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Poinsettia tea cosy

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 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!