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Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Christmas Tea Cosy by Kate Eastwood

Keep your tea warm and give your tea time a festive twist with this joyous Christmas Pudding Tea Cozy tutorial by Kate Eastwood!

For my tea cosy I used Bergere de France Magic, 2 x balls of Criquet, 1 x ball of Cascade Sunseeker in White 35, a small amount of Paintbox Cotton in Racing Green 428 and in Red Wine 416. (If you prefer full on glittery leaves and berries you could also use the Cascade Sunseeker in red and green.)

To add the glitter to the leaves and berries I used small amounts of Twilleys Goldfingering in Forest Green 051 and Red 038.

I worked with a 5.5mm hook for the main body of the tea cosy and a 3mm hook for the white topping and the leaves and berries.

As a finishing touch I added a tiny gold coin, made with the Twilleys Goldfingering in Gold 002,  and a 2mm hook, that is tucked away inside the pudding in true Christmas fashion!

My tea cosy is designed to fit a 1500 ml, 10 cup teapot.

To make the sides of the cosy, make 2:

Row 1: Using the Criquet and a 5.5mm hook make a chain of 31. ( If you are making a cosy for a different sized pot your chain needs to be the height of your teapot from the bottom to the top of the lid.)

Row 2: Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of TR. 30 sts. Chain 2 and turn.

Row 3: Working in to the back loops only work a row of 30 TR, chain 2 and turn.

Rows 4 to 20: Continue working as for Row 3. Finish off. Your piece of crochet should now be the width of the teapot. (If you are making a cosy for a different sized pot the width of your piece of crochet can be adjusted at this point by working more or less rows.)

 

 

 

Make a second piece as above.

Joining the sides of the cosy together:   

Lay one piece on top of the other on a flat surface and mark on each side (using pins) the space that you need to leave open for the handle and the spout.

For my cosy I left a gap of 10cm for the handle, with a seam of 4cm below the handle and 5cm above the handle.

For the spout I left a gap of 7cm, with a seam of 5cm below the spout and 7cm above the spout.

I used a needle and yarn to sew the seams. Finish off and sew in the ends

Fitting the cosy to the teapot:

Turn the cosy so that the seams are on the inside and slide it on to your teapot. Using double thickness yarn run a gathering thread all around the top of the cosy and then carefully pull it up so that it closes around the top of the lid. Stitch firmly in place.

To make the white topping for the pudding: Worked in a continuous round.

Round 1: Using the Cascade Sunseeker in White and a 3mm hook make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 16sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 24 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 2 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 32 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 3 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 40 sts.

Round 6: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 4 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 48 sts.

Round 7: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 5 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 56 sts.

Round 8: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 6 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 64 sts.

Round 9: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 7 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 72 sts.

Round 10: DC 72

Round 11: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 8 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 80 sts.

Round 12: DC 80

Round 13: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 9 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 88 sts.

Rounds 14 and 15: DC 88

Round 16: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 10 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 96 sts.

Round 17 and 18: DC 96

Round 19: *Work 1 DC in to the each of the next 11 stitches and then two DC in to  the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. 104 sts.

Round 20: DC 104.

Round 21: You are now going to add the wavy edging to create the dripped effect of the topping. I chose to work a random shape for mine so used a combination of the stitch patterns below.

Begin with a Sl St and then work a combination of the following:

Pattern  1: Work 2 stitches in to each stitch as follows: HTR + TR, TR + DTR , TTR + TTR, DTR + TR, TR + HTR, Sl St.

Pattern 2: Work 2 stitches in to each stitch as follows: DC + DC,  DC + HTR, HTR + HTR, HTR + TR, TR + TR , TR + HTR, HTR + HTR, HTR + DC , DC + DC, Sl St.

Pattern 3: DC + HTR, TR + DTR, HTR + DC,Sl St.

To make the Holly Leaves:

The leaves are made with 1 x strand of the Paintbox Cotton and 1 x strand of the Twilleys Goldfingering in Green. I used a 3mm hook.

To make the large leaf: Make 4

Using 1 strand of Cascade and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering,  chain 12.

Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work the following stitches along the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR and 2 x DC. You should now be at the top of the chain. Work a Sl ST across the top of the chain and then work the following stitch pattern back down the other side of the chain: 2 x DC, 3 x HTR, 2 x TR, 2 x HTR, 1 x DC.

Work a SL St in to the bottom of the chain and then work a chain of 6 for the stalk. Work 5 x Sl St back along the chain and Sl St back in to the base of the leaf.

In the next round you will be making the points of the holly leaf.

Point 1: Sl St in to the first stitch, CH2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain and then Sl St back in to the leaf.

Continuing working along the side of the leaf as follows:

Point 2: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST  

Point 3: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 4: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 5: Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 6: Sl ST in to the top stitch, CH 3, Sl ST back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST back in to the top of the leaf.

Now work back down the other side side of the leaf as follows:

Point 7:  Sl ST, CH 2  Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST.

Point 8: DC, CH2, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 9: DC, CH3, Sl St back in to the 1st chain, Sl ST

Point 10: DC, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST  

Point 11: Sl ST, CH 2, Sl St back in to 1st Chain, Sl ST  .

Finish off and sew in the ends.

To make the Holly Berries: Make 7

The  berries are made with 1 x strand of the Paintbox Cotton and 1 x strand of Twilleys Goldfingering in red.

Using 1 x strand of Paintbox Cotton and 1 x strand of Twilleys in RED make a Magic Ring.

Work 5 DC in to the ring.

Work a round of DC, 5 sts.

Finish off and use the yarn tail to sew around the bottom of the berry, gather up in to a ball shape, finish off and leave a long tail so that you can attach the berries to the tea cosy.

To make the Gold Coin: Make 2 and stitch together.

Round 1: Using the Twilleys Fingering in Gold and a 2mm hook make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch.

Round 3: *Work 1 DC in to the first stitch and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 12 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first 2 stitches and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 16 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 DC in to each of the first 3 stitches and then two DC in to the next stitch*.  Repeat from * to *all the way around. 20 sts. Sl St to join and finish off.

Maker a second circle and stitch the two circles together.

To complete your tea cosy:

Using a needle and thread stitch the topping to the pudding in the centre top.

Position the leaves and stitch in to place with a few stitches. I just put in a few anchoring stitches rather than sewing them on all the way arounsd as I wanted the leaves to stick up a little.

Then sew on the berries.

Finish off by sewing the gold coin in place so that it is just poking out either by the spout or the handle.

Viola! The perfect way to dress up those treasured mince pie and tea moments this holiday season! What festive projects have you been working on this Christmas?!

 

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Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




2 Responses to Crochet Club: Christmas Tea Cosy by Kate Eastwood

  1. Rita B. says:

    Love the tea cozy and good instructions and pictures. 😊

  2. Rita B. says:

    Great instructions and pictures. Thank you

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