Welcome to Day 18 of #blogtober2021. Yesterday I visited mum and dad and enjoyed good catch up with mum as we finished off a pile of handmade pumpkins for my sister-in-law. She has a stall at a fayre very soon, so fingers crossed they will be popular.
Whilst the pumpkins I made were neither handknitted nor crocheted, they were still made with yarn and were super quick to make too.
But I haven't recorded a tutorial yet to show you my little secret, so instead I'm sharing my free knitted pumpkin pattern from last year which is just as nice.
These pumpkins are so cute and slightly addictive, but most of all they’re great fun to make, and before you know it you’ll have a whole pumpkin patch.
Like most of my patterns, I aim to keep things simple so that you can really enjoy the flow of your knitting. With just a few basic stitches (knit and purl) you will able to create your own pumpkin in no time at all.
I used a 50g ball of yarn and I used it held double to create a really squishy fabric. I only needed one 50g ball to make the large pumpkin and so it's a good economical make. It would make a great gift and you could use a cinnamon stick instead of a yarn stalk to make it smell really nice. Just push it firmly into the little indent/hole at the top of the pumpkin.
You can also dive into your stash and find those gorgeous autumnal left overs and the great thing is that you can use any yarn at all. Whether it’s Chunky or 4ply, Aran or Double Knitting, Wool, Cotton, Mohair or Acrylic - absolutely anything will be perfect. And if you don't have any thicker yarns, just use a thinner yarn held double.
All you need to do is to make sure that you use a smaller needle size than you would normally use for the yarn, so that the stitches are slightly smaller and tighter (so that the stuffing doesn't show through).
I found the best options were Chunky/Aran yarn, or Double Knitting yarn held double.
You can find the pattern over on Ravelry (the link will take you directly to the download).
Happy pumpkin knitting and have a fab October.