Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sharing the tea cosy love!

Ok, so it started with one tea cosy and now there have been three more!  One for a gift, one ordered by a friend and another to pop into my shop.  They are just so lovely to make and seeing them sitting together with their different coloured roses makes me smile.

I've had quite a few emails asking if I have a pattern for these and until now I'd just made them up as I went along.  But after making several more, I've finally written out a pattern complete with a gazillion photos!  So if you fancy making one of these sweet cosies, you can.  These instructions can be worked to suit any teapot no matter what size.  As mentioned previously, I always have my teapot beside me as I'm making a cosy, that way I can keep trying it on for size, so you get a perfect snug fit for this particular pattern.

Here are the things you'll need to get started.  I use my favourite 4mm hook and double knit wool/yarn.  You will also need a stitch marker, a needle for sewing in ends and your teapot of course.  You will also need a small button for fastening the cosy.
To get started, make an initial chain just long enough to go around the base of your pot so it sits just to the sides of your handle. The chain will need to be an odd number of stitches so you have a perfect centre stitch.
Then Ch2 and work one HDC into the third chain from hook.  Continue working across into all spaces in HDC.  Ch2 then turn.

Work enough rows of HDC (always adding a Ch2 before turning) so that your cosy sits just below the base of your spout.  Don't worry about it fitting the handle as this is joined at the very end.
Now place a stitch marker in the centre stitch.
If your pot is like mine and has a fairly wide spout I leave a space of 5 stitches to accommodate it.  You could leave just 3 stitches for a more slender spout.  For the next few rows you'll be working up one side at a time.  As before, always Ch2 to start the first row and then at the end of the row before turning and continue working your rows until you reach the same level as the top of your spout base.  I find it best to stay level with your spout at this point so that once your cosy is finished, the hole isn't too large.
You can now fasten off this section.
Now it's time to start the other side, working from the middle of the cosy now.  So if you are using a 5 stitch  gap, you will now start in the 3rd space to the left of your stitch marker.  Pull your wool through and chain 2, then continue working across in HDC.  Remembering to Ch2 before turning.


 Continue working in rows until both sides are the same height.
Just tall enough to reach the top of your spout where it joins to the pot.  Don't fasten off this time as you are going to work it as one piece now.  Ideally the next row will be Right Side Facing - this always seems to work out by fluke with my teapots but you may need to add an additional row so bear this in mind.
Now work across the next row until you get to the middle gap.  This is where you join it up with the other side.  I have tried various ways of joining up here, and you may like to try a different way, but this is the way I like to do it!
If your gap at the base of your spout was 5 stitches, you now want to add 3 stitches back in to cover the top of your spout.  Instead of using a regular chain stitch here, I like using a Single Crochet chainless foundation stitch which is a bit more substantial for this part of the cosy.  Keeping your wool nice and tight here to avoid a gapey stitch, start with a chain 2 ....
then working into the first chain (making sure to insert through both posts/strands), YOH, pull through stitch (2 loops on hook), YOH and pull through first loop, YOH and pull through both loops.  Repeat twice more.

There it is - nice and chunky. The single crochet here ends up being level with the HDC in the rest of the row.  Now I join to the other side with an HDC into the first space.  Make sure you keep your wool nice and firm for this part so you don't end up with a gape in this stitch.
And carry on across the rest of the row.
Continue on in HDC rows  ...
... until you are sitting just above the top of your teapot where it starts to shape in towards the lid.
From here on you still work in HDC but only into every 2nd space.  Keep working in rounds until you get to the top of your lid.
You could stop here and add a little picot edge or leave it plain.
If I plan on covering the cosy with flowers I prefer to crochet right to the top so it gives me more of a base to secure my flowers to.
I should point out that you can also join your sides together just about the handle height and continue on in rounds if the top of your cosy is going to be visible. This gives a lovely finish and I do this with my non-flowery cosies.  But if I'm piling mine up with flowers and leaves, I go with this slightly lazier option and join at the end.

So now you've reached the top you can fasten off and leave a nice long thread to sew in your ends.
Then it's just a case of sewing down this seam until you reach just above the handle.  Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Now you can make a wee loop at the base of your cosy which will secure to a button on the opposite side - making it a breeze to remove the cosy from the pot.
Insert your hook into the edge of your first row and Ch5.  Slip stitch into the row above to create the loop and fasten off.  Sew in your ends.
Sew a button on to the opposite side ...
... and wackydoo, there you have it, one snug little tea cosy!

