Sunday, June 13, 2010

Little Black Dress Tea Cozy

This was a quick and enjoyable one-week knitting project. "Little Black Dress" is a pattern you can find in "Tea Cozies 2", edited by Emma Kennedy of Knitting magazine and published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications in 2009 (ISBN: 978-1-86108-659-4). I am going to quickly show you the steps that I took to create this classy tea cozy.

1. I knitted the two sides of the cozy and this involved the placement of a few beads along the bottom edge.

2. I tried the tea cozy on 'for size' to ensure that it fit the teapot that it would be placed upon.

3. I knit the camelia (flower) and placed beads around the stamen.

4. I hemmed the dress.

5. I used mattress stitch to stitch the seams of the two sides of the tea cozy, again 'fitting' it as I went along.

6. I tucked in the threads.

7. I inserted the ribbon in the eyelet holes of the tea cozy and placed the camelia.

8. I made the ribbon and voila, it is done.

A couple of notes about this pattern:

1. In the instructions regarding the camelia, row 2, 4, 6, and 8 omitted to tell me that I should purl after having made the required increase.

2. In knitting the camelia, it was unclear whether to continuously knit the pedals in a row or to cut and bind off on each petal. I choose to do the latter.

3. In the final assembly instructions, it does not explain that you have to 'hem the dress.' I, however, knew to do this as I have done a doll dress that followed the same instructions around the bottom.