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!