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  1. IMG_20230531_134250_890

    You will need

    1 x 4.5 or 5mm knitting needle

    1 x 8mm or 9mm knitting needle

    Double Knitting yarn – 2 100g balls of James Brett Shh – if you use another brand, you will probably need more as you will get so much less on the ball.

    You may find helpful: a row counter – a tape measure

    This pattern is so versatile you can literally make it in any number of stitches across – any length you fancy.  I worked it on uneven needles to get a more open lace look, but you could work it on a pair of 6mm needles and get the same the pattern – just closer together.

     

    My shawl measures 28”  wide x 82” long

    And took a whole ball and about ¼ of another – but I should have gone longer!

     

     

    Method:

    Using the 4.5mm needle – cast on 85 stitches onto the 9mm needle.

    Row 1: using the 4.5mm needle knit all stitches across row.

    Row 2: using the 9mm needle knit all stitches across row.

    Repeat rows 1: and 2: until you reach -

    Row 14: with the 9mm needle – knit 1 *(bring the yarn under the needle, then over the top and, knit the next stitch (creates an extra stitch) – repeat from * to end of row.

    Row 15: with the 4.5mm needle knit the first stitch, *(push the created loop from the previous row off the needle, knit the next stitch – repeat from * to end of row.

    Row 16: using the 9mm needle knit all stitches across row.

     

    These 16 rows form the pattern, work as much as you like and cast off very loosely.

     

    Take one step further –

    -       Add a fringe.

    -       For a narrower scarf cast on less stitches.

    -       Change the number of rows between stripes.

  2. IMG_0553

    Approximate size – 17cm high – 22cm across

    This pattern is worked all in plain knit stitch with contrast stripes.  The ‘bump’ shapes are formed by the yarn pulled across the back of the stripes.

     

    You will need: -

    4mm knitting needles

    Double Knitting yarn in 2 colours – about 30 gms of each colour

    Large blunt needle to sew up

    Large, bright statement button or a pompom for the top of the cosy.

     

    Method - Sides – make 2

    Cast on 84 stitches in colour A

    Row 1: knit across all stitches.

    Row 2- row 4: repeat row 1

     

    Working the colour stripes.

    Row 1: knit 2 stitches in yarn A, twist yarns around each other, *(knit 8 stitches in yarn B, twist yarns around each other, pull across yarn A, knit 8 stitches in Yarn A, twist yarns around each other, pull across yarn B) repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn B.

     

    *NB – you don’t need to pull the yarn really tightly across the gaps – just enough to create the shape.

     

    Row 2: knit 2 stitches in yarn B,

    bring yarn B to front of work, twist yarns around each other, take yarn A to back of work, *(knit 8 stitches in yarn A, bring yarn A to front of work, twist yarns around each other, take yarn B to back of work, and pull up slack, knit 8 stitches in yarn B, bring yarn B to back of work, twist yarns around each other, take yarn A to the front of the work, and pull up slack).

    repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn A.

     

    These 2 rows form the pattern – repeat them until work measures 13cm (you can make it longer here if you wish) from cast on edge.

     

     

    The back of the work will look like this.

     

     

     

     

     

    Shape top.

    Keep the yarns working in the stripe pattern as before.

    Row 1: (decrease row) knit 2 stitches in A, then in each of the colour stripes work the following set of stitches.  (knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together), to the last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn B. (64 stitches).

     

    Row 2: (plain row) knit 2 stitches in yarn B, then in each of the colour stripes work, (knit 6 stitches), to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn A.

     

    Row 3: (decrease row) knit 2 stitches in A, then in each of the colour stripes work the following set of stitches, (knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together), to the last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn B. (34 stitches).

     

    Row 4: (plain row) knit 2 stitches in yarn B, then in each of the colour stripes work, (knit 4 stitches), to last 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches in yarn A.  Break off yarn B.

     

    Row 5: Continue in yarn A only.  Knit 2 stitches together all across row. (17 stitches).

    Row 6: purl all across row

    Row 7: Continue in yarn A only.  Knit 2 stitches together across row to last stitch, knit 1. (9 stitches).

    Draw yarn through stitches, pull tight and secure.

     

    Making up

    Sew the 2 sides together from the front side.  Use a mattress stitch to join the 2 colour ‘bumps’ together at the base – hiding the securing columns at the very edge.

     

    Sew up about 1” up from cast on edge.  Leave a gap for the handle and spout and sew up to the top of the cosy.  Add a bright statement button or a pompom to the top of the cosy.

     

    For the smaller size teapot – 11cm high x 15cm wide

    You will need about 12 grams of each colour.

    Cast on 52 stitches.

    Work 5 rows in plain knitting.

    Work rows 1 and 2 of the pattern as before until work measures about 10 cm.

    Decrease for the top shaping as before.

     

    Take a step further:

    • This looks just as cool in all one colour.
    • You can adjust the size by adding more (or less) columns of colour.
    • You can also make the columns 6 stitches wide instead of 8.
    • Knit in stocking stitch by working 1 knit row – then 1 purl row – making sure that you adjust the yarn to keep all the threads to the back.
    • Try working a basket weave pattern by working blocks of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch – changing them round every 8 or 10 rows.