On occasion, I’ve been known to get obsessed. Last year, I got caught up in critter-mania. This year, I’ve avoided getting caught up on any particular kind of project.
Until now, that is. I started my first 12:01 Pumpkin. Before I knew it, I’d started two more.
Today I finished all three!
I went overboard on this project because I was fascinated by the possibilities in knitting and felting colors in combination. My first 12:01 (on the right above) used Wool of the Andes in two different colors (2 strands of Pumpkin and one of Persimmon). The knitted fabric for that was gorgeous! The second 12:01 (the one in the middle above) used three different colors of Cascade 220. One strand was a heathered tangerine, the second was a flat tangerine, and the last was a lighter orange. The third 12:01 used a darker combination of oranges.
I also played with the colors of the handles. My favorite handle was on the third pumpkin and used an amazing Cascade 220 in a heathered orange, brown, and green. I don’t think I’d want a whole sweater of it, but as a pumkin handle, it was pure perfection.
Of the three pumpkins, I think the last one is my favorite. The colors are so rich! I think the second one is the most realistic looking. The first one is pretty and, had I not done the other two, I think I would have been genuinely thrilled to carry it around. However, I think I’ll keep my favorite and give the other two away as gifts.
The problem with getting caught up in a project like this is that I now have to fight to move on to something else (rather than plying with yet more combinations of oranges). Blast Cascade for having so many shades! It’s way too tempting! (And please… Don’t even begin to tell me of all of the other wonderful feltable yarns that come in lots of pretty shades!)
If you’re going to make one of these pumpkins, I made a couple modifications to the original pattern:
- After the last (decrease) row of the main color, knit one row all the way around. Without that extra row, the purl stitches in between the “wedges” of the pumpkin cause the color change to look rough. The extra row makes it so that “rim” of the pumpkin is smooth all the way around.
- When changing colors, knit the last stitch of the first row of the CC together with the stitch below the first stitch in the new color. It creates a jog-less join, which makes the “rim” smooth at the color change.