The curse of the knitter is to always end up giving away their creations. But after Sarah and Harriet bought me a delicious mint green tea pot for my birthday, I was determined to clothe it in a cosy without delay even though I was due to make two other cosies for gifts!
I adapted the cross rib stitch hat I made in the winter and chose a cheap DK yarn in pretty shade of greeny blue from my local wool shop. Here’s how to do it:
1. On 4mm needles, cast on 51 stitches or a multiple of 3 to fit (mine’s a 4 cup pot)
2. K2, P1, K2, P1 to end of row
3. P2, K1, P2, K1 to end of row
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have enough ribbing, I did 6 rows.
Work the rest of the cosy in cross rib stitch:
5. (right side) p1, Tw2R, p1, Tw2R to end of row
6. k1, p2, k1, P2 to end of row
Tw2R = knit into front of 2nd stitch, don’t slip off, come back round and knit into first stitch then slip both off together.
7. Knit until you have 16-18cm then start to decrease as follows:
8. (right side) P1, K2tog, P1, K2tog to end of row
9. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end of row
10. P1, SSK, P1, SSK to end of row
11. P the whole row
12. K2tog through back of loop for the whole row
13. P the whole row
14. K the whole row
15. Break the wool and thread back through remaining stitches, pulling tightly to gather.
16. Repeat steps 1-15 to make the other side
17. Sew together using matress stitch leaving holes for the spout and handle.
18. Finish off with a pretty button or whatever you fancy!