Knitted pumpkin pattern

A free knitting pattern for a complete pumpkin patch including leaves and vines.

This {include fitting adjective of your choice *smirk*} year is slowly coming to an end. Autumn is one of my personal favorite seasons. I never really was a summer guy. So, I’m really looking forward to the leaves turning red and of course, decorating my home with all things autumny (make sure to follow me on Instagram to see how that turns out).

That’s why I came up with this knitted pumpkin pattern.

You see, I really was not satisfied with the existing pumpkin knitting patterns. A lot of them didn’t really look like the real deal, involved a lot of sewing to get things in shape, and most of them lacked leaves on top of that. I wanted a full pumpkin patch instead.

working on the pumpkin knitting pattern

You’ve probably seen my pumpkin egg cozies and I basically took these as a basis to create the full pattern. (Edit: In the meantime, I already released a Pumpkin Monster Halloween pattern)

My partner has already been making fun of me because I have been knitting these orange cuties (and lately just pumpkin leaves) for days in and out. So, I’m relieved to report to you that he thinks it was worth the effort.

knitted pumpkin home decor (with leaves and vines)

Of course, I couldn’t resist building a full set to create the illusion of a real pumpkin patch. It’s probably not the way I’ll finally style them as the centerpiece of my dinner table, but I had fun trying to re-create reality for an hour or two.

I started creating these dioramas at the beginning of the lockdown when we couldn’t really leave the house and the idea kind of stuck. To me, knitting is more art than just creating affordable wearables.

three knitted pumpkins with leaves in a patch

I really see it as a way of expressing myself. And deep in my core, I am still a little kid reading “The Peanuts”. Always loved that story about the Great Pumpkin. So, I might actually knit one as well. comment below if I should!

Materials you will need:

  • 12 grams of the Wollmeise Twin (in the colors Good morning and Pistazie) or any other fingering sock yarn scraps for needles size 2.5 – 3.00 mm.
  • Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.5 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
  •  A tapestry needle and scissors.
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Thin wire and a wire plier
  • Toy stuffing

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Knitting techniques

a set with 3 knitted pumpkins with vines and leaves in a patch made out of wool rovings

This pumpkin patch is mainly shaped through a combination of increases and decreases – some of them may be a little bit more uncommon. It‘s probably not the easiest pattern for beginners but I tried to link to tutorials so you can catch up before you start.

These pumpkins are knit in the round on a set of 5 double-pointed needles. If you still need to do some catching up, here’s my tutorial on knitting in the round. You might also check out my blog post with 10 tips for better results with dpns.

close-up of the knitted pumpkins

In the pattern, I tried to provide you with a couple of different options. You can knit these pumpkins with leaves and vines, or just with a short little stem if that’s what you prefer. I leave these choices to you and your own creativity.

While I did knit these on 2.00mm needles, nothing speaks against picking a heavier yarn and bigger needles. I’m pretty sure it will also look amazing! Also, while green and orange might be the obvious choice, you could also pick totally different colors.

Anyways, that’s my pumpkin knitting pattern. Download it and feel free to comment with your feedback and your questions.

pumpkin patch knitting pattern

59 thoughts on “Knitted pumpkin pattern”

    • Hey Suze,

      no worries. You’ll get every free pattern with the next newsletter. I try to space them out every 2 weeks so I don’t spam people’s inbox. The next newsletter will actually come out today 🙂

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        • Hey Colleen,
          That is hard to tell, but 10 hours should be more than enough. Then again, I can only tell you that my server sent you an e-mail. I got no clue of telling you what Yahoo does with my email. But your subscription is currently still unconfirmed, sadly

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  1. So I left my name and email address (under duress) and still got nothing! Why the subterfuge?? This is very deceitful! You need to be closed down!

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    • While I am open to constructive criticism, I will speak out when I read bullshit and do it loudly.

      This is a free pattern and I am not getting any money for it. If you don’t want to provide your email address that’s just fine and nobody forces you to do so. I can totally understand it.
      Subscribing to my newsletter (which, btw, I have only gotten very positive feedback so far) is a free choice you can make or not. I don’t see the duress and accusing me of it is very insulting, to say the least. And the fact that you did not verify your e-mail-subscription so I can send you the pattern has nothing to do with subterfuge or deceit. Quite to the contrary: It’s making sure that no strangers can subscribe you to a newsletter you never wanted to by entering someone else’s email address.
      And on that note, I’m very sure the over a thousand people who successfully downloaded this pattern now and started knitting the pattern would probably not like it if I close it down.

      So, the next time you choose to comment harshly on somebody else’s project of love, maybe think again and phrase your problem in a way we can come to a mutual understanding and not alienation. The world has seen enough of that in the past 4 years.

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      • I much appreciate your free pumpkin pattern. Easy to follow plus I learned a new stitch increase technique which is beautiful. I wanted to add a photo but can’t see where to do that – sorry, my fault not yours. 😳

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        • Hey Jaci,

          you cannot add a picture here on my website. However, you can upload it to Ravelry as a project, or Instagram and tag me. And rumor has it I’m always delighted to find a picture in my plain old email inbox as well *grin*
          Norman

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  2. Lovely pattern, had already made some pumpkins with a slightly different pattern but needEd a leaf pattern, yours fitted really well, liked the different LL & RL stitches, had to look up how to do them but they look great, thank you.

