Knit a Woolly Tea Cosy
Every tea lover adores a tea party, any good tea party needs a tea-pot; and every tea-pot needs a cosy. These are the three principles of tea. As a prolific tea-drinker, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful blue vintage tea-pot (image coming soon!) as part of a tea set, which makes for a rather fabulous afternoon tea (… also breakfast, morning, and evening tea), but until now I didn’t have a cosy. Tea dilemma!
Enter, my mum:
When my daughter said that she would love to have a pineapple tea cosy (and who wouldn’t), I thought I would be able to find one to buy quite easily. Ebay yielded lots of hits, but when I checked the items out they all turned out to be patterns to make a cosy.
No one seemed to be selling ready-made woolly cosies. I hadn’t done any knitting for years and years, so I discounted this at first – but then I thought, why not? A recently fractured kneecap had stopped me getting around as much and I was in need of a new hobby.
So – I paid an Ebay seller for a pattern, got myself some size 4mm needles and some wool, and started off. The first problem was that after all these years, I couldn’t even remember how to knit! I think my mother must have got thoroughly fed up with the phone calls –‘how do I cast on?’, ‘how do I increase a stitch?’, ‘how do I change to a new ball of wool?’. Where even I felt too foolish to ask another question, I just made it up as I went along; and amazingly, it all turned out okay in the end!! It fits snugly over the teapot, and looks like a pineapple!!
To make the tea cosy you will need:
- The knitting pattern – these are widely available on Ebay. It was £1.85 + £1.00 postage for the pattern I used. (I was a bit disappointed that this was just a photocopy and not the original pattern, depending on the market for pineapple tea cosy knitting patterns, the seller could be making a fortune!)
- A pair of 4 mm needles – mine cost £2.19
- 2 balls of yellow and one green – £3.47 altogether as a minimum order meant I bought a bit more than I needed (I think I have enough left to make another one!)
- To be able to knit… or at least have access to someone who does! Remember that Stitch London holds regular knitting classes – for free!
My needles and wool were both from Deramores, but you’ll find them in any craft shop.
Total cost – around £8.50
I have the knitting bug now, and my latest project is a woolly jumpy for myself – phone lines to Mum have reopened.
Guest post by Jane Gallagher (A Darn Crafty mum)
- Lysy: sheep tea cosy (sewmakebelieve.wordpress.com)
- Zoë: Knitted Tea Cosy (sewmakebelieve.wordpress.com)
- Woolly Wonderfulness (productofloveliness.wordpress.com)