Ruggotter Koala Teacosy Free Vintage Knitting Pattern
Chunky pure wool 12ply or Aran 10ply for smaller
Knitting needles 5.00mm/UK 8/US6 or to suit yarn
100% Wool 50g 10-Ply (Aran). Shown in Pippin and Mogit from the range. Or use Jamieson’s Spindrift with 1 ball thyme and 1 ball Wren used together when working for a koala tone. Koalas may be grey or brown and have pea-eyes.
Medium crochet hook
Wool or washable filling
Koala black nose
Koala quality glass button dark brown/black eyes
Koala eyelids, plastic or wool felt
About 18 centimetres/7 inches high not including head
About 46 centimetres/8 inches measured around lower edge
14 stitches and 24 rows to 10 centimetres, measured over pattern
1st row: *K2. p2, rep from * to end
2nd row: Purl
3rd row: *P2, K2, rep from * to end
4th row: Purl
Repeat last 4 rows 9 times more
Next row: (K2 tog) 16 times
Next row: (P2 tog) 8 times
Break off yarn, draw through the stitches and fasten off securely.
Make a second piece in the same way.
Leaving an opening for handle and spout, join the 2 pieces together. With the crochet hook work a row of double crochet around lower edge and openings.
With M cast on 4 sts
1st row: Purl
2nd row: K1, m1, k2, m1, k1
3rd row: Purl **
4th row: K1, m1, k4, m1, k1, turn and cast-on 5 sts -13 sts
Beginning with a purl row, work 11 rows stocking stitch.
Next row: K2, (k2 tog, k2) twice, k2 tog, k1 — 10 sts
Next row: Purl
Next row: K2, m1, k3, m1, k3, m1, k2 (13 sts)
Work 3 rows
Next row: K4. k2 tog, k1. k2 tog, k4
Next row: P4, p3 tog. p4. Cast off
Work as for right arm to * *
4th row: Cast on 5 sts. k6. m1, k4, m1, k1 (13 sts)
Complete to match right arm.
With M cast on 14 sts and work 2 rows
3rd row: K2, (m1, k2) 6 times (20 sts)
4th and following alternate rows: Purl
5th row: K9, m1, k2, m1, k9
7th row: K9, m1. k4, m1, k9
9th row: K10, m1, k4, m1, k10
11th row: k11, m1, k4. m1. k 11 (28 sts)
13th row: Knit
15th row: k10, k2 tog tbl, k4, k2 tog, k10
17th row: k10, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k1O
19th row: k9, k2 tog tbl. k2, k2 tog, k9
21st row: k2 tog, k6, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k6, k2 tog
23rd row: k2 tog, k4, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog
25th row: K2 tog, k2, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog (10sts)
Break off yarn and leave sts on spare needle.
With M cast on 14 sts and work 2 rows st-st
3rd row: (k3, m1) 4 times, k2 (18 sts)
4th row: Purl
5th row: k2, m1, knit to last2 sts, m1, k2
6th and 7th rows: As 4th and 5th rows (22 sts)
Work 9 rows.
Decrease one stitch at each end of next row and following 2 alternate rows, then next 3 rows (10 sts).
With right sides together, place needle holding face sts behind needle holding back head sts and cast off the 2 sets of sts together Join side seams. If using bought nose, place in position. Stuff firmly, then sew head to top of cosy.
Join arm seams. If using bought paws, place in position. Stuff, then sew arms into position as shown in photograph.
Embroider eyes and mouth, also nose and paws if required.
Ears (Make 2)
Cast on 8 sts Work 8 rows garter-stitch.
Decrease one stitch at each end of next 2 rows (4 sts). Cast off.
Using short lengths of yarn, tease them out, then knot to ears, to give a fur effect as shown. Sew ears in koala position. Fluff up.
Teacosy is sturdier if lined in wool or cotton flannelette.