Summer seems to have come to an abrupt end here. The mornings have a distinct chill, the evenings are drawing in and Halloween goodies are popping up all round us! We love all things Halloween and have collected some of the most ghoulish and scary* knits to share with you. There’s enough time to get these projects finished before the big day, so fire up your kettle and get a brew on, you’ve got work to do.
Start simple is always excellent advice to follow, and we have with this Halloween wreath! It’s a great way to let Trick or Treaters know they’re welcome and a fun project to get you back into the swing of things if your knitting and crochet needles have been collecting dust over the summer. Continue reading
So we may have day dreamed of warmer times and large glasses of iced tea beading with condesation in the sun, but summer is no time to give up on a warm cuppa. And even on the warmest of days, you don’t want your pot to go cold before you’ve finished! We’ve found some exciting summer tea cosy projects to keep your tea warm and your kitchen table seasonal.
How about a Beehive Tea Cosy? We think this would be delightful to keep your Chamomile temperate. If you like to add a spoonful of honey then why not have your very own beehive as well? You can find the pattern for free here.
If a beehive isn’t quite tropical enough, then we suggest turning your hand to a pineapple tea cosy. Lemon Green Tea would be the perfect friend to this equatorial warmer and just the right tipple to plough through this pattern.
Yellow isn’t everyone’s colour so you could mix it up with a splash of ALL THE COLOURS. This ripple pattern is crying out for you to combine all the clashing combos until your eyes give up the goat. Maybe sip on the Decaf whilst knitting though, you’re eyes could want a bit of rest at any moment.
Just think, by the time you’ve finished these it will be time to start digging out your trusty old scarf and glove patterns. Brrrrrrr…
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.
Perhaps you’ve noticed a certain…spooky atmosphere over the past few days. A glowing pumpkin peeking out of a darkened window, a tendency to be a tad…jumpier than usual, or maybe even a chill in the air. All these eerie signs can only mean, it’s Halloween again folks!
For most people, Halloween is a time of year to dress up, carve pumpkins and go out trick or treating and to parties. Not me! I’m a cold weather loving girl who’s always been a tiny bit afraid of the dark. I like to see Halloween as the start of a few months of cosy nights in by the fire with a blanket, a good book, and of course, a big mug of tea.
If like me the prospect of leaving your house this Halloween doesn’t leave you feeling especially enthused, then this lovely knitted scarf pattern by Knitty or Nice is for you. It’s cosy enough to keep you warm until Spring and is scary enough that you won’t feel *too* bad about staying in and knitting while everyone else runs around frightening the pants off each other.
If you haven’t had quite enough scary knitting for one year, then check out this fab pumpkin pattern we posted last year, or this creepy cosy.
Psst..just a reminder that you can always get in touch via our Twitter. Let us know how you like to spend your Halloween, we’d love to hear from you!
As we speed towards summer it’s time to get some more colour and fun into our tea time habits. This felted cosy is the perfect balance of bonkers and practical and we just love it. Who wouldn’t want this combination of stripes, polka dots and brightness on their teapot? And you get to try a new technique along the way – bonus!
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
Kristin Nicholas has created possibly the most perfect tea cosy. The knitting itself is very simple. Worked in the round, you just keep going, using only the knit stitch, and changing colours every now and then. In fact, the pattern is so easy, it doesn’t even have spout or handle slots to worry about – which will also prevent any heat escaping, meaning your tea will be even warmer for even longer.
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
Once you’ve knitted the cosy, it’s time to get felting. It’s worth mentioning that at this stage your cosy will look huge. Do not panic. When you felt knitted items they shrink. This is why your yarn choice is important. You must use natural fibres for this pattern. Anything artificial or superwash will not felt, so you will be left with an oversized cosy that will flop and sag over your pot and, let’s face it, nobody wants that. Felting is really easy but it feels totally wrong: you put your knitting in the washing machine. Trust me. This time you want the tiny, fuzzy result.
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
A little bit of embroidery (with very clear instructions, thanks to the pattern) is the finishing touch, et voila! You have a quirky bit of fun to liven up tea time and your beverages will stay hotter for so much longer. If you aren’t already addicted to felting your knitting, you sure will be after this.
This free pattern can be found on Ravelry and Knitty.
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Psst! Did you know it’s Mothers’ Day on Sunday? I know! How did it come round so fast? Well, if you’re stuck for a present, panic no more. We have a great suggestion for you. It’s quick, it’s stylish and your mum will love it. It is, of course, a tea cosy and it’s simple but delightful.
Worked in garter stitch (with just a few simple decreases) in aran weight yarn, this tea cosy from www.craftown.com will be finished before you know it. Once you’ve cast off, whip up a couple of felt blooms to sew on the top, and bingo! Mum gets a beautiful handmade gift come Sunday, that hasn’t taken you months to make.
So if you’ve got some aran weight yarn kicking about, why not put it to good use? You’ll feel good for clearing out your stash a bit, and you’ll save even more time! We know how we’ll be spending our Saturday…
To make this gift that little bit more special, why not give mum a box of her favourite Cosy Tea, as well? We think a sophisticated brew of Chamomile would be particularly fitting, don’t you?
Whether you are a mum or a child, we hope you all have a wonderful day this Sunday.
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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