As the season changes here at Teahouse Emporium we want to celebrate the warming properties of tea, and what better way than popping a tea cosy over your pot?
All year round we sell handmade tea cosies made by the lovely Sally, but once autumn hits, the sales pick up in a big way. Sally is always busy knitting a wide range of tea cosies for you to buy from us. Every one is unique with its own character and charm. They make great presents, especially with Christmas around the corner.
This month, Sally has kindly given us one of her patterns for you to try knitting your very own tea cosy! So as the nights draw in and you’re cuddled up on the sofa in front of the fire, watching your favourite TV show, pick up those needles and getting knitting. Your teapot needs a cuddle too!
Please send in any pictures of hedgehog tea cosies you make either to our email or on Facebook. We’d love to see Sally’s pattern being used by as many people as possible. Emma has made a start with this brightly coloured hedgehog named Howard!
Sally’s Hedgehog Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern:
> Needles – 4mm, 3.75mm, 3.25mm, 3mm
> Toy stuffing for the head
> Tapestry needle for finishing
Any double knit or Aran yarn in two colours. A little bit of black yarn for the eyes and nose
Knit two the same:
> Using 4mm needles, cast on 35 stitches loosely
> Work 5 rows in rib (k1, p1)
Change to 3.75mm needles.
> Work 1 row using loopy stitch**
Work every alternate row in purl
> work a further 10 rows of loopy stitch (22 rows in total incl. P rows)
> Join the two pieces together on the WS (purl row) – 70 stitches
> Work 2 rows of loopy stitch (with a row of purl in between)
> On the next purl side, start the decrease: p6, p2tog until final 6 stitches. p6
> Work 1 row of loopy stitch
> P5, p2tog until final 5 stitches. p5
> Work 1 row of loopy stitch
> P4, p2tog until end
> Continue with the decrease until all stitches are p2tog
> Pull the tapestry needle through remaining stitches and fasten
Use a contrasting colour of yarn
> Using 3.25mm needles cast on 40 sts
> Starting with a p row, work 3 rows
> K2, k2tog until end – 30 stitches
> Work 5 rows in st st
> K1, k2tog until end – 20 stitches
> Work 3 rows in st st
> Decrease 1 st at the beginning and end of every k row until 14 sts remain
> Decrease 1 st at the beginning and end of every row until 6 sts remain
> Work 1 row
> Cut yarn with enough tail to sew up head. Thread yarn through 6 remaining sts and sew up head seam
> Using 3mm needles, cast on 20 stitches
> Work two knit rows
> *K5, cast off 10 stitches, k5
> K5, turn, cast on 10 stitches, turn, k5 sts on right needle
> Work two knit rows*
> Repeat from *to * once. When folded, you should have three toes
> Cast off
> Using 3.23mm needles, cast on 8 stitches
> Work 2 rows of st st
Cut yarn, leaving a 20cm tail. Threat through stitches and tighten
Begin sewing the two body edges together to make the tea cosy shape, leaving a hole for the spout and handle: sew down the open side until it reaches the same distance from bottom as on opposite side. Sew up from the bottom on each side for about 2cm.
Stuff the head and sew onto the body of the tea cosy in between the two holes for spout and handle. Sew the ears onto the head in the position shown on the picture (or wherever you think best). Using black yarn, sew eyes and snout. Fold the feet in half and sew together around the toes and back of heel. Sew onto the tea cosy body at the bottom, below the head.
** Loopy Stitch: Knit into the front of stitch, but don’t pull the stitch off the left needle. Instead pull the yarn to the front in between the two needles, making a loop around your thumb and then pull the yarn to the back in between the needles. Whilst the loop is secured between the needles, knit into the stitch held on the left needle again and pass stitch onto right needle. There are now two stitches on the right needle with a loop in between. Pass the first stitch over the second stitch to secure the loop in place.