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Creative Friday and a Circular Cowl Scarf Pattern

Welcome to Creative Friday.

This is the special project I have been knitting for a dear friend’s birthday, a circular cowl scarf. I spun the beautiful BFL and silk roving and then knitted it up over a few days. I love the softness of luxury yarns, perfect for a scarf that is going to be worn so close to the skin. I spun up the roving to about a double knitting or Aran weight yarn and knitted the cowl with size 10 mm needles, this gave the scarf a lovely lacy, airy feel, so that it wouldn’t be heavy when worn. I knitted it in the round on circular needles with a long cable.

Once finished the cowl will wrap around your neck 3 or 4 times, so soft and warm.

Here is the pattern:)

 

Materials:

10 mm circular needles with a long cable

Hand spun yarn about a Dk or Aran weight

Wool sewing up needle

 

Pattern:

Cast on 118 stitches on circular needles and join for knitting in the round.

Rounds 1-2: Knit

Rounds 3-4: Purl

Rounds 5-6: Knit

Rounds 7-8: Purl

Rounds 9-10: Knit

Rounds 11-12: Purl

Rounds 13-14: Knit

Rounds 15-16: Purl

Rounds 17-18: Knit

Rounds 19-20: Purl

Rounds 21-22: Knit

Cast off loosely

 

Sew in the ends.

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and posts their links to their amazing work:) 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.blogspot.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.

 

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.

Linda

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Valentine, Heart Shaped Kitchen Trivet Pattern

I have knitted up this simple Valentine Pot Trivet for our kitchen. I need a few of these and I will probably knit up a few for my mom too. They are really easy to make, just garter stitch with increasing and decreasing and sewing in ends. You could also crochet a sweet border around your heart if you wish or just leave it as is. I think having little heart trivets adorning the kitchen counter tops will make me smile whenever I see them…

Materials:

Chunky cotton
6mm needles
Wool sewing up needle

Pattern:

Cast on 1 stitch
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of the row, knit across the row, increase 1 stitch at the end of the row.
Row 3: Knit row
Continue alternating these rows 2 and 3 until you have 23 stitches on the needle.
Knit 1 row.
Knit row and increase one stitch in the middle of the row, you now have 24 stitches.
Knit another 6 rows.

Now you are going to knit the two top areas of the heart separately.

Knit 12 stitches, turn work, (the remaining stitches will be held by the other needle until you need them or you can put them on a stitch holder)
Knit 2 stitches together, k 8, knit 2 stitches together, turn, (10 stitches)
Knit 10 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 6, knit 2 stitches together, turn (8 stitches)
Knit 8 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn (6 stitches)
Knit 6 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, k 2, knit 2 stitches together, turn (4 stitches)
Knit 4 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together, turn (2 stitches)
Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch)
Cast off

Return to your knitting that is on the needle and attach the cotton at the middle of the heart.
This will be the other top of the heart.
Knit 12 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 8, knit 2 stitches together, turn, (10 stitches)
Knit 10 stitches, turn,
Knit 2 stitches together, k 6, knit 2 stitches together, turn (8 stitches)
Knit 8 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 4 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn (6 stitches)
Knit 6 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, k 2, knit 2 stitches together, turn (4 stitches)
Knit 4 stitches, turn
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together, turn (2 stitches)
Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch)
Cast off

Sew in all the ends and you have a pot trivet for your kitchen:)

***If you would like to make your trivet larger, just continue increasing either side of the alternating rows, knit straight for a few rows as per pattern instructions, you might have to add a few more straight rows for the increased size. Remember to increase 1 stitch in the middle to make your pattern an even number of stitches and then when you are happy with the size, start casting off one top edge at a time, 2 stitches per row alternating with knit rows ending with one stitch on each top edge.***

Happy knitting!


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Valentine, Heart Bookmark Knitting Pattern

While pottering around the bookshelf today, I rediscovered an old edition of Pride and Prejudice, the pages are all brown, it has that old book smell, and it is beautifully bound. Don’t you just love this about old books? I found it in a thrift shop years ago.  I did receive an i-pad for Christmas and I do love being able to carry it around and read my Kindle books off of it and write notes for my book, but to me there is nothing like holding a real book in my hands, the feel of the pages, the paper, sometimes mat and smooth, sometimes rough and thick….. oh I do love books!

So while looking through this wonderful book, a book that I first read years ago when I was in school, I thought I would knit a simple and easy bookmark that could be a gift for Valentine’s Day. It has a small heart at the base and is knitted in garter and stocking stitch with a small loop at the top.

