together and wrap around and around to form that pumpkin shape.
  11. Then knot to keep the shape.
  12. Weave the ends in.

For the stalk/stem – use the 8mm (US 11) needles and brown DK yarn.

Work with two strands of yarn together.

  1. Cast on 8 stitches
  2. Start with a knit row and work st st (stocking stitch) until the piece measures 2.5 inches (longer if you want!)
  3. Cast off.
  4. Stitch the stalk into place on the top of the pumpkin.
knitted pumpkins

Medium Pumpkin

If using DK yarn – knit two strands together.

  1. Cast on 48 stitches, leaving a tail length of about 15″
    1. Divide the stitches onto your two needles (use the 8mm (US 11) circular needles) and join being careful not to twist.
    2. *K5, P1* repeat until the knitting is about 6″ long.
    3. Break off the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, pull them together tight, and secure them with a knot.
    4. Turn the right side out.
    5. Then stuff the pumpkin with the fiberfill until it is nice and round.
    6. On the open end, thread your yarn through and pull it together to close the opening.
    7. Make a knot to hold it in place.
    8. Push the tail from the end through so you have two lengths of yarn coming from one end.
    9. Tie the two tails together and wrap around and around to form that pumpkin shape.
    10. Then knot to keep the shape.
    11. Weave the ends in.

For the stalk/stem – use the 8mm (US 11) needles and brown DK yarn.

Work with two strands of yarn together.

  1. Cast on 6 stitches
  2. Start with a knit row and work st st (stocking stitch) until the piece measures 2 inches (longer if you want!)
  3. Cast off.
  4. Stitch the stalk into place on the top of the pumpkin.
knit pumpkins autumn decoration

Small Pumpkin

If using DK yarn – knit two strands together.

  1. Cast on 36 stitches, leaving a tail length of about 15″
  2. Divide the stitches onto your two needles (use the 8mm (US 11) circular needles) and join being careful not to twist.
  3. *K5, P1* to end of 1st round.
  4. Add in the white yarn and K5 orange, P1 white to the end of the row.
  5. Repeat the above round 4 until the knitting is about 4″ long.
  6. Break off the yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, pull them together tight, and secure them with a knot.
  7. Turn the right side out.
  8. Then stuff the pumpkin with the fiberfill until it is nice and round.
  9. On the open end, thread your yarn through and pull it together to close the opening.
  10. Make a knot to hold it in place.
  11. Push the tail from the end through so you have two lengths of yarn coming from one end.
  12. Tie the two tails together and wrap around and around to form that pumpkin shape.
  13. Then knot to keep the shape.
  14. Weave the ends in.

For the stalk/stem – use the 8mm (US 11) needles and brown DK yarn.

Work with two strands of yarn together.

  1. Cast on 4 stitches
  2. Start with a knit row and work st st (stocking stitch) until the piece measures 1.5 inches (longer if you want!)
  3. Cast off.
  4. Stitch the stalk into place on the top of the pumpkin.
free pumpkin knitting pattern

Share your work with us…

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.

I’d love to see your work!

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