{FREE} Teddy Bear Pumpkin Knitting Pattern


Knit your very own oversized, huggable teddy bear pumpkin. When you’re done knitting it, just try not to squeeze it… I dare you! ;)


Pottery Barn is my inspiration…

I love all things cozy and they have some of the coziest home collections. I was so excited to see their fall collection! A couple of weeks ago I went to their website and the first thing I saw at the top of the page was a knitted pumpkin. It’s like they designed their website just for me. They knew I was coming. {lol!}


I was browsing through the different pumpkins they have and I noticed some user submitted photos… that’s when I realized how BIG the pumpkins are. It was love at first site, but once I saw the size… I had to have one of my very own.


Off to my stash I went… and I went a little pumpkin crazy! Thankfully I had a bunch of left-over yarn from some blanket scarves/wraps that I made last year. I’d been playing with lots of different yarns and textures.


Shop your stash and basket full of left-over yarn! This project was so much fun, I hope you enjoy knitting & creating your very own pumpkins!


Are you a visual learner?

I created 4 videos to help you along the way, so you can create your very own pumpkins.



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 Stitches

No Increases or Decreases

Stem Making


Pumpkin Materials:

Yarn Weight: Bulky

Yardage: 40 – 135 yards {36 – 123 meters}

Suggested Yarn: Red Heart Hygge Fur

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



Gauge: Exact gauge is not required for this project.

Finished Stem Measurements: 1 1/2″ wide x 4 1/2″ {4cm x 12cm} {as pictured}


Sizes {Finished/Stuffed Measurements}:

Small: 6″ W x 3 3/4″ {15cm x 9cm} 40-45 yards {36-41m}

Medium: 9″ W x 5 1/2″ {23cm x 14cm} 85-90 yards {78-82m}

Large: 12″ W x 7 1/2″ {30cm x 19cm} 130-135 yards {119-123m} 3.5oz {100g} unstuffed {pictured}



Not reversible.

Knit bottom up.

CO edge is the circumference.

Knit using the stockinette 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:

Cast-on 30{S}, 60{M}, 90{L} STS

Knit all rounds.

Knit 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.


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.


Add Stuffing: 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: 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. :)


Knit Flat Option: The cast-on numbers are the same as if you’re knitting in the round. Knit in stockinette, meaning knit the right side and purl the wrong side, to your desired length, seam the edges together and then follow the remainder of the instructions above.


Stem Materials:

Twine or Yarn

Stuffing {I used polyfill}

Heavy Wire


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.


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