{FREE} Seed Stitch Pumpkin Knitting Pattern



Who’s knitting pumpkins on repeat?!

View this FREE seed stitch pumpkin knitting pattern with a cute rustic braided twine stem below.
{PS. It’s knit in the round, so there’s no seams to sew!}


Are you a brave beginner knitter?!

If you’re comfortable knitting & purling and have the tools to knit in the round, I think you can pull this off, no problem!



Available Sizes: Three

Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart

Pattern Language: English

Skill Level: Beginner

PDF Format: Printer & Mobile Friendly

Bonus: Videos


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Knit in the Round

Knit & Purl Stitches

No Increases or Decreases

Stem Making



Yarn Weight: Bulky

Yardage: 43 – 138 yards {39 – 126 meters}

Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Hue + Me

Needle Size: US 10.5 {6.5mm} Circular Needles with a 16” {40cm} Cable



Small: 5″ W x 3″ {12cm x 8cm} 43-47 yards {39-43m} 1.4oz {40g} unstuffed {Pic}

Medium: 8″ W x 5″ {20cm x 12cm} 88-92 yards {80-84m}

Large: 11″ W x 7″ {28cm x 18cm} 133-138 yards {121-126m} 



Gauge: Exact gauge is not required for this project.

Finished Stem Measurements: 1″ wide x 4″ {2cm x 10cm} {as pictured}




Knit bottom up.

Knit using the seed stitch.

Knit in the round with a circular needle.

When knitting in the round you’re always knitting the right side of your work.

For the small pumpkin you’ll need a smaller cable to knit in the round or a longer cable to knit using the magic loop method.


Pattern, Knit in the Round:

CO 35{S}, 65{M}, 95{L} STS

Round 1: *K1, P1* K1, PM

Round 2: *P1, K1* P1

Repeat rounds 1-2 for about 6″{S}, 9″{M}, 12″{L}


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. If you have a long tail, like I did in the video, you can push the tail back out to use to create the ribs.


Cinch the Top Closed {Part 1}: Without binding-off, cut/break your tail. Leaving a long tail, mine is a couple of feet long, probably too long, but I can use it to create some ribs too. Thread your darning needle and slip all the stitches off your working needles onto the thread. Stuff it before you cinch it closed.


Add Stuffing: Start by adding the stuffing to the outside edge and then fill in the center to your desired density.


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: 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. :)


Stem Materials:


7″ of Heavy Wire

Cutting Board + Clamp {something or someone to hold your twine while you braid it.}

Sharp Scissors

7″ Book/Board/Cell Phone {something to measure & wrap your twine around} 


Stem Instructions:

Wrap the twine around your 7″ item 15 times, so you have 30 strands. Carefully remove the strands, leaving it folded. Cut a 6″ piece of twine from the ball and wrap it around the top of your strands, about 1″ from the top, 5 times tightly, tie it in a knot in the back. Clamp the twine to the cutting board by the top, above the knot. Cut the bottom, so it doesn’t loop. Separate it into 3 sections of 10. Braid it about 5 times. Cut a 6″ piece of twine from the ball and wrap it around the bottom of your braid, about 1 1/2-2″ from the bottom, 5 times tightly, tie it in a knot in the back. Push the top wrap down towards the braids. Trim the top, so it’s about 1″ long. Push the bottom up towards the braids. Trim the bottom, if desired. Trim/hide the knot ends. Using the heavy wire, weave it into the braid, push it into the pumpkin and bend it, as desired.



* – * – 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}

PM – place marker {optional}

STS – stitches


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