Simple Tea Cosy – by Deborah Swain
1 ball any 8 play yarn
4.5mm knitting needles
Fits medium 4 cup teapot
22 stitches and 46 rows over 10cm in Garter Stitch
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.
K – Knit
P – Purl