Happy Friday everyone! This whole week has disappeared somewhere, and it’s starting (just starting) to feel a bit like spring! Ok so today is a little cloudy, but yesterday the birds were singing well after 5pm and for the first time in ages I didn’t have to wear fingerless mittens when I was knitting outside on my lunchbreak. Hurrah!
The free knitting pattern I want to share with you this week is the Mr Puffy Tea Cosy by Claudia. She has a sweet story on her blog about how the tea cosy came about, and how it is named after her beagle who passed away in 2010. I think Mr Puffy is a great name for a little dog 🙂
This pattern is a simple and quick one to knit up, using a bramble stitch that is explained in the pattern, which can be found for free on Claudia’s blog.
The tricky part of the pattern that some people may not recognise, is the double increase stitch – kpk. Basically you knit into the front of the stitch, then the back, and the front again to make one stitch into three. This is then followed with a p3tog which then puts your stitch count back to the correct amount of stitches. Once you have the hang of that then you’ll have yourself a new tea cosy in no time!
This tea cosy is made on 5mm (US8) needles, with two contrasting coloured aran or worsted weight yarns, and the flower on 3.5mm (US4) with scrap yarn. After it’s blocked then the dimensions should be 8″ x 6″, which should be plenty big enough to fit around most 3 cup tea pots.
Claudia also has a free knitting pattern available for a rather lovely handspun scarf, so make sure you take look at her ravelry designs page!