Pumpkins and a Pattern

knitted pumpkins

Sometimes I get these ideas in my head that just work at me until I give in to them. They’ll start with a color or a texture, then evolve into something more substantial.  That’s how it was with these pumpkins.  I started thinking about nubby, burnt orange wool, the color of autumn.  The wool soon became a pumpkin.  Then there was no helping me; I was off to the yarn store.

knitted pumpkins_2

Now I must give you fair warning.  I have never written a knitting pattern prior to this, so if there are mistakes or it doesn’t make sense, let me know and I’ll try to explain it better.  I will use standard abbreviations and terms.   So, if I can read my writing, I’ll give you the pattern now!  This is for the pumpkin just above.  I used 4 double pointed, size 8 needles, and Malabrigo worsted wool in Rhodesian 123.  The stem I did on size 4 double points, and used Malabrigo worsted in Lettuce 37.

For the pumpkin, using your main color, cast on 9 stitches, evenly spaced over 3 needles.  Place a marker at the beginning stitch of first round.
Round 1:  Knit in front and back (kfb) of each stitch. 18 stitches
Round 2: *slip (sl) 1, k2; repeat from * around.
Round 3: *k1, kfb 2; repeat from * around. 30 stitches
Round 4: *sl1, k4; repeat from * around
Round 5: *k1, kfb 4; repeat from * around. 54 stitches
Round 6: *sl 1, k8; repeat from * around
Round 7: *k1, (kfb k1) 4 times; repeat from * around. 78 stitches
Round 8: *sl1, k12; repeat from * around
Round 9: *k1, (k2 kfb) 4 times; repeat from * around. 102 stitches
Round 10: *sl1, k16; repeat from * around
Round 11: knit all stitches
Round 12: *sl1, k16; repeat from * around
Round 13: *k1, k2tog, k12, k2tog; repeat from * around
Round 14: *sl1, k14; repeat from * around
Round 15: *k1, k2tog, k10, k2tog; repeat from * around
Round 16: *sl1, k12; repeat from * around
Round 17: *k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog; repeat from * around
Round 18: *sl1, k9; repeat from * around
Round 19: *k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog; repeat from * around

Before continuing, lightly stuff the pumpkin with stuffing of choice.  I used wool roving.

Round 20: * sl1, k6; repeat from * around.
Round 21: *k1, (k2tog) 3 times; repeat from * around
Round 22: *sl1, k3; repeat from * around
Round 23: *k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1; repeat from * around
Round 24: * sl1, k2; repeat from * around
Round 25: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * around
Round 26: k2tog around

Cut thread (with at least a 5 inch tail) and pull through all remaining stitches.  Pull up to tighten, then use a crewel needle to sew in the thread end.

With green and smaller needles, cast on 6 stitches over 3 needles
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: *kfb, k1; repeat from * around
Round 3: knit all stitches
Round 4: *k1, kfb, k1; repeat from * around
Round 5: knit all stitches
Round 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: bind off knitwise

Using green yarn, stitch stem to pumpkin.
*****EDIT****** Thank you to Emimintz for finding a typo!  Round 13 had an 8 in front of the K1 that should have been an *.  I’m going to knit through this again today to see if I can find any more mistakes:)

I hope you like this pumpkin pattern!  Feel free to make as many as you want for yourself or to share with your friends.  Now I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but please do not make these and sell them on Etsy.

Coming soon!  A spider web crochet pattern!  OOooooo!  Spooky!


Update 9/17/14 – I’ve added a pattern for a crochet stem, leaf and tendril for this pumpkin.  Click here!

42 Replies to “Pumpkins and a Pattern”

  1. Hi Bobbi!

    I saw your project for the knitted pumpkins and just love that idea! I am the editor of AllFreeKnitting.com and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I’ve noticed you have some other great projects on your site, and I would love to link to all of your other free knitting patterns as well. I know my readers would just love them and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project and/or other free projects, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. It’s really that simple. Your project will look similar to this project already on my site:


    My site is part of Prime Publishing and we publish 19 cooking and crafting web sites. We have over 3.5 million active e-mail subscribers and about 10 million page views per week. You can learn more about us at http://www.primecp.com.

