Granny's Tea Cosy (Large) by Ellen Susanne

Granny's Tea Cosy (Large)

October 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette chart
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
112 - 120 yards (102 - 110 m)
Large (Quart)
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Version 7.29.2018 updated for clarity and additional charts.

A very similar pattern is also available for a smaller individual-sized (2 cup) tea pot: Granny’s Fair Isle Tea Cosy (small); additionally, a sister design has been created for a cover for a stand mixer: Granny’s Fair Isle Mixer Cover.

This pattern produces a tea cosy sized to fit a standard-sized tea pot (1-qt/liter size). The cosy is knit in the round, from the bottom up, with very subtle shaping and finished with a kitchener bind off along the top. An optional braided trim provides a decorative loop for hanging. The Fair Isle construction allows for an extra thickness of yarn to keep the tea warm.

Three colors of wool yarn are used in this pattern:

MC: 56g/60 yds
CC1: 28g/31 yds
CC2: 18g/19 yds (only 6 rounds)

(Amounts listed are ample to allow for differeing habits with color changes, cast-ons, bind-offs, etc.)

Please note: Be sure to do a gauge swatch to help control your finished size since there is so much variance in yarns. Also please be aware that the needle size associated with this pattern is quite a bit smaller than what one would normally use for this weight of yarn…it creates a very dense fabric, well suited for insulating the tea pot, but may feel “unnatural” while working the project.

A tapestry needle is needed for the Kitchener Bind Off.

To accomodate taller tea pots, extra single color rows could be added next to rows 9 and 23.