Wednesday, 12 January 2011

beachy tea

Suffolk beaches, beach huts, pebbles, bunting, stripes, these have inspired the creation of a new teacosy for my brown betty. Rather indulgently I've used the Blue Sky Alpaca cotton in tulip and drift because the colours are perfect and the plain stockinette stitch and broad stripes show them off wonderfully.

This is a really simple teacosy, with a moss stitch border to give the idea of sand, while the stripes remind me of a beach hut. This is how I did it ::

Cast on 32 stitches. Work 6 rows in double moss stitch, then switch to the second colour and commence stockinette stripes, of 6 rows each. Work 11 stripes, or 66 rows of stockinette. Work six rows of double moss stitch in the original colour. Cast off 32 stitches. Fold the rectangular piece of knitting in half and seam the sides with invisible mattress stitch. Leave a gap in each seam for the handle and spout.


One More Stitch said...

Love the cosy - I live near a beach and have always wanted to have tea party there but have been afraid that it might turn into a procession of chairs and food like in the Box Hill outing in Kate Beckinsale's film of Emma! I think, though, I could manage a teapot in a cosy like this and a few sandwiches and a small cake! Thanks for the inspiration.

Where the nodding violets grow said...

Great tea cosy. I keep threatening to make myself one instead of trying to drink all of the tea before it goes cold. I love the colours. Think of it as recycling.