Nicky the Pumpkin

Last year was all about crochet pumpkins but now that we have our first paid-in-yarn knitting expert, we decided to make a new knit pumpkin. We named him after my nephew (mom’s grandson) and we are in looooove.





Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked from the top down, with the limbs and hands/booties as their own parts and sewn together. The booties follow the same patter as the hands, omitting the seam for the thumbs to create the foot. All parts have their own pattern and Nicky comes together by sewing them all together.


Measurements:

8in tall, 21 in around


Materials:

Gauge:

17 stitches, 23 rows to 10cm/4"


Abbreviations:

K= knit

P = purl

St(s) = stitch(es)

Tog = together





Pattern:

Leaf:

With green,

Cast on 3 sts

Row 1-4: work stocking stitch 4 rows

Row 5: (inc1) into every st to end (6sts)

Row 6: P1 row

Row 7: cast on 1 st and knit to end (7 sts)

Row 8: cast on 1 st and Purl to end (8 sts)

Row 9:, k2tog, k4, k2tog (6 sts)

Row 10:, p2tog, p2, p2tog(4 sts)

Row 11:, k2tog twice (2 sts)

Row 12:, p2tog

Bind off

Stalk:

With green,

Cast on 16 sts

Row 1: K1 row

Row 2: P1 row

Row 3: K2, k2tog to last sts k2 (10sts)

Row 4: P1 row

Row 5: (K2tog) to last stitch (5st)

Row 6-12: stocking stitch and cast off.

Sew up the cast-off edge and the side seam.

Stuff the base lightly and attach over where you drew up cast off stitches on the pumpkin.

Pumpkin:

Using orange, Cast on 20 sts.

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: (inc1) into every stitch to end (40sts)

Row 3: p to end

Row 4: (inc1) into every stitch to end (80sts)

Row 5: k1, p3 to end

Row 6: k3, p1 to end

Repeat these last 2 rows 24 times

Row 30: k1, k2tog, p1 to end (60sts)

Row 31: k1, p2 to end

Row 32: k2tog, p1 to end (40sts)

Row 33: p2tog to end (20sts)

Break yarn and draw through these 20 stitches and pull up tight. Join seam, this will be at the back, leave about an inch to make stuffing easier, stuff sew the remainder of the seam, thread through cast on stitches and pull up tight and secure.

Mittens: make 2

Using green cast on 22sts and work 3 rows in K1, P1 single rib.

Row 4: Rib 3, M1, *(Rib 4, M1,) repeat from * to the last 3 sts, Rib 3. =27sts.

Work 2 rows stocking sts starting with a knit row.

Row 7: K13, M1, K1, M1, K13. Row 4. Purl.

Row 8: K13, M1, K3, M1, K13. Row 6. Purl. Row 7. K13, M1, K5, M1, K13.

Row 9: Purl 20, turn.

Row 10: K7, turn

Now work 2 rows stocking sts on these 7 sts for thumb.

Next row. P1, (P2tog) 3 times. = 4sts. Break the yarn and thread through these 4sts and right sides together, sts thumb seam.

Now with the wrong side facing, rejoin the yarn to the next set of sts and purl 13. Next row. K12, K2tog, K12. =25sts.

Work 3 rows in stocking st and now shape the top.

Row 1: K2togTBL, K8, K2tog, K1, K2togTBL, K8, K2tog

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2togTBL, K6, K2tog, K1, K2togTBL, K6, K2tog

Row 4: P7, P2tog, (8sts)

Bind off and sew seams.

Booties: make 2

Using green cast on 22sts and work 3 rows in K1, P1 single rib.

Row 4. Rib 3, M1, *(Rib 4, M1,) repeat from * to the last 3 sts, Rib 3. =27sts.

Work 2 rows stocking sts starting with a knit row.

Row 7: K13, M1, K1, M1, K13.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K13, M1, K3, M1, K13.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: K13, M1, K5, M1, K13.

Rows 12 – 19: Stocking stitch

Now shape the top.

Row 1: K2togTBL, K8, K2tog, K1, K2togTBL, K8, K2tog.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2togTBL, K6, K2tog, K1, K2togTBL, K6, K2tog.

Row 4: P7, P2tog, (8sts).

Bind off and sew seams.

Arms & Legs: make 2 of each

Arms: work 5 st Icord (instructions below) for 7in

Legs: work 5 st Icord for 12in

Step-by-step Icord instructions:

1. Cast on your stitches.

2. Hold needle with stitches in your right hand.

3. Slip each stitch onto the left needle.

4. Bring the yarn behind the work over to the right-hand side.

5. Insert the right needle into the next stitch from left to right and knit normally.

6. Pull firmly on this stitch to tighten up.

7. Repeat to remaining stitches.

8. Transfer stitches as before and repeat the knit process.

9. When the cord is the length needed, cast off.

Assembly:

Sew the stalk to the top of the pumpkin. Sew the leaf at the base of the stalk. Tuck the arms and legs into the hands and bootie pockets. Attach arms and legs together and fix to the middle of the pumpkin, making sure that the pumpkin seam is the in the back. Sew/glue buttons for eyes and making any face you like for Nicky!

Enjoy!


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