Passap Knitted Pumpkin


Wow, it has almost been a year since I posted anything. I have not been knitting because my machine is in a room that is not bright or large. I was contemplating getting rid of my machines but I think I will move the passap to a larger lighter room and see what transpires.

Anyway, I was looking at a quilting sight and in the picture was a knitted pumpkin and I thought it was cute.  It isn’t the traditional orange one. I decided to just do a small one and see what it would look like. I knew the passap machine had a similar pattern built in.  So I sat down at the passap and knitted a square and gathered it at the top and bottom. Then I took jute and used it to make the veins. I have papier-mache in the house so I made my own stem. Then I hot glued the stem onto the top of the pumpkin. Of course, now that I look at the original, I should have done two rows of jute for the veins and really tightened the tension up. Oh well it was just an experiment.

knitted pumpkin in tweed design

Here is the picture that I saw.

On the passap I used the pattern 1301 on page 63 and I used technique 183. I only used 60 needles and knitted about 100 rows. I used tension 5/5 but if you want to make one lower the tension so the stitches don’t separate while stuffing it. I think if I had made mine larger it might look similar to this one.

Now, it is not a good idea to stay away from this machine because everything you learn goes out the window. LOL. I wanted to cast on single bed so there would not be a lot of material to gather. I managed to cast on single bed and went into double bed work.  At the end I transferred all the back stitches to the front bed, knitted a row and then transferred every other stitch to the next needle. I knitted a row and did the same and then took the remaining stitches off on a bodkin. When I took the work off the machine I had open back bed stitches where I had cast on(tee hee) and gone from single bed to double bed! I was lucky and just took a needle with a piece of yarn and gathered all of them.

This would be the easiest to do on my Brother machine. I would do a weaving cast on and then start the fairisle design . I would end with one row knitted plain and then transfer stitches and then gather. You can make this pumpkin on any machine. It is just knitting a square or rectangle depending on how large you want the pumpkin.

Of course, you could get creative and knit a five by five rib in a solid color and it would probably look just as cute.


  1. Gillian Pearson Said:

    Hey Carol … so lovely to hear from you … funnily enough I was trawling through your blogs and patterns last night looking at Pete’s dog jacket ….so mental telepathy !! Love the pumpkin … good exercise to be creative and I am sure it would look striking in orange with a burnt orange 2nd colour … thanks again for such an interesting blog … always thinking out the box !

    • Hi Gillian, thank you for all of your positive feedback. I agree with the colors you suggest. It should also be much larger . I visited a girl I taught the passap to, and I wanted to surprise her by making one. I showed her the picture and she wanted to make one. So, long story short, I gave her mine. lol. I wish I could get back into the knitting thing but really enjoying quilting. Good to hear from you too!!!!

  2. Judith Shaeffer Said:

    I have missed your posts.

    • Hi Judith, thank you. I really enjoyed knitting but now I have really enjoyed quilting .I have really been seriously thinking of giving up my machines. However, I become so overwhelmed with what I have and how to do it so I have done nothing but store them. lol I hope if I change the location of the one machine that I will want to knit again. Hopefully I will post something a lot sooner than a year from now! Happy Knitting

  3. Karla Halpaap-Wood Said:

    Glad to see a new post. I learned so much from your blog, and yes I am improving much on my Passap.

    • Hi Karla, Good for you on improving your knitting. Keep on knitting! 🙂

  4. Evelyn Stryker Said:

    That is really nice! Thanks for sharing.

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