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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:
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!
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
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