She made this pattern up based on a vintage teacosy that her Gran knitted (which is about 80 years old now and still going strong!) The different coloured yarns are knit alternately in garter stitch and are pulled across the wrong side when not in use to form the pucker, creating a double layer to keep the pot of tea super warm.
This style of knitted tea cosy dates back to around the 1920’s, but has been popular ever since. There are some great photos online for similar retro tea cosies in vibrant colours from the 1970’s, however this version is a little more tasteful! The pattern can be downloaded for free.
Keren has a stream of comments on her blog, teabythesea, from reminiscent fans, happy to have found a pattern that reminds them being children! It’s a fairly simple knit, when you get the hang of carrying the yarn behind and the tension to use – experienced knitters could easily make one as a Christmas present and pass that nostalgia on to someone special!
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning some Cosy Tea, we are currently looking for Christmas tea cosies to share and make! Please contact us with your free pattern, and if we use it then we’ll send some tea!