Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thinking Ahead

As summer winds down, I find myself thinking of the season ahead, which is why I suppose I got the urge to knit up a few pumpkins. I might be rushing things, but not by much. Fall is only a little over a month away.

Miniature Felted Pumpkins

The pattern, Miniature Felted Pumpkin, is one I came up with a couple of years ago. It's a quick knit on double pointed needles. Many people are surprised by the pre-felted shape, but never fear, a pumpkin it will become.

Before Felting

The yarn I used for these three pumpkins is (left to right): Cascade Pastaza-Burnt Orange, Monos del Uruguay-Persimmon, Brown Sheep Lanaloft-Orange Confection.

I suggest knitting several and felting them all at the same time. My method of machine felting is detailed in the pattern instructions. These shrink quickly, so check on them every five minutes until you get the look you want.

After Felting

It's not until stuffing is added and sections are created with lengths of yarn that these oval pouches look anything like a pumpkin. A knitted stem is the final touch.


It doesn't take much yarn to make one of these pumpkins, so it's a great project for left over bits and pieces of yarn you have no idea what to do with. I've used traditional pumpkin colors for mine, but any color goes. Check out the Ravelry Project Gallery for inspiration.

Think ahead and start knitting for fall.

22 comments:

  1. Those are adorable. The orange is so cheerful. Fall is my favorite time of year... but I'm not quite ready to embrace it yet. I have one more summer vacation to go. I'm going to hold out until the very end. : )

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  2. SO CUTE! I'm thinking October but for a different reason (Rhinebeck) altho I do love all things fallish.

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  3. Fall is my favorite time of the year and I can't wait for it to come here at the beach. I enjoy the beach more in the fall when it's not so crowded. The pumpkins are adorable! Where will you use them?

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  4. So cute! I would never guess that the ovals would turn into pumpkins! I wish that fall would be here in a month! I think I'm still a Kansas girl at heart!

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  5. Add me to the list of fall lovers. Fall is my favorite season. Our weather has turned cooler here so the morning feel like fall/school mornings. Which is good because school starts tomorrow! We're not happy it is so early but at least the weather is complying. Love the pumpkins.

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  6. Those are so cute. I don't want fall to come, it just means winter is that much closer, but knitting a few of those might help. lol

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  7. Those are adorable! Looks like a good starter felting pattern. I am working on a booga bag for my first project but it is taking a while. Maybe I will slip these babies ahead of the purse!

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  8. I think I discovered your blog after googling "felted pumpkins." I found quite a few patterns, but yours is my favorite. They're cute, and even more importantly they're easy:)

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  9. I adore the pumpkins! I noticed the pattern when I first started reading your blog months ago. My stash is void of orange. Thanks for reminding me.

    Felting must be in the air right now. I did a bit of felting yesterday too!

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  10. wonderful, as usual! I very much admire your knitting skills.

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  11. I'm so ready for fall!! Those pumpkins are SO CUTE!

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  12. Oh, you just got me in an Autumn mood! Love those pumpkins! One more thing I simply must knit!

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  13. Adorable!
    Fall really will be here before we know it.

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  14. I remember these sweet pumpkins...now something else I am itching to try!

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  15. Love your pumpkins and it isn't too early to think of the fall it will be here before you know it. Well that is what I tell myself when I knit up sweaters in the summer:)

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  16. You are so amazingly creative. I want to be you when I grow up!

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  17. the cuteness factor here is topping the charts!

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  18. Thank you soooooooo much for this pattern !!!!! I made a pumpkin last night and they are wonderful !!!! Your directions were perfect and I will be making many more !!!
    I look forward to reading your blog every day ........Thank you !!!!

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  19. I reckon even my kids would like these pumpkins

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  20. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love pumkins. These are so cute. Thanks for the pattern.

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  21. DARLING! Thanks for sharing the pattern and especially that it's early enough that surely even pokey here could get a few done. :)

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  22. so.so.so.so.so.so.cute!

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~Tracy