This cute Snowman Tea cozy has adorable stick arms, a knitted beanie hat and a warm scarf with optional fringe edging. He can carry a tree, gifts or a gift sack and will look lovely on your Christmas table.
Snowman Tea Cozy from Christmas Tea Cozies by Loraine Birchall
Gingie is a adorable, but he didn’t start out looking quite so cute. Let’s say my embroidery skills needed some work and my first four attempts made him look more like a serial killer than a cute addition to Christmas. With a bit of unpicking and then using some pins to mark out where I wanted to sew, he was suddenly adorable!
About the Christmas Tea Cozies ebook
The Christmas Tea Cozies collection will add some festive fun to your table or dresser this Christmas. There are patterns for Santa, Gingerbread Man, Snowman and an Elf.
Each Christmas Tea Cozy pattern has options for three sizes which can be adapted to fit most teapots. Each cozy is worked flat and seamed, however the arms/mittens for the cozies (except the Snowman who has optional ‘stick’ arms) are worked in the round using Judy’s Magic Cast On to start.
Each cozy has a pointy hat with either a pompom or tassel, I opted for the tassel and went big on those, you can make smaller or slimmer tassels if you prefer. It’s really up to you.
I’ve included different embellishments and options for each pattern, so you can make every cozy with extras to suit the recipient.
Sizes of Teapots Used:
Measurement A – horizontally across the front of the pot, from inside the handle to the start of the spout around the belly of the pot only (excludes handle and spout).
Measurement B – Vertically from the centre front base of the pot to the rim at the top of the pot and not including the height of the lid as this will vary from one style to another.
Small 2 cup teapot – A = 5in/22.5cm, B = 3.75in/9.5cm
Standard 4 cup teapot – A = 9in/23cm, B = 5.5in/13.5 cm
Large 2 ½ pint teapot – A = 11.5in/29cm, B = 5.5in/13.5 cm
Note on sizes for the Large Cozy, you could sew the side seams closed and use this on a standard 4 cup pot to lift on and off without spout/handle holes.
I used a Denby Wheatsheaf 2 cup pot for the small, a Brown Betty 4-6 cup pot for the medium and a Portmeirion 2 pint pot for the large.
I used a mix of chunky/bulky yarns. Lion Brand Alpine Wool for the cozies in the Chili colourway, Stylecraft Special Chunky or any chunky yarn would be fine. I used Schoeller Filzi in Cream instead of white, Rav says it’s super bulky – it knits as bulky/chunky weight year on 6mm or 6.5mm needles. Again you could sub for Special Chunky or use two strands of Special DK as long as you get the same tension/gauge.
I easily made each of the Christmas Tea Cozy over a couple of evenings so they are a quick knit for Christmas gifting. The small cozies took me around 4-6 hours to knit, so they’re a quick gift knit.
I wanted to show you our Wheatsheaf Cowl Pattern, for sale on Ravelry. I used some wonderful Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran which is softer than butter and so warm. I made samples of the Wheatsheaf Cowl pattern using both Aran and DK weight yarns. The difference in circumference was 26inch for the Aran and 22 inch for the DK version. One of our pattern testers for the Wheatsheaf Cowl knitted the cable pattern repeat twice to make a taller cowl, you’d use more yarn, but it would be fabulously warm if you live in colder climate.
Knitted in aran weight yarn, the Wheatsheaf Cowl is a speedy knit, easily made over a few evenings of knitting. Ideal for Christmas knitting or gift knits.
A great stash buster, the Wheatsheaf Cowl is a quick knit. Easily finished in a few evenings by the fire and is toasty warm. Great for gifting and a chance to use up a bit of stash, you’ll need between 200-225 yards (depending on size) but you’ll need more if you knit a deeper cowl.
Wheatsheaf Cowl knitting pattern, image shows matching Wheatsheaf Hat
You could cast on three times as many stitches for a looped style cowl if you wanted the extra warmth, but this will use at least three times the yardage and you might need a little extra if you add depth/height to the ribbed sections. This would loop easily twice around your neck and look fabulous.
The cable pattern used in the Wheatsheaf Cowl pattern reminds me of a Wheatsheaf, hence the name, but bluesocks thought they looked like X’s for kisses. Either way, I love it. It’s a quick knit, great way to use up small amounts of yarn and you can make a matching set as a gift.
The cable pattern has both charted and written instructions to suit your preference.
Wheatsheaf Cowl on cushion
Wheatsheaf Cowl Tension/Gauge
Gauge/Tension for body of cowl in cable pattern – unstretched: 16sts x 32 rows = 3in x 4in/7.5cm x 10cm with 5mm/US8 16sts x 32rows = 3 5/8th in 9.25cm x 4in/7.5cm x 10cm with 5.5mm/US9
Wheatsheaf Cowl Recommended Yarns
I made samples using the following yarns:
Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran
Rowan Cashsoft DK
Stylecraft Special DK
My Test Knitters used
Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK
I found the Aran weight yarn washed really well and still looks as good as the day it was knitted. The matching hat has worn equally well and is machine washable on a delicate setting.
