Crochet: Tea Cosies
01Oct

Crochet: Tea Cosies

I feel like I have been crocheting non-stop for the past few weeks. Last weekend a friend and I put together a crochet stall at a local fair; it was good fun, but lots of work. I've also been busy working on a couple of other projects that aren't ready to be published yet so today I thought I'd share a couple of tea cosies I've made up recently...

I love making tea cosies; I'm almost ashamed to admit how happy they make me. 

The first one I adapted from a pattern I found in an old Patons Treasures booklet from the 70's. I love the stitch pattern of this one (a kind of spike stitch?) but I did not like the top of the original, which had a slightly dodgy looking crocheted handle! I made this pattern up several times using DK acrylic and it worked up beautifully so I thought I'd experiment with some cotton. Sadly, this one did not work out so well. It's very snug, so snug I'm not sure I'll ever be able to remove it from my teapot. So I'm calling this a work in progress :) I think next time I'll try to create a button opening under the handle instead of trying to pull the cosy over the tea pot - if anyone has any tips I'd love to hear them.

Here she is a little on the snug side but much loved:

Crochet tea cosy - Lululoves

crochet-teacosies1

The second tea cosy is completely different. This one I made quickly when experimenting with some lovely Sidar Click Chunky yarn (30% wool/70% acrylic). I just fell in love with the colours. I ended up having to open a new ball of yarn to finish it *sigh* (60g altogether) but as this yarn is £3 for 50g I'm making that £6 for a tea cosy and 40g of yarn!

Crochet Tea Cosy - Lululoves

Crochet Tea Cosy - Lululoves

Crochet Tea Cosy - Lululoves

I made this one in a similar technique to my pom-pom tea cosy. It's so simple but I've written out a quick how-to below if you'd like to try it.

Chunky Tea Cosy

Make 2

Turning ch-3s count as a tr

Row 1: Using an 8mm hook and Sidar Click Chunky in Spicy Pink, chain 28, work a tr in the 3rd chain from the hook and a tr into each ch across (27tr), 3ch, turn.

Row 2: Tr into each st across, working into back loops only, 3ch, turn (27tr)

Repeat row 2, nine more times.

Stitch the two pieces together at the sides (leaving gaps for the spout and handle) and create a tie of chains to thread through, attach pom poms.

Umm yep that's it :))

I also wanted to mention that I was very kindly awarded Black Sheep Wools 'Blogger of the Month' for September and a £25 gift card! You can read the post on their gorgeous Knit and Stitch blog here - which, incidentally, has recently been awarded 'Best Blog' in this years Let's Knit awards - so a big congratulations and a thank you to everyone at Black Sheep Wools.

Bye for now. Em xx

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Comments (10)

  • Hannapat

    Hannapat

    03 October 2013 at 10:07 |
    Fab teacosies. I love them and don't think you can ever have too many.
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      04 October 2013 at 18:29 |
      Thank you - I totally agree there is no such thing as too many tea cosies :)) Em x
  • Jennie

    Jennie

    05 October 2013 at 08:11 |
    Hi Emma

    I love the first one! Are you going to post the pattern?

    :)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      05 October 2013 at 13:13 |
      Hi Jennie - I could do, when I get a few moments I'll do a photo how-to. Em x
  • Claireabellemakes

    Claireabellemakes

    08 October 2013 at 09:23 |
    Ooh I love a tea cosy. I was surprised by the bold colour choice for the pom pom one, but I love it :-)
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      08 October 2013 at 17:08 |
      I know Claire - I surprised myself, but there was something about that yarn I could not resist :)) Em xx
  • Julia

    Julia

    08 October 2013 at 11:23 |
    Hello - I was there atyour stall and got a lovely cozy, and a cushion! I just love them, and have tracked you down to see if I can order three more cushions for Christmas gifts...? And thank you, I'm delighted everytime I use the tea cozy, best wishes, julia
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      08 October 2013 at 17:10 |
      Hello Julia, thank you for stopping by, I'm glad you've been enjoying your purchases :) Of course we can do you some cushions - I have your email & I'll be in touch regarding colours. Em xx
  • Lisa

    Lisa

    24 October 2013 at 17:34 |
    I love the tea cozies! My sister is married to a fine man who came over to the US from England 5 years ago because he fell in love with my sister. He is homesick, too, bless his heart. He still loves his tea and teapots and I would love to crochet him a tea cozy like the first one to brighten up his tea time. Oh, and I need to crochet myself one. Take care...Lisa
    • Lululoves

      Lululoves

      27 October 2013 at 20:07 |
      Hi Lisa, Ah bless him - it's hard to be homesick, but the move was obviously worth it :)) I would miss tea and marmite very much if I moved abroad! I'll try and get a tutorial up soon for the tea cosy. Em xx

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