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Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor

Add a bit of cozy to your home with this easy finger knitted yarn pumpkin home decor project!

Fall is a time for change, both in the weather and in our homes. As the days get cooler, and the leaves start to fall, we crave a cozier and more inviting atmosphere. Decorating for fall is a great way to create that feeling in our homes so start by creating this knitted yarn pumpkin home decor project.

If you’re anything like me, decorating for fall is one of my favorite things to do. Here are a few easy decorating tips for fall home decor.

Candles: Candles are a great way to add a touch of warmth and coziness to your home. Fall-scented candles, such as apple cider or pumpkin spice, are especially popular.

Harvest motifs: Harvest motifs, such as scarecrows, cornucopias, and hay bales, are a great way to bring the feeling of the harvest season into your home.

Texture: Fall is a great time to add texture to your home décor. Think about using items like yarn, burlap, plaid to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

and finally…

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are another classic fall decoration.  You can add pumpkins almost anywhere in the home to create a festive look to your decorating ideas. Use old jewelry to create sparkling pumpkin wall art.  Or use your favorite pumpkin fabric to make a magical table toppers.

This finger knitted project is a clever way to use your Lion Brand Yarn to knit a new texture for your craft pumpkins. It looks professional, classy, and it’s easy to do.

This hand knitting technique is really simple and adds a perfect texture to your craft pumpkin. All you need is your index and middle fingers and an inspired attitude!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see lots more pumpkin craft project ideas!

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Finger knitted pumpkin supplies - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

SUPPLIES:

Lion Brand yarn in any color you like
Large plastic craft pumpkin
Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks and Glue gun 
Recycled cereal or tissue box, or bundle of junk mail
Masking tape 
Acrylic Paint in Brown cream and black
Assorted small paint brushes

Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Making the knitted yarn pieces for your pumpkin home decor

Place the tail of the yarn in between your two fingers with the tail laying forward on top of the palm of your hand.

Place yarn in palm - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Wrap the length of the yarn around the back of your index finger over the top and then wrap it around the back of your middle finger and over the top and between your index and middle fingers.

wrap around the back of your index finger- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com Wrap around the back of your middle finger and over the top- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comWrap it again the same way, around the back of your index finger and over the front, then around the back of your middle finger and over the front of your middle finger, then between the two. You should have two loops on each finger.

Wrap it again the same way- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Next, starting with your index finger, Take the bottom loop over the top loop and over your index finger on and then loop the bottom loop on your middle finger over the top of your middle finger.

bottom loop over the top loop- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com over the top of your middle finger - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Do this process again, wrapping around the top of your index finger and behind your middle finger and over the top and thru the middle twice and over each finger.

Once you’ve done this step a few times pull the front tail to the back of your hand. You can tighten the weave as you go by pulling the knitted chain from the bottom or pulling the working piece of yarn taught.

Continue to weave the yarn around your fingers making a knitted chain of YARN.

knitted chain of YARN.- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

To tie the end, take the tail end through the index finger hole and then LOOP it through the hole on the middle finger. Carefully pull the loops off your fingers as you go and pull the yarn tight to make a knot.

pull the yarn tight - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com pile of knitted yarn chains - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

You’ll need to make enough knitted chains to cover your pumpkin. And it’s a good idea to make a few smaller knitted chains cuz you will need them in the final steps of adding yarn to your pumpkin.

smaller knitted chain - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

This part of optimal BUT, If you’d like to add a larger stem to your pumpkin it’s easy and it looks cool too!

Using an old cereal box or even junk mail, cut it to a rectangle, and roll it to make a cylinder with a base large enough to cover the existing stem.

Rolling junk mail to cylinder for stem - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comCut 1/2” slits around the bottom and fold them up creating a base for the new stem.

Cutting slits on cylinder of paper - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

fitting new paper stem on pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comTape the roll and cover the entire faux stem with tape placing an extra piece of cardboard or paper to cover the top. cover entire faux stem with masking tape - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comOnce it’s the height and size you want, glue it onto your pumpkin.

Glue faux stem on pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comOnce the glue is set, paint, the stem brown, let it dry completely.

Paint faux stem - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comAnd using your black and cream paint, add accent details to the stem to give it texture and make it look like a real stem.

Painting details on faux stem - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com Painting accents on faux stem - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.comWhile the pumpkin stem is drying start making your knitted chains. You will need plenty of knitted chains to cover your pumpkin depending on its size. I used about 36-40 to cover my large pumpkin.

Yarn chains to over pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Adding the chains to the pumpkin is easy!

Start by adding the top of the knitted yarn to the top of the pumpkin along the creases, add hot glue along the crease, and then place your yarn chain down the side on to the bottom. First yarn chain on pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Continue this process. Adding knitting yarn down the creases. Once that is complete start filling in the extra open spaces. hot gluing yarn on pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com covering the pumpkin with knitted yarn chains- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com pumpkin befor completely covered in yarn - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

Continue this process. Adding knitting yarn down the creases. Once that is complete start filling in the extra open spaces. Filling in the open gaps on the pumpkin - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

TOP TIP: Create smaller knitted chains to fill in the open gaps once the pumpkin is close to being covered.

You can leave the ends long until you have several chains glued and then cut the ends off.

Cut excess strings - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

You can make several different size pumpkins and use various yarn colors, add ribbon to the stem, or other embellishments to create a warm look for fall.