    Please let me know if you would like to get started.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you!

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    Prime Publishing LLC

    PS – your blog is gorgeous!

        1. Hi Brenda! I have not managed to write out a pattern for the acorns yet:) Perhaps someday when I feel I’ve finally perfected it, I’ll actually write down what I’ve done!

          1. Hi Brenda, I just don’t think I’m going to get around to that. My focus in life right now has moved away from crochet mostly. I did do a Pinterest search and found lots of fun patterns. Just type in “crochet acorn pattern”. These are mostly for a heavier weight yarn that the ones I did, but you just adjust your stitches. These patterns will give you the basic idea and it’s really easy to make up your own pattern.

  2. Is it possible for you to explain what I should do in rounds 7 and 9 as I find them very confusing. I finish with my 54 stitches and then I cannot gain 78 and next 102 stitches. I’ve been trying many times and nothing. I love your pumpkin pattern and really wish to complete it!:)

    Best regards

    1. Hi Mania! I’ll be glad to explain:) In round 7 it says ” *k1(kfb k1) 4 times; repeat from * around. 78 stitches” kfb is shorthand for knit in the front and the back of the same stitch, which means you will be increasing. There are no increases in round 8, then in round 9 you increase again, ending with 102 stitches.

      Good luck and let me know if I can be of more help!

      1. What cute pumpkins!! Thank you for sharing the pictures and pattern! I too was stuck on rows 7 and 9 and coming up with too few stitches. I believe a comma fixes the issue: * k1, (kfb, k1)4 times *

        Before, it was unclear to me how much to repeat four times. With the comma, row 7 would then tell you to repeat the following sequence: k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1. Start again with k1.

        Likewise, row 9 would be: * k1, (k2, kfb)4 times *

        1. Erin, typically when you have directions in parenthesis and then a repeat number after, it means to repeat what is in parenthesis. I’m going to take your advice though and put the comma in;)

  3. Yes, I believe there is still something wrong with row 9, and possibly 9 (haven’t tried that one yet). As written, you get 72 stitches, not 78. I thought maybe the problem was that the asterisk should be after the first k1, but if you do that you get 81 stitches overall.

    1. Hi JP! I just finished working through the pattern again for Manuela. The pattern is correct as written. Make sure you are doing the complete repeats and not forgetting that K1! I will email you the more detailed instructions that I sent Manuela.

      1. Hi Bobbi, First , thank you for being so generous with all us knitters! I am somewhat new to knitting (self taught with all the wonderful youtube tutorials). I’m just now starting intermediate projects. I just started the pumpkin. Do I assume to knit in the round? (remember, I’m new 🙂 ) Thank you

    2. I too was stuck on rows 7 and 9 and coming up with too few stitches. I believe a comma fixes the issue: * k1, (kfb, k1)4 times *

      Before, it was unclear to me how much to repeat four times. With the comma, row 7 would then tell you to repeat the following sequence: k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1. Start again with k1.

      Likewise, row 9 would be: * k1, (k2, kfb)4 times *

  4. Hi , I really love your knitted pumpkin! I made it in 1 day an it is so cute. I did fiddle a bit with the beginning so I knitted the first three rounds to firm up my circle . It is where my stem will go. I am new to knitting and love your ideas, keep them coming!

          1. I sent my petite pumpkin to you , I really enjoy your patterns , hope you have some ideas for upcoming holidays.
            Let me know when you receive the photo.
            So nice to know you .

  5. How did you do the ribbing on your pumpkins? I’m trying to make this and one other pattern and can’t figure out how to do this.

  6. I don’t think so. I haven’t tried to make this pattern yet and another one I saw had confusing directions regarding the ribbing. I have just never seen something come out like your pumpkins without gathering stitches so I was confused. I will try it and let you know if I can’t get something to work. Thank you.

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