I finished sewing up my tea cosy, knitted at the seaside last weekend. I've adapted a pattern from a womens magazine from a certain era; you could see it in my previous seaside blog post. It's almost certainly from the 1950's...ahem, and I quote...
" Gay for Giving! Knit a handsome present in time for Christmas....tassel trimmed cheerful tea cosy"
Well if you start it today, if you're anything like me, maybe it will be finished for Christmas!
Double knitting wool & No. 8 needles
Cast on 50sts and knit 4 rows.
Work in pattern
Row 1 K
Row 2 K2, * P4, K2 rep from * to end
Rows 3 to 6 Rpt last rows twice more
Row 7 K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
Rows 8 to 10 Rpt last row 3 times more.
Last 10 rows form the pattern. Rpt til 2nd row of 6th pattern has been worked
Next row K1 *sl.1, K2tog, PSSO rpt from * to last st, K1. (this makes holes for the drawstring)
Next row K2 tog 9 times
Next row Knit
Next row K twice into every stitch (front & back) (this increases the stitches for a frill)
Knit 5 rows then cast off.
Sew it up leaving holes for the spout & handle, I plaited wool to make a drawstring thread, then with a safety pin threaded it through the eyelet holes and pulled it tight. Then I knitted some flowers to decorate the tassels, embellished with wooden buttons. If I could crochet I would have crocheted them; but I can't, so I didn't!!
Let me know how you get on.