Black Rod Tea Cosy and Knitting Pattern

Black Rod
Black Rod
Black Rod knitting pattern
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Steeped in history and tradition, this tea cosy of Black Rod is a tribute to British democracy. This tea cosy celebrates the Opening of Parliament.

The tea cosy is dressed in period style; Black Rod dates back to King Edward III in the 1350's, which accounts for the frills at the collar and cuffs. The tea cosy also is dressed in a black military-style coat and shoes with buckles at the front.

The hair is grey and gathered at the back and tied to keep it tidy.

Being the senior officer in the House of Lords, and having such an important role, I imagined the Usher of the Black Rod to be posh and maybe a little bit snooty and I thought it would be fun to give them a turned up nose. It gives the air of authority.

Black Rod is wearing black gloves and is carrying the Black Rod with which he hammers the door. With the added role of Sergeant at Arms, and charged with keeping the house orderly, Black Rod also wears a sword in a scabbard.

I love history and tradition, and it's wonderful to have created this detail character with all the symbolism and heritage. It's the perfect tea cosy for keeping order in a house where they like to have political heated debates.

It just takes a fresh brew to lead the Commons to the Lords.

This Tea Cosy:

  • is made from double thickness yarn for extra insulation
  • fits a medium sized teapot that holds 6 to 8 cups or 2 pints

What you will need to make the pattern

5.5 mm, UK size 5 or US size 9 knitting needles,
4.00 mm, UK size 8 or US size 6 Knitting needles,
Spare 4.00mm and 5.5mm knitting needles,
Stitch Holder,
2 stitch markers,
94g Stylecraft Special DK Black,
98g Stylecraft Special DK Toy,
88g Stylecraft Special DK Silver,
85g Stylecraft Special DK Dandelion,
98g Stylecraft Special DK White,
1X 4.00mm by 30mm long bamboo knitting needle for structural support,

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