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An Alternative Christmas Cake…

Cosy Tea Blueberry Knitted PackagingMmmm blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins…we love blueberries! Whenever I make myself a cup of this in the office, someone will always say how good it smells – and it tastes just as good (a rare thing amongst fruit teas – so often they smell great but taste of nothing!) Super-fruity with hibiscus, rosehips and Echinacea…. This is one to snuggle up with in front of a roaring fire… preferably with a piece of cake!

My mum sent me a traditional Bara Brith recipe on a postcard whilst she was on holiday in Wales and I adapted it to give it an extra fruity Cosy twist 🙂  This is a really quick vegan cake to put together if you’re looking for something a little bit different to have post Christmas lunch, Boxing Day, or maybe just for afternoon tea!

Cosy Tea Blueberry Bara Brith Cake

Vegan Blueberry Bara Brith

450g self-raising flour
400g mixed dried fruit
1 mashed banana
200g brown sugar
300ml warm Cosy Blueberry tea
Small punnet blueberries
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Drizzle of Sweetbird Blueberry syrup (available at selected suppliers online)

Place the sugar and dried fruit in a bowl and soak overnight in the tea. Sieve the flour and mixed spice and add to the soaked fruit, along with the beaten egg or banana. Add the blueberries and mix well. Spoon into a greased loaf tin and bake at 180c or gas mark 4 for 1.5 hours – or until it’s golden and a skewer comes out clean. Poke holes in the top and drizzle the cake with a little Blueberry syrup while it’s still warm. Cool on a wire rack.

Serve sliced and buttered…with a cup of Cosy, of course : )

Have a great Christmas everyone, see you next week for more tea cosy patterns!

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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.

Christmas Pudding Knitted Tea_Cosy

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!

Cute Christmas Cosies to Knit!

We said we would feature some free Christmas tea cosies for you to get your teeth into, so here is the first one 🙂  This festive ribbed tea cosy was designed by Frankie Brown (thanks Frankie for the submission!). 

Christmas Tree Snowman Tea Cosy

Double Sided Christmas Tree and Snowman Tea Cosy

The tea cosy is made in rib stitch and the snowman and christmas tree designs are knitted and sewn on afterwards.  Instructions are clearly written out to knit each part, the snowman himself, his hat and scarf, the snowballs and the christmas tree, which is then decorated.

Snowman Tea Cosy

 

 

 

 

We featured Frankie recently when we found one of her free knitting patterns online.  She asks that if you do make one of her patterns that you leave a donation on her Just Giving Page.  For more festive Christmas knits, garlands, blankets and toys, see her Ravelry.

Click to download the Christmas Tea Cosy pdf!

Grannie’s Traditional Tea Cosy Pattern

This week our free tea cosy pattern, ‘Grannies Traditional Tea Cosy’ comes from Keren Smith in Wales.

Grannies_Traditional _1920s_Style_Cosy

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.

Grannies_Vintage_Style_Teacosy

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.

Grannies_Vintage_Tea_Cosy

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!

Christmas Tea Cosy Patterns

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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