Large Colorwork Pumpkin

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This pattern combines a love of the fall season with a love of colorwork. You’ll find a selection of four different motifs: spiders, a vertical decorative design suitable for variegated yarns, a jack-o-lantern with a fun all-over skull and crossbones design on the back, and a not-too-scary haunted village.

Choose from a round top, like the one pictured here, or a steeper top, creating a more oblong pumpkin.

Enjoy making these colorful, cheerful, and full-of-fall pumpkins for your home.

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Skills Needed: Working with two colors, working in the round, reading colorwork charts, trapping floats, kfb, kfbf, m1r and m1l increases, k2tog, p2tog and ssk decreases, i-cord.

Diameter: Approximately 8-12 in [20.3-25.4 cm].

Height: Approximately 8-12 in [20.3-25.4 cm], depending on motif chosen.

Diameter and height will vary depending on amount of fiberfill used.

 Yarn: About 200 yds [183 m] each of two contrasting colors worsted weight yarn.

Scrap yarn (optional) in green or brown for tendrils. 10 yds should be more than enough to make 1 large tendril.

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles and 16 in. circular needles.

Gauge: 33 ½ sts and 35 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in charted pattern stitch, after blocking. This pattern is worked at a tighter gauge than normal so the fiberfill does not show through fabric. 

Other Materials: Stitch markers if desired, small tapestry needle, tape measure, 1 bag (16 oz.) polyester fiberfill (you will not need the entire bag), large button (optional). Button shown is from and measures about 1 3/8 in. [about 4 cm].

Gauge: 22 sts and 44 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in garter stitch. Gauge is not critically important.

Pattern Note:

  • The key to this pattern is using the correct needle size for the yarn – one which allows the lace pattern to be open just enough to show, but not so much that it loses its definition. If substituting yarn, try the largest needle size recommended on the ball band, or even one size larger. You may have to experiment a bit to find the look you like.

Other Materials: 1 stitch marker, additional markers if desired, tapestry needle.


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This button is a ceramic button from One of a Kind Buttons.  Her buttons are fabulous!
I have added more detail to the Haunted Village motif since this pumpkin was knitted.
My pumpkin pic by Wanda
You can knit this pattern using sock yarn and US Size 1 or 2 needles. This pumpkin ended up being about 6 or 7 inches in diameter.
Use optional top to make an oblong pumpkin