Fes­tive ta­ble set

Make De­cem­ber’s break­fasts merry!

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Spread the Christ­mas cheer with a cup of spiced tea and a scrummy eggy solider! Each part of this set is knit­ted in sparkly Hay­field Bonus Glit­ter DK, with the Holly Leaves worked in Bonus DK. En­joy a lit­tle bit of sewing for em­bel­lish­ments like the ‘Noël’ let­ters , which are ap­pliquéd on. It might help to la­bel all your parts once you’ve knit­ted them, mak­ing them eas­ier to iden­tify later on. Stitch-wise this project is easy- peasy, with stock­ing stitch used through­out and just a touch of rib for the Tea Cosy. The whole set would make a fab Christ­mas gift, for your­self or a friend!

Note Di­vide half the Iced Gem yarn into two balls so that the yarn can be used dou­ble thick­ness and knit­ted up as a sin­gle strand.

BACK

Cast on 28 sts us­ing 5½mm nee­dles and two strands of Yarn A held dou­ble. Row 1 *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Re­peat last row 3 more times. Start­ing with a knit row, work in st st for 26 rows.** Leave the sts on a spare nee­dle un­til later.

FRONT

Work as given for Back to **.

TEA COSY TOP

Pro­ceed to knit across the Front and then Back join­ing them to­gether as fol­lows:

SHAP­ING THE TOP

Row 1 *K5, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [48 sts] Row 2 and ev­ery alt row Purl. Row 3 *K4, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [40 sts] Row 5 *K3, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [32 sts] Row 7 *K2, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Row 9 *K1, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [16 sts] Row 11 K2­tog to end. [8 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With the Front and Back RS to­gether, sew about 9.5cm from the fin­ish­ing off point, down the side seam to­wards the cast on edge. Make the other side match. At the bot­tom of each side seam, sew about 1.5cm up­wards. The holes are left for the teapot han­dle and spout. Put this part of the Tea Cosy onto the teapot, it’s eas­ier to sew things into place when the Tea Cosy is on the teapot.

NOËL

The let­ters of the word Noël are knit­ted separately and ap­pliquéd on af­ter­wards. Knit two sets of let­ters for the Front and Back of the main cosy.

LET­TER N

Cast on 70 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Cast off.

LET­TER O

Cast on 28 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Cast off.

LET­TER E

Cast on 32 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Cast off.

LET­TER L

Cast on 46 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Cast off.

AC­CENT OVER LET­TER E

(MAKE 2) Cast on 2 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Cast off. Ar­range the let­ter strips of knit­ting us­ing the im­age as a guide, pin into place and when you’re happy with the ar­range­ment, sew into place.

REIN­DEER BODY

Cast on 8 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and

Yarn B. Start­ing at the Neck end: Row 1 *Kfb; rep from * to end. [16 sts] Row 2 Purl. Row 3 *K1, kfb; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 *K5, kfb; rep from * to end. [28 sts] Start­ing with a purl row, work in st st for 9 rows. Row 15 *K6, kfb; rep from * to end. [32 sts] Start­ing with a purl row, work in st st for 11 rows.

Row 28 *K2, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Row 27 and ev­ery alt row Purl. Row 30 *K1, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [16 sts] Row 32 K2­tog to end. [8 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With RS to­gether, sew the row ends to­gether from the drawn- up part of the Body to half-way down. Along the cast- on edge, sew a row of run­ning sts and draw up the knit­ting. Sew the row ends to­gether to meet the seam that you have just sewn, leav­ing a gap. Turn RS out and stuff and sew the gap closed. It’s eas­ier if you pin ev­ery­thing to the Rein­deer be­fore you sew to make sure ev­ery­thing is in the right place. Pin the Body (seam side down) to the drawn- up part of the main Cosy so that when you are look­ing down on the Cosy, the Neck part is on the drawn- up part of the main Cosy, and the Neck end is at 2 o’clock and the rump is at 8 o’clock.

NECK

Cast on 20 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Start­ing with a knit row, work in st st for 5 rows. Cast off. With RS to­gether, sew the row ends to­gether. Pin the Neck to the Body in a slightly oval shape, (run­ning front to back) lightly stuff the Neck.

HEAD

Cast on 6 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Row 1 Kfb to end. [12 sts] Row 2 and ev­ery alt row Purl. Row 3 *K1, kfb; rep from * to end. [18 sts] Row 5 *K2, kfb; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Start­ing with a purl row, work in st st for 5 rows. Row 11 *K2, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [18 sts] Start­ing with a purl row, work in st st for 3 rows. Row 15 *K1, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [12 sts] Start­ing with a purl row work in st st for 3 rows.

