Pick-pocketed Pumpkin Pattern

The one thing I love about being a rogue in-game is the ability to pickpocket. There are so many fun, little junk items that really add that extra hint of specialness to this game. One of my favorite “pickpocket-ables” is A Jack-o’-Lantern, which is also the inspiration for this knitting pattern.

As you can see, this pumpkin is pretty small – it’ll fit in your pocket!

This little Jack-o’-Lantern will knit up quickly. And, this pattern is flexible enough to knit with any yarn and needles, so, a larger pumpkin could be made from this, if desired. It’s also knit on straight needles – perfect for those leery of knitting with small, fiddly double pointed needles!

How to Make this Pumpkin


  • Any type of yarn, and any amount (depending on the size). I used a fine weighted cotton yarn that I had laying around.
  • Any straight needles to obtain the correct gauge for your yarn. I used US size 3 needles (3.25 mm) for my yarn.
  • Black embroidery floss (if you want to stitch a face on your pumpkin).
  • A small amount of a green yarn for stem.
  • Tapestry needle.

Abbreviation List

  • CO = cast on yarn, preferably long tail cast on.
  • St(s) = stitch(es).
  • K = Knit (K1 = knit one, K2 = knit 2, and so on).
  • P = Purl (P1= purl one, and so on).
  • KFB = Knit front to back, an increase.
  • K2tog, (K3tog) = Knit 2 (3) stitches together, a decrease.

Let’s Knit!
This pattern works the base in first, and then moves up along the sides.

CO 6 sts

Row 1: K across
Row 2: K across
Row 3: KFB into each st. (12 sts)
Row 4: K across
Row 5: KFB into each st. (24 sts)
Row 6: K across
Row 7: (KFB, K1) repeat across. (36 sts)

~Side and Top~
Row 8: K6, P1, K8, P1, K6, P1, K8, P1, K3, P1
Row 9: K1, P3, K1, P8, K1, P6, K1, P8, K1, P6

Repeat Rows 8 and 9 four more times, then start the decreasing rows below –

Row 10: K4, K2tog, P1, K4, K2tog, K2, P1, K4, K2tog, P1, K4, K2tog, K2, P1, K1, K2tog, P1 (31 sts)

Row 11: K1, P2, K1, P7, K1, P5, K1, P7, K1, P5

Row 12: K2tog, K2tog, K1, P1, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, K1, P1, K2tog, K2tog, K1, P1, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, K1, P1, K2tog, P1 (20 sts)

Row 13: K1, P1, K1, P4, K1, P3, K1, P4, K1, P3

Row 14: K3tog, P1, K3tog, K1, P1, K3tog, P1, K3tog, K1 K3tog (10 sts)

    Your knitting should look something like this before finishing the pumpkin. You can see where the sides and base fold from each other.

Cut the knitting yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread a tapestry needle onto the tail, and thread the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle. Cinch the pumpkin closed.

I found it easier to stitch my pumpkin’s face at this point while it was not sewn up. You can choose to stitch a scary face, like the icon on the Jack-o’-Lantern item, a cute one, or even a silly face from the carved pumpkins found in-game during Hallow’s End. Or…just leave it a “fall time” pumpkin with no face…it’s really all up to you.

Once the face is, or is not stitched, finish the pumpkin by sewing the base and sides together. I left the yarn I cinched the top of the pumpkin alone, and used an additional piece of yarn to sew the sides together. Once those were sewn up, I stuffed the pumpkin with fiberfill. This made it easier to match up the base line, which I sewed up with the CO yarn tail.

With the yarn that was used to cinch the pumpkin closed, I made a few gathering stitches around the top, and then poked the yarn down into the pumpkin and out the base, pulling tightly as I tied off that yarn. This made a cute little dimple at the top of the pumpkin.

    For the stem, I just used a slightly heavier weighted yarn and thread it at the top of the pumpkin. Then I made 3 to 4 consecutive knots to resemble a stem. This will work fine for petite pumpkins, but, for larger ones, I would opt to make a short I-cord (technique and video found here) and attach that to the pumpkin for a stem, rather than the knots.
    Knitting this pumpkin small makes a great Hallow’s End gift for kitties. Along with the stuffing, just add a small jingle bell. You’re cat will love it like mine does ^_^

Happy Hallow’s End and Happy Knitting!

Copyright © 2010 Kirina
Please don’t steal someone else’s work! This pattern is intended for your personal use/enjoyment only. Any reproduction of this pattern, or the selling of this pattern and/or its final product, is strictly prohibited unless you have my permission first.

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