Show your appreciation for autumn with these fun loom knit pumpkins! Simple 2 stitch cables create a fun zig zag pattern that give these pumpkins flair!
Design by Renita Harvey
LOOM: His & Her Sock Looms, 64 peg loom for large pumpkin, 56 peg loom for small pumpkin
YARN: 65 yds total of medium/4 weight yarn. Caron Simply Soft in colors Pumpkin and White (60 yds each) used in samples for the pumpkins and Chocolate (5 yds) for the stems.
NOTIONS: Loom tool, cable needle, tapestry needle, stuffing
K: Knit (do not use e-wrap knit)
LC: Left cross cable
RC: Right cross cable
MC: Main color, orange or white
CC: Contrast color, brown
LC: Worked over 2 pegs. Take working yarn behind peg 1 (skip the peg). Knit peg 2 and place the stitch from peg 2 onto a cable needle and hold to the center of the loom. Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 leaving peg 1 empty. Place the stitch from the cable needle on peg 1. Knit peg 2.
RC: Worked over 2 pegs. Place the stitch from peg 1 onto the cable needle and hold to the center of the loom. Bring the working yarn in front of the cable needle and knit peg 2. Move the stitch from peg 2 to peg 1. Place the stitch on the cable needle onto peg 2. Knit peg 2.
Do not use the e-wrap knit stitch. Use the true knit stitch or u-wrap knit as these stitches will make a tighter fabric more suitable for stuffing.
Cast on all pegs with MC. Prepare to work in the round.
R1-4: *K2, P2, rep from * to end
R5: *K1, LC, K4, P1, rep from * to end
R6: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R7: *K2, LC, K3, P1, rep from * to end
R8: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R9: *K3, LC, K2, P1, rep from * to end
R10: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R11: *K4, LC, K1, P1, rep from * to end
R12: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R13: *K4, RC, K1, P1, rep from * to end
R14: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R15: *K3, RC, K2, P1, rep from * to end
R16: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R17: *K2, RC, K3, P1, rep from * to end
R18: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
R19: *K1, RC, K4, P1, rep from * to end
R12: *K7, P1, rep from * to end
Rep R5-20, 2 more times for both size pumpkins on either loom
For large pumpkins on the 64 peg loom, rep R6-12 once more.
Wrap working yarn around loom 2 times and cut. Thread tail on tapestry needle.
Run working yarn through all purl stitches and remove the stitches from the pegs while skipping and leaving the knit stitches until all purl stitches are threaded and removed from the loom.
Wrap a second piece of yarn around the loom twice and cut. Thread on a tapestry needle.
Run this piece of yarn through all the knit stitches and remove the stitches from the pegs until all stitches are removed from the loom.
Gather the purl stitches first. Then gather the knit stitches. Pull all 3 ends (1 from the purls and 2 from the knits) to the inside of the tube. Secure with a square knot.
Stuff the pumpkin around 1 of the tail pieces leaving the other 2 in the middle. Bring the tail piece up through the other end
Cut 2 more pieces of yarn the same as before.
Thread the first piece through the purls and the second piece through the knits on the cast on edge. Gather in the same manner as the other end while adding more stuffing if needed.
Secure the ends.
Pull the tail from the opposite end and tie with one of the tails from the cast on end to create a squat appearance.
Cast on 6 stitches with CC.
Knit all until stem is 1.5″ to 3″ long.
Cut a long tail for sewing.
Let the stem curl onto itself and sew one end over the knots on the cast on end of the pumpkin. Sew long stitches at the base to create the look of a real pumpkin stem.