Row 19 K2­tog to end. [6 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With RS to­gether, sew the row ends to­gether, turn RS out and stuff. Sew a row of run­ning sts along the cast- on edge and draw up the knit­ting. Fas­ten off. Pin the Head to the Neck so that the Rein­deer is look­ing for­wards and so the drawn- up part at the back of the Head is just be­low the top edge of the Neck. This makes the Rein­deer look like his Head is el­e­vated as if tak­ing off.

NOSE

Cast on 4 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn C. Row 1 Kfb to end. [8 sts] Row 2 Purl. Row 3 K2­tog to end. [4 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self and draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With WS to­gether, sew row ends to­gether and lightly stuff. Sew a row of run­ning sts along the cast- on edge and draw up the knit­ting. Pin into po­si­tion on face.

ANTLERS (MAKE 2) Cast on 33 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Row 1 K2, kfb twice, K8, kfb 3 times, K10, kfb 5 times, K3. [43 sts] Row 2 Sl2, P23, yo, p2­tog (hole made), purl to end. Row 3 Sl2, k2­tog twice, K8, k2­tog, skpo, k2­tog, K10, k2­tog 5 times, K3. [33 sts] Cast off. Lo­cate the hole in the Antler, this is just off- cen­tre. Cut a cot­ton bud to 5.5cm. Start­ing at the larger side of knit­ting, slip a cot­ton bud in the hole (cot­ton cov­ered end up­wards) so that the end of the cot­ton bud hangs out about 0.5cm. With WS to­gether, sew the cast- on and cast- off edge of the large end of the Antler around the cot­ton bud. You will no­tice as you sew that the top of the Antler curls around, en­cour­age it to curl as you sew. Cut a cot­ton bud to 4cm. And as be­fore push the cot­ton bud through the hole and sew the Antler around it to en­close it, en­cour­ag­ing the curl at the tip of the Antler, this curl will be less. Us­ing im­age as a guide, push the vis­i­ble cot­ton buds of the Antlers (with larger part at the back) through top of the head, at a pleas­ing po­si­tion. Pin into place.

EARS AND TAIL (MAKE 3) Cast on 6 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Start­ing with a knit row, work in st st for 3 rows. Row 4 P2­tog to end. [3 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly. With WS to­gether, sew row ends to­gether. Pin Ears to ei­ther side of the Head (seam down) di­rectly un­der the Antlers. With the seam to one side, pin the Tail in an el­e­vated po­si­tion to the rear of the Rein­deer.

FORELEGS (MAKE 2) Cast on 10 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Cast on 10 sts, purl to end. [20 sts] Row 3 K9, kfb 3 times, K8. [23 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K10, kfb 3 times, K10. [26 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K10, k2­tog 3 times, K10. [23 sts] Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K9, k2­tog 3 times, K8. [20 sts] Row 10 Purl. Row 11 Knit. Row 12 Cast off 10 sts, purl to end. [10 sts] Cast off. With RS fac­ing, fold in half length­ways so that the cast- on and cast- off edges are to­gether and sew the back seam of the leg, and sew across the foot (the nar­row­est end of the leg). Turn RS out and lightly stuff, mould­ing the bend in the leg. Pin the legs to ei­ther side of the Front end of the Body, with the first 3cm of the leg on the Body and the hoof curl­ing un­der the leg as if he is fly­ing.

HIND LEGS (MAKE 2) Cast on 10 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Row 1 Knit. Row 2 Cast on 10 sts, purl to end. [20 sts] Row 3 K9, kfb twice, K9. [22 sts] Row 4 Purl. Row 5 K10, kfb twice, K10. [24 sts] Row 6 Purl. Row 7 K10, k2­tog twice, K10. [22 sts] Row 8 Purl. Row 9 K9, k2­tog twice, K9. [20 sts] Row 10 Purl. Row 11 Knit. Row 12 Cast off 10 sts, purl to end. [10 sts] Row 13 Knit. Cast off.

