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Creative Friday and an Easter Bunny Knitting Pattern

Easter Rabbit Knitting Pattern

Easter Bunny knitting pattern

Hello friends, I can’t believe it’s almost April and Easter will be here soon. I have added a link above to my Easter bunny knitting pattern for you if you’d like to knit one or a few for your Easter baskets. If you are attending craft fairs you may sell the bunnys knitted from this pattern:) The bunny is knitted in the Magic Loop but not to worry, I have included a tutorial link for this in the pattern post.

If you’d like to see other knitters bunny projects of Ravelry go here.

Happy knitting!

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 http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ 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.

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Mushu the Panda Knitting Pattern

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Hello friends, my Mushu the Panda pattern is now for sale on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

Meet Mushu the Panda, Mushu is from China and can’t wait to be knitted by you!
Mushu is knitted on 4mm circular needles in the round with worsted yarn or if you prefer to knit with dpns that will work perfectly too.

Dimensions:
He’s 8 inches / 19 cm tall and 23 inches / 59 cm in circumference at his widest part of the body.

The pattern is 19 pages long and I have provided very detailed notes on how to make and finish off Mushu. There is an abbreviation and video section in the pattern, which will describe all the stitches as well as list video links to guide you through the stitch techniques.

Remember, you can always contact me if you have any queries at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za and I will help you with any questions you have about the pattern.

One of my lovely test knitters, Anne, called her test knit Panda Mushu and I thought this name was perfect for the pattern, thank you Anne:)

Hope you have had a wonderful start to your week.

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Knitting an Owl

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I’ve really been enjoying designing and knitting these little creatures lately, this large, plump owl, 8 inches tall, is called The Guardian Owl. He is almost ready to be test knitted, I’ll be opening up a test knit thread for him soon on my Ravelry group.

This week so far we’ve been busy with schooling, I’ve been walking 6 km each morning with my dear friend, chatting about so many things, it’s wonderful to have someone to exercise with and talk to. I’ve pulled out our dehydrator from deep within the depths of a spare room cupboard, dusted it off and have been dehydrating bananas, apples and various other things and also searching for healthy snacks to make for my family. It’s been great fun. I find that if Kye, in particular, eats ANYTHING with preservatives, sugar or colourant in it, it sends him over the edge which turns our day quickly to utter disaster, so I’m really trying hard to make healthy food from now onwards. It isn’t always easy to keep this up when your household is busy and it’s like those bad food habits are just waiting in the sidelines to slowly creep back in, so I’m going to try to be vigilant! (She says, really, really hoping that she can be, ahem…) I have just made supper while dancing around the kitchen listening to the music from Imagine Dragons, they’re wonderful! I’ve found so much goodness in my day today, I wish that for you too!

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Royal Purple Cowl and Yarn Along

 

I have knitted and finished the cowl just in time for my friend Joan’s birthday today!! I am so happy, I started it on Sunday, frogged some of it on Monday and then continued with two yarns instead of one. This is a luxurious cowl that I have knitted with Merino and kid Mohair. It is very soft indeed. This lighter colour actually has hints on purple in it and purple is Joan’s favourite colour. I really enjoy giving handmade presents to my friends, it’s lovely to knit a gift with someone in mind.

If you would like to knit a cowl too here is the pattern:

Notes:

The pattern is knitted in multiples of two, so if you would like to make it smaller or bigger as long as you have an even amount of stitches you will be fine.

The pattern is repeated twice for each colourway, until you have 5 stripes of colour, this will total 10 pattern repeats altogether.

Materials:

50 grams of DK purple yarn

50 grams of DK Kid Mohair yarn

5mm circular needles

6mm needle for a loose cast off

sewing needle

stitch marker

Pattern:

In the Merino yarn, cast on 200 stitches and join for knitting in the round, place your stitch marker.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Round 4: (Make one (take yarn around the needle), purl 2 together) across the round.

Repeat the above pattern again in the same yarn.

Change to the Kid Mohair and knit 2 pattern repeats.

Remember to carry the different yarns up the inside of the knitting while alternating the colours so that you won’t need to join the yarn each time.

Continue alternating the different yarns after 2 repeats of the pattern until you have 5 colour bands or continue if you wish:)

Cast off with a 6mm knitting needle for a loose bind off.

Sew in all the ends

You are finished!

Thank you to my lovely Erin for modelling the cowl today.

Joining with Ginny today for the Yarn Along.

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