Although the pumpkin has always
been a traditional symbol of Halloween, now these colorful vegetables
make an appearance on porches and sills from Labor Day to
Always use a
natural fiber yarn obtained from an animal source, most often wool.
Do not use a
wool yarn that is labelled “superwash”.
most efficient felting method is a full washing machine cycle set at “Hot”
require two or more washing cycles to obtain the felted finish.
projects to dry thoroughly before adding finishing pieces.
finished size is the measurement after felting and finishing of
These pumpkins are made by wrapping yarn around a fiberfill form.
The size of the pumpkin will be determined by the yarn weight used and
the size of the fiberfill ball.
Approximate finished diameter, using
worsted weight yarn and a 3 (4, 5)"/8 (10, 12)cm diameter ball of
fiberfill: 2 (3, 4)"/5 (8, 10)cm.
These pumpkins are made by knitting a pumpkin shape and
stuffing with fiberfill. Size of the pumpkin will be determined by the
yarn weight used.
Approximate finished diameter, using worsted weight yarn: 3½"/9cm.
For each pumpkin, you will need: 30yd/27m for a yarn-wrapped pumpkin,
50yd/45m for a knitted pumpkin, worsted weight wool yarn (MC)
Lengths of worsted weight yarn for "furrows" and stem (CC)
One pair needles and one pair double- pointed needles, size 4mm
Polyester or acrylic fiberfill
Net fabric or nylon stocking
Form fiberfill into a ball.
2. With MC,
wrap around the fiberfill ball, keeping yarn in place with thumb at
center top and third finger at center bottom. Do
not wrap too tightly nor too loosely but evenly around to cover so that
no fiberfill shows through the wrapped yarn. Keep
the shape rounded as you wrap so that the “pumpkin” does not become
flattened. Darn in yarn end
at center bottom and secure with a small knot.
3. Place the pumpkin into a square of net fabric or a nylon
Knot or tie securely to keep pumpkin in its rounded
4. Felt the pumpkin until the surface has become dense and
5. Remove the pumpkin from the net fabric or stocking, cutting if necessary.
6. Correct the rounded shape and allow the pumpkin to dry thoroughly before completing the finishing details.
The knitted version is worked from center bottom to center top.
With MC, cast on 7sts.
Row 1 (RS) K. Row 2 P. Row 3 K, inc 6 sts evenly
across row - 13 sts. Row 4 P. Row 5 *P1, inc 1 st in next
st; rep from *, end p1. Row 6 and every WS row K the knit sts and
p the purl sts. Row 7 *P1, inc 1 st in next st, k1; rep from *,
end p1. Row 9 *P1, k1, inc 1 st in next st, k1; rep from *, end
p1. Row 11 *P1, k2, inc 1 st in next st, k1; rep from *, end p1. Row
13 *P1, k2, inc 1 st in next st, k2; rep from *, end p1. Row 15
*P1, k3, inc 1 st in next st, k2; rep from * end p1. Row 17 *P1,
k3, inc 1 st in next st, k3; rep from *, end p1. Row 19 *P1, k4,
inc 1 st in next st, k3; rep from *, end p1. Row 21 *P1, k4, inc
1 st in next st, k4; rep from *, end p1. Row 23 *P1, k10; rep
from *, end p1. Row 24 *K1, p10; rep from *, end k1. Rep Rows 23
and 24 twice more. Row 29 *P1, k2tog, k6, k2tog; rep from *, end
p1. Row 30 As Row 6.
Row 31 *P1, k2tog, k4, k2tog;
rep from *, end p1. Row 32 As
Row 6. Row 33 *P1, k2tog, k2, k2tog; rep from *, end p1. Row
34 As Row 6. Row 35 *P1, k2tog, k2tog; rep from *, end p1. Row 36 As Row
6. Row 37 *P1, k2tog; rep from *, end p1. Row 38 *K1, p1; rep from *,
end k1. Row 39 *K2tog; rep from *, end k1. Row 40 Bind off all sts
With MC, join side seam, leaving a 2"/5cm opening. Stuff
pumpkin with fiberfill until shape is firm and rounded. Close opening.
Continue as for Wrapped Pumpkin, Steps 3 through 6.
With a double strand of CC,
wrap the yarn tightly around the pumpkin from bottom to top four times,
creating eight evenly spaced sections. Secure the yarn at center bottom
of pumpkin. Darn in yarn ends.
Stem (make 1)
With CC, leaving a length of 8"/20cm at beginning and with
double-pointed needles, cast on 5 sts. Work I-Cord as follows; *Knit all
sts. Do not turn work but slide stitches to the right end of needle. Rep
from * until 10 rows completed. Bind off, leaving an 8"/20cm length of
yarn. Darn bind off length of the yarn back through stem. Position stem
at center top of pumpkin and join. Darn in yarn ends.
- Create a table centerpiece by arranging various sizes of felted pumpkins in a market
basket and tuck in some fall-colored leaves.
- Look to autumn leaves for color inspiration and wrap the pumpkins with
yarns in varying shades of rust, orange, gold, and green.
- For an autumn door decoration, tie six pumpkins in various sizes to
hang at different lengths and top with a raffia bow.