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Make it your best Halloween with our pumpkin knitting pattern

Knit our giant pumpkin pattern for a Halloween that's big on fun! It makes an ideal cushion for costumed kids to sit and roll about on, and looks almost good enough to eat!

a huge orange knitted pumpkin with a green stalk squats on a colourful matt. It looks like a chonky boi

Our knitted pumpkin might be the softest pumpkin you’ll ever encounter! It’s worked in stocking stitch throughout and is shaped with increases and decreases, then yarn is pulled taut from top to bottom to create the segmented, squishy shape.

It’s easy to knit on two straight needles and is an easy pattern for knitters of all abilities to cast on for Halloween. If you’re a speedy knitter, you should complete it in a couple of evenings.

We’ve knitted our pumpkin in Sirdar baby bamboo yarn, but this pumpkin knitting pattern will work in any DK yarn. Why not try it in a technicolour yarn for a more colourful pumpkin? Upcycle any of your DK yarn leftovers in this pattern for a planet and wallet-kind craft treat..

Free pumpkin knitting pattern

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Pumpkin knitting pattern measurements

When worked in DK yarn, the finished knitted pumpkin will measure approx. 26cm (10¼in) tall, 95cm (37½in) around middle at widest point

Pumpkin knitting pattern abbreviations

Our pattern uses standard UK knitting abbreviations. For a full list, check out our knitting abbreviations article

How to start making the pumpkin knitting pattern

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You Will Need

  • Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK yarn (Burnt orange)
  • Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK yarn (Apple)
  • 3mm knitting needles ((UK 11, US 2/3))
  • Toy stuffing

Total time:

Step 1

Using yarn A and 3mm (UK 11, US 2/3) needles, cast on 10 sts using your preferred cast on method. Take a look at our how to cast on knitting article for a step-by-step guide.

Step 2

Row 1:Purl.

 

a big swishy orange knitted pumpkin squats on the floor surround by big crayon sticks. Comfy and fun!

Increasing stitches to shape your pumpkin

Step 1

Row 2 Inc in every st. 40 sts
Row 3 Purl
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 Purl
The pumpkin knitting pattern sticks to this pattern, working a row where you increase every stitch, then 3 rows of stocking stitch starting with a purl row until you have 100 stitches on your needles.

Step 2

Next row (K1, inc in next st) to end. 60 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K2, inc in next st) to end. 80 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K3, inc in next st) to end. 100 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K4, inc in next st) to end. 120 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K5, inc in next st) to end. 140 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 5 rows.
Next row (K6, inc in next st) to end. 160 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 7 rows.
Next row (K7, inc in next st) to end. 180 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 9 rows.
Next row (K8, inc in next st) to end. 200 sts

Knitting the middle section of your pumpkin

Step 1

<p> Starting with a purl row, st-st 57 rows. We’re making the pumpkin longer with 57 more rows of stocking stitch. You won’t work any decrease rows at all in these 57 rows.<p>

Decreasing stitches to shape your pumpkin

Step 1

Next row (K8, k2tog) to end. 180 sts

Starting with a purl row, st-st 9 rows.

We’ll shape the pumpkin towards the narrow top by reducing the number of knit stitches between each k2tog in the decrease rows and reducing the number of stitching stitch rows between each decrease row, too.

Step 2

Next row (K7, k2tog) to end. 160 sts

Starting with a purl row, st-st 7 rows.

Step 3

Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K3, k2tog) to end. 80 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K2, k2tog) to end. 60 sts
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows.
Next row (K1, k2tog) to end. 40 sts
Next row Purl.
Next row K2tog to end. 20 sts

Knitting your pumpkin stalk

Step 1

Change to yarn B. All stitches from now on will be worked in your secondary stalk colour. We’re using green.

knit a stalk for your pumpkin with this lovely round green top!

Step 2

Next row Purl.
Next row K2tog to end. 10 sts
We’re now done decreasing until we get to the top of the stalk.

Step 3

Starting with a purl row, st-st 10 rows.
Next row (WS) Knit.
Next row Knit.
Next row Purl.

Finishing off the top of your stalk

Step 1

Next row K2tog to end. 5 sts

Step 2

Cut yarn and thread through sts. Gather round cast-on sts and pull up tightly.

Sewing up your pumpkin

Step 1

Sew seam, leaving an 8cm gap at top.

Step 2

Pull up sts of green stalk tightly and secure.

Step 3

Sew the seam of the stalk to the base.

Stuffing and shaping your pumpkin

Step 1

Turn cushion RS out and stuff with filling. Sew remaining seam.

Step 2

Cut 6 x 50cm lengths of yarn A. With seam at back of cushion, run a length of yarn from top (at the base of the stalk) down the left hand side (if the seam is 12 on a clock face, the yarn would be at 9) to cast on sts at base, working 1.5cm running sts.

Step 3

Secure yarn at the base then pull up yarn from top tightly – this defines the pumpkin shape. Secure the yarn at the top then work a second length to the right (at 3 o’clock) in the same way.

Shape a paper pumpkin

We use the same segment shaping in our paper mache pumpkin, too. So if you want to see a video of the process in action, check out Gathered’s how to make a paper mache pumpkin article.

how to a make paper mache pumpkin

Step 4

Repeat for remaining lengths of yarn to create six segments in all at 1 o’clock, 5 o’clock, 7 o’clock and 11 o’clock.

Step 5

Use a length of yarn C yarn to gather round sts at base of stalk and pull up slightly to tighten it. Run the length of yarn to the centre top then back down again to base. Pull gently so that top of stalk becomes inverted.

Step 6

Tie in all loose ends. Your knitted pumpkin is finished!

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Download the pumpkin knitting pattern

If you would like a printer version of the pumpkin knitting pattern, we have creates this A4 PDF version. Click to download the pumpkin knitting pattern.

Halloween shouldn’t cost the earth

If you can craft your own Halloween accessories, you’re not relying on shop-bought plastic single use items. You can avoid the mass market and craft something unique that can be used every year.

Using Gathered’s craft projects like the free pumpkin knitting pattern will make Halloween unique for you and your family. It is better for you and better for the planet, too.

Make more for your decor

Get crafty and make this year the spookiest yet with Gathered’s fab and fun DIY homemade Halloween decorations! There’s everything from bat bunting to crochet spider’s webs. They’ll look just perfect alongside your knitted pumpkins.

Find more homemade Halloween decorations to craft!