Hello everyone! This week I couldn’t wait to share this fantastic woolly tea cosy with you all! It’s like a little colourful sheep – I love it!
This tea cosy knitting patten was designed by Matt Babcock from Seattle, and is available as a free Ravelry download. If you are reading this and you’re not on Ravelry, then you are missing out! I insist you get yourself over there at once and join in the free knitting fun.
The pattern is knit on 5.5mm(US 9) and 6mm(US10) needles in garter stitch and loop stitch, and Matt includes some really great, clear instructions with photos on the loop stitch.
Matt is an architect who also makes amazing scuptures! He taught himself to knit so he could design patterns. I suggest you take a look at some of his photos and videos on his website and visit his Ravelry page for more knitting patterns!
Are you feeling festive yet? Christmas is getting close, but there’s still time to make a few things! Top of our list is this funky little Christmas Pud Tea Cosy, designed by Hilary Detmers from Suffolk, UK.
This free pattern is well written and very easy to follow. The body of the tea cosy is ribbed on two needles, the icing crocheted, and the knitted holly and berries added to finish. Hilary has included crochet abbreviations for both British and American teminology, and has explained how to sew up the tea cosy, using useful photographs.
Hilary has more free PDF patterns on her Ravelry and on Hilary’s Craft Blog – a nice mixture of crochet, hand knit and machine knitting, all again with clear instructions on how to make them.
I’m pretty new to machine knitting, however I might have to give her Crocodile Scarf or her Underhosen a go!
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This week our free tea cosy pattern, ‘Grannies Traditional Tea Cosy’ comes from Keren Smith in Wales.
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.
The original 1940s tea cosy that Keren copied
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!
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Tea Cosy Corner is looking for your submissions for free Christmas tea cosy knitting patterns to share and knit! If you’ve designed anything you think we’d like, please contact us and if we use it, we’ll send you a box of Cosy Tea 🙂 We also believe in giving our designers a bit of extra traffic as a thank you; we’ll link to you in our post and also put your blog or website in our ‘pages we like’ menu in the sidebar.
So get thinking Santa, reindeer, snowmen, christmas trees, baubles… snowflakes… and get festive! Looking forward to seeing all your seasonal tea cosy knitting patterns! 🙂
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Happy days at Cosy HQ – because yesterday our first full shipment of tea arrived and boy, does the warehouse smell fantastic! Fresh peppermint and creamy vanilla cannot be held back by mere packaging and are flooding the air with their beautiful scent. It’s a pretty nice place to hang out right now. The orders are flooding in too – which is hugely exciting as it means that within a matter of weeks, Cosy is going to be out there in an ever-increasing number of cafés for punters to slurp! I just can’t wait to stumble across it when I’m out and about – I just hope people enjoy it as much as we do.
On the knitting front, the novices amongst us have been taking our first tentative steps towards ‘casting on’ and knitting a few tricky rows. Purl stitch is a subject of much debate, as despite following various clear instructions, we’re not entirely sure any of us have actually achieved it…Something is obviously going wrong. Needless to say, with such pitiful progress, we are still oceans away from knitting an actual tea cosy.
Nicola's free Wave Rib Tea Cosy pattern can be found on our website
Beginners, see this great ‘How to Knit Guide’ to get you started! For those of you who have mastered the basics, a lovely lady called Nicola has given us her free pattern for a wave-rib tea cosy – just like the one featured on the Peppermint Tea pack. It’s free to download on our website www.cosy-tea.com, or on the ‘Free Patterns’ link at the top of your screen.
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Over the next few weeks and months we will be posting on all sorts of wonderful things to do with Cosy Organic Tea. We will also be delving into the murky world of hardcore knitting and crochet! So come back soon for a cuppa, some free patterns, and more fun than you can poke a knitting needle with.
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