Now you can go crazy and add flowers, leaves, hearts, stars, pom poms or anything else you fancy!!
I have played around with lots of leaf patterns but this is one that I came up with that gives a nice shape and is super fast to make.  I always use the same size hook and the same thickness wool to match the flowers I am making. That way your leaves are always the right proportion to match your flowers.

Ch10, DC into 3rd chain from hook, HTR in next chain, DC in next chain, HDC in next chain, SC in remaining 3 chains.

Now working the opposite side, SC in first 2 chains, HDC in next 2 chain, DC in next chain, HTR in next chain, DC in next chain, SC in last chain and fasten off.  Sew in ends.

Apologies to anyone who has been trying to use the link I had provided for the large rose pattern. It seems the original source is no longer active. And thank you for all your lovely emails asking questions about the pattern. I hope the written pattern below helps!

Large Crochet Rose Pattern

(US)  4mm hook

Leave a 10”tail. Chain 57.

Row 1: (wrong side) (DC, Ch2, DC) in 6th chain from hook.  (5 skipped chains count as first DC+Ch2).  *Ch2, skip next 2 chains, (DC, Ch2, DC) in next chain. Repeat from * across to end.  36 spaces.

Row 2:  Ch3, turn.  5DC in next ch-2 space, SC next ch-2 space.  (6DC next sp then ch-2 space, SC in next ch-2 space) 5 times. (9DC in next ch-2 space, SC next ch-2 space).  5 times. (12 DC next ch-2 space, SC in next ch-2 space). 7 times.

Finish off and sew in loose ends.  With the 10” tail, thread a needle from beginning chain. With right side facing and beginning with first petal made, roll rose, sew to secure as you roll with stitches on the back of the rose. Make sure you're rolling it evenly, layering the petals to give a nice full rose when you're finished.

Enjoy!

Hope you all have a fabulous week.
Leah
xxxx

81 comments:

  1. Lovely tea cosy! I will be working this up for my teapot and maybe one for my mom, too. Thanks for the pattern!

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  2. Perfect! Just perfect for the coming winter! :-)

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  3. great tutorial Leah, would love to give it a go sometime. Love the roses too. Have shared on my FB page :)

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  4. Fab tutorial, I love the cosies, will really have to try one.
    Have never experimented with projects like this, & this one is irresitable
    Have a great week
    Lol Karen x

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial - I love tea cosies even though I tend to be a slob and make tea by sticking a bag in a mug! They remind me of cosy days with my Nanny. Her cosies were always knitted. I think I may have the original pattern somewhere. ps I haven't forgotten the bakestone recipe. I was waiting to make some so I had some photos but then I got this sinus flu thing and the days have gone by. Sorry. I'll write it up without photos. Lily. xxx

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  6. brilliant tutorial - clear and simple to follow. thank you so much. You have a lovely blog here.x

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  7. Beautiful crochet :) so pretty.. Thankyou so much for sharing your pattern with us :))

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  8. Oh so that's how you do them. I prefer your way. Mine were done by making two sides and stitching them together. You are generous to give your pattern away. What a lovely thing you are!

    Hope you're well!

    xxx

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  9. Hi Leah,
    I just joined your blog after following your progress for a couple of weeks. Thank you so much for the pattern; it's beautiful and you've made it look so simple with your wonderful pictures.
    Have a great day :-)
    Kate

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  10. Clever, clever, clever, clever you,,i am Envious with a capital *E*,you are definatly 'THE' queen of the tea cosies..and what a fantastic tutorial...superb and fantastic.....well done you. x x x

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  11. So, so pretty!!! I hope I'll be able to crochet like you one day.....
    Carly
    x

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  12. Beautiful cosy! Wonderul tutorial! Thank you for sharing it!
    Have a lovely day!

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  13. OMGosh...you are so clever! I'm a crocheter second but I love how you can just end and start anywhere w/crochet. I pinned this.

