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Free Pumpkin Knitting Pattern-Beginner Friendly

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Learn how to knit these pumpkins for your fall home decorating. Three sizes are included with this quick, worsted weight knit pumpkin pattern. Whether you knit on straight needles or prefer knitting in the round, this pumpkin pattern has you covered.

The easy knitted pumpkin pattern is free. Plus the pattern includes directions for knitting these pumpkins flat or in the round. Grab all the yummy mustard, burnt orange and cinnamon colored yarn to knit up for this harvest of pumpkins.

There are three pumpkin sizes to choose from. Or you can make them all and fill your home with colorful knit pumpkins for the season. This knitting pattern is beginner friendly.

Knit a simple 2×2 rib to make these pumpkins. The pattern is easy to adjust, if you’d like to make a larger or smaller pumpkin. Read on for more pattern details and what you need to get started.

picture of knit pumpkins easy knitting pattern free

Top off your simple knitted pumpkins with cinnamon sticks and a bow. I love the double whammy of pumpkin season love with this combination.

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The Yarn I Used For These Knit Pumpkins

You can use any worsted weight yarn to knit these pumpkins. I used various yarns I had in my stash.

The rusty color is from Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn. The cream colored yarn is Red Heart’s Super Saver in the color Aran.

I used up all my mustard colored yarns making my Ribbed Crochet Pumpkins. If you’re also a crocheter you’re sure to love those too!


For these pumpkins I used a 2 x 2 ribbing. This is an easy way to create the ridges of a pumpkin. I love that you can knit the ribbing flat or in the round.

If you choose to knit the pumpkins in the round you will need circular needles or DPNs. If you choose to knit them flat then you’ll want to seam them with an invisible vertical seam, so your ribbing stays uniform around.


  • 50 yds/46m total of #4 medium worsted weight yarn 
  • US 7/4.5mm needles
  • Yarn needle, Measuring tape, Scissors
  • Cinnamon stick, or similar for stem
  • Polyfill to stuff 
  • Optional stitch marker if working in the round


  1. Worked flat st multiple is 4+6
  2. Worked in the round st multiple is 4.
  3. Pattern is written for 3 sizes where the smallest is given first and the larger sizes follow in parenthesis.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)



CO-Cast On




4 ”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 26 sts x 19 rows in 2×2 rib




If working as a flat rectangle you will sew edges to create a tube. If working in the round, you will knit the tube.  Next you will sew the bottom closed. The top will be finished the same way, but you will also add the stick to serve as a stem. 

Finished Dimensions

Makes finished pumpkins approximately: 

3.5”/9cm wide x 2”/5cm tall 

4”/10cm wide x 3”/7.6cm tall

5”/12.7cm wide x 4”/10cm tall


Cast on more stitches for a wider pumpkin.

If working flat, cast on in multiple of 4 and then add 6. 

If working in the round, cast on in multiples of 4.

Knit more rows for a taller pumpkin.

Pattern begins with how to work pumpkin flat. Scroll down for pattern in the round.

Knit Pumpkin Pattern

picture of fours small knit pumpkins in rust and cream

How to Knit a Pumpkin

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn how to knit an easy pumpkin with 2 x 2 ribbing.


  • 50 yds/46m of #4 medium worsted weight yarn
  • Cinnamon stick, or similar for stem
  • Polyfill to stuff
  • Optional ribbons or bows


  • US 7/4.5mm needles
  • Optional stitch marker if working in the round
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


To work this pattern flat:

  1. CO 38 (46, 54)
  2. K3, *(P2, K2) rep from * until. 3 sts left, P3.picture of 2x2 rib in rust yarn free knitting pattern
  3. Rep last row until work is 5”/12.7cm (6”/15.2cm, 6.5”/16.5cm) tall. picture of knitting ribbing flat pumpkin pattern free Do not bind off, go to Close Bottom section.

Close Bottom

  1. Cut a long tail. Weave yarn needle through all the live stitches on your needle. picture of needle weaving in tail knit pumpkin
  2. Pull yarn through to close, but not too tightly.
    Sew closed forming the bottom of your pumpkin.
    Weave away end.

Create the Tube

  1. Use an invisible vertical seam (mattress stitch) to sew sides together. picture of seaming sides of 2x2 ribbing picture of invisible vertical seam on knit pumpkins
  2. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming the bottom. picture of knit pumpkin seamed in ribbing

Go to Stuff.

To work this pattern in the round:

  1. CO 36 (44, 52) Join in the round, mark first st.
  2. *(K2, P2) rep from * around.
  3. Rep Rnd 1 for 19 (26, 31) rows or until work is 5”/12.7cm (6”/15.2cm, 6.5”/16.5cm) tall. Do not bind off. picture of knitting in the round for pumpkin pattern

Close Bottom

  1. Cut a long tail. Weave yarn needle through all the live stitches on your needle.
  2. Pull yarn through to close, but not too tightly. picture of knit tube sewing closed
  3. Sew hole closed forming the bottom of your pumpkin. Weave away end. picture with text sew closed pumpkin bottom


  1. Use polyfill to stuff pumpkin. You want it full, but not bulging so the ridges stay in place.picture of stuffing knit pumpkin Picture shows how the bottom looks after seaming (and stuffing).

Sew Top

  1. Thread the needle with an extra long piece of yarn and weave around the top. Use the running stitch to close top. picture of sewing top of pumpkin closed running stitch
  2. Leave top slightly open to fit your chosen stem. Do not cut yarn. picture of sewing top closed


  1. Cut yarn, weave in ends.
  2. Add a small cinnamon stick or similar to the center for the stem. picture of beginner knitting pattern pumpkin free

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