Monthly Archives: January 2012

Strawberry cosy

Strawberry tea cosy was another of my firsts – I was exploring variations for red and cream 8ply wool. It’s based on a free Internet pattern by Katya Frankel available for download through Ravelry

My eldest daughter took this cosy home and it now clothes a 6 cup white teapot she bought online.

I like Strawberry because it’s an easy stocking stitch knit with the only tricky bit being the green stalk at the top which is knitted in the round. Nice and fast for a quick gift!

I made another Strawberry tea cosy for my daughter’s work friend  for her birthday.  I used yellow wool for the pips this time but I think it looks equally good knitted with cream pips! Because it’s unlined you have to be careful that the shape of your teapot works. It looks good on a 6 cup Maxwell infuser pot.

Striped cosy

Striped tea cosy is another one of my first attempts at knitting tea cosies. It’s based on the free Internet pattern by Rosan Hoban for a traditional tea cosy.

Striped tea cosy was knitted in 8 ply red and cream pure wool. It’s another pleated cosy, so quite traditional in design.

Because I have never learnt to crochet, the flower on top was a bit of a stumbling block. I ended up knitting my version of a circle in the round without a pattern and drew it up in the middle to create a flower.

My youngest daughter liked this cosy the best so it now has pride of place at her house on a red Maxwell 6 cup infuser pot.

I also knitted a smaller version in blues and again had the same issue about finishing the cosy. This time I knitted up the top from the Check Mate tea cosy pattern in the book Tea Cosies. I think it looks OK. This cosy was originally knitted for a 4 cup baby blue William James teapot but I was never quite  happy with the colours. Instead, on a dark green 4-6 cup Rogerware teapot from Victoria’s basement I think it works better.  The teapot’s green arms really show off the curves and I’ve always liked blue and green together!  Striped blue on green was a Farewell gift to a friend who changed jobs at the end of last year.

Checkered tea cosy

Checkered is one of my first tea cosies. It was knitted from a free internet pattern for a pleated tea cosy http://web.archive.org/web/20080411034606/http://www.knitlist.com/98gift/anotherteacosy.

It’s knitted from 8 ply red and cream pure wool and has a red plaited cord.

Checkered is a large cosy for a voluptuous teapot.  This 8 cup William James teapot from Victoria’s Basement has the right proportions, as has my curvaceous Johnson Brothers blue willow teapot.

Sadly Checkered is yet to find a new home. It needs a large family or a family who loves an extra large pot of tea!

I adapted the pleated tea cosy pattern for three colours for a smaller teapot.  The result is my Shades of Chocolate tea cosy It’s knitted with a gradual progression from dark to milk chocolate. Shades of chocolate was a gift for a friend’s elderly mother and clothes a 4 cup chocolate brown William James teapot from Victoria’s basement.

This is a great pattern that can be easily adapted to fit any teapot.  The pleating, once mastered, is very straightforward. It’s quite a traditional technique so suits a traditionally shaped teapot or one with a fuller bottom!