Tuesday, 26 May 2009

How to knit a Tea Cosy

I found this pattern whilst doing a quick google search and knitted this up with some strawberries. It is going to the local church for their strawberry fair for a raffle prize for the 20th June 2009. I also got a Whittards tea pot and a box.

I used double knit wool in pink and cream (1 ball of each colour) & 5.5mm needles.

Cast on 53 stitches with 5.5 needles (but pattern suggests 4.5 or 5mm needles). I never stick to a pattern and always use the needles I feel most comfortable with.

*K2, P2, repeat from* to last stitch, K1. Repeat this row until work measures 18cm or desired length.

Begin shaping as follows:-K2, (P3tog, K1)12 times,
P2, K1 (29 sts.)K2, P2, (K1,P1) 12 times, K1
K1, (SSK) 12 times, K2tog (16 sts.)
K1, P to last stitch, K1
K2tog 8 times across row (8 sts.)
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches pulling tightly.

Work another piece exactly the same.

To make up, pin pieces together at the sides and roughly measure where you need your spout hole and your handle hole. Sew together using mattress stitch and add a pom pom or knitted flowers like mine.

SSK = Slip, slip, knit or alternatively you can knit 2 together through the back of the loop

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