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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!