Fall is the time for pumpkin spice and everything nice. Why not decorate your home with a few knitted pumpkins?
13 Free and Paid Knitted Pumpkin Patterns
If you love pumpkins and you love knitting, these knitted pumpkins will make your heart sing. Here’s a mix of 13 free and paid pumpkin patterns for you to fall in love with (pun intended). If crochet is more your thing then take a look at number 4 and then scroll to the bottom.
Why should you knit pumpkins?
- These pumpkins will last for years, unlike the real ones you have to buy or grow every year.
- They make wonderful seasonal toys for little ones.
- It’s a good project to teach a new knitter or practise cables.
- You can knit up a bunch to use as hostess gifts throughout the season.
Knitted pumpkins look best in uneven groupings. So when you make them, you may want to make three or five. These stash-busting knitting patterns are great for using up leftovers. You can experiment with using different wools and cotton yarn.
Getting gauge is not as important when knitting pumpkins so if you don’t have the wight of yarn that a pattern calls for you can use a different one, just adjust your needle size according to the yarn.
Remember that you want the knitting to be tight so your stuffing stays inside so you might want to use one size smaller needles than you normally would for the yarn.
The recommended weight of yarn is listed for every pattern. Using a different yarn will change the size of the pumpkin. If you use a heavier yarn the pumpkin will end up bigger and if you use a lighter yarn, the pumpkin will end up smaller. It’s a great way to learn why gauge is so important when knitting garments.
There are cabled options, pumpkins that are knit in the round or flat, some with a simple stem and some with a detailed stem. Some pumpkins feature a cinnamon stick as the stem.
If you see a feature you like in one pattern and a shape you like from another, then don’t be afraid to get both patterns and mix and match.
Knitting Patterns for Pumpkins
1) Easy Knitted Pumpkins by Claire Fairall (Paid)
These pumpkins are knitted flat and seamed. It comes with thorough explanations of how to sew, stuff and shape the pumpkins. A great pattern to start out with. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn.
2) Autumn Pumpkins by Crossmanknits (Free)
This pattern offers three different sizes and is knit flat. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to make a basic cable. The pattern calls for sport or DK weight yarns.
3) Harvest Moon Pumpkins by Kiki Geiger (Paid)
This pattern makes a basic but neat pumpkin. Try making them in various kind of yarn to see what look you like best. A mercerised cotton will give you that classic pumpkin sheen. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn.
4) Chunky Pumpkins by Maria’s Blue Crayon (Free)
This pattern includes instructions for both knitted and crocheted pumpkins and has great instructions for seaming and shaping the pumpkins. Notice the cinnamon sticks used as stems. The pattern calls for super chunky/bulky yarns.
5) Big Pumpkin by Denizas Toys Joys (Paid)
Look at the detailed stem. It makes such a big difference to this relatively simple pumpkin. The stem alone is worth the cost of this pattern. The pattern calls for chunky yarn.
6) Chick Little Pumpkins by Rachel Borello Carroll (Paid)
This pattern offers two different looks, one ribbed and one cabled. The white yarn is a stylish choice but you could make them any colour you would want. The pattern calls for chunky yarn.
7) Halloween Pumpkin by Emma Du (Paid)
This pattern is knit in the round and features two different stem designs. One stem is knit flat, while the other is an I-cord. If you haven’t worked an I-cord before, this is small enough to give you a taste of it without it being an issue if it doesn’t come out perfect.
Take a hint from the designer and try making some pumpkins in a tweed colourway.
8) Teeny Tiny Pumpkin by ButterflyLove1 (Paid)
Amigurumi taught us that small is cute and this tiny pumpkin is no exception. If you are new to working on small needles (the pattern calls for 2.25 mm), this could be a bit fiddly but a quick and rewarding knit. Plus, it’s great for using up those teeny tiny bits of yarn you have in your stash. The pattern calls for sport weight or 4-ply yarn.
9) Knitting Pumpkin by PolushkaBunny (Paid)
This pattern features not only a beautiful, slightly more advanced cable pattern but also a great stem. The pumpkin is knit with sportweight yarn and is a great stash buster.
10) Halloween Cable Pumpkins by Denizas Toy Joys (Paid)
This is a three-in-one pattern, which features three differently sized pumpkins ranging from ca. 5×5.5″ (13×14 cm) to ca. 8×10″ (20×25 cm) all knit in the round and two different types of stems. The pattern calls for chunky weight yarn.
11) Cable Knit Pumpkins by Midknits (Free)
This pattern includes two different sizes of pumpkins knit in the round. The pattern contains a detailed how-to, which makes it a great pattern for a beginner. The pumpkin is made using Aran weight yarn.
12) Squishy Squashes by Holly Woodward Designs (Free)
With three strands of DK weight yarn held together, this is a great stash-busting pattern where you can play around with the colour combos.
Take note of the cinnamon stick stem on these as well as on pattern no. 4. It’s a great idea and if you run out of yarn for any pumpkin pattern or can’t find the colour you want for the stem you can always use a cinnamon stick.
13) Little Pumpkins by Lily B’s (Paid)
This pattern was created to use specifically as photography props. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and it includes five different size options from 2.5″ (6.5 cm) to 5″ (13 cm) across. The pumpkin is cute but let’s be honest that adorable baby totally steals the show. Knit these for any fall babies in your life.
Want More Pumpkin Goodness?
Are you still looking for more knitted pumpkins or other pumpkin themes knitting patterns? If you would like to crochet some pumpkins instead, then take a look at these crocheted pumpkin patterns.
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