Tea Mitten by Elisabeth Kleven

Tea Mitten

DK (11 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in 3x1 ribbing
US 4 - 3.5 mm
82 - 98 yards (75 - 90 m)
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The tea cozy has enjoyed a healthy relationship with knitting for generations. I came up with this one because I was tired of my tea getting cold during long Latin study sessions, but I didn’t want to obscure my teapot’s lovely curves. I also tend to lose things, and I knew that a tea cozy that require full removal would not last long in my house. Voila! A form-fitting sweater for my loved study buddy.

The ribbing and negative ease holds the fabric snugly against the side of the teapot, and a little button flap keeps the whole thing secured. The lid remains uncovered for easy tea-making access, and the “thumb” gusset for the spout—the key to this mitten-inspired cozy—ensures that the tea isn’t rudely frozen on the way out.

Due to the fitted nature of this pattern, my numbers are not likely to be perfect for all teapots. Indeed, one could make this out of just about any yarn, and get a completely different effect! Rustic yarns like moderately slubby singles and handspun look great on a Brown Betty!

Many talented knitters have made some really fantastic modifications of this simple pattern -- adding colourwork and cables or altering stitch counts to fit their teapots. Check out the projects page above!

Note on Row 9

This is the row where the ribbing at the bottom increases to allow for the widening of the teapot, and it’s also the spot where the split for the handle comes in, so with all those moving parts, it’s an easy spot for confusion to show up! Here’s a more detailed explanation of Row 9, that might help if you’re having trouble!

Part of the problem about communicating about this on Ravelry is that using asterisks here converts the text to italics or bold instead, so rather than the asterisks used in the pattern, in this note I’m going to use curly brackets { }.

Row 9 (RS): k2, {p1, k1, m1, k1} twelve times, m1p, pm, { }, m1p, pm, { } twelve more times, p1, k first stitch from next needle, turn.

In the abbreviations, it says that when you encounter two asterisks (or in this note, two curly brackets), you repeat the stitch pattern mentioned earlier in the line, between the asterisks.

That means that you’re doing this:

{p1, k1, m1, k1} 12 times
{p1, k1, m1, k1}
{p1, k1, m1, k1} 12 times
k first stitch from next needle