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Simple Tea Cosy

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Simple Tea Cosy – by Deborah Swain

 

Yarn

1 ball any 8 play yarn

 

Needles

4.5mm knitting needles

 

Size

Fits medium 4 cup teapot

 

Tension

22 stitches and 46 rows over 10cm in Garter Stitch

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What to do

Cast on 52 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Knit . Continue in garter stitch until work reaches 17 cm from the beginning. Cast off loosely.

Make another piece identical.

To make up

Using yarn doubled and a wool needle, join the side seams using a flat seam. Sew about 3cm at bottom and also at the top so you can leave a gap for the spot and handle.

Sew a row of running stitch, using the doubled yarn, around the top cast off edge of the cosy. When you reach the starting point, gather up the stitches firmly and secure in place. Decorate as desired.

I have fun with my tea cosies, using different stitches or stripes of plain or fancy yarns.

If you like a thicker tea cosy, I also knit 2 more squares of the same colour or contrasting colour for the inner cosy. Before making up the tea cosy as above, sew these 2 square together on each side. I sew them inside out, leaving a small gap of 3cm at the end, so that I can turn the square inside out so the right sides are on the outside, then finish sewing up the last little gap. They are then ready to sew together as above.

Abbreviations:

K – Knit

P – Purl

 

 

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Tea Cosy by Loani Prior for inspiration