Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Traditional Tea Cosy

To honour my first love, tea and cake, and following a long hunt for tptc (the perfect tea cosy), I have come up with this little number which is, I hope, not far off.


The pattern will fit a medium (large) traditional style teapot.
You will need:
2 x 100gram balls Rowan Pure Wool Aran (or similar). We used Raspberry & Pepper.
1 pair needles: 5mm/US 8

Side One

Using 5mm needles, CO 56 (72) sts using MC.
Row 1 – K8 in MC, join CC, *K8 CC, K8 MC. Repeat from * to end.
Row 2 – *P8 MC, P8 CC, repeat from * to end.
Row 3 – *K8 MC, P8 CC, repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until piece measures 11(15)cm from cast on edge, ending on a WS row.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K6, K2tog) in MC, (K6, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P7 MC, P7 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K5, K2tog) in MC, (K5, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P6 MC, P6 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K4, K2tog) in MC, (K4, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P5 MC, P5 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K3, K2tog) in MC, (K3, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P4 MC, P4 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K2, K2tog) in MC, (K2, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P3 MC, P3 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *(K1, K2tog) in MC, (K1, K2tog) in CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row *P2 MC, P2 CC, repeat from * to end.
Next Row (decrease row) - *K2tog MC, K2tog CC, repeat from * to end. Draw yarn through remaining 7(9) stitches and tighten.

Side Two

Repeat side one, reversing the colour order. Still, however, cast on with Main Colour.

Finishing

Join the two sides together, leaving space for the teapot handle and spout. Top with a few corsages (pattern on the next page!)

Technique

To create the ‘pocket’ effect of the teacosy, you need to pull the yarn that you are not using across the back of the yarn you are knitting. You will need to pull it quite firmly, to create a pocket. At the end of each row, twist the two strands of yarn together before turning. The inside of the tea cosy will look something like this:


Corsages

To make the corsages shown on top of the tea cosy:



Make a chain of 6 stitches, and join to make a ring.
Make a short chain of three stitches out from the ring. This is a turning chain.
Make 13 treble stitches into the centre of the ring. Join to the turning chain. This forms the inner round.
Make another turning chain of 3 stitches out. Work your way around, making 3 treble stitches into the top 2 loops of each of the stitches in the previous round. This will create a ruffle.
Once you have made your way right round the inner circle, join your yarn to the top of the second starting chain, and bind off. Add a button, and sew to the top of your tea cosy.

Now make yourself a cuppa x

2 comments:

  1. Hi Rosa,

    I love your tea cosy and want to make myself one. What is the best way to join the CC after knitting the first 8 stitches in the MC?

    Best wishes,

    Lisa

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  2. I just stumbled across your blog and I love it.

    tea cozy

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