Here as promised is a "sort of" pattern for the easy peasy tea cosy I made the other week. I'm rubbish at writing patterns and I've done the best I can, with a little help thank goodness! I did a little search on the internet and discovered that a lady has made a Youtube video tutorial on THE SAME style tea cosy. So I would firstly recommend you have a look at this and then have a read through what I have to say...
YouTube tea cosy tutorial part one
YouTube tea cosy tutorial part two
So, let's get going!
One teapot.... mine is a 4-6 cup teapot
Yarn I used:
King Cole Baby Comfort dk in lilac 579, purple 586, rose and turquoise 577 ( I don't know if they sent the wrong colour because this is definently aqua not turquoise). Stylecraft acrylic dk in Spring green and white.
Measure your teapot from the base to the lid and then from the handle to the spout to find out the width. My teapot was 7.5 inches high. Create a chain which measures the height of the teapot.
For my teapot this was 40 chain stitches.
The stitch to be used is single crochet (US), double crochet (UK).
Round one consists of sc/dc to end of chain, ch 1 then turn and sc/dc to end. Then change yarn colour. Once you have added the new yarn colour you sc/dc into the BACK LOOPS only of the previous round. This is shown in detail in the Youtube video.
|see the ridge of stitches at the |
bottom of this photo
When you look at the reverse of your two rows you will see a ridge of stitches at the top. Work your sc (US dc) stitches into these raised stitches.
This technique creates the ridged effect on the front. When you get to the end of the row working in the back loops only, chain one and turn your work. In the next row work dc/sc as normal in the top loops.
Continue until your work fits across the width of the teapot.
Make a front piece and a back piece. My finished panels measure 7 inches by 7.5 inches.
The next step is to make a button loop. Choose a button and sew onto one corner of the bottom edge of a panel. On the other panel choose a yarn colour and attach the yarn into one corner. Chain approximately 12, ch one then sc (US dc) back along the chain.
Slip stitch into the beginning chain stitch and sew in the ends. Then bring the chain around into a loop shape and slip stitch to the tea cosy edge to form a loop. Check it fits around the button.
The next step is to thread a needle with yarn and double the yarn. Leaving a 3 inch tail, do a running stitch around the top of the cosy - about a good inch from the top and again leave a 3 inch tail at the end.
Put the cosy on your teapot. Pull the thread as tight as it will go and knot the thread. I want the top of the cosy to sit ON the lid handle, NOT around it for the design I'm doing.
This is the result, seen on the right. Now you may find this makes your cosy too short at the bottom. I added another two rows of sc (US dc) to the bottom and then a frilly edge in a contrasting colour.
For the frilly edge, start at one corner of the bottom of the cosy and chain one. Sc (US dc) in next two stitches.
In the next stitch loop do the following:
sc (US dc), htr (half treble) (US hdc) , 2 x tr (treble)(US double crochet), htr (US hdc), sc (US dc). Then a sc (US dc) in the next two stitches, then repeat the above pattern for the remaining edge.
Now for the good bit.... embellishing the cosy!
I made three peonies using this
Sew Ritzy-Titzy pattern
and stitched them around the tight gathered top. If you know how to do treble/double crochet stitch, then you will be able to make these ruffley flowers....
.... and this is how to create a rather lovely tea cosy...