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Easy Pleated Tea Cosy by Rita Taylor
This cosy is adaptable to any size teapot
Two contrasting colours of thick yarn (wool keeps the warmth in best)
Measure the widest circumference of your teapot. Divide by 2
Make a gauge swatch of the following pattern.
Using main colour cast on 24
Knit 4 main, Knit 4 contrast; Now pull the strand of main tightly (unlike doing intarsia where you want it the same give as the knitted stitches) before knitting 4 again; then pull the strand of contrast tightly and knit 4 in that. Repeat to end of row.
2nd row: Purl 4 contrast, purl 4 main; again pulling the strand before
knitting the next colour, continue to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 (Continue these rows if you want stripes)
Row 5; Knit 4 contrast, knit 4 main, etc etc
It will be obvious now that you are getting a checkerboard pattern.
Whichever pattern and gauge you use: work 2 flat pieces of knitting, casting on a number of stitches that will divide by 4.
When it is long enough to cover the tea pot, change to main and K1 P1 rib for 4 rows.
Next row, K1, (yf, K2 tog) to end of row
Work 6 more rows K1 P1 rib, cast off.
Join the two pieces together leaving holes for the handle and spout. Make a twisted cord and thread it through the holes at the top. Draw up and tie in a bow.
Pattern Copyright Rita Taylor 1998.