A quickie that I knit up over a few days for a friend’s birthday – something I have been meaning to make for a while but I finally got my butt into gear last week!
Pattern: Red Comet by Loani Prior, from her Wild Tea Cosies. A nice simple knit – two garter squares from corner to corner and joined in relevant spots to make a cosy. So easy to knit to size, as you just make the square big enough to cover around your tea pot (from handle to spout), and then start the decreases! The pattern uses buttons as the “seams” to join the two squares, but I just sewed and crocheted in the relevant spots.
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country in black and white – just over 2 balls in total, for a medium sized teapot. The stripe pattern is completely random. I had more black than white so decided to make the black stripes wider, in general. It is meant to mimic the look of the old fashioned boiled lollies (humbugs, bullseyes etc).
Sticks: The yarn is held doubled, so I used 6mm sticks – KnitPicks Options. And a 4.5mm crochet hook to crochet around the edges of each square, to even out the lumpy garter edges.
Time: 21 – 24 October 2011. As I said, nice and quick! Happy birthday DrK!