April 4, 2009
I designed something!
I’m so excited; I designed a cozy for my teapot and it actually worked!
Here’s the pot that I wanted to cozy: (I love the shape. I’ve always called it pewter but I think it’s really silverplate.)
I had a ball of washable wool (100% for the insulating factor and I don’t want the yarn to melt to the side of the pot!) It’s Swish Worsted from Knit Picks and very nice and springy. I didn’t have the ball band so I’m not sure of the colorway. I wanted coverage on the bottom of the pot so I don’t have to worry about setting it on a trivet all the time. So, here’s what I came up with:
I found that I knitted straight up from the bottom and didn’t add any stitches to accommodate the girth of the pot, so I had a bit of gap-osis under the handle. So I added the little tab and button to bring it in a little. It worked out better than I thought. And the drawstring at the top allows me to open the lid and add more hot water without taking the cozy off the pot. Slick, if I do say so myself!
I was very much inspired by the mug cozies that I have knit from the pattern on http://justkatiespatterns.blogspot.com. But I used a 1×1 ribbing at the bottom and the top because I wanted it to shrink to fit the shape of the pot. The little tab was just inspired as an opportunity to try out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “one-row buttonhole” from The Knitters Almanac. And isn’t that a great button I found in my button box? I think it’s tin because it’s metal and very, very lightweight. All in all I’m very pleased with how it turned out; I think I’ll have to make a pot of Scottish breakfast tea and celebrate!