Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Funky Chunky Teapot Cozy

This pattern should fit most 4 - 6 cup teapots. It stretches easily and hugs almost any shape of pot.
Yarn: Wool-Ease thick and quick (less than one ball)
Needles: 9mm (US 13) Straight needles are ok, but you need double points for the I-cord detail.

Cast on 40 stitches. work in K2 P2 ribbing for 3 inches.
Work 18 stitches, cast off 4 stitches and rib to end of row. Working on one half only (put other 18 on a holder) work in ribbing until top edge of teapot (about 3 - 4 inches). Put those 18 on a holder and rejoin the other side and work second side to the same length as first side.
Now join sides again by ribbing from one side right across other side (36 stitches on the needle now). Work 4 more rows of 2 by 2 ribbing. Next row, [K2, Purl 2 together] repeat across the row. Work 4 more rows in K2, purl ONE ribbing (as established).
Finishing: Cast off 2 stitches, knit 3 and put last 4 stitches on a holder, cast off 4 stitches, knit 3 and put last 4 stitches on a holder. Cast off 4 stitches, knit 3, and put last 4 stitches on a holder... then cast off all the rest. This leaves only 12 stitches divided on 3 holders to make the three I-cord details. With double pointed needles, knit 4 stitch I-cords on all the remaining stitches, working about 4 inches, or until it's the perfect length for you.

Stitch back seam for about 2 inches to sit below the handle of the teapot, leave an opening for the handle and stitch again above the handle. Stitch the top of the pot, leaving the I-cords dangling freely.
Now put the kettle on and put your feet up!

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