Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Teacosy Pattern

As detailed here, an Oh-So-Simple Teacosy for beginners in the art of knitting. This would be a great ‘next steps’ project to get you from your garter stitch scarf to put a couple more stitches into your repertoire without over-complicating yourself too early on. Any terms that you’re not sure of can be looked up on The pale green edge was a simple crochet round around the bottom edge to coordinate the rose in, but this was purely decorative and wasn’t required to make the cosy function!

Teacosy: Make two in DK yarn on 4mm needles

The cosy is made up of two rectangles which are sewn together with gaps for handle and spout. The top is then gathered using a piece of ribbon, either narrow ribbon through the stitches themselves or wider ribbon through a row made of ‘Yarn Over Eyelets’ to create the rounded cosy shape.

Cast on 52 stitches.

Knit all rows (this creates the ‘garter stitch’ bumps) until piece measures about 7” from the needle to the cast on edge.

[Optional row at 6” – Knit 1, YO, K2tog until one stitch remains, Knit 1, then continue knitting all rows until piece measures 7”]

Cast off all stitches and repeat for other side of cosy.

Seam sides, leaving room for spout and handle.

Weave length of ribbon approx 1” from upper edge (or through eyelet row) to gather top together. Tie into bow.

Flower adornment: Optional!

Cast on 40 stitches. 

Row 1: Knit across (40 stitches).

Row 2: KFB (knit through the front and back loop) across (80 stitches).

Row 3: Knit across (80 stitches).

Cast off, leaving a long tail to stitch to cosy.

Encourage the twirl and wind the rose up on itself into a loose spiral to create a flower. Secure with stitches using the leftover yarn and attach to teacosy at the side weaving in the cast on tail too in the same manner. Use buttons or beads, if desired to complete the fabulousness!

Put the kettle on and smile smugly!

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