It's that time of year, when everything suddenly turns orange and yellow overnight. Summer squash is traded for winter squash, cotton yarn is swapped with wool yarn, you're eager for a pair of knitted slippers and you suddenly have an urge to drink hot chocolate again. It's fall!
Fall also means the return of pumpkins as decor. And unlike the winter squash you buy at the farmers market, these pumpkins won't get stinky after they've been displayed for just a few days. (I never get to enjoy that beautiful pumpkin I carved quite long enough. Do you?)
Knit up a couple of Craftsy's cutest pumpkins and bring them out year after year to celebrate the season!
Photo via Natty-Knits
Pumpkin head toy
Use orange yarn scraps to knit up this little guy. You can make him spooky or scary, depending on what kind of mood you're in. Grab random findings from around your home, like buttons, to make the facial features. You can even glam him up with some beads. Get the pattern.
Photo via Laurel Lane Knits
Pumpkin patch pullover
Get ready to work on your knitting colorwork! This child's sweater pattern gives you the option to attach a vine and other fun embellishments, or just leave the sweater with a plain pumpkin. A look that's less Halloween and more fall can even be worn into November. Get the pattern.
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Work in the round with small needles to make sure this tiny pumpkin trio doesn't show any yucky seams. Make all three with the same yarn, or switch it up to show off all the colors of fall. These make great centerpieces at the dinner table, too. Get the pattern.
Pumpkin hat and diaper cover
Babies get to have all the dress-up fun, don't they? Further proof: this pumpkin diaper cover with matching hat. This pattern uses super bulky-weight yarn, so it knits up quickly and easily. Change the colors in the diaper cover and you'll have a pattern you can knit any time of year. Get the pattern.
Photo via Dawn Brocco
Pumpkin patch blanket
These individual pumpkin blocks are portable, so you can work on smaller pieces of the blanket while traveling or at your stitch group, then seam them all together when you're ready. The blocks also mean you can make the blanket as large or as small as you'd like. Get the pattern.
Photo via Aunt Janet's Designs
Perfect pumpkin hat
Babies shouldn't have all the fun when it comes to crazy hats. This pattern comes in sizes ranging from newborn to adult, so you can make it for anyone. Surely you know a couple of adults who are dying to sport a pumpkin hat! Get the pattern.
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Skip the store-bought bags this year and instead knit one of these up for the little trick-or-treater in your life. You can also hang this on your door knob as fall home decor. If you fill it with candy, that would sweeten the deal -- literally. Get the pattern.
Pumpkins aren't the only cute little knitted toys you can make. Check out Wee Ones: Seamless Knit Toys with Susan B. Anderson to learn how to make a tiny elephant, bunny and hippo that can hang around long after fall has passed.