Posted on Saturday, October 27 2012 at 8am
Welcome back to our Spooky Weekend blog party! Here to celebrate Halloween with us are Search Press, who've brought along a free knitting pattern from Knitted Fruit & Vegetables by Susie Johns.
This brilliant book has knitting patterns for all kinds of fruit and veg, from aubergines and artichokes to apples, cherries and even pomegranates - yum! We think this cute little pumpkin would look great as part of a Halloween table centrepiece, or knit lots to use as place settings at Thanksgiving!
Visit the Search Press website to find out more and order your copy now, and read on for your free pumpkin knitting pattern...
from Knitted Fruit & Vegetables by Susie Johns
1 ball DK 100% wool yarn – orange
1 ball DK wool yarn – lime green
Set of five 3.25mm (UK 10; US 3) double-pointed knitting needles
1 pair of 3.25mm (UK 10; US 3) knitting needles
You'll find The Making Spot's list of knitting abbreviations here
With set of five 3.25mm (UK 10; US 3) double-pointed needles and orange yarn, cast on 16 sts and distribute these equally between four needles.
Round 1: k.
Round 2: (inc1, k1) 8 times [24 sts].
Round 3: (inc1, k1, p1) 8 times [32 sts].
Round 4: (inc1, k2, p1) 8 times [40 sts].
Round 5: (inc1, k3, p1) 8 times [48 sts].
Round 6: (inc1, k4, p1) 8 times [56 sts].
Round 7: (inc1, k5, p1) 8 times [64 sts].
Round 8: (inc1, k6, p1) 8 times [72 sts].
Round 9: (k8, p1) 8 times.
Rounds 10–19: Rep round 9.
Round 20: (k7, k2tog) 8 times [64 sts].
Round 21: (k6, k2tog) 8 times [56 sts].
Round 22: (k5, k2tog) 8 times [48 sts].
Round 23: (k4, k2tog) 8 times [40 sts].
Round 24: (k3, k2tog) 8 times [32 sts].
Round 25: (k2, k2tog) 8 times [24 sts].
Round 26: (k1, k2tog) 8 times [16 sts].
Round 27: k2tog 8 times.
Break yarn and thread through rem 8 sts.
With green yarn and pair of size 3.25 mm (UK 10; US 3) needles, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: k both sts tbl.
Row 2 and every even-numbered row: k.
Row 3: cast on 2, k to end [4 sts].
Row 5: cast on 3, k to end [7 sts].
Row 7: cast off 3, k to end [4 sts].
Row 9: cast off 2, k to end [2 sts].
Row 10: k.
Rows 11–34: Rep rows 3–10 3 times.
Rows 35–36: Rep rows 1–9 [2 sts].
Row 37: cast on 6 sts, k to end [8 sts].
Rows 38–44: k.
Cast off and break yarn, leaving a long tail.
Pull up the stitches on the last row of the pumpkin and fasten off securely; this forms the base of the pumpkin. Insert stuffing through the hole formed by the cast-on edge. Fill the pumpkin fairly tightly but do not over-stuff or it will become stretched out of shape. Thread a tapestry needle with orange yarn, then thread through stitches around the hole in the top of the pumpkin and pull up. Roll up the stalk and, with the tail of green yarn, stitch the side edges of the stalk and leaves together, then stitch the stalk to the top of the pumpkin.The finished pumpkin measures approximately 10cm (4in) wide and 5.5cm (21⁄8in) high (excluding stalk).