Sunshine and roses – a perfect day for tea in the garden, with my new British yarn Tea Cosy Knit Kit…
Barley is made in gorgeous blue and green British aran yarn and decorated with a jolly bunch of roses and daisies. There is a loop on the top of the cosy to take it off easily when you have drunk the tea.
The yarn is lovely to work with and shows up the stitch pattern very nicely.
The stitch pattern may look complicated but it is easy to do – there is no cabling involved, in case you don’t like aran knitting! The pattern reminds me of barley sugar canes, hence the name.
It’s taken a while to design and finish Barley, and here is why….
A few years ago I knitted a tea cosy just for me in a similar pattern.
When I ordered the lovely British aran yarn for Barley, I knew I wanted to knit it into the same pattern, but I couldn’t find my notes on how to do it anywhere. I went through all my stitch dictionaries to find out how to do the stitch without any luck. The tea cosy is knitted with 2 strands of yarn held together, to make it nice and thick, and, whatever stitch I tried, it didn’t look the same as the original. There was only one answer: sacrifice my original cosy, take it apart and carefully unravel it to work out how I had knit it in the first place.
The experience was rather unnerving – each row that I unravelled on the precious original could not be remade and it took quite a few rows until I had worked out what all the stitches were.
However I did manage to work it out and this is the result. The kit is available from my shop and there is enough yarn in the new kit to make 2 coasters for your tea cups too. Tea and knitting – could there be a more perfect combination?
P.S. I have now bought a big new knitting notebook for all future pattern notes!