Monday, February 7, 2011

Tea Cosy - an attempt at knitting!

I adore crochet and am really quite obsessed with it, but I have two very good friends who are the most amazing knitters. Having seen their work recently I have been inspired to give it a go - but combining it with crochet of course! For some reason I can follow a crochet pattern, after much reading and regular mistakes, but a knitting pattern might as well be in a foreign language for all I can understand. So for this one, I knew how to do the basic knit/purl stitches but that was about it. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted it to look so I just went for it - scribbling down notes after every few rows.

I took my teapot with me everywhere I planned to knit so that I could measure my work against it as I went. I had been shown how to knit two together to decrease but had never tried it - and I must admit I'm thrilled with the result as it tapers at the top. Because I'm a total knitting beginner, I decided to knit two sides and join them, as doing it in one whole piece and working around handle/spout was just too tricky for me to get my head around.

Once I'd sewn the two sides together, I edged the bottom in crochet using a fab pink wool. A bit of a wavy bobble edge (which I'm obsessed with doing at the moment) and it looks a treat. I have made lots of leaves and am about to start on the flowers to top it off. I have been saving some gorgeous wool in pinks/oranges/reds that I'm bursting to use. I love, love, love these colours together. I can't wait to see the finished cosy. My 3 year old thought it was a hat this morning with space for her ears - adorable!

Hopefully I'll be finished in the next few days. I'm waiting for a parcel to arrive with my birthday treat in it - a book of crochet flower patterns - and I'm getting impatient. I just want to get on with it - it really is an obsession isn't it.


  1. Oh yes - I always make two halves and sew them together. Are you making Crochet With Raymond's cosy? If not, you should take a look at it.

  2. Its a beautiful t.cosy Leah, don't you just love, love, love, em.
    Your crochet is lovely. Pixie x


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