I’ve always been impressed with some of the super cute tea cozy patterns out there. I am not a huge tea drinker, alternating between tea and coffee as the mood strikes, and I don’t own my own teapot so I have had no reason to knit a cozy to date. Well a good friend of mine has recently started throwing very special monthly tea parties. It is a great chance for the ladies to all get together for some good food and friendly chit chat.
Enter here >>>>> my chance to knit a tea cozy!
Out of all the ones I have seen out there, I think the Beehive Tea Cozy has been my favorite. So now with a great reason, lovely yarn, and free pattern (yipppeeee!!!) I have no more excuses.
I used some modifications already pioneered by frazzledknitter on Ravelry. Mostly, she adapted the pattern to fit her teapot size and to use worsted weight yarn which was what I (mostly) had on hand. Getting just the right color of yarn was critical for this project. I have seen it done in different colors, but there is nothing quite as adorable as the original honey yellow. I also used frazzledknitter’s instructions for knitting a wee bumblebee to adorn the tea cozy. Alone, this little bee is so stinking adorable, I can hardly contain myself!
See what I mean?!?
The knitting itself went smoothly. My only difficulty came when it was time to seam the two sides (it is knit flat in two pieces) together. I had to borrow said friend’s teapot so I would know where to leave holes for the spout and handle. All the while “I’m a little teapot” running through my head… “here is my handle, here is my spout”…
I found that the cozy fit the teapot almost exactly but is maybe a little bit too much on the snug side. I wish it had just a bit more ease.
Here are the measurements of this particular teapot, in case you are looking to make your own.
One thing I think I would change if I made this again: I would use a provisional cast on for the two pieces. Here is why. Teapots came in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are quite a bit taller than others. If I had done a provisional cast on, I could have seamed the two sides then picked up my bottom stitches to add some height/length to the cozy.
The cozy fit really well width wise on my friends other teapot but as you can see in the pictures, it is not quite tall enough. This second teapot has a pedestal style base which is why it is so much taller. It fits and works just fine, but it would have been nice to have the option to add a couple more rounds of bump out so that it would fit completely.
Overall, I am super pleased with how this teapot cozy came out and I can’t wait to gift it to my tea-loving friend.
One last photo… my daughter did not appreciate that I was taking photos in front of her play kitchen without her being in the shot… so she did a little photo bombing. 🙂 My sweets.