I have knitted mine in red for the occasion of Valentine’s Day, but it would look beautiful in a cream cotton for instance, too.

Materials:
Dk Merino or cotton oddments of yarn, perhaps 20 grams
4mm straight needles
Wool needle for sewing in the ends
Scissors
Fun!

Pattern:
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit 3 rows in garter stitch
Row 4: Knit 3, purl 9, knit 3
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Knit 3, purl 9, knit 3
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit 3, purl 9, knit 3
Row 9: Knit 7, purl 1, knit7
Row 10: Knit 3, purl 3, knit 3, purl 3, knit3
Row 11: Knit 5, purl 5, knit 5
Row 12: Knit 3, purl 1, knit 7, purl 1, knit3
Row 13: Knit 4, purl 7, knit 4
Row 14: Knit 3, purl1, knit 7, purl 1, knit 3
Row 15: Knit 4, purl 3, knit 1, purl 3, knit 4
Row 16: Knit 3, purl 1, knit 3, purl 1, knit 3, purl 1, knit 3
Row 17: Knit 5, purl 1, knit 3, purl 1, knit 5
Row 18: Knit 3, purl 9, knit 3
Row 19: Knit
Row 20: Knit 3, purl 9, knit 3
Continue alternating rows 19 and 20 until the bookmark measures 7 inches finishing on a wrong side row.

Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 1, knit 7, purl 1, knit 1, knit 2 together. (13 stitches)
Knit 3, purl 7, knit 3
Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl1, knit 5, purl 1, knit 1, knit 2 together. (11 stitches)
Knit 3, purl 5, knit 3
Knit 2 together, knit 1, purl 5, knit 1, knit 2 together. (9 stitches)
Knit 2 together, knit 5, knit 2 together (7 stitches)
Knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together (5 stitches)
Knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together (3 stitches)

Loop:
Alternate these 2 rows for 2 inches
Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1
Purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
Cast off
Sewing Up:
Sew in all the ends and bend loop to the back and sew in to form a loop.

Blocking:
Dampen the bookmark and pin into shape on a soft, firm surface.
Wait for it to dry and then you are finished!

Happy knitting:)

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Easter Nest and Egg Pattern Tutorial

Hello wonderful friends, thanks so much for visiting:) Today, I have been working on a pattern for Easter crafting. We will soon be setting up our Easter tree and I wanted to make something special, so I have Knitted a nest in handspun Alpaca yarn, spun by my daughter Jenna. Inside the nest are some rainbow eggs. I have knitted the nest with a textured appearance to give it the look of a true nest. I do hope you enjoy knitting these patterns:)
Materials:
Yarn for the nest, I have used handspun Alpaca
Yarn for eggs, I have used rainbow cotton DK
4.5 mm circular needles
Wool needle for sewing up
Fleece for stuffing the eggs
Pattern:
Nest:
Cast on 10 stitches
Join for knitting in the round (Magic Loop)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Increase into each stitch across the round (20 stitches)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: (Increase into the first stitch, knit 2 stitches, increase into the next stitch, knit 2 stitches) repeat across the round, knit 1 stitch on the end. (26 stitches)
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: Increase into each stitch. (52 stitches)
Round 7: (Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch) repeat across round.
Round 8: (Purl 1, knit 1) repeat across round.
Round 9: (Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch) repeat across round.
Round 10: (Purl 1, knit 1) repeat across round.
Rounds 11- 14: Knit 
Round 15: (Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch) repeat across round.
Round 16: (Purl 1, knit 1) repeat across round.
Round 17: (Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch) repeat across round.
Rounds 18-21: Knit
Rounds 22-23: Purl
Cast off.

Sew in the ends.

Egg Pattern: 
Cast on 4 stitches and join for knitting in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Increase into each stitch (8 stitches)
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Increase into each stitch (16 stitches)
Rounds 5-13: Knit
Round 14: (Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 stitches together) repeat across the round, knit 1 stitch on the end.
Round 15: Knit
Round 16: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together) repeat across the round, knit 1 stitch on the end.
Round 17: Knit
Round 18: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together) repeat across the round.
Round 19: Knit
Finishing off:
Break your thread and thread your yarn onto a wool needle and thread your stitches from your circular neeldes onto your wool needle and pull tight to close the opening. I normally fill the egg from this end and make sure the the wide base is firm and then fill the rest of the egg. Close both ends by threading tight in a circle with your thread and pulling tightly closed.

Roll your egg in your hands to get the required egg shape, and there you have an Easter Egg:) 

Wishing you all an inspired week.
xo
Linda
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