Quick Knit Pumpkins

The perfect little knit pumpkin you’ve been looking for.

Skill Level | Easy
Finished Size | 5.5″ diameter; 2.5″ tall

These quick knit pumpkins are so adorable and addicting to knit, you’ll have them all over your house this fall. Each one works up in about two hours and uses less than 55 yards of yarn.

If you’re looking for a quick and fun fall decor project, you’re in the right place. Our quick knit pumpkins are just that – quick to knit but they’re also really fun and really easy.

With this project you’ll get lots of practice with knit stitches and working through a simple repeat. There are no increases or decreases in these knit pumpkins so this is a great project if you want to tune out and just knit. The shaping is achieved by creating a drawstring closure and a little stitch work to really make the pumpkin segments pop.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our quick knit pumpkins from start to finish.

  • Approx 55 yds; Lion Brand Scarfie (Colorway pictured: Cream/Mustard
  • US 8 Circular Knitting Needle, 16″
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

  • CO Cast On
  • K Knit
  • P Purl
  • Rep Repeat
Finished Size

5.5″ diameter;
2.5″ tall


10 sts x 14.5 rows = 2″
(stockinette stitch)

Knit these pumpkins in the round using a 16″ circular needle or double pointed needles if you prefer. When you cast on and bind off, leave a tail that’s at least 24″ long so you can form and shape the pumpkin.

Need to Print this Pattern?

You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

Round 1: CO 66. *K10. P1. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 2: *K10. P1. Rep from * to end of round.

Repeat: Rep last round until work measures approximately 6.5″ from cast on edge.

Bind Off

Work a standard knitting bind off being sure to knit the knits and purl the purls.


Step 1: Thread one of the tails on the yarn needle and weave it in and out of every other stitch to create a drawstring. Pull tail to draw it up and close the opening. Be careful when doing so if working with recommended yarn or another roving yarn. Make sure the yarn doesn’t untwist during this process. If it does, pulling on it will cause it to break.

Step 2: Secure the opening by working the tail around the opening. Keep doing so until the hole is completely closed and you’re happy with the way it looks.

Step 3: Create a drawstring on the opposite side as you did in step 1.

Step 4: Stuff the pumpkin firmly and evenly. If you don’t add enough stuffing the shape won’t be great so take your time on this step.

Step 5: Pull the tail to draw up the opening and secure it as you did in step 1.

Step 6: Poke needle through center of the closed hole and out the other side. Tie a knot with the other tail and pull tight enough so the pumpkin caves in a little at the center of each side.

Step 7: Both tails should now be at the same side of the pumpkin. With one of the tails, loop it around the side and poke the needle through the center on the opposite side of the pumpkin. Pull it through. Align the loop you just made with one of the purl grooves and pull tightly on the tail to create a segment. Repeat for all 6 purl grooves to create 6 pumpkin segments.

Step 8: Tie off the two ends and weave them in.

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