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Colour fantastic

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

An Apple a Day….

Happy New Year everyone!  We trust that you all had a truly knit-tastic Christmas, consumed plenty of cake and chocolate, and generally enjoyed a bit of feet-up time.

We’re on day six now of the new year, and there is never a better time to have a good detox.  Providing (unlike me) you’ve finished eating your way through a fridge full of cheese and tempting treats, an apple a day should be easy!

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We found this delicious apple cosy knitting pattern online at I think I’m gonna purl (gooood name!) and couldn’t resist a little protector for one of our precious 5-a-day.  This pattern is a great project for newish knitters that have already grasped the basics and are looking to try something with increases and decreases, however it does require some experience of knitting in the round on double pointed needles, or using the magic loop method.

You can find a knitted leaf pattern for the top of the cosy on Loani’s Garden Party Tea Cosy.

According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, apples are slow foods and give your body time to register it’s full before you end up overeating.  And the sweetners enter the body gradually, regulating your insulin levels and preventing that energy crash you get after eating sugary snacks.  They also make you breathe more easily, zap cholesterol, fight cancer and make you smarter, so you really have no excuse.

This Apple cosy was designed by Casey who blogs at Sesame Seed Designs.

Anyone for Christmas Pudding?

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.

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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!

Loani’s Wild Tea Cosy!

Happy Friday folks! This week our featured free tea cosy pattern is the awesome Garden Party Tea Cosy, designed by Loani Prior, author of Wild Tea Cosies  and REALLY Wild Tea Cosies .

Loani has kindly let us use her fancy tea cosy pattern this week for Tea Cosy Corner.  

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 I am LOVING this cosy! It’s so dull and grey here in Bristol this week, this would look great in our office to cheer things up a bit.

The cosy is knitted on 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and uses Noro Kureyon or Noro Silk Garden yarn. If you’ve never used Noro wool before then you’re missing out!

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We’re looking forward to getting out teeth into this pretty teacosy pattern as it looks like so much fun – After making the body of the cosy in a basket weave stitch, which uses a mixture of knit and purl in rounds and rows, you make a little tray to put your knitted garden in, and then use a combination of knitting and crochet to make all the leaves and flowers. 

We think it looks fab, and can’t wait to get hold of Loani Prior’s books to see all the other patterns!

You can download the PDF version of Garden Party for free on Loani’s website – take a look around, check out her other tea cosies and buy her books!

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