Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pumpkins for all..

So we're all getting ready for fall at my house. Decorating inside and out. Planning trips to go apple and pumpkin picking next month. There's just nothing else like it. This time of year when the weather starts changing. The cool air seems to bring a sort of magic with it.

I think my favorite of the season are pumpkins. They fill my creative/artistic void. I like to carve intricate designs into the surface without puncturing through to the inside so they preserve better during the holiday. I wish I had some pictures to post but sadly they are on a computer I don't have access to at the moment. But as soon as I get a few pumpkins and a lil' mommy time I'll post them up. I decided after coming across this pattern on Ravelry that I should start knitting a few in the meantime. Wow, are they fast. I cast on 60 stitches instead of the 35 that the pattern called for. I wanted a bigger squishier pumpkin for my friend's mother who works as a teacher. (She needed one for her desk). The only problem was the stem. In the pattern you are to knit an I-cord but it would've looked ridiclous on such a big pumpkin. So I decided to change it up a lil.



Heres the stem pattern:

CO 6 stitches on DPNs
join being sure not to twist stitches and knit one round.
next round: *k1, kfb* to end (9s)
next round: k all stitches
next round: *k1, kfb, k1* to end (12s)
next round: k all stitches
next round: p all stitches
next round: *k1, p1, k1, p1* to end
repeat last row until desired length
BO



Fill with scrap yarn or fiberfill and sew onto top of pumpkin
There you have it! A stem worth having. Now I'm going to start making more.

13 comments:

auburnchick said...

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Jill L said...

Ilove your patterns. I am on my second Creepy Cloth! I hope you do the same for winter/Christmas!

Ariel said...

Very cute!! Thanks :-)

Pamela said...

The pumpkin looks great! I haven't ever knitted one, just crocheted some for my husband. They work up fast!

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