Hello Everyone, thank you for visiting !!
This is an update of my previous post about the floral teacosy which I made for my friend L. I posted a pic of the teapot on Attic 24’s Facebook page and many lovely people have asked me for the pattern, so I shall do what I can.
Here are some photos.
I don’t have a pattern as such, but I will do my best to explain how it was done!
I mainly used acrylic 8 ply yarn and 8 ply cotton with 4mm knitting needles and a 4mm crochet hook. I did use some 5ply with smaller needles and hooks. The purplish rose is a thin Noro variegated yarn.
THE COSY ITSELF
The basic pattern for the teacosy came from Crochet by Raymond, a fabbie site (Raymond is a cat, BTW). However, I changed it quite a bit. You don’t really need a precise pattern. it is not hard. If I was able to make it up as I went along, anyone can! I did not make the two sides in one piece, as Raymond’s mummy did. Instead I knitted two rectangles of the same size. The size and shape will depend on the size of your teapot. (I no longer have the teapot, so I cannot tell you the dimensions but I am going to buy another one of those teapots soon so I will let you know). The squares were about 24 cm in width by 13 cm which is small, but I wanted the cosy to stretch when it goes on the teapot. Of course, you can make it as loose or fitting as you like.
I then put the two pieces onto one needle and worked across the two pieces, decreasing, ( K1, K2 together across each knit row and do not decrease on the purl row). That made the top “dome” long and created the little knob on the top, which I liked. When I joined the two pieces at the sides I did not sew up far from the bottom because the spout and the handle of my teapot started quite close to the base of the teapot. (I will make one which joins with a button under the spout next.) I might have had to sew downwards a bit on one side from where the two pieces were joined at the top. Hope that makes sense.
I then changed colour and crocheted the edging as described in the Crochet by Raymond site. The cosy needs a light steaming at this stage to flatten out the edging, which curls.
PICTURE OF WORK AT THIS STAGE.
Here is a photo of my next work in progress before steaming. And some of the bits and pieces which might go onto it. Sorry, I am not much of a photographer.
THE FLOWERS AND LEAVES.
The patterns for these came from various sources. I will put the links in a separate post because this is getting quite long!
Again, thank you so much for visiting. I would really love to hear from you – any queries, suggestions, ideas, inspiration are most welcome.
For more SENSATIONAL teacosies, do have a look at my Pinterest board, “Crochet and Knitted Teacosies” (Should that be “crocheted”? Maybe, but who ever searches for “crocheted”?). I have to make that swan one. And the one with pink daisies. Maybe one a month?
More arty and crafty news – particularly crochet – coming up soon, but in the meantime, do please look at back earlier entries for my blog, Annabel Lee.
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Peace on you and stay beautiful.