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Seed-Stitch Tea Cozy

Seed-Stitch Tea Cozy

"Utilitarian charm."

A tea cozy does the very important job of keeping your tea at the optimum temperature during steeping and deliciously hot 'til you pour the next cup. We think they should be adorable, too. We’re in love with this wee Scottie pup charted by our Celt-o-phile friend, Sandy Blue! Add winsome style to your tea cozy using duplicate stitch from our new free Scottie chart.

Our Seed-Stitch Tea Cozy has several fun techniques but is definitely doable in an evening or two. It was designed by our own Karen Alfke for our Spring 2012 newsletter story about Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.

Karen included a plain stockinette panel you can embellish as simplyor as fancifullyas you like. Or omit the plain panel and make it seed-stitch all over. Either way, it's a charming housewarming, shower, or hostess gift.

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is machine washable to boot, so it's also perfect for the Churchmouse Ribbed & Ruffled Tea Cozies pattern.

Get the free pattern by going to the "The Free Pattern" tab.

To fit 4-cup teapot.

1 skein Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran or approx. 100 yds of equivalent worsted-weight yarn.

US 6 (4mm), or size to obtain gauge; 2 double-points (dpns) in gauge size; 2 locking markers; darning needle. Optional: Washable yarn for embroidery; buttons.

20 sts/36 rows = 4" in seed stitch.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

Cast on: 39 sts.

Welted edging:
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2 (RS): Purl.
Row 3 (WS): Knit.
Row 4 (RS): Knit.

Seed stitch:
Row 5: *K1,P1*; repeat between * * to last st, K1. Repeat Row 5 four more times, ending with a WS row.

Stockinette panel:
Row 1 (RS): (K1, P1) 5 times; K19; (P1, K1) 5 times.
Row 2 (WS): (K1, P1) 5 times; P19; (P1, K1) 5 times. Repeat Rows 1 & 2 ten more times (22 rows in panel); remove markers. Work 2 rows in seed stitch.

Shaping rows: With RS facing, clip markers around base of 11th and 29th sts (both purl sts).
Row 1: *Work in pattern to 1 st before marked st, K or P 3Tog (keep in pattern)*; repeat * * once; work in pattern to end.
Rows 2 & 3: Work in pattern. Repeat these 3 rows until 11 sts remain, ending with Row 1.
Next row: Repeat Row 1. Next row: K1, P1, P3Tog, P1, K1. Cut yarn; place remaining 5 sts onto a dpn.

Work as for first side, but omit stockinette stitch panel; maintain seed stitch throughout. Do not cut yarn; with RS of both pieces facing you, place remaining 5 sts onto same dpn to the left of the first panel. Turn; with WS facing, P2tog across. (5 sts remain)

I-cord top: Turn; with RS facing, *Knit; don’t turn; slide sts back to right end of needle in left hand, bring yarn across back firmly*. Repeat between * * for 1". With darning needle, thread tail through all sts, draw up tightly; thread tail to inside of cord.

Seaming: Using mattress stitch, sew side seams from bottom edge up and from top down to fit your handle and spout. Weave in all ends on wrong side. Embellishment: Add embroidery, buttons, bows—anything your heart desires!

Download printable "Seed-Stitch Tea Cozy" pdf pattern.

COLOR: 502 Lime. Luminous chartreuse.

COLOR: 034 Gold. Provencal sunflower yellow.