Here at Cosy we’re just a tiny bit obsessed with Spring. Like most Brits, we get very excited at the slightest hint of blue sky and we’ve certainly been teased with little slices of that lately. Of course, it wouldn’t be Spring if it wasn’t punctuated by the odd rainstorm. This week I’ve got a beauty of a tea cosy to share with you that’s sure to bring a little bit of Spring to your kitchen, even if it is looking dreary outside.
This really is a lovely pattern from Jen at Justjen-Knitsandstitches. It’s bright, colourful and decorated with the prettiest crotchet flowers. You’ve got the option to make a tiny cosy to fit a 1-cup teapot, or a larger one if you prefer. Either way it’s bound to put a spring in your step… *ahem*.
As this cosy is knitted in two parts and sewn together, it’s a good pattern if you’re not a fan of knitting in the round. Jen has decorated it with buttons in the center of pink crochet flowers. She’s added some adorable ladybird and bumble bee buttons which make for a lovely garden scene and some texture and fun to the design.
As always, be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments or on Twitter and if you’ve knitted any cosies lately send us a picture! We love to see your work.
Happy Friday, lovely people! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, and managed to stay warm in this chilly February weather. Speaking of February, guess what day tomorrow is? That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you are a fan of this celebration or not, you can’t seem to get away from the pink and red lovehearts at the moment. But it’s always good to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us and in honour of that sentiment, we’ve found you a romantic rose-bedecked tea cosy, because after all, sharing a pot of tea is a such a sweet way to say ‘I love you’.
This beautiful design by Louise Fitzpatrick incorporates a simple knitted body with a bevy of gorgeous crocheted flowers sewn to the top. Knitted in classic stocking stitch, the main part of the cosy is very simple, with the first sections worked flat and then joined into the round for the top shaping, leaving gaps for the handle and spout.
The really fun part is making the flowers for the top. Based on a pattern from www.funfreecraftlimited.com, this is great for newbie crocheters. As long as you can chain, slip stitch and double crochet, you can make these roses. And if you use a fun colourful yarn, like Louise did, they come out with the subtle variegations that real flowers have. Genius!
There’s a fair amount of sewing involved with this design, but it’s so worth it – aren’t those buttons delightful? Make sure to give yourself a full afternoon to dedicate to the construction and take your time when you position the flowers. A little bit of effort goes a long way and after all, you want this cosy to show just how much you care about your people.
Happy Valentine’s Day tea fans, we love you all!
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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.
How gorgeous are these little crocheted tea coasters by Sarah Zimmerman? We’ve been looking recently for other tea-related goodies to knit/crochet and these are such a sweet, quick project we thought they deserved some link-love!
Each of the coasters follow a very simple crochet pattern that would be suitable even for newbies – so long as you can make a chain and some basic stitches then you’re good to go!
You could make a whole set of these in an evening and they make such fun gifts! Sarah has provided clear instructions to make the coasters which you can find on her website, Repeat Crafter Me (fab name!).
We found this pattern through Ravelry and discovered that Sarah has designed loads of really gorgeous crochet patterns including toys and children’s hats, so if you’re more advanced then take a peek! All of Sarah’s patterns are free and available here on her website, or you can view a gallery of them on Sarah’s Ravelry page.
It goes without saying that you should be drinking Cosy Blueberry Tea when you’re making these coasters, it so super fruity and good for you too! Packed with Blueberry, Echinacea, Hibiscus and Rosehips, this is a great tea for summer (try it cold over ice!).
This week I would like to feature the Molecular Tea Cosy pattern by Sarah Hoyte. This crochet pattern is for a cosy that flaps over your tea pot and is decorated by some of the molecules found in tea!
photo courtesy of dontlickthespoon
Sarah’s pattern is great because it can be made to fit any teapot, and will teach you something about knitting to fit if you haven’t ventured into basic designs before. All you need is some patience, a tape measure and a calculator!
Because this tea cosy is crocheted in Herringbone stitch, it makes it a really snug woven fabric for keeping your pot warm. And the molecule designs makes this a great gift for any chemistry nerds!
photo courtesy of dontlickthespoon
The tea cosy is worked straight until you reach the top of the tea pot, when it is then decreased to fit. The flap is designed so you can refill without having to take the whole cosy off first.
You can find the free pattern here. Sarah’s blog also features other patterns she has written (including some rather cool Dalek inspired mittens) and some delicious looking recipes, plus links to her Etsy where you can buy these things if you don’t fancy making them yourself!
This week I have been mostly drinking Organic Rooibos Tea with Vanilla, which is becoming a firm favourite of mine. Because it’s caffeine free I can have as much as I want without getting the jitters, and fill myself with antioxidants in the process. Win!
I wanted to feature another knitted tea cosy pattern today, however I came across these too cute crochet rose tea cosies by Leah Maxwell and couldn’t resist.
And when I went over to Leah’s blog I was totally hooked, so here we are! The instructions for crocheting this tea cosy have photographs for every step of the way, making this a super easy one to follow. The cosy is first crocheted onto the teapot from the bottom up, and then the flowers added after. How cute??
You can find the free pattern here on Leah’s blog.
On a tea note.. This week I’ve been mostly drinking Cosy Organic Peppermint Infusion. It’s sooo delicious and minty it’s been a great detox drink (muddy festivals are fun for a while, but then you start to feel a bit sticky..) There is also a nice review of our tea over at “To Happy Vegans”
If you have a food blog and would like some samples of Cosy Tea to review, then let us know!
Here’s a gorgeous cosy for all you crochet addicts to get stuck into.
Granny Tea Cozy from Crochet with Raymond
Now if you are a regular reader, you’ll know that primarily we feature knitted tea cosy patterns, however, I can’t help but feel like we’re leaving all our lovely hooker friends out!
So today’s cosy comes from the lovely Alice at ‘Crochet with Raymond‘, a blog I discovered recently and have added to my feed. I would suggest having a read if you like spinning, knitting, crochet and cats!
This pattern is made in a fairly simple crochet stitch, which is all explained in great detail on the pattern page here.
Granny Tea Cozy from Crochet with Raymond
This is a perfect cosy to crochet if you are fairly new to the skill, as Alice’s tutorial is so helpful! And in these colours it will brighten up any kitchen 🙂
Alice has lots of other patterns available on Ravelry, including bunting, booties and a coffee cosy. Check them out!