I was scanning the newest patterns on Ravelry last night. You all know I am an absolute fan of this site. I love meeting so many different people there from around the world. I also love to see the current design trends. Lately, I am seeing more and more tea cozies! Love this! I have three tea pots in my studio, two of which could really use a cozy of their own. However, when I see a pattern for what is as simple as a very plain tea cozy for SEVEN DOLLARS, well it tends to raise my hackles. A tea cozy is nothing more than a hat with two slits in it…one for the spout and one for the handle. Here, in this post (not yet in pdf format) is what I have come up with today: (say thank you to Catherine Veleker…this cozy is based on a hat pattern she found and told me about)

TeaCozyOne
just click on “TeaCozyOne” up there and the pdf will open for you…I went ahead and made one…this computer stuff is getting easier for me!

Materials: 100 yards worsted yarn, US8 needles, tapestry needle for sewing
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Finished Size: I have been matching mine up to my teapot all day…so the pattern is easy to tweak

Make two pieces:
Cast on 40 sts and work K2,P2 rib for 5-6.5 inches (depending on the size of your teapot)…Make it an inch longer than you think you want…trust me on this.

Decrease Row 1: K2, *P2tog, K2, P2, K2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2tog.
Next Row: *K1, P2, K2, P2; repeat from * to end of row.
Next Row: K2, *P1, K2, P2, K2; repeat from * to last st, P1.
Next Row: *K1, P2, K2, P2; repeat from * to end of row.
Decrease Row 2: K2, *P1, K1, SSK, P1, K2; to last st, P1.
Next Row: *K1, P2; repeat from * to end of row.
Decrease Row 3: K2, P1, *K2, P1, K1, SSK; repeat from * to end of row.
Next Row: K the K’s and P the P’s to the end of the row.
Decrease Row 4: *SSK, K3; repeat from * to end of row.
Next Row: purl
Decrease Row 5: *SSK, K2; repeat from * to end of row.
Decrease Row 6: *P1, P2tog TBL; repeat from * to end of row.
Decrease Row 7: *SSK; repeat from * to end of row. Bind Off Loosely.

Work I-cord edging over both sides (so from the side at one bottom edge to the end of the other side at the bottom edge). This will make sewing a breeze even if you are a novice at sewing pieces of knitting together, as everything will be hidden in the I-cord AND there will be a nice edge along the slits/openings for the spout and handle.

There are more tea cozy patterns forthcoming, but play with this one for now. It would be a simple thing to turn the K2’s into 2 st cable twists! and so on…

my teapot in need of cozy

a half tea cozy waiting to be sewn to its other half...

I'm using an old Noro Yarn called: Kujaku!

We spotted an old Corvette at lunchtime…I helped myself to a photo:

Love this!

and finally, the daily dose of cute:

Sinfonia (grey stripey) laying next to anyone...never...and yet there she is next to Nikkers!

love, light and laughter always, Mary Ellen

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