What exactly is it that makes a tea cosy so pleasing? Is it the nostalgic reminder of a bygone age when every home in the land had at least one? Is it the association with hot, comforting, freshly brewed tea? Or is it simply the fact that all tea cosies, regardless of style or shape look like rather comical hats? I'm not entirely sure but I often find myself lusting over tea cosies, despite not even owning a teapot at the moment.
It was my mum's birthday at the weekend and she'd asked me for a new teapot to replace her broken one. I duly located a pretty teapot, four cute cups and saucers and a vintage style tin to store them in, but the set just didn't feel complete without a tea cosy. So, with approximately 12 hours to go until I was due to see my mum, and 8 of those hours to be spent asleep, I decided to have a go at crocheting a tea cosy. As my mum's teapot was an unusual shape, I eschewed the many tea cosy patterns available online and winged it, adapting my pattern as I went.
I used cluster stitch, increasing and decreasing as necessary according to the shape of the pot. When I'd finished, I edged the cosy in single crochet and added a vintage button and chain stitch closure under the handle. The only part I didn't edge was the spout opening as I liked the way it looked. The beauty of bulkier stitches, such as cluster, is that they work up in no time, making this an enjoyable, speedy little project for an evening.
I hope you like it and as I'm planning to rectify my lack of teapot shortly, I am pretty sure I'll be making another one in the near future!