This fun little knitted bowl is shaped like a pumpkin and the color of all our favorite pumpkin-flavored fall food and beverage items. You could also make it in bright orange and put a face on it for a jack 'o lantern bowl.
What you need
about 130 yards worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta)
set of size 5 US double-pointed knitting needles (3.75 mm)
size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needle, 16-inch cable
tape measure, scissors, yarn needle
Knitting the Bowl
Bowl is worked from the center out of the bottom and then from the bottom up. Stitches are increased to form the bowl shape, then decreased a bit more toward the top to give the bowl more of a pumpkin shape.
Gauge is not critical, but I got 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in stockinette stitch in the round. Finished bowl is about 6 inches tall and the base in 4 inches around, but you can squish it into a shape with a broader base and shorter sides as desired.
Cast on 6 stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join in the round. Place a stitch marker if you want to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 1 round.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch (12 stitches).
Knit 2 rounds.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch (24 stitches).
Knit 3 rounds.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch (48 stitches).
Knit 4 rounds.
Knit in the front and back of each stitch (96 stitches). At this point you will probably want to switch to the circular needle, if you haven’t already.
Knit 1 round.
Purl 1 round.
Knit 1 round.
*Knit 7, purl 1. Repeat from * around. Repeat this round 3 more times.
*Kfb, K5, kfb, P1. Repeat from * around.
*K8, P2. Repeat from * around. Repeat this round 4 more times.
*Kfb, K6, kfb, P2. Repeat from * around.
*K9, P3. Repeat from * around. Repeat this round until piece measures 4 inches from the purl round.
*Knit 2 together, K6, k2tog, P2. Repeat from * around.
*K8, P2. Repeat from * around. Repeat this round 5 more times.
*K2tog, K5, k2tog, P1. Repeat from * around.
*K7, P1. Repeat from * around. Repeat this round 4 more times.
At this point you can bind off as normal or, to give the top edge more stability, do an I-cord bind off as I did. To do this, cast on 3 stitches at the beginning of the round. *Knit the first 2 stitches, then work a slip, slip knit. Move the 3 stitches that are now on the right needle back to the left needle and repeat from * until every stitch has been worked. Bind off remaining stitches as usual and use the tail to sew the ends of the I-cord together.
Make a Jack ‘o Lantern Knitted Bowl
If you’d rather make this bowl more for Halloween than a general fall project, work in bright orange yarn instead. Choose a side to be the front and work features in black yarn using the duplicate stitch. You can make your face funny, scary or whatever you like.
You could also continue decreasing as established and close up the top to make a pumpkin rather than a pumpkin bowl, if you’d rather.