Saturday, 20 March 2010
1950s tea cosy and egg cosy knitting pattern
Welcome in the spring with this cute 1950s knitted tea-cosy in the shape of a dove cote, and a sweet dove-shaped egg cosy.
You will need: 1oz blue and 2oz white double knitting yarn, 1 pair no 9 knitting needles, padding and lining.
Measurements: Tea cosy, round base 18 inches, 7 inches high.
Tension: 6 sts and 7 and a half rows to 1 inch.
The tea cosy: cast on 55 sts with Blue (B). K 4 rows. Proceed thus:
1st row: K (11 B, 11 W) to last 11 sts, 11 B.
2nd row: P as first.
Repeat these 2 rows 6 times more. Work 2 rows, working B over W and W over B. WOrk 14 rows as before. Now reverse colours again. Work 18 rows, then turn up wrong side of work and K tog 1 st from needle and 1 from the 1 st row worked in corresponding colour on the wrong side, thus making a tuck to represent the eaves of the roof. P 1 row, keeping continuity of colours. Work 8 rows, then dec in next and every 4th row following, thus:
9th row: (K 2 tog, K 7, K 2 tog tbl) 5 times.
13th row: (K2 tog, K5, K 2 tog tbl) 5 times.
Proceed thus until 15 sts remain. Work 3 rows. Next row: K 3 tog 5 times. Break wool, thread through remaining sts, draw up and fasten off.
Work second side of cosy in same way, reversing colours.
To make up: Join seams, leaving openings for spout and handle. Pad and line the cosy. Embroider the doorways.
The egg cosy: Cast on 32 sts with W. K 4 rows. Work 2 inches st st.
Next row: (K2, K 2 tog) to end (24 sts). P 1 row. Work 10 rows st st.
Next row: (K1, K 2 tog) to end. P 1 row.
Next row: K 2 tog to end. P 1 row. Break wool, thread through remaining sts, draw up and fasten off.
Join seam. Pad head and gather round neck. Embroider eyes and add felt beak.