It’s that time of year my friends – knit pumpkin time! This is one of my favorite, simple patterns and it makes the prettiest fall decor. If you can knit and purl, you can easily make this pumpkin.
After sharing my crocheted pumpkin pattern, many of you contacted me wanting the knit version. This knitting pattern is simple enough for beginners and it creates the perfectly sized table pumpkin. I made mine in under two hours, so they work up relatively quickly and they make for a great stash buster. It uses less than a skein of yarn!
And, how about this yarn? I absolutely love the Cascade Magnum yarns not only because they look and feel high quality, but their color options are incredible! My pumpkin’s made with the Doeskin Heather color (here). I had some sitting in my stash. You can be creative and use any super bulky yarn that you have, in any color that you like! A less expensive option would be to use Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick (here). If you make one, I’d love to see it on Instagram or Facebook – just tag me @mamainastitch. Some of you have already shown me your crochet versions and they’re gorgeous!
Above: If you’re going to display the pumpkins, make more than one. They look cute when they are huddled with two or more. The white one is my crocheted version (here).
Let’s get to this pattern!
You’ll find the free pattern below, or you can purchase the ad-free, printable version from my Etsy shop HERE. 🙂
This chunky pumpkin works up quickly with large, circular knitting needles and super bulky yarn! It’s easy enough for beginners and has a rustic, store-bought look. The color possibilities are endless and you can be creative with the fun little stem. They work great as last-minute fall gifts, or to use as décor in your own home.
- US Size 15, 16” circular knitting needles
- 1 skein Cascade Magnum in Doeskin Heather or comparable #6 Super Bulky Yarn (Pattern uses less than a skein)
- Poly-fil or preferred stuffing
- Stick for the stem
- Tapestry Needle
Skill Level: Beginner
Size: Approximately 7.5” wide x 5” high
Gauge: Not important for this pattern
This pumpkin is knit in the round on circular knitting needles. There’s no shaping and the simple rib stitch pattern is easy enough for anyone who knows how to knit and purl. Feel free to knit for more rows to make it taller or knit fewer rows to make it shorter!
Abbreviations (US) & Skills:
k – knit
p – purl
sts – stitches
Chunky Quick Knit Pumpkin Pattern
Cast on 36 stitches, join to knit in the round (If you are having trouble joining in the round because it’s tight, you can cast on 40 and get the same result)
Round 1 *k2p2, repeat from * around (36 sts)
Rounds 2 – 24 Repeat round 1 (36 sts)
Next, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Using your tapestry needle, pull the tail through each stitch on the needle. Cinch it closed and tie off. Stuff pumpkin with poly-fil as desired. Next, with a length of yarn and the tapestry needle, sew the bottom of the tube closed and weave in ends. To create more shaping, you may also choose to pull the tail from the center top through the bottom of the pumpkin. Tie to the bottom of the pumpkin in order to give it a pumpkin shape.
Be creative with the stem! Use part of branch, stick or crochet an i-cord to put in the top.
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Below: Knit a rib stitch, following the pattern to create a tube.
Next, cinch the top closed (I’ve flipped it so the top is now the bottom) to prepare to stuff!
Last, stuff and pull yarn through to close off the bottom and shape.
Below: Just like with my crocheted pumpkin, I used a dead Aspen Tree branch for the stem.
And that’s it!
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Hope you enjoy making pumpkins this fall! Have you knit pumpkins before? I’d love to hear what you think!
Oh! And I also added this pattern to Ravelry HERE!