Animal tea cosies
Oliver Cat Cosy
Oliver Cat cosy is knitted from 2 strands of 8ply yarn, knitted together. I've used some mohair knitted together with a slightly fluffy 8 ply. For a small project like this, using the exact yarn and tension is not a high priority; use what you have; if it's roughly like the thickness of 8 ply, it will be ok.
The back and front are knitted from the same pattern as for Alfie and Buster, same number of stitches, same size needles,(6mm needles), same decreases.
Use 4 mm needles for the ears, tail, and paws.
You'll need 2 eyes and a nose.
The cosy, laid flat, is 20 cm wide and 15 cm high, It will fit a 1 litre teapot.
Cosy body, make 2 pieces, and stitch together, leaving gaps for the handle and spout.
For the back:
Using two strands of 8 ply together, and 6mm needles, cast on 26 stitches,
Knit every row using 2 strands of 8 ply.
Work for 10 cm.
Start decreasing: K2, K2tog, K to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2.
Next row, knit.
Repeat these 2 rows till 14 sts remain.
Next row; K2, K2tog, rep all along row to the last sts, K2. (11 sts)
Next row; K2, K2 tog, K3, K2 tog, K2 (9sts)
For the front, cast on with grey, 8 stitches, white, 10 stitches, grey, 8 stitches.
You'll need to knit from 2 separate balls of grey (each made up of 2 strands of yarn).
When you change colour, cross one colour over the other, so the fabric holds together.
Work for 10 cm; break off the white yarn, and continue with the decreasing as above with the grey only.
With 2 strands of grey yarn, and 6mm needles, cast on 30 stitches. Knit for 5 cm in garter stitch (knit every row).
Decrease; K4, K2 tog, K to last 4 sts, K2 tog, K4.
Repeat this every row till 22 stitches remain.
Break off grey yarn, and change to 2 strands of white yarn.
Continue to decrease as above until 14 stitches remain.
K2 tog all along row,
Fold the fabric in half with the side edges together; sew along side edges and the cast off edge.
Sew a gathering thread all around the cast on edge.
Stuff the head with some fibre-fill, pull the gathered edge tight, and try out positions for the eyes and nose. When you're happy about the placement, pull out the filling and attach the eyes and nose in their permanent positions. Refill the head, pull the gathering edge together to completely close it, and secure with a few stitches.
Embroider the mouth, and use a long sewing needle to sculpt the face a little.
Attach to the front of the cosy; the centre back of the head should be about 3cim down from the top seam of the cosy. Attach the head to the cosy from the centre back of the head, down for a about 4 cm. Adjust for cuteness.
Using 2 strands of grey yarn, and 4mm needles, cast on 10 stitches.
2nd row, P5, K5
3rd row, K3, K2 tog, P2 tog, P3.
4th row, P4, K4P
5th row, K2, K2 tog, P2 tog, P2
6th row, P3, K3
7th row, K1, K2 tog, P2 tog, P1
8th row P2 K2
9th row, K2 tog, P2 tog
10th row, K2 tog
Neaten the ends, and stitch onto the head .
Using 2 strands of white and 4 mm needles, cast on 10 stitches.
Knit 6 rows.
Sew up the side seams, gather around the top and the bottom. Push the thread ends inside; this is enough to stuff the paws....you could add some of the fibre-fill if you think it needs it. Pull the gathering tight to seal the paws. Stitch on to the front of the body.
Tail-this is an I-cord.
Using a pair of 4mm double pointed needles, cast on 3 stitches in white and knit one row.
Without turning the work, continue knitting in grey, till the cord is 8-10cm in length.
Cast off, neaten the threads, and sew onto the back of the cosy, about 3 cm down from the top seam.