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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

tea cosy pattern

Every christmas my family does a "secret santa" with all of the cousins, aunts, and uncles, which ends up being about 20 people. I had my Aunt and knew that I wanted to knit her something but I had a hard time thinking of what that could be. I decided to make her a tea cosy! Which didn't fit a lot of pots... so I also ended up getting her a teapot to fit the cosy, haha. Now I'm here to tell you about how to make this tea cosy and what sized pot it goes with! I've made a similar cosy in the past but with different yarn and different sized needles. Using this pattern as my guide I changed it based on yarn, needle size, and how big I thought it should be. These are the results. 


Materials:
- one ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in Rose Heather
- size 8 (5mm) needles
- cable needle
- button
- tapestry needle
- 1.4L teapot
Legend:
K = Knit
P = Purl
m1 = make one
C6 = move 3 stitches onto cable needle, keep in front, knit the next 3 stitches, and then knit the stitches from the cable needle 
P2t = purl two together

Instructions:
Cast on 20 stitches
Rows 1-4: rib in K1, P1 pattern
Row 5: *P2, M1, P1, M1* repeat to end
You should now have 32 stitches
Next you're going to be making the cables, each big cable takes 6 rows to complete an entire "cable" so if you want to make your tea cosy longer, keep in mind these 6 rows
Row 6: *P2, K6* repeat to end
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: *P2, K6* repeat to end
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: *P2, C6* (see cable legend above)
Row 11: Purl
Now you've completed one cable! Good job. 
Repeat rows 6-11 4 more times (or more if you need it to be longer)
You should have completed 35 rows
Row 36: *P2t, P1* repeat to end
You should now have 20 stitches 
Row 37-40: *K1, P1* repeat to end
Cast off 
For the second side of the tea cosy you'll have to add an extra place to put the button, you can use your own method or follow what I did below:
Row 37: Cast on 4 stitches, and work in K1, P1 ribbing
Row 38: *K1, P1* repeat until last 4 stitches - cast off two stitches then K1, P1
Row 39: K1, P1, make two and continue in K1, P1 ribbing until end
Row 40: *K1, P1* repeat until end
Cast off

To assemble attach the bottoms with your tapestry needle, and add the button to the top. Put it on your teapot and admire your work! 
xx

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