Dumpster Fire 2020 by Kino Knits

Dumpster Fire 2020

October 2020
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in fingering-weight stockinette knit flat, blocked
US 2 - 2.75 mm
100 yards (91 m)
One size (finished dimensions vary with yarn weight)
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The year 2020 has been epically horrible. What better way to commemorate it than with a Dumpster Fire 2020 holiday ornament? This design is knit in pieces and sewn together. The year “2020” is duplicate-stitched on the front according to a chart, but I have included charts for all 10 numbers so you can fill in your own personal horrible year. And as much as I love snark, I’m not one to wallow, so this pattern is doing some good: half of the 2020 proceeds are being donated to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. $2,675 has been donated as of December 5, 2020!

Several dyers have created Dumpster Fire 2020 yarn collections!

  • Leading Men Fiber Arts (Solid fingering kit, 20% ($6 from each kit) going to the DeWitt County Friendship Center, which is a safe and fun place for Seniors to gather and socialize. They also help to facilitate the local Meals on Wheels program.) SOLD OUT
  • Queen City Yarn (Speckled fingering kit, $5 of each kit going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in North Carolina)
  • Black Cat Fibers (Variegated fingering kit)
  • Arkansas Yarn Company (Sparkle fingering kit, 20% ($7.00) of proceeds going to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Boys & Girls Club)
  • Wonderland Yarns and Frabjous Fibers (Solid worsted kit, 20% of proceeds going to Food Connects)

What testers had to say:

  • “Great pattern, well written, easy to follow.”
  • “I loved watching it come together and because of the fact that most of it is sewn to the back, I could be quick and sloppy in sewing the pieces together and sewing in the ends, which was nice.”
  • “Fun way to commemorate this crazy year!”


This pattern can be knit in any weight and was tested in fingering, sport, DK, and worsted. At a maximum, you’ll need the following yardage (and will probably use a lot less):

  • 20 yds/18 m each Contrast Color 1, 2, and 3 for flames
  • 40 yds/37 m Main Color for dumpster


  • Fingering: 4”/10 cm tall, 3.75”/9.5 cm wide
  • Sport: 5.25”/13 cm tall, 4.75”/12 cm wide
  • DK: 5.5”/14 cm tall, 5.25”/13 cm wide
  • Worsted: 6”/15 cm tall, 5.75”/14.5 cm wide

Gauge (4”/10 cm stockinette, knit flat):

  • Fingering: 32 stitches and 44 rows
  • Sport: 24 stitches and 33 rows
  • DK: 22 stitches and 31 rows
  • Worsted: 20 stitches and 30 rows


  • 1 locking stitch marker
  • Blocking board and pins
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Recommended Needles:

  • Fingering: US 2/2.75 mm
  • Sport: US 3/3.25 mm
  • DK: US 4/3.5 mm
  • Worsted: US 5/3.75 mm

Social Media:
Please post your ornament with the hashtags #KnitDumpsterFire and #kinoknits on social media. Please also tag @kinoknits.

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