Saturday, 16 July 2011

Breakfast Set Pattern- Egg Cosy

Hope you are enjoying the tea cosy pattern, but if (like me and the blattman) you arent a tea drinker, fancy something a little bit smaller or just have chilly eggs, you might prefer an egg cosy. So here is the matching egg cosy pattern to go with the breakfast set

You will be needing-

Needles- 3.75mm
Yarn- 2 colours of DK yarn (use up your leftovers, you won't need a lot- in mine, yarn A is green and yarn B is pink)

Gt st- garter stitch (knit every row)
st st- stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row)

Cast on 30 sts using 3.75mm needles in yarn A
Gt st 4 rows in yarn A
St st 4 rows in yarn B
St st 4 rows in yarn A
St st 4 rows in yarn B
St st 4 rows in yarn A
Cast off in yarn A

Making up
Fold the knitted piece in half with the right sides facing. Sew up the side seam. Leave the top open. Turn piece the right way around. Gather around the first row in yarn B from the top.

Hope you like the patterns and enjoy knitting them. Let me know if there are any problems or errors in the pattern.

Breakfast Set Pattern- Tea Cosy

Here is my brand new pattern I have been working on for a couple of days, for a breakfast set. It consists of a tea cosy and egg cosy pattern. I am working on a different version of the tea cosy pattern too so there will probably be another pattern up soon for that one too. I am pretty sure there arent any problems with the pattern, but since I am only human after all there may be one or two. Let me know if there are and I can change them. Hope you all like it

Ok, so here goes. You will need approx 30 grams of two different colours in DK yarn. I used the free yarn that came with Lets Knit this month, but any DK will do. You may need more than 30g.
So I used a peppermint green and a candy pink for my set. First up the pattern for the tea cosy

Needles:3.25mm and 4mm
Yarn: 2 colours of DK yarn, yarn A and yarn B (for me green was A, and pink was B)
Gauge: 22 sts over 30 rows on 4mm needles, make a 10x10cm square

Gt st- Garter stitch, knit every row
St st- Stocking Stitch, knit 1 row, purl one row
K2tog- knit two stitches together
Rep- repeat

Cast On 44 sts using yarn A and 3.25mm needles
Gt St 4 rows
Change to 4mm needles and change to yarn B
Starting with a K row, st st 4 rows
Change to yarn A
Starting with a K row, st st 4 rows.
These 8 rows make up the stripe pattern. Continue throughout the instructions using this stripe pattern.
Continue this pattern for another 20 rows. (this is the part where you can add extra length to the cosy, make it match your tea pot)

Start decrease (continue in stripe pattern)
Next row: *K2, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K2 rep from * to end
St st 5 rows in stripe pattern
Next Row: *K4, K2tog, K3 rep from * to end
St st 5 rows in stripe pattern
Next row: *K3, K2tog, K3 rep from * to end
St st 5 rows in stripe pattern
Next Row: *K2, K2tog, K3 rep from * to end
St st 3 rows in stripe pattern
Next Row: *K2,K2tog, K2 rep from * to end
St st 3 rows in stripe pattern
Next Row: *K2, K2tog, K1 rep from * to end
Purl 1 row in stripe pattern
Cast Off

Making up
Place right sides together. Sew up the sides of the cosy, leaving sides where handle and spout will be. Use your own tea pot as a guide, or leave the sides as open as you want. Do not sew up the top of the cosy. Turn the cosy the right side out. It looks very much like a cone, but bear with it at this point, it gets prettier, I promise!!!! Put it on your teapot, and using the same colour as the row you are going to gather, gather the top part of the cosy tight to create the top.

Egg cosy pattern in next post!!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Carrier Bag Holder

So the Blatman uses our carrier bags (that is when they havent been turned into plarn) to take his lunch to work. They currently live in a big mess in our cupboard under the stairs, so when I saw this pattern over here and the link to the tutorial over here I had to give it a go with some of my material stash. Its not perfect and I am sure I will get better as I make a few more for presents, but it works (hooray) and I am really pleased with it!

Its not completely stuffed with bags yet so it looks a bit saggy, but i love the colours!


Ive been knitting again this week and have made a HUGE floor cushion in the shape of a ladybird. It was a pattern in Knit Today and I have been umming and aaahing over it for a while, so this week I thought I would bite the bullet and give it a go! Its made from chunky wool on 5.5mm needles and took 3 and a half bags of stuffing, but it looks fab and Im really happy. I needed a bit of help because I have the crocheting abilities of a small mouse, so my mum did those for me, and she is brilliant and worked it all out sorting out the pattern!

He is over two foot long and about a foot tall and I am so pleased with him, he is probably one of the biggest things Ive ever knitted (other than the ark, and I think that was just a lot of stitches) All I need now is a name for him!!