Knit an aromatherapy tea cosy

This charming cosy includes hidden interior pockets for scented sachets.

By Tara Jon Manning

Tea cosy

Tea cosy
Healing, generosity, joy, and attention to detail uplift your daily experiences. A delightful gift, this project can be quite a soul soother in both the making and the using. A lavender cosy might help you calm down at the end of a busy day, or present a eucalyptus-filled one to a sick friend with a pot of healing tea. Include a loving wish inside one of the interior pockets and see how long it takes them to find it!

The clever design of this charming cosy includes hidden interior pockets for four hand-stitched herb- or flower-filled sachets. The sachets -- which also contain flaxseed to retain heat -- can be removed for cleaning or replaced when fragrance fades. Brew a comforting pot of tea and allow the moist, soothing heat from your teapot to release the calming scents of rose and lavender, or the invigorating essence of healing herbs.

The Aromatherapy Tea Cosy is knit in the round in stockinette stitch, allowing for ample mindful knitting and allowing the contemplative knitter to infuse this project with healing, support, or love. Small enough to knit in one or two sessions, this project can simply be enjoyed as the fruit of the comfortable emptiness of a few contemplative knitting sessions.

Finished size: 6-1/2" (16.5 cm) tall and 10" (25.5 cm) across, with a 20" (51 cm) circumference.

Yarn: Crystal Palace Breeze (100% mercerized cotton; 110 yards [101 meters]/50 grams): 2 skeins main color (MC); 1 skein each or small amounts of cotton scrap yarn in several colors for embroidery. Shown in #27 natural (MC), and #2905 dark green, #6324 light green, #06 dark red, and #2054 pink.

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 16" (40 cm) long, or size to give gauge. US 6 (4 mm) set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles, or size to give gauge.

Notions: Hand sewing needle, ruler, scissors, measuring tape, yarn needle, stitch markers, crochet hook size F (4 mm).

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St St. Check your gauge before you begin.

Instructions:
With circular needle and MC, loosely cast on 120 sts. Carefully join work into circle, being careful not to twist sts around the needle. Knit the first stitch and place a marker (pm) on the needle to indicate the beginning of the round (rnd). Work even in stockinette stitch (St St; knit all sts every rnd) until piece measures approximately 3-1/2" (9 cm) from the cast-on edge. Purl one rnd to create a fold line. Continue to work even in St St until piece measures 3-1/2" (9 cm), or 3" (7.5 cm) less than desired height from the purled fold line. Knit the next rnd, placing markers as follows: K1, slip existing marker (sl m), k59, pm, k1, pm, k59, pm.

Begin decreasing for top as follows, changing to double-pointed needles when necessary: Decrease round: K1, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, sl m, k1, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before next m, k2tog, sl m — 4 sts decreased.

Knit 1 rnd even.

Repeat the last 2 rnds 3 more times — 104 sts.

Work the decrease rnd every round 12 times — 56 sts.

Fold the work flat, with the sloped decrease lines at each side. Return the sts to the circular needle. Carefully turn the work inside out while it is still on the circular needle. Holding the needle in a U-shape, divide the sts in half with 28 sts on each arm of the U. The WS of the cosy will be facing outward. Holding the tips of circular needle parallel, use a spare double-pointed needle to bind off all sts using three-needle bind-off technique. Weave in the ends. Turn cosy right side out.


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