The Owl and the Pussycat teacosies

I remember finding a magnificent book in the library a while ago – Really Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior. Before then, I hadn’t thought much of tea cosies except that they were either the functional ugly sort or the twee lacy things that were not my sort of thing at all. And anyway, who still uses teapots? One quick flick-through in the musty hush of the library however changed my  outlook. Tea cosies are so much fun that I instantly dug out my mother’s tea pot(s) to start designing tea cosies!

As ever, the design process was not easy as for some undefinable reason, I wanted a theme. Inexplicable really as you never see more than one teapot or tea cosy on the table at once. Nevertheless, that’s what I wanted to do. Inspiration struck during speech and drama homework time one night, and these characters were born. I have always loved Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat and now just need to work out how to incorporate a pea-green boat…

The Owl and the Pussycat TeaCosies.It is super easy to make standard tea cosies. Just sit down with your favourite teapot, some measuring tape, variety of yarn, knitting needles and embroidery needle. Knit a swatch so you know what your gauge is. Measure the widest part of your teapot. Knit a rectangle to reach half way around your pot and to its fullest part. To give you an idea, I used standard DK and a four person teapot. I cast on 40 stitches and knitted 26 rows. Reduce by 4-6 stitches every other row for two rows to get a nice shape. Knit until you reach the top of your lid. Cast off. Repeat but add in another colour/yarn type to add interest in the front. Sew the bottom corners together. Sew the top and corners together, emphasising the corners to create the ears. Embroider the face. Brew your tea and enjoy.

The Pussycat teacosy
The Owl Teacosy


About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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4 Responses to The Owl and the Pussycat teacosies

  1. What a great idea – they’re lovely 🙂

  2. creative pixie says:

    They look great.

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