I think you would need to use a cable needle for any of the Wheatsheaf patterns, the earlier cables in the pattern can be done without, but the central crossover cable does need a cable needle, or spare dpn.
I’ve been asked by a couple of knitters if the cowl could be worked in chunky or bulky weight yarn. The simple answer is yes. However, you’d need to go up a needle size to perhaps a 6mm needle to get enough drape to the piece and obviously both the height and circumference of the cowl would change.
I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t help you on yardage/meters required to complete the cowl.
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We recently released our Wheatsheaf Aran Socks Pattern, for sale on Ravelry. I used some wonderful Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was a gift from the lovely Joan Dyer. The socks use different needle sizes to achieve three sizes from Ladies Small/Child up to a Mens size with options for slim, regular and slouchy fit.
Knitted in aran weight yarn, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit, easily made over a few evenings of knitting. Ideal for Christmas knitting or gift knits.
A great stash buster, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit. Easily finished in a few evenings by the fire and are toasty warm. Great for gifting and a chance to use up a bit of stash, you’ll need between 200-260 yards (depending on size and if you make the longer, folded cuff.
The socks can be knitted at a tighter or looser gauge/tension and feature ribbing on the cuff, back of the leg, heel flap and sole to ensure a nice fit for many foot sizes. The socks are made for lounging, wearing around the house instead of slippers and relaxing. They’re an attractive sock for lazy days and nights by the fire.
Small US 4-6.5/UK 3-5.5
Medium US 7-9/UK 6-8
Large US 9.5-11/UK 8.5-11
slim fit: 4mm/US6 for all sock
regular: 4mm cuff, 4.5mm for sock
slouchy 4.5mm cuff, 5mm for sock.
I made samples of the small size using 5mm needles for the body of the sock in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, they would easily fit a slimmer foot or a wider foot due to the nature of the yarn and how springy it is.
I made the large size using Stylecraft Heritage Aran (Acylic/wool blend) and 5mm needles. They fit a wider food very well and spring back to shape after a wash.
I made the small size using 4mm needles for the whole sock, this had good hard wearing fabric and was a lovely neat fit.
Sizing and Fit of the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks
If you want a slouchy sock, use larger needles and for a slimmer fitting more hard wearing sock, use smaller needles.
Size small using 4mm needles and acrylic blend yarn would easily stretch to fit a 9 inch foot circumference.
Size small using Lamb’s Pride and 5mm needles would easily stretch to a 10 or 11 inch foot circumference, but be less hard wearing.
If you need to make a longer foot, the charts are set up so you can repeat a section or part of chart as often as you need to get the desired length. I’ve also included which chart row I ended on for each of my samples so you have an idea of how it worked for me.
There are four options for your heel pattern. I’ve used a slip stitch heel and a ribbed heel for the samples, both worked well and gave a good fit.
I’m knitting another pair for Christmas this year, using some Rowan Calmer I had in stash. It’s so soft and will make such a comfy pair of socks. I’m tempted to make them in my size and keep them 🙂
Our original design was the Amazing Modular Baby Cardigan
This pattern was the result of accidental messing around with some Lion Brand Amazing yarn. I loved seeing how it knitted up in modular squares. I ended up designing the Amazing Modular Baby Cardigan which is super cute and so popular 7 years later.
Amazing Modular Baby Cardigan Pattern
Next on the list and by request was the Adult Modular Cardigan
This time I knitted the cardigan with some Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (a heavy worsted/aran weight) yarn. It’s a boxy Chanel style jacket and sized from 32-64 inch bust. You can buy the Adult Modular Cardigan pattern here.
Adult Modular Cardigan Pattern
Next is the Sockyarn Modular Baby Jacket
The Sockyarn Modular Baby Jacket was designed to a skein or just over for the largest size, of sock yarn. It means you can use up those odd skeins of superwash sock. Also, a busy Mum can have a machine washable version of the cardigan.
Sockyarn Modular Baby Jacket
Modular Kids Cardigan sized for birth to 12 years approx
The sample for the Modular Kids Cardigan, is knitted with James Brett Marble Chunky and is a very quick knit. It’s always a big hit at show. Every loves this Autumnal colourway. You could use any chunky yarn. But I do love the Brett Marble Chunky and it’s easy to wash for busy parents.
Kids Modular Cardigan Pattern
Aline Modular Cardigan
This green sample knitted and worn by the gorgeous Mirella is our Aline Modular Cardigan, sizes from 32-64 inch bust. The lower body has a gentle Aline shape to flatter your figure. Knitted with Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight yarn, it’s a quick and fun knit with no seaming.
Adult Modular Cardigan Pattern
Why Knit a Modular Cardigan?
Well, I didn’t enjoy seaming in those days. Isn’t it amazing how creative the brain can be when it wants to get away from doing something it doesn’t like? Since then, I’ve learned to love seaming. It does add structure to some garments. The modular joining method used in these patterns gives as structure and strength to the garment but without the need for seaming.
