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Cosy in Tricot
from Madame Weigel's Cushions and Cosies Volume 6 1937

yellow tunisian stitch tea cozy with flowers and a bow

Note: This pattern uses Australian/UK crochet terms.

Double crochet = US single crochet

Treble = US double crochet etc.

A pretty, hand-crocheted spray of flowers makes a delightful finish for this durable tricot cosy. In the original the cosy was worked in primrose yellow, and the spray of flowers in various colors.

A soft satin ribbon bow in daffodil yellow finished the ends of the flowers. Very tiny oddments of wool (preferably 2-ply in pastel shades) will make the flowers, and the rounds of petals in the roses may be varied in color if desired.

It is advisable to use a bone Tricot Hook, or a long bone hook for the cosy, and a No. 4 Boye Hook for the flowers.

Materials

To fit a 2-quart teapot, 4 ozs. Patons and Baldwins' Super Fingering 4-ply wool.
Old UK Size No. 7 Hook.

To fit a 3-quart teapot, 4 ozs. 3-ply wool.
Old UK Size No. 8 Hook.

To fit a 2-pint teapot, 3 ozs. 3-ply wool.
Old UK Size No. 9 Hook.

Pattern

Chain 33. (This goes at side)

1st Row: Draw a loop through the 2nd then every following ch. stitch until there are 32 loops on the hook. To work back, wool over, draw a loop through the first loop, * wool over, draw a loop through the next two loops on the hook, repeat from * until only one loop is left.

2nd Row: Wool over, draw a loop through the 2nd then every following upright stitch of the previous row until all but the last stitch is worked into, increase once (by putting the wool over the hook) then draw a loop through the last stitch. Work back in the same way as the first row.

Repeat the 2nd row until there are 21 rows worked from the commencement.

Work 21 rows without shaping.

Work 20 rows, decreasing in each at the same end as that at which the increasings were worked (to decrease, draw a loop through first two upright stitches). Work 1 row without shaping. Fasten off.

Work a second piece exactly like the first. For the band, commencing with 9 ch, work as before a length sufficient to measure round the top and down the sides of the cosy.

DC evenly round all three pieces, pin band and two side pieces in place and DC them together.

To Make Up the Cosy

With a fine hook and 2-ply wool, work round the two side of connecting band as follows: 1 DC in each of the first three stitches, * 3 ch, 1 DC in the first of these ch, 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches, repeat from * to the end. Fasten off.

To Work Spray

Commencing with the stem (4-ply dark brown) ch 76. Turn and work 1 DC into each of first 10 ch, then sl st into each of next 50 ch. Work 11 ch. (This gives two ends of ch.) Break off.

To Make Rose Nearest the Top

Ch 5 and join in ring.

1st Round: * (1 DC, 5 T, 1 DC into ring) * Repeat from * to * 4 times more.

2nd Round: Sl st to centre of back of 1st petal at base* 5 ch, sl s., to centre of next petal at base * Repeat from * to * 4 times more.

3rd Round: * (1 DC, 7 T, 1 DC) into 1st loop of ch working under the ch. * Repeat from * to *9 times more, sl st to first DC

4th Round: S1 st to centre of back of 1st petal at base * 6 ch, sl st to centre of next petal at base. * Repeat from * to * 4 times more.

5th Round: *(1 DC, 9 T, 1 DC) into 1st loop of ch working under the ch. * Repeat from * to * 4 times more. Break off.
lf a larger rose is required continue to increase in this manner.

Now work the second rose the same as the first. Then the third and fourth roses omitting the 4th and 5th rounds. Loops of wool in a contrasting color form the stamens.

Now work two small flowers for end of spray, working the 1st round of petals only.

The latter flower may be varied in size, by adding (or omitting) treble stitches. Another pretty idea is to edge the latter flower with picots of 4 ch in contrasting color. Catch these flowers invisibly to the stem.

To Work the Leaves

Using very dark green wool work 18 ch. Join in light green and work 1 sl st into each of the first three ch 1 DC into each of next 3 ch, 1 T into each of next 6 ch, 1 DC into each of next 3 ch, 1 sl s. to remaining 3 ch. Work along the other side of ch to correspond.

Work a few more leaves in the same way, varying the size by omitting some of the sts. Work a tiny bud for each end of ch as follows:

Using green wool, ch 3 and join into a ring. (1ch stands for 1st DC throughout).

1st Round: 6 DC into ring.

2nd Round: 1 DC into each of 6 DC of previous round. Pull into tiny cup shape.

3rd Row : *1 DC into each of 3 DC * Turn.

4th & 5th Rows: Repeat 3rd row

6th Row: 1 D C into into each of 2nd and 3rd DC

7th Row: 1 DC into into centre. Break off and neaten.
Join in green at remaining 3 DC of cup part and work to correspond with previous 7 rows.

Join in pink at cup part and work 6 DC into 6 DC of cup. Repeat twice more.

Next Round: 4 DC
Next Round: 3 DC
Next Round 2 DC. Fasten off.

Arrange flowers and leaves tastefully to form spray. Finish with a bow.


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