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Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


September 2007: Cottage Tea Cozy

(To fit small, 2 cup tea pot)


Using 5 - 6mm needles and a heavy worsted weight yarn (I used Rio de la Plata which is equivalent to Manos del Uruguay), cast on 20 sts. Knit 2 rows. Next row knit 2 [increase knitwise into next stitch, k2] 6 times - 26 sts. Work stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong) for 7 cm. Next row: k2 [k2tog, k2] 6X - 20 sts. Cast off loosely.

Make a second identical piece. These are the "walls" of the cottage.

Top ("roof"): Using a worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm d.p. needles (sample uses Galway yarn) cast on 56 sts. Knit 1 row. Next row increase one stitch in every other stitch. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Next row K2tog every other stitch. This creates the "eaves" that overhang the walls of the house.

Now, to shape the roof, work in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. right side purl, wrong side knit): K5 (K2tog) to end - 48sts. Purl 1 row (purl 1 row between each shaping round). K4 (k2tog) - to end (40sts). K3, K2tog - to end (32 sts). K2, K2tog - to end (24). K1, K2tog - to end (16). K2tog - to end (8).

Thread yarn through stitches, pull up and sew in end on wrong side.

Join walls at top and bottoms only - to allow for spout and handle. Sew roof to top of walls - joining so that the eaves extend over the walls.

Chimney - using 4.5mm d.p. needles, with worsted weight yarn cast on 15 sts (5, 5, 5) and work in seed stitch (K1,p1) to desired length. Cast off. Sew to top of the roof. If you wish, use some roving to simulate smoke.

Using duplicate stitch, back stitch and french knots, embroider on details as you fancy for the front of the cozy. No two should be alike.!

- Heather Tunnah