Friday, January 11, 2008

Eco-Friendly Teapot Cosy

Skill - Easy

Materials -
1 tee shirt
Size US # 10 needles
Tapestry Needle

A medium ladies' tee fits a 5 1/2 " high tea pot with a 20 " circumference easily. This produces a very stretchy, thick fabric that hugs well. The natural tendency for stockinette stitch to curl on the edges actually provides the shaping at the spout and handle.

How to Make the Yarn - Knit.1 magazine, Summer 2007 issue, gave instructions on how to make "yarn" by recycling a tee shirt for a clutch purse project. I'll paraphrase their directions: Lay tee shirt out flat. Cut off seamed edge at bottom and discard. Cut across shirt removing armholes. You now have a tube of fabric that you cut at 1/2" in a spiral fashion to make 1 continuous length of yarn. Wind into a ball. Obviously, the bigger the tee, the more yarn.

Tip - If you have a serger, remove thread, place a marker for 1/2" and cut the shirt faster and easier. Trust me on this one.

To Knit - Cast on 18 stitches. Knit in stockinette stitch (Right side - knit, Wrong side - purl) until you are almost out of yarn. Bind off.

Finishing - Fold in half with wrong sides touching each other and sew 1/2 " (about 1 row of work) together on each side (not at the folded edge, but at the open edge that will be the bottom). This makes 2 large slits on each side. You are finished!

Optional - Tie a bow, using scrap yarn, on the top center. (The bow in my picture is my entire leftover yarn from the project)

Happy Knitting