October 2, 2014

Knit Pumpkins - Easy Fall Decor

I made these a year or two ago, using a pattern from Meylah that now seems to have disappeared (don't you hate when that happens?). It originally called for adding "ridges" in the form of dark thread looped around the outside then through the middle and pulled tight at regular intervals with a tapestry needle.

For some reason, it's hard to find the right kind of tapestry needles around here! The only ones available were either nice and sharp but too short to feed through the middle, or very long but not sharp enough to go through the filling in the middle. So I skipped this part.

I also did my stem a bit differently. The original had an attached i-cord. I just cut a bunch of yarn to the same length, then tied a knot near one end of them. Then I glued them in place (note to self: be a tad bit neater about the glue next time, but you can't really notice it unless you look closely).

For all three, I used different stitch and row counts to vary the finished size. I also used different weights of yarn. The one in the front is super bulky, and the two in back were mostly worsted weight but varied in thickness. Some stretches of the yarn were thinner, some thicker. I dyed the one on the left with onion skins to get that golden brown color. Originally, it was the same color as the right one.

I'll see if I can dig up the original pattern, but here's a similar one in the meantime.

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