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Bluebird Knitting Pattern Tutorial

I have been wanting to add this knitting pattern to my blog for a while to share. It was featured over at the lovely, Rhythm of The Home and now I am adding it here:) This little Bluebird is wonderful for nature tables, a small stocking filler at Christmas time etc…

This Bluebird of Happiness pattern is knitted with The Magic Loop method of knitting with circular needles.


Brushed Mohair

Circular Needles


Wool needle

Brown yarn for beak

Felting needle, black fleece for eyes


With circular needles, cast on 9 stitches (knitting in garter stitch (plain)). Join for knitting in the round and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

Round 1: Knit 1 round.

Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch for 1 round (18 stitches).

Round 3: Knit 1 round.

Round 4: Knit into the front and back of each stitch for 1 round (36 stitches).

Knit seven rows.

Round 12: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 together) repeat across this round.

Round 13: Knit 1 round.

Round 14: (Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 together) repeat across this round.

Round 15: Knit 1 round.

Round 16: Knit into the front and the back of each stitch to increase.

Knit 4 rounds.

Round 21: (Knit 2 stitches together) repeat to the end of the round.

Break yarn and thread the yarn onto a wool needle and thread the remaining stitches through the wool needle and leave until you are finished filling your bird with stuffing.


The tail is knit in garter stitch (plain).

Cast on 3 stitches

Knit 6 rows.

Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the row.

Knit 3 rows.

Cast off.


Knit wings in garter stitch (plain)

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: Knit 2 stitches together at the beginning of the row, knit to the end of the row.

Row 8: Knit.

Cast off.


Fill your bluebird with soft fleece and ensure he is wonderfully firm, shaping him as you go.  Take your needle and thread it through your stitches and pull firmly closed and finish off.

 Shape your bluebird gently, by pushing more fleece to the back as can be seen in the photo.

Sew on wings and tail.

To make the beak, sew a loop in brown wool and weave in and out through the loop and finish off.

Needle felt on two black eyes with fleece and a felting needle.

And here he is finished!

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.


Meet Donna from The Waldorf Connection and a Lovely Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming Donna from The Waldorf Connection.
Donna will be sharing a post with us today titled, Balancing Those Early Years’.

Natural Suburbia: Donna, please tell us a little about The Waldorf Connection:

The Waldorf Connection is quickly becoming the “hub” that homeschoolers, parents, and educators need as a starting place for gathering information. The goal of this site is to bring concrete information to help families understand the Waldorf concepts and to support family-run Waldorf businesses.

The Waldorf Connection will heavily support the online community with in–depth workshops, programs, online book studies, video classes and more. For more information on these informative programs, go to

Balancing Those Early Years by Donna Ashton

Now that my twin girls are turning 8, I feel I have “arrived” in some way. Those early years can be wonderful and also extremely challenging and exhausting! I know there are many stages & growing yet to go, but if you have 1 or more young children, you may know what I mean.

Why do young children take so much energy out of us?

According to Peggy O’Mara in her article Generations at Risk, The Mother is the Matrix.

“We do not learn by behavior modification, we learn by going back to the matrix and getting information from that. That’s why a child always comes back to the mother, hanging onto her legs, and exploring from there. We learn from going  back to what we know. The child puts things in her mouth, not because she wants to eat them, but because that’s her most developed sense, and that is how she identifies the object.
The first seven years is the time of play, and as mammals, we are actually designed to learn through play,which is how we gather information. Einstein said that he would rather have imagination than intellect. It is imagination that forms the basis for our later intelligence.

You, as this Matrix are the support and energy center for your child during those early years. It is not just the physical components of holding, nursing, carrying, re-directing, feeding, changing diapers, etc.. There is also an energy exchange between Mother & Child, where the Mother is supplying this energy.

So, what can you do? For me, understanding is the main thing. If I know why something is the way it is, I can work with it. I look at it as an honor. This is something that only I can give to my children.

Now, when you hear others say, “Take a nap while your child is napping”, you may take them up on it. Though you may have household tasks calling you, this may be a better use if your time. Meditation and Creative Expression are also ways to refill our own buckets, so we can have more to give. Enjoy these precious early years, when your task is to be the that Matrix.

Here is an excerpt from Carrie Dentdler’s workshop, “The First 7-yr Cycle of Development” she did at The Waldorf Connection. Enjoy!

*You can hear more from Carrie and other Early Childhood experts in our upcoming series, Essential Elements of Early Childhood.

On Thursday, 9/23 Donna is hosting a free call ” 3 Ways to Create a Nourishing Home for your Child”, with (3) Waldorf Early Childhood teachers to give you a few “behind-the-scenes” inspirations you can take back and implement right away!
This is a bit different then previous calls.. You MUST register at this link to receive the “back stage pass”.
Donna is offering a lovely giveaway: one reader will receive an mp3 of Carrie Dendtler’s (a Parenting Passageway)  “The 1st Seven Year Cycle of Development”.
To enter, please leave a comment and I will choose a winner on Saturday morning:)

Donna, thank you so much for being a guest here on Natural Suburbia:)


Waldorf Homeschooling Expo and Giveaway

Dear Friends,

I feel so blessed and honoured to have been approached by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection to share the news about her Homeschooling Expo that will soon take place AND a wonderful GIVEAWAY that she is offering to all of you!

Here Donna will share with us a little about the Waldorf Connection and Upcoming Expo in her own words:

When I found the Waldorf method 4 years ago, I knew it was what I wanted for my family. I
gathered as much information as I could find through books and online websites.But, I still had so many questions and wanted specific things explained. Wet-on-wet painting was such an issue with me, that for 2 years I didn’t even try it! I kept wondering, “Was I doing this right?” As I looked ahead to the upcoming grades, I knew I needed some help. I couldn’t be the only one wanting more! So, that was how The Waldorf Connection began. So far, I have had such an overwhelming response, and many parents thanking me, it is very satisfying.

I created the Waldorf Connection to be exactly that- a place where homeschooling families can connect to teachers and experts in the Waldorf field. My goal- to bring concrete information to help parents understand the Waldorf concepts and to support the family-run Waldorf entrepreneurs.

The Homeschool Expo was designed after a regular Homeschool expo, but online. I am hosting 15+ workshops on planning, grade overviews, parenting, rhythm, multiple-age homeschooling, rites of passage, music and more! Are you wondering which curriculum to choose for next year? Come listen to your favorite speaker and see what they offer before you buy. Peruse our Vendor Room with online store displaying their books, supplies, curriculums, toys, etc. Registration and all workshops are *free*. Just sign-up at

*Donna gardening with her girls*

Donna is also offering an amazing giveaway to you:)

I will giveaway an entire set of all the Expo Workshops on MP3- over 15 hours of content. (value $57) You can listen to the workshops again and again, download to your Ipod or burn to CD. An excellent resource to keep for the future, as your children grow or just to refresh your knowledge.

To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment and if you would like to be entered again please share the love and blog about this giveaway and remember to let me know you have done so:) A winner will be chosen on Thursday evening:)

I have added a button on the side of my blog linking to The Waldorf Connection, please feel free to add it to your blog and share the love:) Here is the link:

Thank you so much Donna for contacting me and giving me the opportunity the share this wonderful news!

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