Knitting Tutorial: DIY Pumpkins For Fall

I'm so excited about these pumpkin patterns because I think they are my favourite using leftover yarn so far, and also because fall is my season. The weather here in Hong Kong has not been cooler but I'm already in full-blown autumn mode - isn't it end of September after all? Dried flowers and spiced candles are all over my house, and my Olive Everyday Beanie is sitting on my chair, waiting for me to wear it. And most importantly - PUMPKINS. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin lattes... and knitted pumpkins.


This is a super easy beginner pattern, available in two versions depending on which of our kits you have made:

  • Round pumpkin: suitable for those who have completed our Everyday Scarf or any baby kit.

  • Curved pumpkin: suitable for those who have completed our Everyday Beanie.



What you will need (for 1 pumpkin)

- A pair of 6.00 mm knitting needles - or any size you have on hand.

- About 20g of our Chunky/Everyday yarn - or any spare yarn that you have on hand that fits your needle size. 20g makes a pumpkin of approximately 12*7 cm. If you don't have 20g, it will work too, you will just have a smaller pumpkin.

- Some stuffing - I use polyester stuffing bought from the stationery/craft store, but you can use also cotton balls (those for removing makeup), or scraps of an old t-shirt.

- A sewing needle - you can use the one provided in our kits.

- Something for the top of your pumpkins: I used bits of twigs from my dried plants, you can easily find them in parks. You can also use a toothpick or a cinnamon stick!

- A pair of scissors

- A tape measure or ruler


For the round pumpkin (Level 1 & baby kits)


1. Cast on 16 stitches and knit until you reach 22 cm. Cast off and leave an end of 150 cm. Hide the other short end.


Note 1: if you're using a different needle size than 6.00mm, cast on the number of stitches you need to make a rectangle of 11 x 22 cm.


Note 2: if you're making a different pumpkin size, cast on any number of stitches. Just make sure the ratio is always 1:2 (height is double the base length).



2. Turn your rectangle horizontally. Sew the two edges together.


You can join the two edges with any method you want. But for an (almost) invisible seam, look for the 'Vs' below the cast on and cast off borders. Insert your needle under the 'V', alternating each side until you reach the end.


Note: make sure to fold it so that the end you have hidden sits inside.



3. We will now close one end of the tube. To do so, insert your needle under the border, from the outside to the inside, skipping every two stitches.



4. Continue all around, then pull to close the end.


5. Stuff the pumpkin, and close the other end using the same method as in 3.


6. To create that "pumpkin shape" (where the top and bottom are curved in), insert the needle inside the pumpkin back and forth. Pull tight.



7. Hide the end by inserting it in the pumpkin and cut it off. Add the stick on top and voilà!



For the curved pumpkin (The Everyday Beanie)


1. Cast on 32 stitches and knit in stockinette until you reach 11 cm. Cast off and leave an end of 150 cm. Hide the other short end.


Note 1: if you're using a different needle size than 6.00mm, cast on the number of stitches you need to make a rectangle of 11 x 22 cm.


Note 2: if you're making a different pumpkin size, cast on any number of stitches. Just make sure the ratio is always 1:2 (height is double the base length).



2. Sew the edges together using the seamless method explained in your Everyday Beanie's kit booklet.


Note: make sure to fold it so that the end you have hidden sits inside.









3. Follow the steps 3 to 5 explained for the round pumpkin design above, to stuff and close the pumpkin.


4. To make the pumpkin shape, bring your yarn down the side. Insert your needle through the bottom hole and out the top hole, pull tight. Repeat for as many panels as you like.


I would recommend to make different-sized panels for a more realistic pumpkin. No pumpkin is that perfect!



5. Close the bottom and top holes if needed. Hide the end by inserting it in the pumpkin and cut it off. Add the stick on top.



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