Knitted Looped Tea Cozies



Source:  http://handmadebymother.blogspot.com/2010/01/your-tea-cosies-are-loopy.html

MATERIALS:
You will find a colourful tea cosy like this so easy to knit when you are sure to use Canadiana Superwash Wool or Canadiana Sayelle.  You will need:– 1 (50g) ball for the two cup size or 2 balls for the four or six cup size.  Two No. 9 (3 3/4 mm), (U.S. 5) knitting needles.


You must use the exact yarn specified in order to be sure of satisfactory results.
The instructions are written for the Two Cup Size.  Any changes necessary for the Four Cup Size (4) and the Six Cup Size (6) are written in brackets thus:–(   ).

Cast on 31 sts. (4 - 39 sts) (6 - 47 sts)

1st row: K3. Purl to last 3 sts.  K3.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: As 1st. row.
4th row: K3.  *Insert point of right hand needle into next st.  Place forefinger of left hand under point of right hand needle and wind wool loosely away from you, over top, twice around needle and finger and once around needle only.  Draw these 3 loops on right hand needle through st. on left hand needle, dropping this st. from left hand needle in usual way.  Remove finger.  Pass the 3 loops from right hand needle to left hand needle and knit them tog. to make 1.st.  Tighten loops at back of work.  Be sure to wind wool loosely enough so that finished loops will be at least 1 inch in length.  K1.*  Repeat from * to * to last 2 sts.  K2.
Repeat these 4 rows for approx. 4 ins. ( 4–5 ins.) ( 6–6 ins.) in all, ending with 1st. pattern row.
Next row: K5.  *K2tog.  K2.  Repeat from * to last 2 sts.  K2.  Work 7 rows even in pattern.
Next row: K4.  *K2tog.  K1.  Repeat from * to last 3 sts.  K3.  Work 7 rows even in pattern.
Next row: K3.  *K2tog.  Repeat from * to last 4 sts.  K4.  Break wool.  Thread end through remaining sts.  Draw up and fasten securely.

Make another piece to correspond.  Sew side and top seams, leaving openings for handle and spout.  Make and sew a pompon to top as given for Large Size Pompons.

LARGE POMPONS: Wind yarn over 4 fingers 75 times.  Remove from fingers.  Tie tightly in centre.  Cut through each side of loops thus formed.  Trim to smooth round shape.  Sew in position.

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