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New Shark Pattern Design WIP

Shark PhotoI’m busy working on a new design at the moment for a shark, his name is Finn.

I’ve knitted him in a beautiful Nurturing Fibres worsted yarn, the design isn’t complete yet, I’m still busy with the mouth and lower fins. I need to come up with an idea for teeth that look realistic, hmmmm….

Anyway, I’ve cast on again today in a larger needle size to check the pattern and tension and then he will be test knitted. If you’d like to follow along on my Ravelry group for updates go here.

PS Happy Autumn Equinox to all in the South and Happy Spring Equinox to all in the North.


Free Mouse Pattern in my Ravelry Store

Knitted Mouse


I just wanted to let you know my Mouse pattern is FREE over in my Ravelry store from now until the 1st of February! If you’d like to download the pattern, type coupon code, Mouse1 in the checkout and this will convert the $5 to FREE. The link to the pattern is here.

Happy knitting!

There is a thread here on Facebook, if you’d like to share your project photos:)

Have a lovely weekend.


Creative Friday

Hibiscus Flower

We’ve just planted this glorious Hibiscus and it’s already giving us the most gorgeous blooms.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.


Christmas Star Ornament Pattern

Christmas Star Ornament

Thank you so much for your lovely comments here and on my Facebook group about this little knitted star. I’ve written the pattern out explaining it as best as I can and have included photos to guide you. If you have any questions or if there are any errors, please just let me know in the comments.

Happy knitting!




Scraps of sock yarn

3.5mm circular needles

Sewing needle


I have knitted this star in the round with the magic loop technique, dpns 9double pointed needles) would work too but the magic loop is so much more fun!

Kfb: knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase.

Turn Work: Turn work around onto the other side and continue knitting.

Christmas Star Pattern:

Cast on 5 sts.

Join for knitting in the round

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Kfb into each stitch (10 stitches)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Kfb into each stitch (20 stitches)

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: Knit 2, Kfb, knit 2, Kfb, knit 2, Kfb, knit 3, Kfb, knit 3, Kfb, knit 2(25 stitches)

***(This is a note for anyone wanting to make a 6 pointed star instead of this 5 pointed star, in round 6 you would just keep casting on stitches randomly until you have 30 stitches and then you would continue as below)***

To form the 5 points:

*Knit 5, turn work, purl 5, turn work, knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 2, turn work, purl 4, turn work, knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1, turn work, purl 3, turn work, knit 1, knit 2 tog, turn work, purl 2, turn work, knit 2 tog. You will finish with 1 stitch on the right needle.

Point before you pick up stitches


Pick up stitches

Pick up 6 sts with left needle along the side of the first star point and cast off one at a time by knitting 1 stitch onto the right needle and passing the back stitch over the newly knitted stitch in front.
When you are finished casting off all the picked up stitches along the side of the point, cast off one more stitch by knitting one stitch onto the right needle and then passing the back stitch over the front stitch.*

One completed point
Now there is 1 star point, continue as above by knitting the next 5 sts.

Repeat from * to * another 4 times. Remember to cast off that one stitch each time you finish casting off down the side of each star point except for the last star point, you will just bind off the last stitch.

Christmas Star
Block and sew in the ends.

Christmas Star Ornament

There you go, they have so many uses, bookmarks, ornaments, gift tags etc…

Chat soon:)

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