If you are new to modular knitting, you can join pieces later and knit them in separate pieces. But, I promise it’s worth learning. Just trust the pattern and follow the instructions. I’m here to help if you need me.
All pieces are join as you go, knitted on from one another, sometimes in another direction. You won’t get bored, that’s for sure!
You can learn how to make squares on the bias for a lovely draping fabric, how to strategically place decreases to make a half square and show the seams as a decorative element. There’s lots to learn but I promise that an adventurous beginner will be able to do it!
Do I need to add the icord edgings to my finished garment?
In short, yes you do. The iCord edgings are there for a reason. For the baby modular cardigan, they help to size the garment and bring in the neckline and shoulders to fit the child. If you don’t add the icord edging to the cardigan you’ll end up with a floppy, oversized garment for your child.
For the Kids and Adults sizes, it’s not essential, but it does provide a professional finish to your garment. by this time, you’ll have spent money on a pattern, some lovely yarn and your precious time. I’d have thought an extra few hours to take your cardigan from That’s Nice to WOW was absolutely worth it?
It’s a little bit of icord to knit. Take a deep breath, sit in a comfy chair, grab a cuppa and binge watch your favourite series on Netflix.
Introducing Be As Water by Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits
I’m a big fan of Mindy Dykman, aka Ravenknits and love her intricate patterns, often inspired by nature or the works of JRR Tolkein.
Mindy’s latest release is being published today (Pi day for those in the know) and is called Be as Water, which is part of a collection of patterns called Elements of Memory.
The ebook of six patterns does represent a HUGE saving, but if you prefer there is a discount code for 20% off the individual pattern.
Save 20% off the price of Be As Water using the code BeAsWater in your Ravelry shopping cart. Offer good until 11:59pm EST Tuesday March 19th.
I love the beading and lace details and knitted with fine yarn, it’ll be as light as a feather.
I asked Ravenknits about her design inspiration, here’s what she had to say
“Growing up in the Fraser Delta of British Columbia, with parents who attended UBC, I remember spending many days in the Nitobe Memorial Gardens.
These gardens on the UBC campus are considered to be amongst the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan itself.
The deliberate plantings and symbolic statuary of the gardens are a huge part of the artistic sensibilities I have carried with me since childhood, and I wanted in some way to honour that debt of influence.
It is for this reason that, when I started contemplating the shape with which to represent the traditional elements as a shawl series, I turned to the structure of the gorinto.
Built in towers of five defining shapes, the gorinto represents elements of stability and of change, of permanence and impermanence, of the known and of the unknowable.
The spherical second level of the gorinto represents Water. Be As Water is a lace weight circular pi shawl worked from the center out.
It is worked in concentric circles with a stocking stitch ring between each ring of lace motifs.
The first two lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use the traditional Old Shale motif.
The third and fifth lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use a stitch that represents the word “rain,” the return of water from sea to land.
The fourth lace ring of the Be As Water Shawl uses a Japanese stitch which is an interesting variation of the same concepts found in Old Shale, suggesting that like water, the ideas that are expressible within knitting stitches are similar around the world.”
Let’s have another look at this stunning shawl by Ravenknits, Be As Water
I love the delicate beads and variety of lace patterns included in this intricate but beautiful design. It’ll be an enjoyable knit and I could have a lot of fun choosing beads to go with the yarn.
Elements of Memory is a subscription ebook which will contain a collection of 6 shawl patterns of different shapes in various yarn weights. Four of the six patterns will represent the classical elements, with a fifth pattern representing the metaphysical concept of spirit, and the sixth pattern representing the unification of the previous five concepts.
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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys, Softies and Cuddly Gift Knit and Crochet ideas
I’m not really a maker of toys, but I have made them in the past, usually as a gift for a new family member or just for fun, but this year’s Gift A-long has really opened my eyes to some incredible designs and I thought I’d share them with you.
I couldn’t resist this cute Llama, look at that adorable little face. This one is crocheted and uses simple stitches, it looks like a quick make and you could customize the colours to suit the recipient.
I love this cute little fox and the designer has an amazing range of toy patterns to choose from, it was hard to single out Hartley the Fox, but as I’ve seen so many Fox cushions and mugs this Autumn/Winter season, it had to be him. All the stitches are explained in a very comprehensive pattern, with plenty of help.
As well as making a very sweet toy, I can see this one being a favourited Christmas Decoration in our house and being pride of place every year. I love the little antlers and the sweet expression on his/her face.
My niece, Meghan, loves giraffes and she would go ga-ga over this pattern. I love the outfits and the felted mane, really pretty details and a comprehensive pattern to take you through every stage of the process.
Cute, cuddly and quick to make, this is a nice easy knit and who wouldn’t want a house full of kitties? Claire is a member of Team Bundle in the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 and we’re so glad to have her help us.