Chéchia

This weeks free tea cosy pattern was written by Isabelle Dutailly and was inspired by a vintage 1930′s hat pattern called a Chéchia, which is a kind of Fez, originally worn for religious purposes.

The pattern is knitted in two parts for the front and back.  The main body is worked in 2×2 rib and the top part in stocking stitch.   The pattern also includes a schematic to ensure your tea cosy will fit properly, and is also available in French and Spanish for European readers.  You can download all versions here.

Isabelle‘s photograph displays a nice idea some knitters may not have thought of – using a tea pot as a yarn bowl! This works really well as the ball just rolls around inside the pot, rather than all over the floor (which is also handy for those with pesky kittens!)

Our favourite tea this week is Cosy Organic Green Tea with Lemon.  Light and refreshing and amazing with a slice of lemon drizzle cake – go on you know you want to!

Lionheart Tea Cup Cosy

We’ve got a quick little crochet project for you this week, this cute lion cup cosy free from Sarah Mancini from Little P and Company.

This is a fab little cosy to make to practice your crochet skills, as it uses a few of the basic techniques to create the main body, ears and mane.  The cup cosy is crocheted in the round from bottom to top, using a 5mm hook and DK yarn.  You can download the pattern for free here – non Ravelry members will need to create an account first.

If you are less inclined to crochet and still want this cup cosy, then it is available to purchase (with other designs) on Sarah’s Etsy shop.  You can read Sarah’s blog here.

 

Time for Tea!

Primarily we started out blogging about tea cosies, but there are so many other tea related goodies out there to knit and crochet, it seems a shame to leave them out.  Like this amazing wall hanging by Frankie Brown:


Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

This is a great way to use up oddments of yarn left over from your Christmas knitting.  Each little square is knitted separately, making this a very portable project you can dip in and out of.  The squares are then sewn or crocheted together, the cakes, letters and flowers added afterwards.


Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

The letters are knitted in 4ply yarn and are from Frankie’s alphabet series, which is also available on her Ravelry page.  The finished picture measures 36 x 56 cm (14 x 22in).  You can download the pattern for free here.


Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

Frankie has hundreds of free patterns available on her Ravelry page.

Aran Sweater Tea Cosy

I just came across this gorgeous aran sweater tea cosy by Patons, and just had to share it!

aransweaterteacosyImage courtesy of Patons

Isn’t it cute? Being a mini sweater, this is a great way to practice your cables and some of the techniques involved making a real jumper, in a fraction of the time!  The pattern is available as a free download – along with the complete kit to make it (apart from the buttons).  Are you thinking Christmas presents yet?

aransweaterteacosy2Image courtesy of Patons

Cleverly the armholes are used for the handle and spout, and the cables will draw the fabric in, making sure that your tea stays warm for the optimum amount of time!

aransweaterteacosy3Image courtesy of Patons

The tea cosy is knitted flat on 4.5mm neeedles, and the “armholes” knitting in the round on double pointed needles.  If you are looking to improve your techniques, or just have a fun knit over a few evenings, this would be a lovely choice!

Crocheted Tea Cup Christmas Ornaments

With just over a week to go now, there’s still plenty of time to make this cute set of tea cup ornaments! Perfect to add to your festive decorations, these were designed to hold a small round chocolate (such as strawberry and orange creams) and give guests a little smile.  Jenny Stacey‘s free pattern is available on her blog, Justjen-knitsandstitches.

The cups are crocheted with DK yarn and a 3mm and 3.5mm hook.  The pattern is so quick, you could make the whole set in just a few hours.  The cups are around 4cm tall and would look brilliant as part of a Christmas display – I’d like one for each guest (obviously you would need to keep refilling the chocolates!)

We have previously featured other designs by Jenny – the Reindeer cup cosy – another quick Christmas knit, and more recently, her Flower Pot tea cosy. You can read more of Jenny’s blog here.

Holiday Tea Cosy

Tis the season… (almost!)

There’s just 3 weeks to go – do you have a Christmas tea cosy yet? This free pattern from Edie Eckman can be knitted up quickly and will fit most tea pots.  It will also make a great gift for your tea-loving friends!

Edie’s pattern can be found for free on the Red Heart website, and is knitted on 5mm needles in DK yarn.  The pattern is quick and suitable for beginners – you could even get a little one to join in and help with the pom-pom.  The tea cosy is knitted flat in two pieces and sewn up at the seams afterwards, and can be customised to fit different sized tea pots.

What are your favourite Christmas teas? We like a nice warming cup of Cosy Organic Rooibos Tea with Vanilla with some spiced biscuits on hand to dip in – yummy!  It also goes very well with a slice of Christmas cake..

Winter Wonderland Tea Cosy

Christmas is coming, so why not make a festive tea cosy to bring some cheer to  your kitchen? This lovely Winter Wonderland tea cosy was designed by Cynthia Brumpton and is available as a free Ravelry download.

For those of you not familiar with Ravelry yet, you do need to be a member to download this pattern, however it is free to join, and if you aren’t a member yet then you’re missing out! Sign up and search the database for thousands of patterns! Make sure you join our Tea Cosy Corner group for more talk of tea and tea cosies, where you can share photos of your projects.

This tea cosy is knitted in the round on double pointed needles, using a strand of Bernat Satin and a strand of mohair held together, to give it that lovely fluffy look.  The pattern is for a 2 cup teapot, but Cynthia expains how to make it bigger.  The balls are available at most craft stores and are sewn on afterwards, but you could make your own if you like!

Cynthia has many other accessory patterns on her Ravelry page that you might like to have a look at, and you can find her blog here.

Happy knitting!