October is a lovely month for many reasons: autumn colors, crisp breezes, the crunch of leaves underfoot, Halloween, and, of course, pumpkin carving! Since we are so passionate about our yarn and knitting here at Blazing Needles, we decided to do a tutorial on how to make a knitting themed pumpkin!
Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin using a kitchen knife or pumpkin carving knife. Make sure the angle is facing towards the center so that the top will come off but also be replaceable.
Then, clean out all of the seeds and guts from the pumpkin. Discard the guts but keep the seeds and roast them for a delicious snack later.
There are two ways to do this step. The first is to hold the copy of the pattern over the pumpkin and, using a push-pin, follow the lines of the pattern to transfer it to the pumpkin (as shown above). The second way is sketch the pattern onto the pumpkin using the permanent marker.
This pumpkin carving method relies on gently scraping off layers of pumpkin skin and meat without penetrating the cavern inside. This way, the interior elements of the cake of yarn in the pattern can float within the carved down regions. In order to do this, you must score the pumpkin without going through (1/4 inch deep sounds about right).
In this pattern there are two ways to score the pumpkin. Both turn out well, it is just a matter of personal preference. The easiest method is to the score the pumpkin along the lines of the pattern, and then widen them when you scrape them out. This creates a pumpkin where the edge of the cake of yarn is cut, as are the lines within the cake.
The second way is the one pictured in the tutorial. In this option, the lines inside the pumpkin are thickened and carved around (instead of carving them out) and the space between the edge of the yarn cake and lines is cut out instead.
Don't worry too much about staying within the lines you drew as you score. It is just a pumpkin! Remember to have fun!
Slide the pumpkin carving knife or standard screwdriver into the scored lines and begin to pry up the sections of skin that you wish to remove. Make sure to be cautious concerning depth and lines next to parts where the skin stays on.
A tip for corners and other tight areas is to re-score the pumpkin slightly deeper and follow that edge to create a crisp line all the way down.
After you are done with the entire pumpkin, rework and even out the depth of the scraped areas in order to even out light dispersion. The screwdriver is very helpful for this part!
Insert a tea candle into the pumpkin, light, and enjoy! If you wish the lid to be on while the candle is lit inside, carve some air holes in a pattern on the other side or around the top in order to let oxygen in and feed the flame. If you wish the design to be brighter, (using a knife or spoon) scrape down the inside of the pumpkin where the carving is. The thinner the skin is, the more light will shine through!
Ta Da! Magical knitting themed pumpkin complete! Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!