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  14. Ohh you know at first I thought these were knitting like Crochet with Raymonds Spring Explosion Tea Cosies but it's really cool to see Crochet'd ones instead :D Although knitted tea cosies got me into knitting I'd love to make one of these too :-)

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  15. Thank goodness, I can see it more clearly now! The last time I attempted to make a cozy, it was a complete mess, didn't fit the pot at all. I am bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  16. Gorgeous hon! I cant decide which colour combination I like best - they are all so pretty. Here's wishing you a nice relaxing weekend (or failing that a relaxing week next week when the wee nippers are back at school!). Becks xxx

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    1. P.S. I have nominated you for a sunshine award hon, so please pop over and pick it up if you would like it. Becks x

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  17. You are BRILLIANT, as always.
    This is so useful and the photos make everything very clear.
    A gazillion thank you's, you lovely girl!!
    Nearly the weekend....!
    Xxx

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  18. So much loveliness! These cozies are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your method with us. :-)

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  19. How gorgeous!!! And I know that the red roses will be loved by it's new owner. You make crochet look and sound so easy... maybe I'll have to give it a go. Always in love with your eye for colour - such a clever crafter!

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  20. Wow! These are fantastic, and what a lot of work you have done preparing this fabulous tutorial - well done! And its a clever method to fit it round the pot to get the perfect shape and fit.
    I love the grey with the bright shot of colour in the flowers - lovely!

    Have a great weekend Leah
    Gill xx

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  21. Oh what a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for your effort on it and sharing! I love your tea cozy and must add this one into my to-do list!!!
    Hope you have a happy Sunday!
    Best wishes, LS

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  22. You darling thing, I've been such a fan of your cozies, and now I can have one of my own! I'm so excited. Rummaging in the cupboard for the perfect teapot right now! Thank you, so much, dear. :)

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  23. Great tutorial! Your teapot cozies are so cute!

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  24. Ah fantastic!! It is gorgeous! I wish I loved tea!! It is rather un-British of me! I always thought I would learn to love tea but now I am grown up I still have not been bitten by that bug! Maybe a tea cosy would shimmy me along that path!! I am enjoying looking back over your blog, beautiful makes and some wonderful family moments! :)

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  25. Visiting from CozyThings, I love your tea cozy, and your great directions:) Thank you for writing it up.

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  26. Thank you so much for these instructions. Just delightful. I have popped over from Cozy Things too. So that means I have found two delightful blogs today to explore. xx Fi

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  27. This is lovely Leah. When I have the time and right frame of mind, I will have to give it a whirl. I actually have one of these white teapots that I bought from Ikea. Should work out perfectly, if I know what I'm doing. :) Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Blessings, Tammy

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  28. Dearest Leah
    These are amazing! Wow, what stunning tea cosies and thank you for your very well explained tutorial. I am s impressed wit your crochet skil, love love anything to do with tea (oh and some cake too please) xox hugs xox Penelope

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  29. Leah, your cosies are soooo beautiful! I'm going to link to your blog as a great source of rosy-cosy lovliness, also the large rose pattern you used is lovely and I'll be linking that up too.
    Sending lots of love to you ♥
    Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  30. thank you so much for this great pattern - i finished one off at the weekend & am so happy with it! {posted it on ravelry}

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  31. Hi Leah - just to let you know I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please do not feel obliged to accept it but if you would like pop over to my blog for details. Lily. xxx

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  32. So cute! I've found you via Lily's blog (I see she's above me!)

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  33. Hello from sunny Spain...I'm a new follower to your blog.
    Thank you for the tutorial...I hope I can make a cosy as lovely as yours...they are smashing!

    Amanda :-)

    at Crafty in the Med

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  34. Beautiful tutorial! Thank you for sharing!
    Monica

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  35. brilliant tutorial - clear and simple to follow. thank you so much. You have a lovely blog here.xx

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  36. thanks for the tutorial.. nice blog , regards from brazil

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  37. Gorgeous cozy, Im on the lookout for a tea pot just like that one- where did you get it from? Janette

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  38. Oh - so very beautiful, thanks for sharing such a lovely tutorial with us!

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  39. Love these sooooooo much - I'm defo making them for my aunties for xmas - thank you so much for sharing xx

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  40. Hi Leah! I just wanted to say we have featured your pattern on our blog this week! Thank you for sharing :)

    Faye

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  41. Super tutorial! Thanks for sharing :-) I live near Seattle, so everyone goes crazy for coffee here. I don't know anyone else with a teapot, so I'll make one for ME!

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  42. Ma questa è da fare assolutamente! Troppo divertente! :-)))))

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  43. I've just discovered crocheted/knitted tea cosies! Yours is simply gorgeous, thank you!!!

