Knit or Treat: How to Make a (Super Easy) Giant Knit Pumpkin for Halloween

Have you ever seen those little decorative crochet pumpkins that start popping up once  the  leaves start to change? They’re a little cheesy and maybe have a hint of grandma in them? Today, I’m turning those crafty crochet pumpkins on their head with a giant (not-to-grandma-like) knit pumpkin DIY.

A neutral color giant knit pumpkin for Halloween

The catch? This isn’t actually a crochet pumpkin pattern…it’s finger-knitting. AND it won’t take forever to make because… Well, you’ll have to  click through to find  out.

So skip the knitting needles and break out the yarn. This giant pumpkin DIY is much easier than you think. Click through to find out how this giant pumpkin was made.

So before  we even get started I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

The only part of this giant pumpkin DIY that you have to knit to make one of your own is the stem! The base is actually a knit ottoman pouf that I bought from Amazon. Surprise! Which means this project will take all of ten minutes to recreate and you can remove the stem after Halloween and use it as a regular ottoman.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own…

Steps that show how to finger knit the stem for a giant knit  pumpkin

Materials for Giant Knit Pumpkin DIY

  • knit ottoman pouf (there are tons of colors on Amazon)
  • yarn in your desired stem color (I used grey)
  • scissors

How to Make a Giant Knit Pumpkin

Step 1: Create a slip knot and place it around the thumb of your non-dominant hand.

Step 2: Weave the yarn around your fingers (omitting your thumb). Start by going behind your pointer finger and wrap the yard by weaving frontward and backward around each finger. Once you get to your pinky, wrap it and continue the alternating weaving until you get back to your pointer finger. Do this twice so that you end up with two rows of loops around each finger.

Step 3: Starting with your pointer finger, pull the bottom loop over the top loop and over the top of your finger, guiding it to the back of your finger. Do this with each finger.

Step 4: Now you will have just one loop one each left. Add another row of loops, by alternating weaving toward your pinky and back down to your pointer finger.

Step 5: Continue step 3 and 4 until you have a weaving that is about 20 inches long.

Step 6: To secure the weaving, remove the loops from your fingers and thread the remaining yarn through them and pull tight.

So that’s it. What so you think? Would you make one of these? They’d look really cute in a kids room or just around the house as decoration for the season.

Giant knit pumpkin in monochromatic grey

Neutral off white and grey giant knit pumpkin for Halloween

Photography Cori Maass

Are you a fan of this giant knit pumpkin DIY? Yay or nay?! Let me know.

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Very innovative work. Great utilization of resources!!


I love this giant knit pumpkin idea! It is so cute. If only I knew how to knit. I am going to send this link to my mother and law and see if she can help me out:)


Wow! That’s such a good idea.


Wow… very original !

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I’ve been wanting to knit a puff/footrest, and this looks as if its will do the trick. Can’t wait to try it…


I’m new to knit and crochet lately. I will give this a try and really hope the project will turn out great for me.


Amazing! Halloween is coming! I am waiting for it! I wanna such a big pumpkin like yours! I like it!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiration!

Pillow Treasure

Awesome knit deco
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The pink pineapple

Really cute idea, I’m going to try and come up with some more ideas for this method of weaving, it’s so easy I have to find another use for it!! Thank you for the inspiration!

Cheryl Cain

Thanks Gemma. 🙂





Thanks Courtney. We’ve been really into knit and crochet stuff lately. This was a fun one to make.


That pumpkin is so cute!


Always a good thing when you have less work to do for DIYs, right Michelle?! 🙂


This looks so cool! I really thought I’d have to knit the whole pumpkin, but this way it’s even better!

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