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I have a jersey that I knitted when I was 17, I love it but can’t find the pattern anywhere, it’s probably somewhere in my house but it’s well hidden. I decided to try and replicate the pattern but after knitting the rib I realised I couldn’t, so I started knitting something else that I thought would work and this is what I came up with… I’m really enjoying the pattern that’s emerging!

Whale, Camel, Hippo

I’m also busy working on some knitted toys that will soon be on their way to France and the USA. I just have one goat to go and then they’re ready! These patterns are all available here in my Etsy store.

On the reading front, I’m reading Farmer Boy to both of my boys, they are really enjoying it and ask me to please read another chapter each time I say I’m finished. It’s such a lovely book!

Happy knitting adventures :)

Joining today with Ginny


Before the Storm





Rain water


Tree House



I love being outside just before a storm, the air feels electric and still and the light takes on a whole new rainbow of muted colours. It’s been a busy day today but it was lovely to just sit on a bench on our stoep and take in all the shades of Autumn…

Thunder is rumbling far in the distance, what a lovely day…


Creative Friday



We’ve just been down to the coast for a holiday and had an amazing time, we went to the beach everyday, swam, got sunburnt and thoroughly enjoyed spending time together as a family.

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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