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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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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. 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

When there’s only a small seam to stitch or you’re just sewing on the nose, don’t be tempted to wing it.
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.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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