Shell Stitch Teapot Cozy
Measure the base of your teapot on one side of the spout and handle. That will be the length of your starting chain. Chain however many you need to reach that length. You want your cozy to be tight and have to stretch slightly to fit. Err on the side of making the chain too short rather than too long. It will bunch up and look messy if you make the cozy too large. The below instructions are for a teapot that measures 8 inches on each side.
For Base (Make 2)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across to end, Ch 1; turn.
Row 2: Sc in same st, *sk 2 st, 5 dc in next st (shell made), sk 2 st, sc in next* repeat from * to * to end of row. Ch 3; turn.
Row 3: 2 dc in same space as ch 3, skip 2 dc and sc in top of next dc, *skip 2 st, 5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc * Repeat between *’s to end, 3 dc in last stitch, ch 1; turn.
Row 4: Sc in same stitch, skip 2 st, *5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc, sk 2 st* Repeat between *’s to end, sc in last stitch (top of ch 3 from previous row); ch 3; turn.
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until piece is desired height, ending with Row 3. Fasten off and weave-in ends.
With wrong sides together, whip-stitch both pieces together on the sides to form a tube, leaving a small gap on one side for the spout and a larger gap on the other side for the handle.
Sc around the top opening of the cozy and also around the opening for the spout and the handle. This gives it a more finished and neat appearance.
Teapot Lid Cover
I wasn’t sure how to attach the flowers & leaves, so I just crocheted a circle slightly larger than the teapot lid and attached it to the top edge of the cozy on one side with ten firm stitches to create a flap. I used the crochet circle instructions HERE, but you can make it however you wish. (Note: It would be much easier to crochet the flowers & leaves onto the circle first and then attach it to the top edge of the cozy. I wasn’t that smart when I made mine and it was kind of awkward and fumbly. Live and learn!)
Make flowers and leaves and sew onto the lid and/or body as desired.