Teapot Sweater

The only knitting stitches needed for this pattern are knit, purl and knit-together. A first-time knitter can practice with these basics and finish the project quickly.

There’s something about sitting down to work on needlecrafts with a cup of tea as a companion that traditionally go together. For that reason, it is included in the section, “Tea For Two”. Afternoon teatime can also be an excellent time to teach the creative arts and this little pattern is an excellent starter project – especially for younger crafters. We’ve written the instructions so that it can be custom-fitted to almost any teapot and made suggestions for whimsical decorations. While the regular name for this would be a cozy, the fact that it’s knitted and custom fitted, like to call it a sweater.

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What you need:

  • ½ skein, 8 ply wool
  • Size 6, 12″ straight needles
  • 1 large stitch holders
  • 1 tapestry needle
  • 1 yard decorative ribbon that matches the yarn (½” wide)
  • Fabric glue

Finding your gauge:

Knit a test piece by casting on 24 stitches and then knitting 4-6 rows. Measure the width of the test swatch. Count how many stitches per inch. This will vary with the weight of the wool, the size of the needles and the tension of the knitter. Once you know how many stitches per inch you will knit, then measure or calculate the circumference of the base of the teapot.

Circumference = p (3.14) x Diameter

Begin knitting:

Cast on the number of stitches that you calculated will equal the circumference of the base of your teapot. Then knit two complete rows.

At the 3rd row, purl the entire row and begin to alternate every row in stockingette stitch until you reach the base of the spout. This will be about 1″ or 4-5 rows.

When you reach what would be the base of the spout, knit or purl half of that row (continuing in stockingette). Place the remaining half of the stitches on a stitch holder.

Continue until you reach the distance that represents the top of the spout. This will be 2-3″. At this point, place the stitches just finished on the other stitch holder and cut the yarn leaving an 8″ piece for stitching sides together.

Place the other half of the saved stitches on the stitch holder back on the needle and continue in stockingette to match the other side.

When you’ve completed the number of rows that will be at the point where the top of the spout connects to the teapot, preferably stopping after completing a purl row, place all of the stitches back onto one needle and continue the pattern until the teapot begins to decrease.

With the right side facing you, knit 5, knit 2 together until end of row.

Purl the next row completely without reducing the stitches.

Next row, knit 4, knit 2 together until end of row. Then purl next row.

Next row, knit 3, knit 2 together until end of row. Then purl next row.

Next row, knit 2, knit 2 together until end of row. Then purl next row.

Next row, knit 1, knit 2 together until end of row. Then purl next row.

Final rows – knit 2 together until end of row and continue until 5-10 stitches remain. Cut the yarn leaving an 8″ piece. Using a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle. Slip the stitches off the needle and pull tight. Sew the handle-side seam closed down to the top of the handle.

Bottom closure:

Secure the ribbon in place with a bit of glue and allow it to dry. This will make it easier to stitch the ribbon in a straight line. When the glue is dry, sew the ribbon around the bottom, either inside or outside, leaving the ends long enough to tie in a bow.

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