The body of Top knot tea cosy was knitted from the pattern Contemporary Cool in the book Tea Cozies.
The top knot flower was knitted a pattern for floribunda rose in 100 flowers to knit and crochet.
The little flowers were crafted by my daughter and then were sewn around the bottom edge of the cosy and decorated with plastic beads.
Next time I would knit a lining for Top Knot as I think it would have it even cosier!
Washing day tea cosy was knitted from a pattern in the book Tea Cozies 2. It’s knitted in garter and stocking stitch using 2 strands of 8 ply wool for the body and 4ply wool for the washing hanging on the line.
I had a lot of fun knitting this cosy. Washing day tea cosy on a white Maxwell 6cup infuser teapot was a Christmas present for a hardworking teacher friend of mine and came with the message to enjoy the outdoors and school holidays.
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.
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.