The Aran Fisherman Tea Cozy
In the cool Irish climate, I quickly became accustomed to wearing a sweater most of the year. So did my pot of tea. Cozies keep a pot of tea hot for so long that they’re useful any time of the year. And they’re just so darn cute!!
The Aran Islands have a worldwide reputation for their tradition of producing beautiful knit sweaters. My love for crochet (and inability to knit) led me to dabbling with recreating the traditional Irish hand-knit stitches in the best way I knew how. This tea cozy is one of the results.
Though there are a couple of different interpretations out there about the meaning of each Aran stitch, that they each have their own meaning is never disputed. In this design, the straight cables are the fisherman’s rope. The diamonds symbolize success and wealth, and in their centre is the bobble representing a net full of fish. I’ve been told that the outline of a fish or two is visible as well. What do you think?
You will need the following:
● 200g worsted/aran weight yarn–I used Red Heart Super Saver in colour Aran
● crochet hook size I-9 (5.5 mm)
● one 1″ button
● a darning or yarn needle
I am new to writing crochet patterns for others to follow. Please feel welcome to share any constructive suggestions in how I translate my work from hook to keyboard. If you have any questions about a pattern, let me know and I will help you as best I can. I typed this in Word and posted it over–my type size changed with no consistency. Very frustrating for me, but I’ll work on it :).
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This is not the easiest pattern I have designed but each row is repetitious to itself. It definitely gets easier as you hook along. Just remember…..
|FYI:●This pattern is intermediate level and is worked from the bottom to the top
●I crochet using American terms; see here to convert to UK (also basic stitch instructions!)
●The tension gauge is 11 single crochets x 10 rows = 4 inches (10cm) on size I-9 (5.5 mm) hook
●This pattern uses a double strand of yarn
●This cozy fits a 6 to 8 cup teapot (actual measuring cup, not that massive mug we all use!)
●Laid flat, it measures 11″ wide by 8 ” tall, not including the top popcorn
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) when placed at the end of a row’s instruction, the number between the parentheses indicates how many stitches that row should contain; it is a good idea to count before going on. Otherwise, it is info related to work completed just before the parentheses.
** repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions.
FPtr–front post treble
FPdtr–front post double treble
FPdtr2tog–front post double treble two stitches together
hdc2tog–half double crochet two stitches together
hdc–half double crochet
sl st–slip stitch
sc2tog–single crochet two stitches together
You ready to get started? Let’s go!
Using a double strand of yarn, ch 58
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook. sc to end of row. Turn. (57 sts)
Row 2: sc in first st, ch1—this always counts as first dc. dc to end. Turn. (57 sts)
Making the “Λ”
Row 3: sc in first st, ch1. [ * dc in foll 3sts. Using the next st as a centre point (see pic below), FPdtr2tog around the two sts located 1) two sts over from right of centre and 2) two sts over from left of centre (see pic below). sk st behind FPdtr2tog just made. dc in foll 3sts]. FPtr in foll st.* rep * to * five more times. rep [ to ] once. dc in last st. Turn.
Row 4: sc in first st, ch1. dc to end. Turn (57 sts)
Making the “V” and bobble
FYI—Row 5 is an inc row. Each ch1 after bobble stitch incs the number of row stitches. Therefore, seven bobbles = seven extra stitches. Row 6 is a dec row to drop these extra stitches.
Row 5: sc in first st, ch1. [ * dc in foll st. FPdtr around FPdtr2tog in row below (see pic below for exact placement.) dc in foll st. 4dc bobble in foll st, ch1. dc in foll st. FPdtr around same FPdtr2tog again. dc in nx st.] FPtr around foll post st.* rep * to * five more times. rep [ to ] once. dc in last st. Turn. (64 sts)
Row 6: sc in first st, ch1. dc in foll 3sts. dc2tog in foll 2sts (dec). *dc in foll 7sts. dc2tog in foll 2sts (dec). * rep * to * five more times. dc in foll 4sts. Turn. (57)
Making the top “^”
Row 7: sc in first st, ch1. [ * dc in foll 3sts. FPdtr2tog around the two post stitches in row below (from the “v”). sk st behind FPdtr2tog just made. dc in foll 3sts.] FPtr in foll post st.* rep * to * five more times. rep [ to ] once. dc in last st. Turn.
Opening for teapot spout begins this row.
Using ribbon, yarn, or safety pin, mark stitch #29/centre front of tea cozy.
Row 8: sc in first st, ch1. dc in foll 27sts. Turn. (28)
Making the top “v“
Row 9: sc in first st, ch1. dc in foll 2sts. *FPtr in foll post st. dc in foll st. FPdtr around FPdtr2tog in row below (placement as in Row 5). dc in foll 3sts. FPdtr around same FPdtr2tog again. dc in foll st. * rep * to * two more times. dc in last st. Turn. (28)
Decrease row/beginning cozy crown
Row 10: ch1 then hdc in first st—counts as first hdc. hdc in foll st. hdc2tog. *hdc, hdc, hdc2tog* repeat six times. Cut yarn and tie off. (21)
Rows 8-10, right side of teapot spout
Row 8: With wrong side of cozy facing you, reattach yarn with sl st to the st just left of center marker. sc in same st, ch2. dc in foll 27sts. Turn. (28)
Row 9: sc in first st, ch1. *dc in foll st. FPdtr around FPdtr2tog in row below (placement same as in row 5). dc in foll 3sts. FPdtr around same FPdtr2tog again. dc in foll st. FPtr in foll post st.* rep * to * two more times. dc in foll 3sts. Turn. (28)
Row 10: Rep * to * of Row 10 above. Join with sl st to first st of other sides completed Row 10.
Turn so right side is facing you
Row 11: sc in first st, ch1. *hdc2tog, hdc* repeat seven times. hdc into first st of opposite side, joining sides together and finishing teapot spout opening. *hdc2tog, hdc* rep seven times. Join to start of row with sl st in top of first st. (31)
Row 12: sc in first st, ch1. *hdc2tog, hdc* rep nine times. Join to start of row with sl st in top of first st. (20)
Row 13: sc in first st, ch1. *hdc2tog, hdc* rep six times. hdc in last st. Join to start of row with sl st in top of first st. (13)
Row 14: *sc, sc2tog* rep * to * four times. sc in last st. Join to start of row with sl st in top of first st. (9)
Top: hdc, ch3 (counts as first dtr). Popcorn of 6dtr over two stitches, 3 in starting stitch and 3 in stitch to left of starting stitch. Anchor popcorn into fourth (centre) stitch from popcorn (2nd & 3rd pics below marked with “4 & red star”). ch1. Cut yarn and tie off.
Loop and Button Closure: Reattach yarn with sl st to left centre or bottom of handle opening of cozy. Either place works—centre loop and button attaches through handle, whilst lower attaches under handle. Check out your teapot and decide where you would prefer it. ch5 and complete loop by attaching with sl st 1″ below starting ch. Sew button across from loop and weave in any yarn tails.
Voila! You and your tea cozy are amazing. Now go put the kettle on. Xx