Poinsettia is one of my favourite tea cosies, knitted in cream and red 8 ply wool. It’s based on a free internet pattern for a cabled tea cosy from the December 1946 “My Home” Magazine.
I started knitting the flowers in the original cosy pattern but was unhappy with the result. Instead, after purchasing 100 Flowers to knit and crochet, I knitted the poinsettia flower on page 48 using 8 ply wool. I think it looks lovely together!
My poinsettia tea cosy on a red Maxwell infuser pot was a Christmas present for my “twin” Maria who was born on the exact same day as myself.
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!