A Hint of Snow Cowl and Creative Friday

I have just finished designing and knitting ‘A Hint of Snow, Cowl’, I am really enjoying knitting cowsl at the moment, I have knitted this one on a chunky handspun Merino 2 ply. To give you an idea, the yarn gives approximately 6 wraps per inch and I used 7mm circular needles with the longest cable I could find:) It’s a wonderfully warm cowl and is very versatile as it can be worn in so many ways, twisted twice or three times to create a different look.

Here is the pattern:)

Just a quick note: the pattern consists of 4 pattern rows,

  1. knit,
  2. slip slip knit (ssk),
  3. knit 1, make one (or yarn over to make a hole) when you come to the end of this round, make sure you remember to make one (yarn over) at the end of the round and not merely just move the yarn to the front because in the following round you purl, so when ending the 3rd round take the yarn all the way around the needle and back to the front to make a stitch before you begin purling the following round:)
  4. purl.

ok, enough chatting from me here’s the pattern:)


300 grams of chunky yarn (approx 6 wraps per inch)

6.5mm / US 10.5 circular needles with a long cable

Sewing needle for ends

8mm needle for cast off edge so that it will be nice and lose


Cast on 190 stitches and join for knitting in the round.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: (SSK) repeat all around the round. (slip,slip, knit) both stitches are slipped from the left needle to the right needle knitwise and then both stitches on the right needle are knitted with the left needle by placing the left needle through the front of both stitches and knitting them together.

Round 3: (Knit 1, make 1) ( a make one is also called a yarn over) repeat all around the round. See Just a Quick Note above for this round.

Round 4: Purl

Repeat these 4 rounds another 7 times.

Cast off using an 8mm needle to ensure a lose cast off edge.

Sew in all ends.

You are finished!!

Ravelry notes here.

Mamma4earth Ravelry group here where you can share your projects:)

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,


Halloween KAL (Knit Along)

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be a fun idea to host a Halloween KAL (knit along). I have started a thread on my Mamma4earth Ravelry group where all my free Halloween patterns have been listed with their links. It will be great to chat about what you would like to knit and what you are knitting for Halloween, and see everyones finished projects over on the group:)

Here are some of the photos for the free patterns for the KAL and my Cat Pattern has been discounted down to half price for all those taking part in the KAL.

All the links to the these free patterns are over on my group. Hope to see you there:)


A Suffolk Sheep Pattern to Knit

I have been wanting to share this little Suffolk Sheep pattern © with you and thought it would be a nice addition for your nature tables or a new member for your handmade farmyard, it really is an easy beginner pattern, basically 2 rectangles knitted in garter stitch and after everything is sewn up, you will have a little sheep.


  • White hand spun Merino yarn
  • Black Merino yarn for the ears
  • 4 mm knitting needles
  • Wool needle for sewing up
  • Fleece for stuffing



Cast on 17 stitches and knit a square, approx 32 rows. You can check if you have a square by folding one corner of your knitting across to the other corner, thus folding a triangle, if a perfect triangle is formed, then you know you have a perfect square.

Cast off.

Fold the square in half, in the photo above, the fold is on the right hand side. Start sewing left from the fold, half way down the opening.

Pinch the two edges of the knitting from where you have stopped sewing together to form a leg and sew along the edges.

Repeat on the other side, now you have two legs.

After you have sewn both of the front legs, sew down the underside of the body but not completely. This must be left open for stuffing. Sew the back of the sheep, (down  the back  edge) and pinching both of the legs separately together and sewing them as you did for the front legs.

This is the body of your sheep on the wrong side. Both pairs of front and back legs are visible, Now turn your sheep onto the right side.

Stuff the body and when it is firm, sew up the tummy.

The Body sewn up and stuffed.



Cast on 9 stitches and knit 12 rows,

Cast off.

Thread your needle through your cast off edge and pull tight as seen in the photo below.

Now you have a nice round edge.

Finished sheep head, the round front of the head on the left and sewn curved underside. Stuff this with fleece. Sew onto the front of the body.

Sew on the tail.

With your black yarn sew a small loop to weave the ears. Just weave in and out of the loop.

Weave in and out both loops for the ears.

and he is finished!

I hope you enjoy knitting this little character and if you do, please pop by my Mamma4earth Ravelry group and post your photo in the finished items thread, it would be wonderful to see your finished projects:) I am very excited to share that my Ravelry group has grown to a wonderful 250 members and I am so happy that my dear friend Carle‘ has agreed to help me on my group as a moderator. Pop by over there and say hi if you have a chance:)

Happy knitting



Tie Dyeing T-Shirts with my Children

We have been having great fun tie dyeing T-shirts and experimenting with dyes.  First we dyed with a solid colour using a pot with the boil and simmer method, then we decided to try a hand-painting method which I prefer.

This is what we did:

– We soaked our white t-shirts in a bucket of vinegar water, (a couple of litres of water and I added a cup of vinegar). I let that soak for about half an hour. The vinegar makes the dye take to the fabric like it does with yarn.


The shirts were placed flat on a counter top surface and marbles were held at the back of the shirts and pushed upwards, an elastic band was then placed around each marble. The elastics were very tight to keep out the colour and keep the whiteness of the fabric.

The dyes were mixed into rainbow colours, these are earth friendly dyes.

Then each colour was hand-painted or squeezed out onto each little bauble so that we would have circles of colour afterwards. This was so exciting, really, like digging up a potato plant and discovering plenty of delicious potatoes under the ground, like precious gifts!

Kye had SO much fun doing this!

Oh yes, don’t forget to put plenty of plastic down on your counter tops so that the dye doesn’t go anywhere it shouldn’t. I used bin bags and then just washed them afterwards.

Once all the colours had been added, I really wanted to put the shirts into our solar cooker outside in the sun but we had rain that day so each shirt was wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a sieve over a pot of boiling water with the lid on to boil for 20 minutes, this seals the colour. I have separate pots, sieves and everything for my dyeing work.

Then I removed the pots from the stove, allowed the plastic wrap to cool and when the shirt was cooler, rinsed it in cool water to let any excess dye run out.

This was one of the most enjoyable crafting activities we have ever done:)

This is Jenna’s T-shirt.



Happy Monday and have a lovely week.

PS for everyone who very kindly offered to test knit my Camel pattern, a thread has been started over on my Mamma4earth Ravelry group where you can also read the test knit requirements and take part in the discussions.

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