Retro Tea Cosy

This little project proved to be an unexpected challenge – pulling the stranded yarn tightly across the back of the work felt so wrong!

Normally, stranded colour work requires a nice, even tension to stop the floats from pulling. Here, I had to make a conscious effort to pull them tight, in order to create the pleats with their insulating pockets of air, to keep the teapot warm.

The pattern is Patons Classic Pleated Tea Cozy, a free pattern on Ravelry. The yarn is Stylecraft DK, unlabelled part-skeins from deep stash.

I made the middle size, the 4-6 cup, and it fits my Brown Betty teapot perfectly. Sadly, it is only a temporary pairing. The vintage-style cosy is destined for the Black Country Living Museum for the Summer Fête stall!

Anyone for tea?




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Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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2 Responses to Retro Tea Cosy

  1. swissrose says:

    Maybe this is why I‘ve never made one of these tea cosies?! I have looked at them before now and am glad you confirm the technique – but yes, I bet it feels really wrong :o!! Does it use a lot of yarn?
    But a real classic for the fête :)! 👍

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    • yarnsmithery says:

      Yes, such a classic design, and simple to do … once I got my head round the fact that the floats were meant to be tight! In terms of yarn usage, I’d guess about 75g of each colour … I didn’t think to weigh it before I started 🙄 Guess that means I’ll be making another to find out!! 😉

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