Free Sunflower Tea Cosy Tutorial!
Kate Eastwood’s late summer Sunflower Tea Cosy (Cozy in America!) is perfect for a gift, or just to remind you of warm days in the sun!
I have been wanting to design a tea cosy for a while now and when a thank you gift was needed for some friends we stayed with in France, a Sunflower Tea Cosy seemed too good an opportunity to miss – their house was surrounded by fields and fields of these beautiful flowers, so it was the perfect reminder of our lovely stay.
For my tea cosy I used Bergere de France Magic, 2 x balls of Lichen, 1 x ball of Criquet and 1 x ball of Seneve.
I worked with a 5.5mm hook for the main body of the tea cosy and a 4.5mm hook for the sunflower on the top.
As a finishing touch I added two tiny bees to my cosy and for these I used some small amounts of 4 ply yarn and a 2mm hook.
My tea cosy is designed to fit a 3.2L, 10 cup teapot.
To make the sides of the cosy. Make 2:
Row 1: Using the Lichen 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 wotk 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 pice 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 pice on top of the other on a flat surface and using pins mark on each side 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 sunflower:
The flower centre is worked in a continuous round.
Round 1: Using the Criquet and a 4.5mm 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 a round of 32 DC.
Round 6: Work a round of loose slip stitch, 32 sts. Finish off and leave a long end for sewing the circle to the cosy.
You will now have a small dome shaped circle.
Stitch the circle to the centre top of the cosy, so that the gathered up top of the cosy is all hidden away.
For the petals using the Seneve shade and a 4.5mm hook make a chain of 114.
Row 1: Sl St 1 and then *chain 9. Sl St back down the chain (starting in the second chain from the hook) and work down the chain as follows: DC 3, HTR 4. This will bring you back to the long chain. Skip 1 stitch and rejoin to the main chain with a Sl St in to the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * all the way along the chain.
For the leaves using the LICHEN shade and a 4.5 mm hook make a chain of 41.
Row 1: Sl St 1 and then *chain 13. Sl St back down the chain (starting in the second chain from the hook) and work down the chain as follows: DC 3, HTR 3, TR 3, DTR 3. This will bring you back to the long chain. Skip 2 stitches and rejoin to the main chain with a Sl St in to the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * all the way along the chain.
Both the petals and the leaves will benefit from blocking. Once pinned out I sprayed mine with an ironing starch as this helps to stiffen them up.
Joining the leaves and petals to the cosy:
Wrap the string of petals around the centre of the flower three times. Pin in place and then stitch securely.
Wrap the string of leaves around the centre of the flower, underneath the petals, once. Pin in place and then stitch securely.
To make the bees: (worked in a continuous round)
Using some small amounts of 4ply yarn and a 2.5 mm hook make the bees body as follows:
Round 1: Using yellow yarn make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 8 sts.
Round 3 to 6: Work a round of 8 DC.
Round 7: DC 2 stitches together all the way around. Push all the ends inside the bee and close up the end.
Using a thin, black fibre tip pen draw on the black stripes and eyes.
Stitch the bees in to place and then it’s time to put the kettle on!