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TeaCosyFolk Knitting Pattern Tips

When making tea cosies the knitting is the easy bit, knit and purl in the right places and you have your knitted parts. But sometimes a few little tips can make the difference between completing a satisfactory project to creating a sensational, show stopping tea cosy. This page is going to be the come-to place for TeaCosyFolk knitting pattern tips and pointers to get the best from the knitting patterns.

Every week during 2021 I will be posting tips and hints of how to accomplish magnificent tea cosies. Some of the tips might be related to knitting, some to assembly, some might relate to sewing up.

I shall also be interspacing the knitting pattern tips with videos made by me, showing you how to do certain things. Sometimes words aren’t enough and it’s just easier if someone shows you. I thought videos of me knitting tricky bits would be helpful.

Of course, some of the helpful knitting pattern tips will be transferable to other knitting projects you’re working on and not just TeaCosyFolk designs.

Young or old, experienced or amateur, it's always good to learn new skills and new ways of doing things. Some of my tips you may already know and use yourself, whilst other knitting hacks will come as a great revelation and will become part of your knitting skills arsenal.

Here's one great tip that you can have right now – if you find something in a knitting pattern difficult; reach out and ask for help. There is an online TeaCosyFolk Facebook help group which has a clatter of knitters who like to talk about knitting and like to show off their TeaCosyFolk tea cosies they have knitted. The TeaCosyFolk designer is also a member of the group and she's happy to help anyone who is struggling. It's a great place to post and get help and just enjoy tea cosy chat, so do join up!


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Don’t Get Bogged Down in Monotony

I love knitting, but I must admit that if I keep knitting the same thing that I get a bit bored and it's not good to lose your mojo for a project.
The trick is to plan ahead. I have a little look through the pattern to see how many of a thing needs making. Three or over, then I know I will find it hard going. So, to stop my knitting becoming a chore, I have a couple of ideas to stop the monotony.

Trick 1 – Don’t knit all of the boring parts in succession. Knit a boring thing, and then knit a fun thing. Keep alternating. You’ll be super surprised that the boring things just seem to multiply as if by magic.

Trick 2 – Put something interesting to watch on the telly and settle down to doing the boring bits in one hit whilst distracting your mind.

Trick 3 – It’s similar to ‘Trick 2’ only you call a friend or have a social zoom meeting whist knitting. Hopefully by the end of the call the boring bits are done.

Trick 4 – This one isn’t always possible. But I like to save long rows of boring knitting that doesn’t require much attention for long car journeys when I’m not driving. It is important to have a driver with this tip.

Snipping Threads

Let’s talk about sewing up and cutting the excess yarn…
Particularly if you are sewing on the right side of the work, if you snip the yarn after finishing off it can eventually start to work its way out and you have an end that you can’t sew back in because it’s too short and if you snip it again it will eventually work its way undone even more.

My top tip is; after the finishing off stitches, push the needle through the stuffed part of the work or along the seam so that it is 5cm or so away from the finishing off site. Then when you cup the yarn, pull it taught so that when you have cut it; it retracts inside the work. That way it can’t be seen, and it won’t work its way out.

Sewing Up Letting You Down?

If this is your problem, you’re not alone. Lots of people struggle with sewing up and are unhappy with the finish of their tea cosy.
My advice would be to practise Mattress Stitch, you can watch a Mattress stitch demo video here.

Using mattress stitch gives a virtually invisible join. Not only is it great for seams, but it’s also the best way to sew on details to the main cosy such as pockets and heads. Because the sewing up thread crosses over the cast-on edge or row end edges of the piece you are sewing on, it gives a lovely finish and hides the edges.

I read somewhere that Alan Dart always sews up in Mattress stitch and you can’t argue with Alan.

How to Knit The Bubble Stitch Pattern

Both the new Swaledale Sheep Tea Cosy and the Unicorn Over the Rainbow Tea Cosy both use this lovely bubble stitch. As with most things it's much easier after you have been show how to work the stitches that create the pattern.

What, Why and Where Funky Foam?

Some of the knitting patterns call for Funky Foam and here’s why.
Why Funky FoamFunky Foam is a brand name for craft foam. You can find it in craft shops, or on Ebay or Amazon. It’s thin foam, about as thick as cardboard and is sold in A4 sized packs and it’s really cheap.

It’s used in knitting patterns to stiffen things to make them stand or to give more structure and shape.

It's better than card because its washable. It's better than plastic because if you bend it, it goes back to its original shape. It comes in all colours so you can get the colour which closely matches your yarn so it's not noticeable.

Wobbly Head Syndrome

How to sew the head to the main tea cosy without it flopping and wobbling about.
A floppy head can be caused by prominent teapot lid knob.

Firstly, stuff the head so that its about 21cm around the equator and 25cm around from pole to pole and back.
I tend to move the stuffing in the head to hollow out the center a bit to make space for the lid knob.

I sew the head to the top of the cosy with the cast on end of the head 'open'. I find that the last row of the main cosy is about the same size as the bottom of my head. I sew around with mattress stitch. After the first time round, I sew around again just a bit further out and up than my previously stitches.

Always Pin Before Sewing

Always pin it in place first. This gives you a chance to look at the impact of what you’re about to do and offers you the opportunity to make changes. It can be a struggle to unpick sewing and it can damage the look of the knitted stitches; and all for the sake of a couple of pins.

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