I love a good cuppa, so it was only right that when I finally got round to making myself a teapot cosy, it had to Bee just right.
I posted a few pics as I was making this fabulous bee hive tea cosy on Twitter, and it was an instant hit (much to my delight), so here’s how to make this adorable project.
Download the pattern from the Patons website here. (How lovely that the Patons emblem is a bee hive!).
I couldn’t find the recommended Patons wool featured in the pattern, instead I used Sirdar Supersoft Arran using size 6mm needles – one 100g ball makes 2 tea cosies. It knitted up up fine (as you shall see in a tinky wink).
The pattern says intermediate but if you’re a beginner, don’t be put off, it really is simple rows of knit and purl. The tricky bit is the hive fold overs, but just take a look at my images below – and don’t worry it took me a while to work it out, but persistence does pay off and I’m hoping this blog post helps to save you some time.
So, cast on 27 stitches, and complete rows 1 to 8.
Front And Back (make 2 pieces alike).
1st row: (Right Side – which means front side of the cosy). Knit. Place markers at each end of last row ( I didn’t have any proper place markers, so I just tied a string of different coloured wool loosley which worked fine).
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: Purl.
4th to 8th rows: Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then repeat 2nd row once.
>>>>>>> Now comes the first hive fold over…
9th row: (Right Side-Make pleat). *Pick up horizontal loop at Wrong Side (reverse of cosy) of stitch from marked row directly below next stitch and place on left-hand needle. Knit this stitch tog with next st on needle. Repeat from * to end of row. You should still have 27 stitches on your needle after these steps.
>>>>>>> And this is how you do it…
>>>>>>Then continue with the pattern as follows
10th row: Purl.
11th row: Knit.
12th row: Purl.
13th row: Knit. Place markers at each end of last row.
Repeat 2nd to 13th rows 3 times more, then repeat 2nd to 10th rows once more
>>>>>>>> Now you’ll be decreasing some stitches using the simple knit together technique (ktog). To help you, take a look at the Knit Witch’s video tutorials on youtube – she’s ace. Here’s the vid for ktog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBpbLmgwHFA.
Continue with the pattern as follows…
1st row: (Right Side – which means front of the cosy). K2. *K2tog. K3. Repeat from * to end of row. You should now have 22 stitches.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: Knit. Place markers at each end of last row
4th row: Knit
5th row: Purl
6th to 10th rows: Repeat last 2 rows twice more, then repeat 2nd row once.
11th row: (RS-Make pleat). *Pick up horizontal loop of stitch from marked row directly below next stitch. Place beside next st on left-hand needle and K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. You should still have 22 stitches.
12th row: Purl.
13th row: K2. *K2tog. K2. Repeat from * to end of row. 17 sts.
14th to 22nd rows: As 2nd to 10th rows.
23rd row: (Right Side-Make pleat). *Pick up horizontal loop of stitch from marked row directly below next stitch . Place beside next stitch on left-hand needle and K2tog. Repeat from * to end of row. 17 sts.
24th row: Purl.
25th row: K2. *K2tog. K1. Repeat from * to end of row. 12 stitches.
26th to 34th rows: As 2nd to 10th rows.
35th row: (Right Side-Make pleat). *Pick up horizontal loop of st from marked row directly below next stitch. Place beside next stitch on left-hand needle and K2tog. Repeat from * to end of row. 12 stitches.
36th row: Purl.
37th row: (K2tog) 6 times. 6 stitches.
38th row: P2. P2tog. P2. 5 stitches.
39th row: K1. Sl1 (Slip 1 stitch – watch the Knit Witch’s tutorial here). K2tog. psso (pass slip stitch over – watch the Knit Witch’s video tutorial here). K1. 3 stitches.
Break yarn leaving a long end and draw tightly through rem 3 stitches.
>>>>>>> You’ve now completed your first side of the cosy! Hoorah!
Now repeat that all over again to make the second side of the cosy (after a nice cuppa of course – you’ve deserved it).
Then you should have both sides of the cosy.
Now for finishing:
Sew side seams allowing pleats to lie flat and sewing through all thicknesses. Leave openings for handle and spout approx 4½” (11.5 cm) on each side – for my 4-6 cup teapot, I stitched together from the top to the bottom of the third fold down, and up from the bottom to the second up fold.
But a bee hive isn’t complete without a bee!
This is what Patons suggest and what I did…
Cut cardboard to measure ¼” x ¾” [.5 x 2 cm]. Secure black yarn at back with glue and wrap around cardboard to cover completely. Wrap gold yarn to make 3 stripes. With white sewing thread, embroider eyes. Make wings with 8 strands of sewing thread and stitch with loops at either side of body. Sew to tea cosy.
And your finished cosy might look something like this…
I also have a 2 cup teapot, so got a little carried away…
I then spotted this out shopping… I feel a tea cosy addiction may be coming on.
I hope you enjoy making the tea cosy as much as I did!
(and I’ve also discovered another great use for the tea cosy…)