Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Pattern for retro pleated tea cosy
Here we go, the pattern for the blue and white tea cosy from the October giveaway. The pattern itself is from a very old "bazaar makes" booklet I got years ago, and remember my mother having it when I was small as well. I also remember one of the girls at primary school knitting one, so it's a real golden oldie :)
1 x 50g ball blue
1 x 50g ball white
Pair no 7 (UK) needles
To fit a two pint teapot
M= blue L = white
Pleats are formed by each colour being drawn across the back of the colour just used and keeping all the strands to the wrong side of teh work.
Using M, cast on 56 sts and k4 rows. Join in L and work as follows:
Next row: K1M *K6L, K6M, rep from * to last 7 sts, K6L, K1M. Work 5 rows more
Next row: K1L *K6M, K6L, rep from * to last 7 sts, K6M, K1L. Work 5 rows more.
Next row: K1M *K6L, k6M, rep from * to last 7 sts, K6L K1M. Work 27 more rows.
Next row: K1M *K2togL, k2L, K2togL, K2togM, K2M K2togM, repeat from * to last 7 sts, K2togL K2L K2togL K1M
Next row: K1M *K4L K4M rep from * to last 5 sts K4L K1M
Next row: K1M *(K2togL) twice (K2togM)twice, rep from * to last 5 sts, (K2togL) twice, K1M
Next row: K1M *K2L K2M, rep from * to alst 3 sts, K2L K1M
Next row: K1M *K2togL, K2togM, rep from * to last 3 sts, k2togL, K1M
Next row: *K1M, K1L, rep from * to last st, K1M. Break L
Next row: K1*m1k,k twice in next stitch rep from * to last st, m1k,k1 - 30sts
Leave these 30 sts on a spare needle.
Work as for first half reversing colours.
Knit across both sets of 30sts, and K 10 rows. Cast off.
To make up
Join sides, leaving openings for spout and handle.
Make a cord and thread through top, add pompoms etc if liked.
m1 = make 1, by picking up and knitting into the back of the loop between last and next stitch
These look good in a strong colour with the white - cornflower blue, bright red, yellow. for a really classic retro look, pair dark green with cream. :)
Happy knitting - shout if you're not sure about anything.
Posted by MrsL at 14:30