Felted Pumpkin Pattern          

Felted Pumpkin

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 Christmas. 

Felting Tips                        
-    Always use a natural fiber yarn obtained from an animal source, most often wool.
-   Do not use a wool yarn that is labelled “superwash”.  
-  The most efficient felting method is a full washing machine cycle set at “Hot” or “Whites”.  
-  It may require two or more washing cycles to obtain the felted finish.  
-  Allow felted projects to dry thoroughly before adding finishing pieces.

Finished Size
The finished size is the measurement after felting and finishing of the pumpkin.
Wrapped Pumpkin
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.
Knitted Pumpkin
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 (US6/CAN8)
Polyester or acrylic fiberfill
Net fabric or nylon stocking  

Wrapped Pumpkin
1. 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 stocking. 
Knot or tie securely to keep pumpkin in its rounded shape.   
4. Felt the pumpkin until the surface has become dense and matted.  
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.  

Knitted Pumpkin
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 pwise. 
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.

Design Ideas
- 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.

Every effort has been made to ensure that all information in the preceding project instructions is accurate. However, due to differing conditions, tools and individual skills, the publisher cannot be responsible for any injuries, losses, or other damages which may result from the use of the information in these instructions. 
Copyright © 2008  Maddy Cranley.  Unauthorized reproduction, in any manner, is prohibited.  

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