Thursday, October 4, 2012

Knitted Pumpkins-So Simple

From this knitted rectangle comes a very simple to make pumpkin.
 

Like this

Knit a rectangle in any size you want.  I used worsted weight wool yarn and size 8 needles.  The bigger the rectangle the bigger the pumpkin.  To give you an ides, for the little pumpkin I casted on 15 stitches and knit for about 30 rows.  Then I sewed together the two shorter length ends and did a running stitch in the top of the tube.  I cinched the top and tied it off.  I stuffed the pumpkin with wool batting and repeated the running stitch on the bottom, pulled it tight and tied it off. 

The vertical lines are made by weaving a piece of yarn, more or less evening spaced around the pumpkin.  Pull the yarn tight, tie it off, and it makes the bulgy shape.

The stem can be made in a variety of ways.  I free-form crocheted a tube right onto the pumpkin.  You could also sew a stem with felt or fabric.



I have made these for years and do not know where I first read about them.

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29 comments:

  1. OH! OH! For someone who can only knit one stitch into a rectangle you have INSPIRED me! The kids are just learning too, so they will be so amazed that they can make something 3 dimensional! Thank you thank you for Linking Up to Sharing Creative Ideas!
    ~ joey ~

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    1. This is a great pattern for kids and busy moms! I love linking up. :)

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  2. Very neat! I like all the different colors!

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    1. Yeah, I had fun with colors and using up yarn from my stash. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I love pumpkins. I've knitted on in the round before but never from a square. Yours are adorable.

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  4. The pumpkins you've made are great! they look really autumnal. Love your blog too. XX

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  5. What a great idea and thanks for sharing. I might even have a go!

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    1. Yes, have a go! And I love the song Who Knows Where the Time Goes and Fairport Convention.

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  6. that's really cool! i'm planning a little knitting party to teach my friends how to knit, and i need some small easy projects like this. =D

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    1. This would be perfect for beginner knitters. Good Luck.

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  7. Wow, looks like a lot of fun, even for a beginner. Welcome to Handmade Monday x

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  8. They are very clever, even I could manage them with my poor knitting skills (although I would still need somebody to cast on and off for me!)

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  9. These are fantastic! I can only 'do' rectangles, so what a find this project is!!! Yippeeee!!! Annd what a great find your lovely blof is too. I'll definitely be stopping by regularly fom now on.....
    Carly
    x

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    1. Great, thanks for the nice comments. I started following you on FB.

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  10. Are they really that simple? I am not sure that I believe you!

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  11. Wow! I love them, I haven't seen anything like that before :-)

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    1. :) I visited you blog and love the posts on historic places like Whitley.

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  12. Karen, I came over from Handmade Harbour link up to check out your knitted pumpkins and was so surprised to see how easy they were to make! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the easy knit project. Please stop by and I hope you decide to follow me too! Suzy

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    1. Thanks for coming by and the nice comments. I love inchies and I'd like to be in a swap sometime. Do you know of any?

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