When the crisp air of fall moves in, and we bundle up with our favorite sweaters for long walks through rustling leaves, down rows of apple trees, or through pumpkin patches in search for the great pumpkin, one thing is certain, somehow a cabled sweater just seems cozier. That's why we decided to show you how to make one of our October favorites, an Easy Cable Knit Pumpkin.
In this post, we show you know to knit a pumpkin with an easy cable pattern. The cable mimics the ridges found in a pumpkin and has a short increase and decrease at either end to prevent cable flair and to make it easier to close on the top and bottom. If you've never cabled before but have always wanted to, then this is a great project to learn on.
We recommend that when you stuff the pumpkin, lean towards over stuffing the pumpkin. We found that after stuffing ours, it could use a bit more to fill out some flat spots. This is a great part of using a cinnamon stick stem, we simply removed the cinnamon sticks and worked in more polyfill.
k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
kfb - knit front and back
rem - remaining
rep - repeat or repeating
rnd(s) - round(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tog - together
" - inches
cm - centimeters
mm - millimeter
C6F - Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work, k3, then k3 from cable needle
C6Fdec - Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold to front of work, k2, k2tog 1 from left needle and 1 from cable needle, then k2 from cable needle.
How to knit a Cabled Pumpkin
Cast on 56 sts
Row 1: *K4, p4, rep from * to end, ensure sts are not twisted and join in rnd.
Rnd 2-4: *K4, p4, rep from * to end.
Rnd 5: *Kfb, k2, kfb, p4 rep from * to end
Rnd 6: *C6F, p4, rep from * to end
Rnds 7-17: *K6, p4, rep from * to end
Rep Rnds 6-17 twice
Rnd 42: *C6Fdec, p4, rep from * to end
Rnd 43: *K5, [p2tog] twice, rep from * to end
Rnds 44-45: *K5, p2, rep from * to end
HOW TO FINISH A PUMPKIN
Finishing the Top and Bottom
Thread a yarn needle with tail or a remaining piece of yarn and weave through each stitch around the top, pulling the yarn tightly to close the circle.
Close any holes that may occur and if desired sew an x about 2-4 inches long over closure to increase stability.
Stuff your pumpkin with Polyfil
Repeat at the other end in the same manner making sure to leave a space in the center for the cinnamon stick for the stem.