Free Pumpkin Knitting Pattern – For Beginners

This pumpkin knitting pattern is great for beginners because unlike most pumpkin patterns, this one does NOT require increase or decrease stitches. It is knit in the round, which I feel is easier for a beginner because you don’t have to seam the two sides together at the end. I use circular knitting needles instead of double pointed, which again I feel is easier for a beginner to use.

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Materials to knit your pumpkin

Tools to knit your pumpkin

Additional notes

  • Knitted Pumpkin Finished Size: Approx. 22.5″ circumference, 7″ diameter, and 4.5″ high (not including the stem)
    • Cast on more stitches (in multiples of 3) and increase rounds to create a larger pumpkin
  • Total Knitting Time: ~6 hours
  • Knit in 2 x 1 ribbing
  • Exact gauge is not required for this project

Skills you need for this pumpkin knitting pattern

  • Know how create a slip knit and cast on stitches
  • Know how to knit in the round
  • Know how to knit stitch
  • Know how to purl stitch
  • Know how to pass live stitches off knitting needles onto a tapestry needle
grey knitted pumpkin created using our free pumpkin knitting pattern

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Free Pumpkin Knitting Pattern

Knitting Pattern Abbreviations

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

Pattern

  1. CO 39 sts, leaving a tail length of 12 inches. Join in the round, then PM at the start of the round.
  2. Round 1: K2, P1, rep to end of round.
  3. Rep round 1 for 25 rounds or until work is 8″.

To complete your pumpkin

  1. Do not bind-off. Cut a long tail, about 16″, and use a tapestry needle to pull it through the live stitches on your needle. This will be the TOP of your pumpkin.
    • If you want to see how to do this, watch this video, starting at the 3:11 mark. Take note however that the pumpkin being knit in this video is done using only knit stitches, whereas my pumpkin knitting pattern uses a 2×1 Rib stitch. So you are only watching the video at the 3:11 mark to learn how to pass live stitches off your knitting needles.
  2. From the CO side, use a tapestry needle to thread your tail through the CO stitches. Cinch a little as you go, then after you have threaded all the way around the CO stitches, cinch all the way closed. The hole will still be about 1/2″ wide. That is as closed as you will be able to get it. Weave the tail through a couple stitches to secure it. This will be the BOTTOM of your pumpkin.
    • Watch the same video at the 3:44 mark to see how to thread your tail through the CO stitches.
  3. From the top, stuff the pumpkin with Poly-fil. Don’t overstuff or the stitches will be pulled too tightly and your stuffing will show through (especially if you are using a dark colored yarn).
  4. Cinch the top, leaving a hole big enough for a cinnamon stick. Weave the tail, through several stitches to secure it.
  5. Using a tapestry needle, run the tail through the hole on the top, down through the center of the pumpkin and out through the hole in the bottom.
  6. Pull tightly and tie it to the CO tail at the bottom. I simply tied the 2 tails together like I would tie a shoe (with a bow). That way if I need to undo it for any reason, it would be easy to do so.
    • This will cause the pumpkin to dip inwards on both the top and bottom, creating that pumpkin shape.
  7. Stuff the excess tails into the hole on the bottom.
  8. Place a cinnamon stick into the hole on the top.
  9. Enjoy your knitted pumpkin!
blue knitted pumpkin with a cinnamon stick for a stem, sitting on a table.

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