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Faux Fur Pumpkin Knitting Pattern

This free pumpkin knitting pattern is knit flat using straight needles. It’s a super quick & easy knitting pattern!

Get the free large pumpkin knitting pattern below or
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hand knit faux fur pumpkin

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About the Pattern

This is a beginner friendly knitting pattern, however the faux fur makes it a little challenging to tell the difference between the knit stitch and purl stitch.

This pumpkin knits up super quick.

It uses less than 1 skein of Lion Brand Faux Fur yarn.

It’s so soft, you’ll want to pet it. :)

Available Sizes: Three
Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart
Pattern Language: English
Skill Level: Beginner
PDF Format: Printer & Mobile Friendly
Bonus: Videos

Techniques

Here are some of the knitting skills you need to know before getting started:

Knit Flat
Knit & Purl Stitches
No Increases or Decreases
Stem Making

WHAT’S TO LOVE!?

  • It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! {Despicable Me quote}
  • It doesn’t look knitted. {pro or con? I haven’t decided.}
  • On trend this season.

Yarn & Substitutions

Yarn Weight: Super Bulky
Yardage: 9 – 40 yards {8 – 36 meters}
Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Go For Faux
Yarn Substitutes: Sirdar Alpine, Yarn Bee Fur the Moment, Hobbii Fur Lux

Needles & Notions

Needle Size: US 17 {12mm} Needles
Darning / Tapestry Needle
Scissors

hand knit faux fur pumpkin
The softest & squishiest pumpkin of them all!

Details

Gauge: Exact gauge is not required for this project.

Sizes & Measurements

Small: 6″ W x 3 3/4″ {15cm x 9cm} 9-13 yards {8-12m}
Medium: 9″ W x 5 1/2″ {23cm x 14cm} 18-22 yards {16-20m} 3.2oz {90g} unstuffed {pictured}
Large: 12″ W x 7 1/2″ {30cm x 19cm} 36-40 yards {32-36m}

Notes

Not reversible.
Knit bottom up.
Knit using the stockinette stitch.
Knit in the round with a circular needle.

Expert Tips
This yarn is not beginner friendly. It’s hard to tell the difference between a knit & purl stitch, even when you’re familiar with them. :)

The faux fur yarn is not ideal for beginner knitters because it’s hard to see the stitches, but you can substitute any yarn you want or have on hand. I’m using the stockinette stitch to keep it super simple.

hand knit faux fur pumpkin
Without a stem, it makes a lovely pillow!

Pattern, Knit Flat {Row-by-Row}

CO 15{S}, 30{M}, 45{L} STS

Row 1 {WS}: *P*
Row 2 {RS}: *K*
Repeat rows 1-2 for about 6″ {S}, 9″ {M}, 12″ {L}

Don’t bind-off just yet, seam the sides closed.

Get the free large pumpkin knitting pattern below or
purchase the ad-free, downloadable & printable PDF here.

How to Finish

Cinch the Bottom Closed: With a long tail, thread your darning needle and pick-up every outside stitch of the cast-on edge.  Cinch it as you go. Whip stitch it across the hole to reinforce it {optional}. Push the tail into the center, tie a knot and leave the tail inside, you don’t have to weave in the ends.

Cinch the Top Closed {Part 1}: Without binding-off, cut/break your tail. Leaving a long tail, thread your darning needle and slip all the stitches off your working needles onto the thread. Stuff it before you cinch it closed.

How to Stuff Your Knitted Pumpkin: Start by adding the stuffing to the outside edge and then fill in the center to your desired density. I don’t have a local craft store, but I do have a Dollar General. I found their cheapest pillow, which was their brand and measures about 26″ x 19″ and I used the whole thing to stuff my large sized pumpkin. :)

Cinch the Top Closed {Part 2}: Now you’re ready to cinch the top closed. If you have a delicate yarn that might break, you’ll want to take extra care with this step and cinch a little at a time working your way around all the stitches. I recommend going around a second time to reinforce it. Keeping it cinched tightly, tie a knot and push the end into the inside of the pumpkin. If you have a long enough tail, use it to make a rib or 2.

Make the Ribs for Your Knitted Pumpkin: Starting at the top center, if you’re starting with a new thread wrap it around the top edge and tie a knot in it, thread it through a column of seed stitches to the bottom, cinch it and tie a knot to anchor it.

Weave in the ends, or push them into the center of your pumpkin.

No blocking necessary. :)

hand knit faux fur pumpkin
Create this simple stem with some left-over yarn & stuffing to make the cute stem.

How to Make the Stem

Stem Materials
Twine or Yarn
Stuffing
Heavy Wire

Finished Stem Measurements
1 1/4″ wide x 4″ {3cm x 10cm} {as pictured}

Stem Instructions
Using some polyfill, make it a little smaller than the final size you’d like. It doesn’t need to be super dense. I found it to be quite easy to work with, a lot easier than I thought it would be. :)

Wrap the twine around, from the top to the bottom, the full length of the stem about 10 times, or until the top and bottom are mostly covered. The “corners” are a little trickier, you could try wrapping it a couple of extra times so you have a little more twine to play with and move around when it’s finished.

Switch from wrapping from top to bottom to wrapping it around the girth of the stem working from one end to the other. I over lapped it a little so the polyfill didn’t show through. When you’re happy with it, cut a tail and tuck it under itself. Snip the extra off, if you have any.

Using the heavy wire, push one end into the stem and one end into the pumpkin and bend it as desired.

Knitting Abbreviations

* – * – repeat between *
CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
STS – stitches

FAQ

Can I knit this pattern using a different yarn {not faux fur}?

Yes, however it’ll look completely different, but it’ll be just as easy.

Can I knit this pattern using a different weight faux fur yarn?

Definitely! If you cast-on using the same number of stitches with a thinner yarn & smaller needles, you’ll have a smaller pumpkin.

If you cast-on using the same number of stitches with a thicker yarn & smaller needles, you’ll have a larger pumpkin.

Do you want the same size pumpkin, but want to use thinner yarn?

Cast-on more stitches in any increment.

Do you want the same size pumpkin, but want to use thicker yarn,

Cast-on fewer stitches in any increment.

Can I make it even larger?!

Yes, just cast-on more than the recommended amount of stitches, in any increment. If you CO 60 STS, using the same yarn, your pumpkin should be about 15″. ;)

Get the free large pumpkin knitting pattern below or
purchase the ad-free, downloadable & printable PDF here.

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