Knitted daffodil tea cosy

Knitted daffodil tea cosy
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Size:
To fit a four-cup teapot that stands 11 cm (41 ⁄4 in) tall  (not including the knob) and 14 cm (51⁄2 in) in diameter (not including the spout and handle).

Materials:

  • 2 x 50 g (13 ⁄4 oz) balls Jo Sharp Classic DK yarn:
    Colour 357 (China) Knitted in the round from the top down.
  • 1 x 50 g (13 ⁄4 oz) ball 8-ply (DK) yarn: Daffodil Yellow (see Note)
  • 30 cm (12 in) square very stiff non-woven interfacing
  • Handful of polyester fibrefill

    Equipment:
  • One set 4 mm (UK 8, USA 6) circular needles, 80 cm (32 in) from tip to tip
    4 mm (UK 8,
  • USA G/6) crochet hook – Daffodil Stamen

Method: Knitted in the round from the top down. 

Body:
Tall pointy base
With 4 mm (UK 8, USa 6) circular needles and Jo Sharp Classic DK wool (China), refer to Method 2, The Holy Cast-on (see page 10) to cast on 8 stitches.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: increase once in every stitch (by knitting into the
front and back of it) to end of round (16 sts).
Rnds 3–7: Knit.
Rnd 8: *K1, increase once in next stitch, repeat from * to
end of round (24 sts).
Rnds 9–13: Knit.
Rnd 14: *K2, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (32 sts).
Rnds 15–19: Knit.
Rnd 20: *K3, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (40 sts).
Rnds 21–25: Knit.
Rnd 26: *K4, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (48 sts).
Rnds 27–31: Knit.
Rnd 32: *K5, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (56 sts).
Rnds 33–37: Knit.
Rnd 38: *K6, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (64 sts).
Rnds 39–43: Knit.
Rnd 44: *K7, increase once in next stitch, repeat from *
to end of round (72 sts).
Measure against your teapot. if the circumference is now big enough, go to the next bit, if not, continue in the same increasing pattern until it is.
Rnd 45: Knit.

Sides:
Up to this point you have been working round and round. now you are going to work back and forth in rows. Find the point where the working yarn is. This becomes the first stitch of the first row on one side of the cosy. You will have the wrong side of stocking stitch facing you.
Row 1: K1, P1, place marker (pm), purl to the last 2 sts, K1, P1.
Row 2: (K1, P1) twice, K1, pm, knit to 1 st before marker, P1, remove marker (rm), K1, P1.
Row 3: (K1, P1) three times, pm, purl to 1 st before marker, K1, rm, (P1, K1) twice, P1.
Row 4: (K1, P1) four times, K1, pm, knit to 1 st before marker, P1, rm, rib to end of row.
Row 5: (K1, P1) five times, pm, purl to 1 st before marker, K1, rm, rib to end of row.
See how you are creating a ribbed pattern, row by row, in from the edges of the tea cosy sides. it forms a lovely curve, getting from stocking stitch to ribbed stitch and makes a simple base just that much more classy.
Row 6: (K1, P1) six times, K1, pm, knit to 1 st before marker, P1, rm, rib to end of row.
Row 7: (K1, P1) seven times, pm, purl to 1 st before marker, K1, rm, rib to end of row.
Row 8: (K1, P1) eight times, K1, pm, knit to 1 st before marker, P1, rm, rib to end of row.
if you had 72 stitches in the round, 36 stitches on each side, then you will now be up to rib stitch all the way across. if you have more stitches, continue adding an extra rib on the inside edges of the curve on every row. Row 9: rib to end of row.
Continue to rib stitch down Side one of the cosy base until it measures all the way to the table. So that means you need to try it on your pot.
Cast off loosely.
Repeat the same instructions for the other side. remember, you started with the wrong side of the tea cosy facing.