And once your pumpkins are decorated, you can place your knitted yarn pumpkin home decor anywhere in your home.  Put them on tables, shelves, mantels, or group them together for a more dramatic effect.

Knitted yarn pumpkin with decorative cluster of pumpkins- Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

And there you have it, a cozy, knitted yarn pumpkin home decor piece! So with a little creativity and some imagination, you can use knitted pumpkins to create beautifully festive fall home decor.

Finished Knitted Yarn Pumpkin home decor - Knitted Yarn Pumpkin Home Decor - JaneClauss.com

If you’re into Pumpkin decor check out what my craftastic friends are creating!

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Stained Wooden Board Pumpkin Décor from Laura at Me and My INKlings

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Stacked Pumpkin Polymer Clay Earrings from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama

Dollar Tree Mini Pumpkin Wreath from Laura at Laura’s Crafty Life

How to Make a Pumpkin Wreath from Smitha at Smiling Colors

Free Printable Pumpkin Word Search from Shani at Sunshine and Munchkins

Camping Inspired Jack-O-Lantern Templates from Justine at Little Dove

Crocheted Plush Pumpkins from Erica at Five Little Monsters

No Sew Pumpkin Pillows from Debra at Debra Quartermain Design

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5 Minute Dollar Tree Twine Pumpkins from Beth at Creatively Beth

Pumpkin Shaker Keychain from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama

Clothespin Pumpkin Wreath Décor from Laura at Me and My INKlings

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Jane Clauss is a 2-time Emmy Award winning television host for the Creative Living Show. She is is inventive and creative when it comes to sustainability in fashion, home decor, and tablescaping.

Finger Knitted Pumpkin

This hand knitting technique is really simple and adds a perfect texture to your craft pumpkin. All you need is your index and middle fingers and an inspired attitude!
Prep Time2 hours 30 minutes
Active Time2 hours
Course: Beginner project
Cuisine: Pumpkin Inspired Craft
Keyword: DIY project, Fall DIY Projects, Halloween, party decor, Pumpkin Craft, Pumpkin Home Decor
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Materials

  • 1 Lion Brand Yarn any color
  • 1 Plastic Craft Pumpkin
  • 1 bundle junk mail or recycled tissue box
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint brown, black, geige
  • 3-4 assorted sized small paint brushes

Instructions

CREATE THE KNITTED CHAINS

  • Place the tail of the yarn in between your two fingers with the tail laying forward on top of the palm of your hand.
  • Wrap the length of the yarn around the back of your index finger over the top and then wrap it around the back of your middle finger and over the top and between your index and middle fingers.
  • Wrap it again the same way, around the back of your index finger and over the front, then around the back of your middle finger and over the front of your middle finger, then between the two. You should have two loops on each finger.
  • Next, starting with your index finger, Take the bottom loop over the top loop and over your index finger on and then loop the bottom loop on your middle finger over the top of your middle finger.
  • Do this process again, wrapping around the top of your index finger and behind your middle finger and over the top and thru the middle twice and over each finger.
    Once you’ve done this step a few times pull the front tail to the back of your hand. You can tighten the weave as you go by pulling the knitted chain from the bottom or pulling the working piece of yarn taught.
    Continue to weave the yarn around your fingers making a knitted chain of YARN.
  • To tie the end, take the tail end through the index finger hole and then LOOP it through the hole on the middle finger. Carefully pull the loops off your fingers as you go and pull the yarn tight to make a knot.
  • You’ll need to make enough knitted chains to cover your pumpkin. And it’s a good idea to make a few smaller knitted chains cuz you will need them in the final steps of adding yarn to your pumpkin.

FAUX FINISH THE STEM

  • This part of optimal BUT, If you’d like to add a larger stem to your pumpkin it’s easy and it looks cool too!
    Using an old cereal box or even junk mail, cut it to a rectangle, and roll it to make a cylinder with a base large enough to cover the existing stem.
  • Tape the roll and cover the entire fauxstem with tape placing an extra piece of cardboard or paper to cover the top. Cut 1/2” slits around the bottom and fold them up creating a base for the new stem.
  • Once it’s the height and size you want, glue it onto your pumpkin.
  • Once the glue is set, paint, the stembrown, let it dry completely.
  • And using your black and cream paint,add accent details to the stem to give it texture and make it look like a real stem.
  • While the pumpkin stem is drying start making your knitted chains. You will need plenty of knitted chains to cover your pumpkin depending on its size. I used about 36-40 to cover my large pumpkin.

Adding the chains to the pumpkin iseasy!

  • Start by adding the top of the knitted yarn to the top of the pumpkin along the creases, add hot glue along the crease, and then place your yarn chain down the side on to the bottom. You can leave the ends long until you have several chains glued and then cut the ends off. 
  • Continue this process. Adding knitting yarn down the creases. Once that is complete start filling in the extra open spaces. This is where the shorter knitted chains will come in handy.
  • You can make several different size pumpkins and use various yarn colors, add ribbon to the stem, or other embellishments to create a warm look for fall.
  • And once your pumpkins are decorated, you can place them anywhere in your home. Put them on tables, shelves, mantels,or group them together for a more dramatic effect.
    Finish adding the last pieces of knitted yarn, clip the long pieces.
     And there you have it, a cozy, knitted pumpkin! So with a little creativity and some imagination, you can use knitted pumpkins to create beautifully festive fall home decor.

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