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  3. Thank so much for the very cute pattern! I’m really enjoying making them. I do have a couple questions though. Right before row 23 on page 5, you say to move the start of the round over two stitches. Does that mean knit two extra stitches with row 22, place the marker, and start row 23 from there?

    Also on page 5, right after row 24 it says “Repeat rounds 22+24 eight more times.” Both rows 22 and 24 are just knitting. Is doing 16 knit rounds right? I assumed you meant repeat rows 23 and 24 eight more times, but that doesn’t seem to be working for me. Any tips?

    Last thing, and this is very minor, the row/round numbers for the decrease portion of the pumpkin (41 to the end) just repeat the numbers 41 and 42.

    Thanks again!

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    • Hey Maya,

      there were three typos in the first version, and you found them. You should have gotten an e-mail with the errata (drop me an e-mail and I can send it to you in case you didn’t get it!) But I’m going to answer it here anyway!

      1) The problem is: The row would start with an SSK; I don’t like knitting these kind of stitches at the beginning or the end of a needle. So, I shuffled the stitches around by two stitches. And yes, in this case I knitted 2 extra stitches and started the row from there. In the new version of the pattern, i started the repeat with *ssk,k5, ….k2tog* anyway and leave the shuffling to the reader. I thought I wanted to be smart, but I wasn’T 😉
      2) it should be repeat 23+24
      3) and yeah the row counts after 42 are messed up. I blame copy and paste.

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  4. Not sure if because using hotmail, but no confirmation e-mail (did check subscribe), nada. Put your domain on safe senders list, still nothing. Tried 3x. Something isn’t working. 🙁

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    • Hey there, It still says your e-mail is waiting for confirmation. So, I suppose it might be in the spam folder.
      Sometimes, some e-mail providers block certain addresses and then there’s nothing I can do about it on my end 🙁
      If you got a different e-mail-adress (like gmail) try that.
      Norman

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  5. Cutest pumpkin ever! Thank you for the free pattern. Question on the 8 repeats don’t you need to shift one stitch each repeat or it won’t line up?

    or it won’t line up?

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    • I said it above, but will answer you here directly as well. You do need to shuffle your stitches ever so often, yes. The decreases and increases should line up. Or you start the round with a KRL, then no shuffling is needed.

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      • Missed that, thanks. There is one more question. What amazing little table thing do you have planned for us for Christmas?. 😁 if you start traveling again, I hope you keep your knitting blog going too!

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        • Hey again Joyce,

          quite honestly, I don’t know yet. Didn’t make up my mind about this years xmas theme *Grin*
          And even though I sadly don’t see any major traveling happening anytime soon, I did go on 5 vacations this year, so I definitely will keep my knitting blog going 🙂

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  6. Most of my issues were covered with Maya’s email, but it seems you need to change the beginning of round every other round during the 23 – 24 repeats or the numbers don’t work. Maybe that’s why it says to repeat 22 thru 24?

    Looking forward to seeing this done, it’s very cute.

    I never got the updated version.

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    • Hey Anne, just drop me an email and I trigger the email with the update for you again 🙂

      And yes, you may have to shuffle around the stitches along the way. The KLL/KRLs should form one continuous line and so do the SSK/K2togs. If you got troubles reading your knitting, stitch markers will work wonders.

      During later tries, I usually started my needles with KRL and it with a KLL. It’s a bit harder to knit, but that way you avoid the shuffling.

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  7. Hi, Norman! You were on the front page of Ravelry as a most-accessed pattern and I had to investigate. So I subscribed and downloaded your Cute Pumpkin Patch pattern. Love your tutorials and your website–very clear and enjoyable. But…

    I must be having an obtuse knitting evening (should probably wait until a new day) but I am off to a confusing start.

    Round 10: Join in the round by distributing the
    stitches to 4 needles and knit across. You may
    place a stitch marker here to mark the beginning of your round so you don‘t get confused
    later on.
    Round 11: Change to the orange yarn and
    *k1, KLL, KRL, K1* (24 stitches);

    There are 12 stitches to distribute to 4 needles, so 3 stitches per needle, right?
    Then how do you get 6 stitches from the 3, doing Round 11?

    I’ve watched the KLL and KRL tutorials and it’s not adding up because I am_________?

    Also, I found my I-cord inverted and would appear on the wrong side?

    I’m used to M1L and M1R but somehow I think I’m making this way too complicated. I plan on making these as gifts–they are by far the nicest ones I’ve seen and other than my current fog, you’ve done a great job with explanations and detail.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Marti

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    • Hey Marti,

      so happy to hear that you are enjoying my website.
      I’ll probably add an icord tutorial to my website this week.
      As for Round 11: I usually distribute the stitches in twos. So 4,2,4,2. That way, I don’t have to knit a KRL/KLL as a last or first stitch. Though, no matter how you distribute, you should end up with the same amount of stitches.
      So, on the first needle you knit a knit stitch, and then you do a KLL into the same stitch, then you do a KRL int he next stitch, knit two, do a kll into the last stitch you knit, then a krl in the next stitch and knit one -> 8 stitches

      Norman

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  8. Norman, thank you so much for the adorable Pumpkin Pattern. I got it yesterday, printed and started. I decided to do a white pumpkin. I will post a pic when I finish.

