I’m absolutely amazed by the response to the Tea Cozy Tuesday Make Along! Are you ready to get started on the first pattern? Here are some January pattern tips.
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For the January tea cozy, I’m using Carron Simply Soft yarn in “bone” and I found these great toggle buttons to go with it:
I planned to use stash yarn, but had trouble matching the gauge. So I tried this yarn instead, and also went down a needle size. Here’s the beginning of the back panel – this is the bottom ribbing section:
I’ve actually finished the back now, and will have progress pictures for you next week.
January Pattern Tips
This first pattern is turning out to be a somewhat qualified success. It’s a very cute design and we’ve already seen a couple of pretty FOs, but the pattern has a few mistakes and is hard to read / understand in a few places.
First increase row
People have been having particular difficulty with first increase row. The instructions are correct, but with all the repeats, they’re not easy to understand. I drew this illustration (halfway between a chart and a written pattern) to help show how the increases relate to the existing ribbing:
K2, P1, M1P, P2, M1P, P1, M1P, K1, M1P, K1, P1, M1P, P2, M1P, P1, M1P, K1, M1P, K1, P1, M1P, P2, M1P, P1, K2, P1, M1P, P2, M1P, P1, M1P, K1, M1P, K1, P1, M1P, P2, M1P, P1, K2.
For those of you just starting, stick with it – it really does turn out cute!
Share your Progress
Have you started your January pattern yet? Share the pictures with the hashtag #Tea_Cozy_Tuesday.
Visit the main Tea Cozy Tuesday post for more information on how to join in the fun!
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