With RS fac­ing, fold in half length­ways so that the cast- on and cast- off edges are to­gether, sew the back seam of the leg and sew across the foot (the nar­row­est end of the leg). Turn RS out and lightly stuff, mould­ing the bend in the leg. Sew a row of run­ning sts along the ‘thigh’ end of the leg and draw up the knit­ting. Pin the legs to ei­ther side of the back end of the Body, with the first 2cm of the leg on the Body and the bend in the leg up­most so that leg fol­lows the shape of the teapot. Re­move the Rein­deer from its pinned po­si­tion on the Tea Cosy and sew to­gether. Em­broi­der on eyes with a small amount of black DK yarn. Put Rein­deer in its po­si­tion on the Tea Cosy and from the un­der­side of Tea Cosy, sew into place.

HOLLY LEAVES (MAKE 6) Cast on 52 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn D. Row 1 *K3, cast off next 3 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, K3. [31 sts] Row 2 P2­tog twice, P7, p2­tog 4 times, P7, p2­tog twice, P1. [23 sts] Row 3 K2­tog twice, K3, k2­tog 4 times, K3, k2­tog twice, K1. [15 sts] Cast off. Fold the cast- off edge in half and sew it to­gether and sew the row ends to­gether. Group three Leaves with the ends of the seams to­gether and sew to the main Tea Cosy be­low the Rein­deer.

HOLLY BERRIES (MAKE 6) Cast on 6 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn C. Row 1 Kfb to end. [12 sts] Start­ing with a purl row, work in st st for 3 rows. Row 5 K2­tog to end. [6 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With RS to­gether, sew row ends to­gether. Turn RS out and lightly stuff. Sew a row of run­ning sts along the cast on edge and draw up the knit­ting. Ar­range the Holly Berries in clus­ters of three, in the cen­tre of the Holly Leaves and sew into place.

RUDOLF EGG COSY

Note One Egg Cosy uses 10g of Yarn B. Cast on 36 sts us­ing 4mm nee­dles and Yarn B. Work in garter stitch for 2 rows. Start­ing with a knit row, work in st st for 10 rows.

Row 13 *K4, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [30 sts] Row 14 and ev­ery alt row Purl. Row 15 *K3, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [24 sts] Row 17 *K2, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [18 sts] Row 19 *K1, k2­tog; rep from * to end. [12 sts] Row 20 K2­tog to end. [6 sts] Thread the end of the yarn through the re­main­ing sts and through the loop of the yarn it­self, draw up the knit­ting tightly and fin­ish off. With the RS to­gether, sew the row ends to­gether and turn to RS. As given for the Tea Cosy, knit a pair of Antlers and Ears and ar­range on the top of the Egg Cosy. For the nose, knit a Holly Berry. Em­broi­der on some eyes.

HOLLY MUG COSY

Note One mug cosy uses 10g of Yarn A. Cast on 58 sts us­ing Yarn A and 3 mm nee­dles. Row 1 *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep last row 3 more times. Row 5 Knit. Row 6 Cast on 5 sts, K9, purl to last 4 sts, K4. [63 sts] Row 7 Knit. Row 8 K9, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 9 Knit. Row 10 K2, yo, k2­tog, K5, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 11 Knit. Row 12 K9, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 13 Knit. Row 14 K9, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 15 Knit. Row 16 K2, yo, k2­tog, K5, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 17 Knit. Row 18 K9, purl to last 4 sts, K4. Row 19 Knit. Row 20 Cast off 5 sts, K3, purl to last 4 sts, K4. [58 sts] Row 21 *K1, P1; rep from * to end. Rep last row 3 more times. Cast off loosely in rib. The tab slots through the mug's han­dle. Wrap around a mug and sew but­tons on the garter stitch bor­der to cor­re­spond with the but­ton­holes on the tab. Sew two Holly Leaves and three Holly Berries to the side of the Mug Cosy.

Note There is a front and back to the Mug Cosy. For left- handed Mug Cosies, dec­o­rate what you would con­sider to be the back.

Acrylic yarn is fab at keep­ing your tea pip­ing hot – sparkles are an added bonus!

The mug hug can be fin­ished for right- or left-handed users.

Make sure you po­si­tion the rein­deer so that the front is at 2 o’clock and the back is at 8 o’clock when sewing up.

Fol­low the pat­tern as given for the holly berries to cre­ate lit­tle Ru­dolph’s bright red nose for the egg cosy.

Pick a set of cute match­ing but­tons to neatly fin­ish off your sparkly mug cosy.

The holly leaves are the only part of the set knit­ted in plain Hay­field Bonus DK.

In­sert cot­ton bud sticks into Ru­dolph’s antlers to give them their bold shape.

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