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« on: August 05, 2014 01:42:42 AM »

 

I'm on holiday in Almaty and the apartment we are staying in doesn't have a tea cosy for the teapot.  The decor is mostly black and white and neutral so I thought it would be nice to have a bright coloured tea cosy.  I found a wonderful shop selling everything for needle crafting - yarn, fabric, threads etc.  and bought this butter-yellow baby wool mix by Lanoso.
The wool is about a 4 ply I guess - stocking stitch gauge on 4-4.5 mm needles is 19 stitches and 26 rows to 10 x 10 cm. I didn't want to buy knitting needles but I had a 6 mm circular so worked out a pattern using what I had.

    Pattern
To fit a teapot that is about 45 cm round and 17 - 18 cm high.
   Materials used
Yarn  Lanoso Baby Wool 40 % wool, 60 % acrylic   2 x 50 g balls
6 mm needles
3 mm crochet hook to make a chain to thread through the top
    Abbreviations
K - knit; P - purl; K inc - knit twice in next stitch; K 2 tog - knit next 2 stitches together; wrn - wool round needle (to make a stitch with a hole)

Two sides both alike.
Side one
Using two strands of yarn together (one from each ball) cast on 36 stitches and knit 3 rows of K1 P1 rib.
1st garter stitch row   -   K2 with doubled yarn then [with yarn from ball A (K1, K inc) twice; with yarn from ball B (K1, K inc) twice] repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with both strands together again.         [52 stitches]
   Carry the unused yarn across the wrong side of the piece. Don't pull it too tight or leave it too loose. I found my strands were about 2.5 to 3 cm long and that worked fine.



2nd garter stitch row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 6 with yarn from ball A, K 6 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.

Repeat this row until the tea cosy is tall enough, about 36 more rows.

1st decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 2, K 2 tog, K2 with yarn from ball A, K 2, K 2 tog, K2 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.   [44 stitches]
2nd decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 5 with yarn from ball A, K 5 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.
3rd decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 2, K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball A, K 2, K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.   [36 stitches]
4th decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 4 with yarn from ball A, K 4 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.
5th decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 1, K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball A, K 1, K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.   [28 stitches]
6th decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 3 with yarn from ball A, K 3 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.
7th decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball A, K 2 tog, K1 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.         [20 stitches]
8th decrease row   -   K2 with doubled yarn, (K 2 with yarn from ball A, K 2 with yarn from ball B) repeat to the last 2 stitches, K2 with doubled yarn.
9th decrease row   -   with doubled yarn K2 K 2 tog repeat to last 2 stitches K2

Continue with doubled yarn
next row    K2 (wrn K2 tog) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
next row   K2 (K1, P1) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
last row   K2 (P1, K1) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2

Cast off.
Make another side the same and then stitch the side seams together at top and bottom leaving gaps for spout and handle. 
Crochet a chain (about 44 cm/100 chains on a 3mm hook) to thread through the holes at the top and tie off.



And here it is adding a splash of colour to the apartment  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014 05:04:26 AM »

I like this very much!   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014 09:34:42 PM »

Thank you. It was fun to make and quick too.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2014 07:35:41 AM »

This is wonderful! To my eyes it resembles a pumpkin, making it even cuter!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014 09:33:24 AM »

 Cheesy You could do it in orange yarn and with a green tie at the top and it would look exactly like a pumpkin.
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2014 10:54:08 AM »

Love this - so cute! 
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2014 11:30:13 AM »

Thank you
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2014 12:06:09 PM »

This is fabulous...especially for fall, and I love tea!
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