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« on: March 16, 2014 04:51:31 AM »

This year the theme for our Needlecraft Guild annual competition  is Out of Africa.
So for the knitting and crochet category I decided to do a variation of the knitted cottage tea cosy by taking inspiration from traditional Ndebele thatched cottages.

This is the front.

And this is the back.

I hadn't much experience with intarsia before and I wouldn't like to attempt it on a larger piece. 
You can see from this picture I took when I was part way through the back wall how many balls of wool I was using at one time.

I used butterfly bobbins as they were much easier to use than yarn wound on cards etc.
I knitted front and back separately and grafted them at the roof.

The reason for making the tea cosy in this shape is because the rules of the competition say the work must measure at least 30 x 30 cm and, although it is more than 30 cm wide, if I had stitched the sides together it would only have been 25 cm tall.  So I have used horn toggles and crochet loops to fasten the sides and this also means it can fit a range of teapot shapes.
I used 3ply yarn double on 3mm needles for the patterned side, switching to 3 mm needles for the roof, and for the lining I used chunky yarn on 6mm needles.  The reason for the odd mix of yarns is that I was using up all kinds of oddments and I happened to have a couple of balls of chunky yarn that I wanted to finish off.
I attach a pdf of the charts I used and instructions  in case anyone else wants to make one.  The charts are working drawings so not entirely complete or finished as I didn't bother to draw a motif that was repeated twice but just copied the one I had already done.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014 07:14:42 AM »

It is beautiful. What a great Work.

« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014 10:27:03 AM »

Woweee! That is really beautiful.

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014 11:01:13 AM »

Definitely rocks!
It's beautiful! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014 12:55:44 AM »

This rocks!  Amazing!  What lovely colours, and the textured roof is fab!


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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014 08:39:56 AM »

Thanks so much for all the compliments.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014 11:58:28 AM »

It is really beautiful!

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2014 11:34:44 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014 08:41:28 AM »

Thank you for that. I am really honoured that my tea cosy has been chosen alongside some very impressive projects.
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2014 01:28:10 PM »

I love the pattern on this! I might need to make one myself Cheesy

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