Chocolate Cake Tea Cosy

This tea cosy has been designed to fit the tea pot called « Never Drip » from the Denby Pottery. It’s the bigger one, holding about 10-12 cups or 6 mugs of tea.
Merinowool „Universal“ from Wolle Rödel (125m/50g): 100g in chocolate brown, 50g in off white and 50g in cherry red; Soft Merino from Wolle Rödel (100m/50g) in soft pink (I used this , as there was no suiting soft pink in the “Universal” range).
Circular needles 3,5mm,  4 dpns 3mm, crochet 3mm and some padding (like you would use for quilting)
Icing Pattern
Pull both yarns not too tight alongside the back of your work, twisting it if the distances are too long every 6/7 st, p last stitch of every row with both yarns, slip first st of every row knitwise.

Outer halves with “icing”
Cast on 60st in chocolate with the circular needles and knit in basic rib pattern (k1,p1) for 14 rows, start with 1slk, 1p (always slip the first stitch of a row knitwise, purl last stitch of every row). Continue in stockinette stitch (front knit, back purl):
8rows chocolate, 4rows white, 8rows chocolate, 4rows white, 2rows chocolate, then continue including soft pink for the icing following the pattern.
After 5rows chocolate/soft pink, continue using only soft pink. After the next 9rows start decreasing as follows (you have done 54rows so far):
Row55: slk1, k2tog tbl (or skpo), k15, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k16, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k15, k2tog, p1
Row56 and all even rows: purl all stitches
Row57: slk1, k2tog tbl, k13, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k14, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k13, k2tog, p1
Continue decreasing accoringly until only 9st left on the needle. Pull the thread through the remaining stitches and weave in.
Knit other half the same way.
For the inner halves you can leave out the icing and continue from the last “cream filling” in chocolate til the end.
Weave in the ends and block all parts. Pin the padding onto the inner halves of the cosy (left side) and pin inner and outer part of each half left on left. Crochet together using soft pink yarn for the icing bit and choclate for the lower part. Sew the ribbing together with and elastic stitch; fix the padding in place with a few unvisible stitches.
Work the same way for the other half.
Now put both cosy halves inner part onto inner part and sew together – completely if used as a domed cosy for a smaller tea pot, only partly (leaving openings for the snout and the handle). If leaving openings, sew the lower part only as high, as the ribbing goes.
And a cherry on top
CO 6st in cherry red and spread over three dpns, close the round
1rd: *k1, M1 (knitting into both loops of the next st)* continue * * til the end of the rd
2rd: *k1, M1*
3rd: k all
4rd: *k1, M1*
5rd: k all
6rd: k all
7rd: *k1, k2tog*
8rd: k all
9rd: *k1, k2tog*
Pull thread through remaining 9st. Before closing this little “bag” fill it with some craft cotton ball or left over from the padding. Close it and sew it on top of the tea cosy.

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copyright Friederike Winter 2007