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Knitted Pumpkin Pattern on Straight Needles

This festive Pumpkin Knitting Pattern shares how to easily these adorable softies. You’ll love how quickly they knit up with straight needles and any yarn fiber of your choice.

These cute quick-knits are a seasonal favorite here at Studio Knit. The free knitting instructions include my video tutorial with a detailed overview of how you can knit a pumpkin in four different sizes.

Knitted Pumpkin Softies in blue, green, and white yarn colors with velvet yarn.

See Also: How to Knit a Pumpkin Web Story >


Pumpkin Spice Season Has Arrived!

Pumpkin Spice everything has arrived already at Starbucks here in the US and Canada. Why do we care? It kicks off our Knitting Season, of course!

Enjoy decorating your home in whimsical pumpkin softies throughout the holidays… a new tradition for autumn Halloween and Thanksgiving home decor! The winter Christmas holidays are brightened up with cool, icy colors like blue and teal. My samples are knit in velvet yarn, but absolutely any fiber looks cozy.

Velvet knitted pumpkins stacked atop each other in blue, green, and white yarn colors

Knitting Materials to Make Knitted Pumpkins

These Pumpkins knit up with one or two colors of your choice.

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Knitting Techniques to Knit Pumpkin Softies

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Slip Knot 
• CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
I-Cord
• K = Knit Stitch 
• P = Purl Stitch
• KFB = Knit Front + Back to Increase
• K2TOG = Knit 2 Sts Together to Decrease
Bind Off
Weave in Yarn Tails


PUMPKIN KNITTING PATTERN
Click to watch step-by-step video tutorial

Knit velvet pumpkins flat on straight needles. Free knitting pattern for beginners by Studio Knit

Pumpkin Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Knitted Pumpkin Softies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

This festive Pumpkin Knitting Pattern creates easy holiday decor.  Knit up pumpkins easily flat with straight needles and any yarn fiber of your choice.

Materials

  • Recommended Yarn: Bernat Velvet. Bulky Size #5 Weight Yarn (10 - 100 yards)
  • Polyfill, or any stuffing of your choice

Tools

  • 2 Straight Knitting Needles or Circulars 7 US / 4.5 mm
  • 2 Double Pointed Needles 7 US / 4.5 mm
  • Tapestry Needle - Clover Chibi Jumbo Bent Tip Darning Needle Set
  • Scissors - Gold Stork Crane Scissors

Instructions

KNITTING GAUGE
14 Sts x 20 Rows = 4” x 4” / 10 x 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch Pattern

PUMPKIN SIZES
These sizes are approximations when using size 7 US knitting needles and bulky weight yarn. Smaller or larger sizes can also be achieved by changing your needle size and yarn gauge.

MINI: 11" circumference / 2" height
SMALL: 15" circumference / 2.5" height
MEDIUM: 20" circumference / 3.5" height
LARGE: 24" circumference / 4" height

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CAST ON 6 Stitches onto your Straight Knitting Needles.

Note: Knit flat on circular needles if you are knitting larger sizes to help hold multiple stitches.

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INCREASE SECTION

Row 1 (RS): * KFB * (repeat btwn * *, 12 sts remain)

Row 2 (WS): Purl All

Row 3: * KFB, K1 * (18 sts)

Row 4: Purl All

Row 5: * KFB, K2 * (24 sts)

Row 6: Purl All

Row 7: * KFB, K3 * (30 sts)

Row 8: Purl All

Row 9: * KFB, K4 * (36 sts)

Row 10: Purl All

Mini size ►Jump to Stockinette Section

Small, Medium, and Large sizes ► Continue Increases

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Row 11: * KFB, K5 * (42 sts)

Row 12: Purl All

Row 13: * KFB, K6 * (48 sts)

Row 14: Purl All

Small size ►Jump to Stockinette Section

Medium and Large sizes ► Continue Increases

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Row 15: * KFB, K7 * (54 sts)

Row 16: Purl All

Row 17: * KFB, K8 * (60 sts)

Row 18: Purl All

Medium size ► Jump to Stockinette Section

Large size ► Continue Increases

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Row 19: * KFB, K9 * (66 sts)

Row 20: Purl All

Row 21: * KFB, K10 * (72 sts)

Row 22: Purl All

Large size ► Jump to Stockinette Section

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STOCKINETTE PATTERN

Row 1: Knit All

Row 2: Purl All

Mini: Knit 4 Rows of Stockinette, then Jump to Decrease Section Row 13

Small: Knit 6 Rows of Stockinette, then Jump to Decrease Section Row 9

Med: Knit 8 Rows of Stockinette, then Jump to Decrease Section Row 5

Large: Knit 10 Rows of Stockinette, then Jump to Decrease Section Row 1

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DECREASE SECTION

Row 1: * K2Tog, K10 * (66 sts)

Row 2: Purl All

Row 3: * K2Tog, K9 * (60 sts)

Row 4: Purl All

Row 5: * K2Tog, K8 * (54 sts)

Row 6: Purl All

Row 7: * K2Tog, K7 * (48 sts)

Row 8: Purl All

Row 9: * K2Tog, K6 * (42 sts)

Row 10: Purl All

Row 11: * K2Tog, K5 * (36 sts)

Row 12: Purl All

Row 13: * K2Tog, K4 * (30 sts)

Row 14: Purl All

Row 15: * K2Tog, K3 * (24 sts)

Row 16: Purl All

Row 17: * K2Tog, K2 * (18 sts)

Row 18: Purl All

Row 19: * K2Tog, K1 * (12 sts)

Row 20: Purl All

Row 21: * K2Tog * (6 sts)

Row 22: Purl All

Bind Off, Break Yarn.

With Right Sides Touching, Seam Edge 3/4 up, Turn Right-Side Out, Insert Stuffing, Finish Seaming.

Weave Thru Remaining Stitches.

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PUMPKIN WEDGING

With a new strand of yarn on your tapestry needle, weave through the center of your stuffed pumpkin ball a couple of times until secure. Doubling up yarn helps to prevent it from breaking since we are pulling it tightly.

Wrap around the perimeter of your pumpkin and cinch it up.

Repeat wraps 5 more times evenly distributed around your pumpkin to create its wedges. Feel free to get creative and make even more wedges, if you’d like!

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PUMPKIN STEM I-CORD

New to knitting I-Cords? Watch my video for more instruction >

Cast On 4 Stitches onto Double-Pointed Knitting Needle

Slide 4 Stitches to opposite end of the needle and knit all.

Repeat until your stem is approximately 2 inches (8 rows), or the length you desire.

Break yarn, weave through ends.

Using tapestry needle, attach to the center of your pumpkin.

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