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!