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The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XX: Pleated Tea Cozy #1

Date Begun: 08/14/2008
Date Completed: 08/29/2008
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red and Lemonade
Needles: US7 DPN (metal)
US8 DPN (metal)
Source: Grannie's Traditional Tea Cozy from teabythesea
The Story:
Believe it or not, there are knitted things for which their patterns are famous. Some of the tiny details vary, but the idea is the same. In this case, the pattern is known as a pleated tea cozy and no one's quite sure when or where it originated, but the consensus is that it's at least 50 years old (probably much more). Most of the folks on Ravelry who have made one did so because they remember the one their mother/grandmother had and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I don't remember anyone ever having one of these - probably because there's not much call for hot tea in the South.
So why did I make a vintage tea cozy if not for nostalgic reasons? Honestly, it was because I couldn't figure out how it worked by looking at pictures and I needed to make one to see how it was done. I had run across a picture of one... somewhere... and thought it was fascinating. So I made one.
In retrospect, perhaps red and yellow were not the best choices for colors, given that we have a lavender tea pot and a green tea pot, but I honestly wasn't really planning on keeping it. Since this was my first try, it has some issues and I think I could do a better job if I tried again. So if anyone's interested in a tea cozy, I'd be happy to take another stab at it.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, it really does keep your tea hotter for longer. Because of the way it's knit, it has lots and lots of air pockets trapped between multiple layers of yarn. The design works better for English tea pots (the spout is usually lower) than for Japanese tea pots, but now that I know what I'm doing, I bet I could modify it a bit to fit a Japanese tea pot better.

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