Rose tea cosy
The tea cosy body is fully lined; the outside is knitted using 8 ply wool and 4 mm needles, in moss rib stitch. The lining is knitted using the same yarn and needles, and knitted in 2x2 rib.
The lower edge is crocheted with a 4mm hook in shell stitch.
The flowers and leaves are crocheted with a 3.5 mm hook, using shades of pink and green 8 ply.
Pink moss stitch rib tea cosy outer body. Make 2 pieces.
Cast on 44 stitches, using 8 ply yarn and 4 mm needles.
First row, (K3, P1); repeat to the end of the row.
Second row, (K2, P1, K1); repeat to the end of the row.
Repeat these two rows until the work measures 13 cm.
Decrease; beginning on a first row.
(K2 tog, K1, P1); repeat to the end of the row. (33 stitches)
(K1, P2); repeat to the end of the row.
(K1, P2 tog); repeat to the end of the row. (22 stitches).
Work 3 rows of (K1, P1); repeat to the end of the rows.
K1, (K2 tog); repeat to the last stitch, K1. (12 stitches)
K2 tog. all along the row. (6 stitches)
Purl 2 tog. All along the row. (3 stitches)
Sew together the two pieces, leaving openings for the handle and spout of the teapot.
Using a 4 mm crochet hook, work a row of double crochet all around the lower edge; work one stitch into each cast on stitch (88 stitches) plus an extra stitch at each of the seams (90 stitches altogether).
End the row of dc with a ss into the first dc.
Next round; (miss 2 dc, work 6 treble into the next dc; miss 2 dc, ss into next dc); repeat to the end of the round. Fasten off.
Make 2 pieces. Using 8 ply wool and 4 mm needles, cast on 44 stitches, and work in K2, P2 rib for 13 cm.
(K2 tog., P2), all along the row. (33 stitches)
(K2, P1); repeat all along the row.
(K1, P2 tog.) repeat to the end of the row. (22 stitches).
Next 3 rows, K1, P1, to end of row.
K1, (K2 tog) to last stitch, K1. (12 stitches)
K2 tog, all along the row. (6 stitches)
P2 tog all along the row (3 stitches)
Sew the two pieces together to match the outer layers; slip stitch to the outer layer along the cast on edge and around openings for handle and spout.
Work the 6 roses and 6 leaves, as described in the 'Crochet tea cosies' page.
Work 4 small roses and leaves as follows;
Using a 3.5 mm crochet hook and 8 ply yarn, make 9 chain.
Miss 1 chain, ss into the next 2 sts. Continuing along the chain (which will be the stem and central vein of the leaf when finished); work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ss.
3 ch, turn.
Work down the other side of the leaf ; 1ss, 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ss. Fasten off.
Make 11 chain. Miss 1 chain, dc all along the row. 1 ch, turn.
1 dc into the first dc; 2 dc into each of the next 9 dc. Turn.
(Miss 2 dc, 6 tr in next st; miss 2 dc, ss into next dc), repeat to the end of the row. (3 shells)
Fasten off. Roll up and stitch through the base to secure. Sew a leaf stem onto the base of each flower.
Sew 4 small roses/leaves onto the top of the tea cosy. Sew 6 larger roses/ leaves around these to make the 'bouquet of roses'.