It is a very versatile method of making a cosy .... as you will find in the pattern notes as we go along.
Yarn ~ Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment as the base colour, and Bluebell, Wisteria and Plum.
Hook ~ 4mm
Terms are US
YO, yarn over hook.
RS: right side of work
Special stitches ~
3dc cluster: YO, insert hook into Magic circle, YO, pull yarn through (4 loops on hook - 1 loop from previous ch 1, and 3 dc), YO, pull yarn through all 4 loops at once, 1ch to close cluster.
Rest of cosy excluding Square
3dc cluster: If you are not sure how to make a 3dc cluster, this is an excellent photo tutorial.
2dc cluster: YO, insert hook under chain loop, pull yarn through to right side, YO, pull yarn through 2 loops, leave 2 loops on hook. YO, insert hook under chain loop, pull yarn through to the RS, YO, drawing yarn through 2 loops, leaving 3 loops on hook. YO, pull yarn through all three loops on hook.
Row 1 ~
Start with a Magic Circle, or ch 4, join with a sl st to form a circle. Into the circle we are going to make 8 x 3dc clusters. First cluster: Ch3, work 1 incomplete dc in next two sts, leaving last loops on your hook, YO, pull hook through all three loops, chain to close cluster, ch 1. Second to eighth cluster as per note in Special Stitches. Ch 1, sl st to join in top of first cluster. See photos 1 - 3.
|Magic circle; first three dc cluster|
|First 3 dc cluster plus ch 1|
Row 2 ~
Join in new yarn in any 1 ch gap. Into each gap we are going to work 3 sc, with NO ch st in between each group of 3 sc.
Row 3 ~
Join new colour into any space between a 3ch group. 1sc,
3 ch, sc into next space. Proceed all the way round, ending with 3 ch and a sl st into first sc to join round. 8 3 chain loops.
Row 4 ~
Join new colour yarn into any 3 chain loop; we will be squaring off the circle now. 3ch (or standing dc if you prefer) and 2dc, 2ch, 3dc; this grouping forms the corner. Work *3hdc into next 3ch loop; work a corner grouping into next 3 ch loop. Proceed from * to last 3 chain loop, 3hdc and sl st to top of 3ch to close.
Make six little squares in total.
Now we will join the six squares into two sets of three squares each. Use what ever is your favourite method of sewing squares together. I place two squares together right sides facing; then I stitch through the back loops in this way.
Row 5 ~
Starting in a 2ch space on the right side (as opposed to left side)of first three-square set, join in new colour and ch 4. Stands as 1sc and 3ch. Into next space between corner group and hdc group, work 1 sc and then 3ch. Working across to the left side, into each space in between groups, 1sc and 3ch until you have reached the last 2ch space in the last corner group; 1sc and ch2 (bridging chains). Now repeat, working across second three-square set, starting with 1sc into first 2ch space of the presenting corner group. When you reach the last sc in the last 2ch space of the last corner, ch2 (bridging chains) and sl st into 1st sc of 1st three-square set. (Shown below in colour Bluebell)
I have made a little collage of the steps, hope this helps .. although the instructions sound a little complex, what you are doing is joining the two three-square sets into a circle. The two 2ch bridges joining the 3-square sets, will form the gaps for the spout and handle of the tea pot.
Row 6 ~
Join new colour into any 3 chain loop. 3ch or (Standing Double Crochet) and 2dc into same loop. Into each following 3 chain loop, work 3 dc, including over the two 2ch gaps. Join with sl st to top of first 3ch or top of Standing DC.
Row 7 ~
Join new colour into any space between 3dc groups, and repeat, in essence, Row 5; the difference being now you will work around in a circle starting with 1sc and 3ch at the point of join, and finishing by a sl st into the 1sc created. (Shown here in colour Wisteria) Sew ends in securely.
Row 8 ~
Repeat Row 6 (Shown in colour Parchment)
Row 9 ~
This is the last row, finishing the bottom of the cosy. Join new colour into any space between 3dc groups. 1sc, work 1sc into any 2 sts before the next space, 1sc into next space. (Shown below in colour Plum) ... we are using only two of the available three dc sts, (coming about from the 3dc group in row below) so that the bottom doesn't 'flare' in any way. In the example, I used the back loops of the sts only.
Finish row with a st st into first sc, and sew ends in securely.
Time to work on the top of the cosy!
Row 10 ~
Repeat Row 5 (shown in the photo in Bluebell)
Row 11 ~
Repeat Row 6
Row 12 ~
Repeat Row 7
Row 13 ~
The shaping starts now.
Join new yarn into any 3 chain loop.
First 3dc cluster: 3ch and 2dc, keeping loop from 3ch on the hook, also the last loops from the 2dc's. Yarn over hook, pull yarn through all three loops so forming the first 3dc cluster.
Following cIusters: I have made reference to an excellent tutorial in the notes for making a 3dc cluster. Work a 3dc cluster into each 3 chain loop all the way around, finish off with a sl st into top of first cluster.
Row 14 ~
Join new colour into any space between 3dc clusters; *1sc and 2ch, 1sc into next space and 2ch. Repeat from * to end, finish with a sl st into top of 1st sc. (Shown in photo below in colour Plum)
Row 15 ~
Join new colour into any 2 chain loop.
First 2dc cluster: 3ch and 1dc, yarn over hook, pull yarn through both loops, so forming first 2 dc cluster.
Following 2dc clusters: Proceed with 2dc clusters as in notes. Finish with a sl st into top of first 2dc cluster. (Shown in photo below in colour Parchment)
Row 16 ~
Join new colour into any space between 2dc clusters; 1sc into each space. Finish with a sl st into top of first sc. (Shown in photo below in colour Bluebell)
|Rows 14, 15 and 16|
Row 17 ~
Join yarn into any sc stitch and ch 2, YO, insert hook into next sc, YO, pull yarn through st, 3 loops on hook. YO, hook yarn through two loops; YO, hook yarn through last 2 loops to close.
*YO, insert hook into next st, YO, pull yarn through to right side (3 loops on hook) YO, pull yarn through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook) YO,insert hook through next st, YO and pull yarn through to right side (4 loops on hook) YO, pull yarn theough 2 loops, (3 loops on hook) YO, and pull through all 3 loops at once. Repeat from * to end, finish row with a sl st into top of starting stitch.
Row 18 ~
Crochet a row of sc all the way round, join to first sc to finish.
Row 19 ~ If necessary, crochet a second row of sc right the way round; what you need is to be able to take your darning needle and thread the end tail around the last stitches and pull the centre closed, not tight just closed. Any embellishment you add to the top of the cosy is going to hid the last two or three rows.
|Rows 17, 18 and 19.|
Now the cosy needs something pretty on the top ... here the sky's the limit. I have used the sweet May roses and leaves from Attic 24 for the large roses; Small roses from Thomasina Cummings; and the daisies in colour Bluebell are made like so:
Make a Magic Circle, *ch 4, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1sc in next two chains, sl st into magic circle. Repeat from * until you have the number of petals you need, I made eight.
Pull up and close the circle, and secure the end in tightly. I added three French Knots in contrast Parchment in the centre.
The versatility with this pattern is ~
You could use any square pattern you like; a slightly bigger square will result in a wider circumference, and if you have a taller pot, just make more block and seed rows, above and below the squares row.
So pretty, I am very happy with how the cosy looks. A post - Part 2 - will be cosies in various other colourways ... look out for it in the next day or two.
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