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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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Emerald Isle Cowl Knitting Pattern and Creative Friday

 

 

 

Hello everyone, my Emerald Isle Cowl is finished and I am sharing pattern here with you. It was quite a quick knit, knitted in Double Knitting merino wool from Colourspun and I knitted it on 5mm needles. I do love the colour of this green, just wonderful!

This cowl measures 40 inches in circumerfance when finished, but if you would like to make it bigger, the DK that I am knitting with on this pattern gives me 4 stitches per inch when knitted, so to add extra inches, you would cast on 4 stitches at a time for each inch of length that you require, just as long as you always add an even amount of stitches as this pattern works with multiples of 2.

Materials:

100 grams of DK Colourspun wool (220 yards of yarn)

5mm circular needles

5.5mm straight needle for casting off with

sewing needle for the ends

1 stitch marker to place at the beginning of your round

Pattern:

Cast on 170 stitches on the 5mm circular needles and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop technique (place your stitch marker at the beginning of the round)

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: (Knit 2 stitches together all across the round)  (85 stitches)

Round 3: kfb (knit into the front and back of each stitch to increase) (170 stitches)

Round 4: Purl

Round 5: Knit

Round 6: (Knit 2 stitches together) all across the round (85 stitches)

Round 7: (Knit 1 stitch, make 1) all across the round (make 1: wrap yarn around needle to make a hole and increase) (170 stitches)

Round 8: Purl

This makes up the pattern for the cowl, repeat these 8 rounds another 6 times, your cowl should be about 6 inches wide when blocked.

Cast off loosely with your 5.5mm needle so that the cast off edge is nice and loose.

If you want your cowl to be longer see above for the amount of stitches to cast on.

Ravelry notes are here.

Happy knitting!

Welcome to Creative Friday

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) 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 also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) 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:)

Have a wonderful day,
xo
Linda

 

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Creative Friday and a Rectangle Heart Pattern

Dear friends,

Thank you all so much for your very kind thoughts and prayers over the last few days. You have given our family such wonderful support and love, you have carried me through such tremendous sadness over the passing of my beloved dad. Our family has come together and it has been so lovely to share this time with them… I am so very blessed to know all of you, I can’t say thank you enough…

I have been knitting and knitting and we are still going forward with our recovery blanket, we are knitting it in honour of my dad and will be giving the blanket to my dear mom so that she can wrap herself in it and remember their love…

As I can’t share the vintage pattern that we have been knitting from  a magazine, I have designed a piece that is exactly the same size and will share the pattern below and will fit beautifully with the other pieces.

Thank you so much to everyone who wrote to me by email and on Facebook requesting the pattern to contribute to this special project. I am adding my postal address below, so if you feel you would like to add a piece, we would be very honored to include it.

Postal Address:

Linda Dawkins

PO Box 15671

Farrarmere

1518

South Africa

PS I have added a new Heart pattern here.

Heart Blanket Square:

Materials:

4mm needles

Aran weight wool in any colour of the rainbow:)

Love

 

Pattern:

Cast on 25 stitches

Rows 1-6: Knit in garter stitch

Row 7: Knit 11, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 12

Row 8: Knit

Row 9: Knit 10, knit 2 tog, yarn over,  knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 10.

Row 10: Knit

Row 11: Knit 9, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 3, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 9.

Row 12: Knit

Row 13: Knit 8, knit 2 tog, yarn over,  knit 5, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 8.

Row 14: Knit

Row 15: Knit 7, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 7, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 7.

Row 16: Knit

Row 17: Knit 6, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 9, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 6.

Row 18: Knit

Row 19: Knit 5, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 11, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 5.

Row 20: Knit

Row 21: Knit 4, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 13, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 4.

Row 22: Knit

Row 23: Knit 4, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 13, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 4.

Row 24: Knit

Row 25: Knit 4, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 13, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 4.

Row 26: Knit

Row 27: Knit 5, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 5, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 4, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 5.

Row 28: Knit

Row 29: Knit 7, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 1, knit 2 tog, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 tog, knit 7.

Rows 30-35: Knit

Cast off

(If you find any errors, please do let me know and I will change them accordingly)

Welcome to Creative Friday!

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) 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 also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) 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:)

Have a wonderful day,
xo
Linda

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Seamus the Owl Knitting Pattern and Tutorial

I am writing today from an incredibly icy Johannesburg. Our temperatures have plummeted below 0 C and it’s been freezing cold here over the last few days. I must tell you, I cannot wait for Spring! Today I was inspired to knit up a little owl pattern, I have been thinking of him ever since I made Beans the Cat so here he is…

I would like you to meet Seamus the Owl. He is quite similar to Beans the Cat, but I have changed the body by making him a little larger and adding a sweet little moss stitch to the front of his body to try and give him a slightly speckled / feathered chest.

Materials:

4mm circular needles

I used hand spun for Seamus but DK wool would be perfect

Sewing up needle

Black fleece and a felting needle to needle felt his eyes and beak

Fleece for stuffing

Abbreviations:
kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
dpns: double pointed needles
knit 2 tog: knit 2 stitches together

You can knit this pattern with the magic loop or just use dpns for knitting him in the round.

Pattern:

Cast on 12 stitches and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop or on dpns
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: kfb into each stitch (24 stitches)
Round 3: kfb into each stitch (48 stitches)

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: Knit 12, (purl 1, knit 1) for 24 stitches, then knit to the end.

Round 6: Knit 12, (knit 1, purl 1) for 24 stitches, knit to the end.

Continue alternating rounds 5 and 6 of the moss stitch, finishing on round 18.
Round 19: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across the round (32 stitches)
Rounds 20-31: Knit
Cast off

Finishing Off:
Hold both edges together flat at the cast off edge and sew in and out, closing the top of your owl’s head.

 

Stuff Seamus, make sure the stuffing is nice and firm. Sew the opening closed at the base of his body.

Take a needle and wool, sew into the base of Seamus, secure the wool and push the needle up through his body and pull it out the top of his head, sew back down again and pull. This is going to make a nice big concave depression that will form his two ears.

Once you have sewn back down, pull the needle and wool out the base of the body, pull tight and sew the wool securely onto the knitting, ensuring the depression remains at the top of the head so that two ears appear on each side.

Wing Pattern: Knit 2

With 4mm needles knit your wings in garter stitch:

Cast on 5 stitches.

Knit first and second row.

Row 3: Cast on 2 stitches at the beginning of the row and 1 stitch at the end of the row.

Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning and knit 2 together at the end of the row.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: Cast on 2 stitches at the beginning of the row, knit to the end of the row.

Row 8: Knit.

Cast off.

Sew the wings onto the sides of the body.

Sew a few strands of wool onto the points of the ears and then rub them with your fingers and pull apart the fibres to create the tufts on the owl’s pointed ears.

Eyes and Beak:

Needle felt on the eyes and beak with black fleece and a felting needle, two large circles for the eyes and a triangle for the nose.

Happy knitting.

Please do share you projects on Ravelry if you are a member, I have loved seeing all the different Beans the Cat projects there! I have a little Ravelry group called Mamma4earth where you can share your knitted treasures.

PS If you haven’t entered my giveaway you can enter here.

Have a lovely day,

Linda

Joining in with Ginny today for the Yarn Along.

Seamus Owl Pattern Copyright Linda Dawkins, Mamma4earth

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