It’s not poison…honest!

Howdy doody readers! It’s Friday. It’s October. It’s time for a halloween themed tea cosy pattern. That’s right, you heard me, halloween themed – please try to contain your glee.

We love searching through the tea cosy patterns available for free, but we were astounded, flabbergasted and utterly bamboozled by how few halloween tea cosies there are out there! If you are inclined to design, we’ve found you a niche!

But what we did discover, which we think is genius, is this: Algormortis by Vanessa Carter.

skull cosy 1

(All images copyright Vanessa Carter)

What could be better than a skull-and-cross-bones tea cosy? Exactly, nothing! Worked using the Intarsia technique, this spooky little charmer will be interesting to knit, without being too much of a challenge. Just remember to twist your yarns together as you switch colours, to prevent holes forming between each block of colour. The construction is simple, using a rib cuff and some easy shaping to get a good snug fit for a 4-6 cup tea pot. It’s knitted flat and seamed so you have perfect control over the placement of your spout and handle holes.

skull cosy 2

Creepily, algormortis is the drop in body temperature after death (appropriate, for a halloween knit) but Vanessa claims that with this cosy your tea won’t cool so quickly – clever, eh? We love the fact that it almost brands your tea as poison, adding an eery feel to any meal this halloween.

Although this design uses black and white, we think you could mix the colour choices up to match your mood, or your stash. Orange and black is a halloween classic, and you can’t beat a vibrant pairing of green and purple, or go bold and bloody with a rich red. The choice is yours.

So enjoy your halloween, tea fans, and show us some snaps of your tea cosies!

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