Teapots and their cozies keep the tea inside warm. They come in all shapes and sizes, plain and decorated. Tea connoisseurs can choose from crocheted, knitted, quilted, and sewn tea cozies to suit their taste or those of their family and friends. Cozies make great gifts, especially for wedding showers in the bride-to-be’s colors. I’d like to share my version of one easy pattern from Paton’s Beehive Bazaar Novelties and Gifts (#115 booklet), but you can find many free patterns online.
Knitted Striped Tea Cozy
Use three colors of washable wool yarn to knit this six cup size tea cozy with stripes and petal trim. I made a pom-pom in lieu of the petals. You will need 1 (50 gram) ball each of Dark (D), Medium (M) and Light (L) yarn. Two U.S. 5 knitting needles.
With (D) cast on 48 sts. and knit 4 rows Garter st. (plain knitting every row). Join (L) and proceed for
1st row: With (L) knit.
2nd row: K1. *P2. K2. Repeat from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
3rd row: K3. *P2. K2. Repeat from * to last st. K1.
4th tow: As 2nd row
5th and 6th rows: With (D) knit.
7th row: With (M) knit.
8th row: As 3rd row.
9th row: As 2nd row.
10th row: As 3rd row.
11th and 12th rows: With (D) knit.
Repeat these 12 rows for Stripe Pattern until work measures 5 ½ ins. from beginning, ending with 6th or 12th pattern row. Break (L) and (M). With (D), proceed:
Next row: *K1. K2tog, K1. Repeat from * to end of row. (36 sts. on needle). Knit 5 rows Garter st.
Next row: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to end of row: (24 sts. on needle. Knit 5 rows.
Next row: (K2tog.) 12 times. Knit 3 rows.
Next row: (K2tog) 6 times. Break wool. Thread through remaining sts. Draw up and fasten securely. Darn in ends.
Make another piece to correspond. Sew side and top seams, having openings for handle and spout. With (D), crochet 1 row s.c. (single chain) around the handle and spout openings.
With (D) cast on 5 sts.
1st row: Knit.
2nd row: Inc. 1 st. in 1st. st. K3. Turn.
3rd row: Slip 1st st. knitways. Knit to end of row.
Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows twice.
8th and 9th rows: Knit.
10th row: K2tog. K5. Turn.
11th row: As 3rd row.
12th row: K2tog. K3. Turn.
13th row: As 3rd row.
14th row: K2tog. K1. Turn.
15th row: Sl 1. K1. Cast off
Make 1 more with (D), 2 with (L) and 2 with (M). Arrange the petals on top of cozy, alternating colors and sew in position at center. Crochet in s.c. (single chain) around ring and sew in center of petals.
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