by Jenny Stacey
Flower Garden Tea Cosy
It’s another tiny cosy fitting a 1 cup teapot, but at the end I’ve included the instructions to make a larger cosy. It’s so easy, & the crochet flowers are a breeze as well.
Here it is, again if there are any mistakes please let me know,
Tea cosy measures 32cm circumference, 16cm high, to fit a 1 cup Teapot.
Also included are instructions to make a cosy to fit a Teapot 39cm circumference.
50g 8ply/DK yarn – Grass Green
50g 8ply/DK yarn – Light Blue or Aqua
50g 8ply/DK yarn – Hot Pink
25g approx. 8ply/DK yarn – Yellow
Small amount of a darker green for embroidery
6 yellow buttons
1 pr 5.5mm knitting needles
4.00 mm crochet hook
Tension – 16 sts & 23 rows over 10 x 10cm in st st using 5.5mm needles & 8ply yarn doubled.
Cosy is knitted in 2 pieces with yarn doubled.
Crochet instructions use English Terminology.
Using 5.5mm needles & 2 strands of grass green cast on 25 sts.
Garter st 3 rows.
Starting with a knit row & continuing in green, st st 12 rows (approx. measures 6.5cm from cast on edge).
Change to Aqua & st st 12 rows
Next row (K2, K2tog) to last st, K1 – 19sts.
St st 5 rows.
Eyelet Row – K1, (Yf, K2tog, K1) to end.
St st 3 rows.
Make back to match.
Using 4.00mm hook & 1 strand of yellow, make 4ch, sl st into 1st ch to form ring.
1st round – 8dc into ring, join with a sl st to first dc. Fasten off.
2nd round – Join pink with a sl st to any dc, (4ch, leaving the last loop of each dtr on hook, work 2 dtr into same dc, yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook, 4ch, sl st into same dc (petal), sl st into next dc) repeat 7 more times working last sl st of the last repeat into the first dc of round. 8 petals made.
Fasten off. Make 6 flowers, 3 for front, 3 for back.
Using photo as a guide, sew flowers on (2 outer flowers are centred on the colour change & the centre flower a little higher). I sew the flowers on around the yellow centre then I also put a couple of holding stitches into each petal from the back to keep them looking tidy.
With a backstitch & dark green yarn, stitch in the stems & work a lazy daisy stitch for each leaf.
Sew a button on each flower centre.
You can add extra bee, ladybug or flower buttons to jazz up the garden if you wish.(I’m really trying to use up those bee buttons!!)
With a flat seam, sew up from the bottom as far as the garter stitch, & down from the top to fit your pot’s handle & spout.
Crochet a chain drawstring with yellow yarn, thread through eyelets, tying in a bow.
Being so small, this is quite a snug cosy, if you’re making it for someone elderly, instead of sewing the seam under the handle you can instead add 2 crochet ties, or a button & crochet loop to make it easier to get on & off, if you prefer.
To make a cosy to fit a Teapot 39cm circumference, 12 – 13cm high
Follow the previous instructions but
Cast on 32 sts.
Garter St 5 rows before changing to st st.
St st 14 rows green,
Change to aqua & st st 14 rows.
Next row – (k2, k2tog) to end – 24sts.
St st 5 rows
Eyelet Row – K2, (yf k2tog, k1), to last st, k1.
St st 5 rows.