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  9. Hi Norman,
    I forgot to mention, after row 24, you say repeat rows 23 and 24, 8 more times, which would make the next row, Row 44 not Row 41. Is that correct?

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    • Hm…i can’t follow you, but maybe my math is wrong. Repeating these two rows 8 times results in 16 rows. 24+16 = 40 -> so the next row is 41?

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  10. Thank you so much for giving your pattern away free. And for the precision design work. I just followed you on Insta — oh my goodness, the amanita mushrooms! Go you! And thank you again!

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  11. Cute pattern, but it doesn’t actually say *anywhere* in this description how you actually get it. Now, since I can read, I see in the comments that you have to sign up for the newsletter. It would have been helpful to have that information somewhere in this lengthy description, and not a very confusing “Anyways, that’s my pumpkin knitting pattern. Download it …” at the end.

    Super-interesting construction though, and lovely softy 🙂 Thanks!

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  12. Hello,
    I tried to subscribe but I don’t receive a confirmation e-mail,
    neither in my inbox nor in my junk folder.
    Thanks in advance for your help

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  13. Quick question: can you do this on 40 inch needles, magic loop? Or just double pointed needles? Thanks. Very interesting pattern. I look forward to starting it.

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    • Hey Cathy,

      I don’t knit a lot with magic loop. So I couldn’t possibly tell you. But I’ve seen a couple of ppl did it on Ravelry… So I guess it’s doable, if a bit tricky the first and last couple of rounds

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  14. Great pattern! Just wondering how long it takes to get the download after subscribing and confirming the subscription? Thought I saw somewhere it said allow 15-20 minutes for pattern to be emailed. It’s now been a little over an hour with no pattern email. And I checked junk email as well. Not there either. Thank you.

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    • Hey Steph,

      apparently, there is a problem with hotmail addresses. Nothing I can do. Seems like they are blocking some emails.

      Reply
  15. Do you have a tutorial for K1togll + K1togrl available? I don’t feel it’s very neat how I did it and doesn’t continue the same look as the increases.

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    • Hey Kelsey,
      the tutorial is linked right here in my pattern at the bottom. You’ll also find a video on my youtube channel and of course if you click on “stitches in the menu 🙂

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  16. Hi Norman,

    Thank you so much! Very helpful tutorials on all the techniques used 😊Can’t wait to start this pattern.

    Question: will I be able to start a vine, add leaves, continue the vine a bit and then continue right into the orange pumpkin?

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    • Hey Jennie,

      well I always add the leaves later on, but yes it’s one smooth transition from vine to pumpkin. only the leaves are knit separately.

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  17. I just subscribed and got the newest mushroom pattern, but how do I get older patterns?
    This is such a beautiful pumpkin pattern. I want to make some.

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  18. I got the pattern today and its so lovely. I have WM Pure in orange. I have to find some green to start.

    I remain wonder of row 23. You say to Maya, that row will begin whit SSK. Still in pattern it start with K2tog and end with SSK.

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    • Hey Carol,
      there was an earlier version that had some minor errors I fixed by now (and you seem to have the fixed version). On top of that, an earlier version shuffled the stitches around in round 23 because that’s what I do. But it had some users confused so I left that out and just mention that I’m doing it and leave it up to the knitter.

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  19. This pumpkin pattern is ADORABLE! I will have some down time soon and plan to try it. I’m wondering if you are working out a leaf that looks like pumpkin plants really grow. These are really nice, but ummm, not botanically correct. Just a question of options.

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    • Hey Shirley,

      you are of course correct. But I wanted to keep these pumpkins as easy and accessible as possible. Knitting a true pumpkin leaf without a provisional cast-on or sewing would be impossible, and even then you need a lot of wire.
      I did some tests and do have the notes somewhere still. But I don’t think I will publish them. It didn’t really look all that cute either.

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  20. Thank you for sharing your adorable pumpkin patch. I’m working on my second pumpkin. I’ll add leaves later, so I haven’t made a leaf yet. I love the added dimension you have given to your pumpkins. I caught the pumpkin obsession two years ago from my local yarn shop, “addicting”.
    I’m putting a marker at every increase location on this pumpkin. I was knitting and watching American Football last night and had to rip out all the orange. (It was a good game). With the markers there shouldn’t be any mistakes. Many of my pumpkins have a carry along yarn, so for my second with your pattern it’s a thread with tiny sequins.
    Thank You Norman!

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    • Hey Sonja,

      thank you for sharing this little story and the idea with the bobbins.
      As for adding sequins – that’s a lovely idea and I’m sure it will bring a bit of sparkle to your life!
      Norman

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