Dustman Tea Cosy and Knitting Pattern

Dustman knitting pattern
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The dustman tea cosy is a knitted tribute to hard working binmen, young and old, past and present who do such an amazing job taking all the rubbish away and keeping us clean and safe. We raise our teapots to you in a salute of gratitude.

The dustman tea cosy is an old fashioned style refuse man before health and safety and before wheelie bins. I found myself singing 'My Old Man's a Dustman' whilst knitting him and I thought that maybe this jolly chap might be whistling along too, so I have made him to have lips that are whistling.

He's wearing overall style dungarees, big boots and a flat cap.

He has a full bin slung over his shoulder that he is carrying along to empty into the cart. On the top of the bin is a tied up dustbin bag full of rubbish.

He's a lovely tea cosy that is nostalgic in style, and binmen are still so important and do an incredible job.

He's 'bin' gasping for a hot cup of tea.

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,
Stitch Holder,
29g Stylecraft Special DK Lapis,
13g Stylecraft Special DK Toy,
25g Stylecraft Special DK Claret,
9g Stylecraft Special DK Black,
16g Stylecraft Special DK Silver,
8g Stylecraft Special DK Dark Brown,

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