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  44. Beautiful rosy tea cosy. I'm thrilled... just the thing for my mother in law's Christmas surprise. She will be thrilled!! Thank you so much. Liz

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  45. Just love this cozy, have bought the wool and cant wait to get started. Could you just clarify for me please, cozy use 4mm hook, flowers 2.5mm hook and is it 4 or 2.5mm for leaves. thanks so much, Jo

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  46. HI
    GREAT JOB!! CONGRATS!
    THANK FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL TUTORIAL!
    HAVE NICE DAY
    MIVA

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  47. Thanks for sharing! I love this pattern and it seems quite easy. I will let you know :)
    Anyway, congrats for your blog which is surely a source of inspiration. Me too I want more colour in my life!
    ciao from Italy
    Ele

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  48. hallo Leah,

    Your teapot cozies are very beautiful. I had to try it myself, so I made three of them as christmaspresent. It's not so easy as it looks, but I succeeded. I hope you don't mind I put a picture on my blog. Thanks for sharing the pattern!

    Bie

    Bie

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  49. Your teacosy's are so very beautiful....
    Thank you for this great tutorial. I'm a beginning crocheter and I managed to make a teacosy for my sister's birthday. I just published it on my blog. Off course I linked back to this blog!
    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    Roelie

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  50. Thanks for the pattern/tutorial! Through the Internet I came to visit your blog. I'm going to follow immediately. I bought last week a red teapot. Who earned a nice teacosy.

    Best wishes from the Netherlands!

    Vera (veranadine.blogspot.nl)

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  51. Gracias por el pap, muy útil sobre todo para aquellos como yo que nos iniciamos en los teapot cozy, saludos

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  52. Fantastic tutorial!!! Thank you so much. It is now pinned to my Crochet Love board and saved in my 'puter. LOVE!!!!
    Deanne
    Sydney, Australia

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  53. This is super cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. :)
    Blessings!
    Tammy

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  54. I found this through Pinterest.

    Thank you so much for such fantastic directions...
    to such GORgeous cozies!

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  55. Thank you .... just what I have been looking for.

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  56. Hello Leah,

    Thanks so much for the pattern. I added some features to the Tea Cosy and turned it into a Golliwog Tea Cosy.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  57. How about a cup or mug cozy? I always end with a cool cuppa tea because I sip too slow :-) lovely cozy!

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  58. Wow, how lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  59. So lovely! I want to follow your blog, but can't seem to find the 'follow this blog' button? It's probably just me, but can you point me in the right direction? I really enjoy your blog!

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  60. Leah, I love the cosy and the great tutorial. I 'pinned' it using one of your images, before I got to the bottom of the page.

    Is it OK to use your image there?

    Susan

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  61. Great instructions. I look forward to stitching it up. Thanks.

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  62. Looks like your rose pattern link to Pompom emporium is broken. Their site has been down. Do you have an alternative to the rose pattern? Thanks!

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  63. So cute and not too difficult to make!

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  64. Thank you for this pattern! Working on it right now and love it!

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  65. Thank you so much for this pattern, I am a matron in a school in Zimbabwe and we desperately need these for all our swimming gala & sports teas - so let me get started!!

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  66. Thank you for providing step-by-step instructions on this lovely cozy ... you made seem as it is the easiest thing to create. I'll give it a go and try my skills on this project to fit my 2cup teapot!!

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  67. Thank you for sharing your technic in your tea cozy tutorial. Your design is very lovely...so inspiring.

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  68. Thanks for sharing this! Had to make a few modifications but it was nice to have something to go by. Rather than sewing the top together I chose to just crochet it together in a circle at the top, and that worked really well. :-)

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  69. My name being Leah Rose, I think that it's fate that I make this!! :) very excited! :D

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  70. Love this: so easy to follow and the roses are gorgeous

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  71. Thank you so much for this pattern and the pictures. I have made 5 so for and just think they are adorable. Thank you, thank you for your help. The rose and leaf patterns are easy to follow and turn out great. Your instructions are so helpful in teaching me to fit different size teapots.Bless you!

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  72. Thank you for this pattern. It's so cute! I hooked this up, including the roses, over a long weekend. I'm not sure I can stop at one!

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  73. Hi Leah - I just found this - you are doing so well with your blog and your Felt shop. I thought you might like to know I have shared this page & your FELT store on my facebook group.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1754133174818890/

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  74. thank you so much for this lovely tea pot cozy, my mother-in-law, has a small teapot and she will love this. Sandy from N.V. usa

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  75. Just discovered your blog. These are gorgeous, I must give them a go. Christine

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  76. Lovely and easy to follow!! Thanks!

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