Thursday, 3 May 2012

Radical Ripple Tea Cosy - Crochet

I have a red line through my blog background. Can everyone else see it or is it just me? Can anyone tell me why it has just appeared and how I can get rid of it? I don't like it, I'm thinking it's the line of death in blogworld, and maybe my blog is about to implode. ETA no one else can see my red line, only me - memory problem perhaps - who knows!

The 2nd Ripple Cosy
Some may shriek at the colours, some may like, it won't be everyone's cup of tea :-).
For me, it was an experiment, what could I make with the same pieces of ripple as the Daylily.
If you don't like sewing in ends and sewing seams, look away now!

THE RADICAL RIPPLE TEA COSY
Justjen-knits&stitches.

No secrets here, just 2 pieces of ripple turned on their sides to make this. 
Fits a 2 cup teapot 35cm circumference, 12cm tall, however it can fit a teapot a bit broader, if you do a few more rows of ripple, and because the tea cosy is 15cm tall you can go for a pot a bit taller, but I'll go into that later.
ABOUT THE TEAPOT - for this to work and fit properly, you need to use a traditional looking teapot with a handle and spout closer to the base, not one which has a spout or handle which sits high on the teapot.
Something like this will work, the light blue one sits nice and low, the floral one, a bit higher, but was still low enough to work.

You'll need - 
Small amounts of 8ply/DK yarn, as many colours as you like.
4.00mm crochet hook
Sewing notions and a fairly big button to finish. 
Crochet instructions are in British Terminology. Dc are used throughout so if you are used to American Terminology, our dc = your sc.

Terms -
dec over next 3 sts - insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, miss next st, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

dec over next 2 sts - Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a  loop, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

MAKE 2 -FRONT AND BACK 


Pieces are shown on their side, the way they will be used for the cosy, (both are the same size inspite of the angle of the photo). Pink is the first colour for this one.


1st Row - Make 42 ch, miss first ch, 1dc in next 9 ch, 3dc in next ch, 1dc in next 9 ch, dec over next 3 ch, 1 dc in next 9 ch, 3dc in next ch, 1 dc in next 9 ch.
Turn..

2nd Row - Work in back loop of every dc to give a ridged effect.
1ch, dec over next 2 sts, 1dc in next 8dc, 3dc in next dc (which should be the middle dc of the 3dc in last row), 1dc in next 9 dc, dec over next 3sts, 1 dc in next 9 dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in next 8dc, dec over last 2 dc.Change to new colour.
Turn.
At this stage use a stitch marker or small safety pin to mark this as the right side of the work, it will make it easier later.
Note - if you are wanting to turn the top down as in the rainbow coloured one in the photo, you need to be careful how you sew your ends in, as one of the pieces will have that edge at the top, and it will be folded out and exposed. The neatest way is to leave a fairly long piece of yarn at every colour change, so you can weave the ends far enough down, so it won't affect the finished look when you turn it out.

Repeat the 2nd row, until you have worked 22 rows from beginning. All these cosies were done in 2 row stripes.Don't fasten off just yet, leave a large loop or use a stitch marker in case you need to add or undo some rows to fit your teapot properly.
Do another piece for the back.
Making up.
Sew in all the ends you don't need - blah!
Place the right sides facing in, with the pieces positioned as in the following photo. The left is the spout side, the right is the handle side.
 For the cosy to fit well, you need to sew the bottom points together (that will sit below the spout) by sewing 1cm in from the point with backstitch, squaring the point off - see photo, the stitches are in red.

       












                                             across point here.


Leave the area for the spout open, then continue stitching up this side, refer to the red stitching in the photo. just while looking at the photo, you'll see the lower "triangle" on the right hand side, will be the flaps that join the cosy through the handle. Above that will be sewn up.

Turn the cosy right side out now and try it on your teapot. See how it's quite large around the spout? Before sewing up the other side, you need to crochet around the spout opening.

With the right side facing you, join contrasting yarn at the bottom of the opening for the spout, dc around, but when you get to a V (on both sides & the top), decrease over the next 3 sts as you would with the ripple pattern. When you get back to the end of the round, miss the last st &  join to the first dc.
1 ch, and do a 2nd round the same, unless you have a very large spout!! Here's what it will look like -

Now before you join the other side, it's a good idea to check the cosy for size. It should be a snug fit on the teapot specified. To control this it's secured with a button and loop through the handle like this, using the lower "triangle" flaps. If you feel it's too wide, (everyone crochets differently) you can undo a couple of rows from each side. Just check, that if you do make it smaller, it will still fit the width of the pot above the handle. On the other hand, if it's not wide enough for your pot, you can add on a couple of rows.


Now for the handle side, leave room for the handle, and continue stitching up the the cosy. If you wish to turn the top down, stop stitching 4cm from the top edge. I left the top open for both cosies.
Button and Loop. For the loop, attach yarn to the back flap, that will go through the handle. Do 5 or 6 ch depending on your button, and join to the other side of the point with a slst. Turn and work dc back along ch and fasten off onto the flap. Sew on your button.

I tried the cosy out on a slightly larger teapot. I had to make it a lot wider to fit, ie do more rows of ripple, and you still need a pot well under 15cm tall. This one just fitted, so I stitched the top closed. To give a little more height, you could do 2 rows of dc across the top of each piece before sewing across.

That's about it. Let me know if there are any mistakes, or if there's anything you don't understand - Jen.
© Jennifer Stacey 2012
For Personal use, not for Profit.









6 comments:

  1. Those cozies are jusr wonderful I really love the colours that you used they really pop! Also I cant see a red line!

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  2. Just thought I would let you know that I can't see a red line in the background.

    Lovely pattern...I must learn to crochet eventually. I'm still a knitter only :)

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  3. No red lines here. Looks fabulous!

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  4. Thanks all. I still see the red line, even though no one else does. It runs right across, behind the photo's and underlines "Justjen" in my profile. Very strange, I did try going to the blog before from my favourites sidebar, without signing in and no red line then. Who knows!
    Thanks for liking the odd cosy lol.

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  5. These are super modern cozies, love them to bits, totally Groovy baby!
    I've just bought my mom a Tracfone SVC phone for seniors for Mothers day, those phones with the big keys & letters on the screen ($15, $7/mnth service) and have crocheted little grannies to make up a pouch, each with big orange and pink roses on so you don't even see the squares. Most people are touched by a crochet gift as it's so personal.

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    1. Thanks Lesley, yeah I need one of those phones, I have to put my glasses on to txt now lol. Your phone cosy sounds wonderful, Mum will love it. I bought a little 7 inch tablet a while ago, and I still haven't had time to crochet a case for it.

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