Daffodil – make 1
Bell:
With 4 mm (UK 8, USa 6) circular needles and Yellow yarn, refer to Method 2, The Holy Cast-on (see page 10) to cast on 6 stitches.
Rnd 1: Knit. Place marker to show the beginning of the round.
Rnd 2: increase once in every stitch (by knitting into the front and back of it) to end of round (12 sts).
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *K3, M1, repeat from * to end of round (16 sts). Rnds 5–10: Knit.
Rnd 11: *K4, M1, repeat from * to end of round (20 sts).
Rnd 12: Knit.
Rnd 13: K2, *M1, K5, repeat from * to last 3 sts, M1, K3
(24 sts).
Rnds 14 & 15: Knit.
To make picot edging:
Rnd 16: *Yfwd, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.
Note. The yfwd creates one large stitch. When you knit into it in the next round, it creates a lace hole.
Rnds 17 & 18: Knit.
Rnd 19: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round
(20 sts).
Rnd 20: Knit.
Rnd 21: K1, K2tog, *K3, K2tog, repeat from * to last
2 sts, K2 (16 sts).
Rnds 22–26: Knit.
Rnd 27: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round
(12 sts).
Rnd 28: Knit.
Rnd 29: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round (6 sts). instead of casting off, thread the end through a darning needle and through the last 6 stitches. Pull up tight to close the hole and sew a couple of holding stitches. Fold the Bell in on itself, along the picot edging, with the smaller section down inside the larger section. Pull through the remaining wool to use later when putting the daffodil together.

Petals (make 6):
With 4 mm (UK 8, USa 6) circular needles and Yellow yarn, cast on 12 (+ 1) stitches and join in the round, using Method 1 (see page 9). You will be working from the bottom up.
Rnd 1: (K5, P1) twice.
Rnd 2: (K2, M1, K1, M1, K2, P1) twice (16 sts).
Rnd 3: (K7, P1) twice.
Rnd 4: (K3, M1, K1, M1, K3, P1) twice (20 sts).
Rnd 5: (K9, P1) twice.
Rnd 6: (K4, M1, K1, M1, K4, P1) twice (24 sts).
Rnd 7: (K11, P1) twice.
Rnd 8: (Ssk, K3, M1, K1, M1, K3, K2tog, P1) twice (24 sts). Rnd 9: (K11, P1) twice.
Rnd 10: (Ssk, K3, M1, K1, M1, K3, K2tog, P1) twice
(24 sts).
Rnd 11: (K11, P1) twice.
Rnd 12: (Ssk, K7, K2tog, P1) twice (20 sts).
Rnds 13 & 14: (K9, P1) twice.
Rnd 15: (Ssk, K5, K2tog, P1) twice (16 sts).
Rnds 16 & 17: (K7, P1) twice.
Rnd 18: (Ssk, K3, K2tog, P1) twice (12 sts).
Rnds 19 & 20: (K5, P1) twice.
Rnd 21: (Ssk, K1, K2tog, P1) twice (8 sts).
Rnd 22: (K3, P1) twice.
Thread the yarn end through a darning needle and through the last 8 stitches. Close the loop but not too tightly yet. Thread the yarn through again, but this time omitting stitch numbers 4 and 8. They were your purl stitches. now you can pull the yarn tight. This will help make a neat Petal tip. The purl stitches form the folds at the sides of the Petal. Line up the front and back of the Petal and sew some hidden stitches down through the centre to hold it in place.

Stamen (make 3):
Using a 4 mm (UK 8, USa G/6) crochet hook, make 6 chain.
1 htr into 2nd ch from hook, 1 slip st into each ch to the bottom of the stamen. Fasten off.
Putting the flower together
Place one Petal on top of another, so that they overlap from centre to centre, and repeat until all the petals are in place. Sew together, hiding your sewing stitches by following the line of your knit stitches. The overlapping will help the Petals to sit upright when you finally bring the sixth and first Petals together. Sew the Stamens into the Bell, then sew the Bell in the centre of the Petals.

Putting it all together:
Draw a circle within the 30 cm (12 in) square of
stiff interfacing and cut it out. Draw a line from the circumference to the centre and cut along it. Then wrap the interfacing around itself to form a cone to fit inside the Tall Pointy Base. Trim around the bottom edge
so that it doesn’t poke out at the spout and handle openings. Put a little handful of fibrefill into the cone, not to fill it up, not to give it shape, just to help the interfacing do its job well.
When you are happy with the fit, turn the Lining inside out and place up into the Tall Pointy Base. With darning needle and China blue wool, sew the inner and outer cosies together around the spout and handle openings.
Stitch the Daffodil to the top of the Tall Pointy Base.    

Project taken from Pretty Funny Tea Cosies by Loani Prior, published by Murdoch, £12.99.

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