Learn how to loom knit using this cute loom knit pumpkin pattern! Make an entire loom knit pumpkin patch with this step by step tutorial that’s great for beginners.
On a cool fall day, I can think of nothing that I would rather do than to curl up on a chair with my knitting loom. Especially in keeping with the season, I select a partial skein of orange as well as an even smaller skein of green. At this moment, it is all I can do to suppress a giggle. It is time for a loom knit pumpkin! A soft, squishy pumpkin that can be used year after year as fall decor.
This loom knit pattern is wonderful for beginner loom knitters. I’ll show you step by step how to make your own fluffy loom knit pumpkin. Fall is such a great time for crafting, here are some other fall craft ideas for the whole family.
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Items Needed to Loom Knit a Pumpkin
- Loom tool
- CinDWood fine gauge loom (1/4″), 50 pegs*
- Orange yarn, worsted weight **
- Green yarn, worsted weight ***
- Measuring tape
- Tapestry needle
- Polyfill or other stuffing material
* NOTE: if you are an intermediate or advanced knitter, you can adjust the pattern to accommodate looms with different peg counts. But keep in mind that this pattern and 50 peg loom will create a pumpkin with a dense knit. Personally, I like a dense knit so the stuffing won’t show.
*** ALSO NOTE: the specific yarn brand and color name that I used are unknown as the yarn was purchased at a garage sale with missing labels.
Hints for Beginner Loom Knitters
- The weight refers to the thickness of the yarn. For worsted weight, the label may refer to it in one or more of these ways: Medium, 4, Worsted, or Afghan. Aran is slightly bulkier than Worsted.
- Once all materials have been gathered, keep them together in a basket or bag.
- If you are still new to loom knitting, it is better to err on the side of knitting (ewrapping) more loosely as it makes it easier to bring the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg.
- The diameter of the loom will help determine the finished diameter of your loom knit pumpkin. The resulting loom knit pumpkin will never be larger in diameter than that of the loom it was created on.
Loom Knit Pumpkin Pattern
This pattern is knit in the round on a loom.
- For starters, cast on all 50 pegs with orange yarn,
- Round 1: knit all pegs using the ewrap stitch
- Repeat round 1 until the piece measures 3 1/2″ in length from the cast on edge
- Drop working yarn (and the rest of its skein) to the center of the loom
Add Second Color and Begin Decrease
- Repeat round 1 with green yarn
- Ewrap the second round in green yarn
- Make a note or place a stitch marker on every tenth peg. (Should have five markers). To keep instructions easy, pegs will be referred to 1 – 10 regardless of which section is being knitted.
- Move loop from peg 9 to peg 10. Knit them together. Repeat for the rest of the round.
- Ewrap all pegs that have a loop on them. For those pegs that do not have a loop, slip the yarn behind the peg. In addition, knit all pegs with two loops.
- Move loop from peg 4 to peg 5. Knit them together. Finally, repeat for the rest of the round.
- Ewrap all pegs that have a loop on them. Thus, for those pegs that do not have a loop, slip the yarn behind the peg. Knit all pegs with two loops.
- Wrap working yarn one and a half times around the diameter of the loom. Next, cut the green yarn. NOTE: at this point, the orange working yarn has not been cut from the project.
- Thread tapestry needle with green yarn. Bring the needle up through the bottom of each loop (starting with peg 1), moving from peg to peg. For pegs without a loop, slip the yarn behind those pegs. Continue through the rest of the pegs and ending by drawing the needle up through peg 1.
- Finally, using either your fingers or loom tool, remove the loops from the loom.
- Turn the pumpkin inside-out. Pull on the green yarn ends to reduce the opening.
- Next, cut a 40″ length of green yarn. Fold in half so it is 20″ in length. Place a slip knot on peg 1 of the loom.
- Wrap peg 3 (skipping peg 2). Knit bottom loops (2) over the top loops with loom tool.
- Next, wrap peg 1 (skipping peg 2). Knit bottom loops (2) over the top loops with loom tool. Continue in this fashion until this knitted piece is 2 1/2″ in length.
- Bind off the stem.
Stuff Loom Knit Pumpkin Body and Close the Bottom
- First, turn the main body of the pumpkin inside-out. Position the newly knitted green stem in the reduced green opening of the pumpkin. Pull the green working yarn of the pumpkin to further reduce the opening until it fits around one end of the stem.
- Next, use tapestry needle threaded with the green working yarn of pumpkin and stitch the top closed. Be sure to run the needle through the bottom 1/4″ of the stem to attach to the top of the pumpkin. Weave in ends.
- Turn pumpkin right-side-out.
- Stuff with polyfill or other material.
- Cut 30″ length of orange yarn. Thread on a tapestry needle. Leaving a tail of a few inches, thread needle through each cast on loop, pulling the working yarn lightly. Continue until all cast on loops have been threaded. Pull on both ends of orange yarn to close the bottom of the pumpkin. Sew the bottom shut with orange yarn. Lastly, weave in ends.
Congratulations! You have just created a loom knit pumpkin!
At last, you now have a loom knit pumpkin! By making this craft, you will always have a pumpkin on hand to dress up the autumnal table. Most of all, this pumpkin won’t rot with age, or become a shrunken, moldy mess as the days inch closer to Halloween. So go ahead, have some fun and make a loom knit pumpkin!
Will you make a loom knit pumpkin this season?
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