Well, today is my birthday so a perfect opportunity to write a new post. To be honest, I have been a devoted hand knitter for many, many years. Back in the days hand knitting was taught in schools and I loved it from day one. I knitted for my dolls when I was a young girl, as a teenager I knitted sweaters and cardigans, as a mother I knitted all kinds of baby items and now…well, now I knit whatever I feel like!
We all followed the diamond jubilee of queen Elisabeth, right? I actually saw bits and pieces while I was knitting this royal tea cosy!
Well, I had to knit this one in a few days but it turned out good and it was completed (today) on my birthday…how fitting, don’t you think?
I cannot post the complete pattern because I started out with the pattern that I found on www.knitrowan.com . You will have to go to their website. The upper section I followed the pattern, but in the lower section I did not use sequins but I bought gold tone beads (Nicole 9 mm pony gold) at AC Moore. I belief this gives my cosy more “bling”.
As for the sequinned strip, that is mentioned in the original pattern, I altered that too.
Cast on 4 sts. Knit all rows.
Row 1, 2, 3, 4, : knit
Row 5: knit 1 st, place one bead, knit 3 sts
Row 6,7,8,9,10: knit
Row 11: knit 2 sts, place one bead, knit 2 sts
Row 10, 11, 12, 13,14: knit
Row 15: knit 3 sts, place one bead, knit 1 st
Repeat until strip fits one side of crown measured from top of white lower section. Make a loop of 5 cm and continue in pattern until strip fits down opposite site.
I used left over yarn in purple and off white, tension is 28 sts and 36 rows.
At the end of the summer I will write more about knitting, and maybe I can inspire you to start knitting too…