If there’s one weekend project that’s guaranteed to make you smile, this sweet little tea cosy could be it. Get your needles out and start now to have yours finished before supper!
What you will need:
- 50g balls of 8-ply yarn, one each of dark blue and off-white
- Pair of 4mm knitting needles
- Wool needle and knitting supplies
- Knitting pins (or large safety pins)
- Small amount of 8-ply yarn in pink (optional)
- 3.5mm crochet hook (optional)
Tension: Approximately 22 stitches and 30 rows to 10cm in stocking stitch. The tea-cosy measures 20cm x 24cm and fits most four-to-six-cup teapots.
Using dark blue yarn and 4mm knitting needles, cast on 54 stitches.
Work ribbing: Row 1: K1, *K2, P2*, repeat * to * to last stitch, K1. Row 2: K1, *K2, P2*, repeat * to * to last stitch, K1. Repeat the first and second rows twice more (six rows).
Work stripes: Change to stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl). Work six rows in dark blue yarn, then change to off-white yarn. Work six rows in off-white yarn. Continue knitting stocking stitch in stripes of six rows, until there are three white stripes and four blue stripes.
Shape top: Keeping the pattern of six-row stripes going, knit two rows of stocking stitch. Cast off two stitches at the beginning of each of the next four rows (46 stitches remaining). Cast off four stitches at the beginning of each of the next four rows (30 stitches remaining). Knit one row, then cast off the remaining stitches purlwise.
Repeat steps one through four to make a second piece the same as the first piece.
Assembly: Using knitting pins (these are larger than sewing pins and have a blunt tip) or large safety pins, pin the two knitted pieces with right sides together and join with back stitch, or pin them with wrong sides together and use mattress (ladder) stitch to join. First pin and stitch across the top shaped section. Now sew up 8cm (the ribbing and two stripes) from the bottom on one side of the cosy for the spout opening, and 4cm (ribbing and one stripe) on the opposite side for the handle opening. Darn in tails of yarn. Run gathering stitch across the top seam inside the tea-cosy and draw up the top of the cosy so that it fits the teapot.
To make rosettes: Using pink yarn and 3.5mm crochet hook, work 8 chain and slip stitch into first chain to form a ring. Make 5 chain, then (1 treble, 3 chain) 5 times into the ring. Slip stitch into the second chain to make six petal loops.
Petals: *4 treble into the petal loop, chain 2, slip the hook through the top front loop and the front vertical loop of the fourth treble, yarn over hook and pull through two loops, yarn over hook and pull through two loops, 3 treble into the petal loop*, repeat from * to * five more times to make six picot petals.
Pull the tail of the yarn through the last loop and take it through to the back of the flower. Use the yarn tails to secure the flower to the tea cosy.