Old Trixy Teacosy

Old Trixy Teacosy

Free Knitting Pattern



Those with a wise eye out for old cottage novelties will be glad they found Old Trixy. Using stranded knitting, we find cleverly woven into the plump design her two familiar companions, a winking black cat and tattling parrot. What an amusing setting for afternoon tea. Rest awhile by the scarlet flames in the fireplace. Raisin toast anyone? 


Pure wool 3ply

Knitting needles size UK 11/3.25mm/US 2-3

½ yard wool wadding

¾ yard cotton fabric for lining


Cascade 220 Fingering Pure Wool (Shown in Goldenrod, Ruby and Highland Green)


8 stitches per inch


Width approximately 14 ¾ inches

Length 9 ¾ inches when completed


R-Red, G-Green, B-Black, Y-Yellow used for background

Old Trixy Teacosy Free Knitting Pattern PDF

Felix the cat asks Polly parrot to put the kettle on. Polly replies “Right Felix! T’s ready.”

Sonnet Camisole

Sonnet Knitted Camisole Free Pattern

Knitted camisole with satin ribbon straps, back facing and smart lower hem finish. Crochet edging around neckline and underarms. Flower bouquets pattern on upper section. Small photo only available and this does not show the unusual and feminine lace flowers. Size 42 inch bust.


4 balls Shepherd Classic pure wool shade 0307 buttercup (4ply weight)

Pair 3.25mm needles (US 3 UK 10)

Circular needles 3.00mm (US 2 UK 11)

Ribbon for straps (1″ – 2.5cm wide pale yellow or peach satin)

Ribbon for front eyelet threading (5mm – 1/4″ wide)

Crochet hook 3.00mm (US D/3 UK 10)


Width across stocking stitch 48″ before seaming. Fits 42″ – 44″ bust.

Underarm to lower edge 101/2″ – 26.5cm finished measurement.


6 stitches to the inch over stocking stitch.


0 (yarn over needle as in yard forward)

Note: Always cast off and decrease in the pattern stitch.

Cast on 145 stitches and work stocking stitch for 44 rows. Begin flower pattern and complete 5 sets of the pattern.


Row 1: Purl

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: P7 *(P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) into next stitch, P12 repeat, ending with P7.

Row 4: K7 *P6, K12* repeat, ending with K7.

Row 5: P7 *K6, P12* repeat, ending with P7.

Row 6: K7 *P6, K12* repeat, ending with K7.

Row 7: P1 (P2TOG) twice, P2, *K2, 0, K2, 0, K2, P2, (P2TOG) 4 times, P2* repeat, ending with (P2TOG) twice, P1.

Row 8: K5 *P8, K8* repeat, ending with K5.

Row 9: P1 (P2TOG) twice *(K2TOG, 0, K1, 0) twice, K2TOG, (P2TOG) 4 times* repeat to last 5 stitches, (P2TOG) twice, P1.

Row 10: K3 *P9, K4* repeat, ending with K3.


Purl next row. Keeping pattern on central 5 flower pattern repeats only and working reverse stocking st on other stitches, cast off 4 sts at beginning of next 8 rows (113 sts). Note: Row 7 begins P2, P2TOG twice, 5 flowers, P2, P2TOG twice. Row 9 begins P2TOG twice and ends P2TOG twice.

Next row (row 10 of pattern) cast off 2 sts, work 52 sts, K2TOG (leave remaining sts on spare needle).

Cast off 2 sts, work 52 sts in reverse stocking stitch, P2TOG.

Row 1: Cast off 2 sts, rev st/st to last 2 sts, K2TOG.

Row 2: Cast off 2 sts, work to last 2 sts, P2TOG.

Repeat last two rows until 6 sts left. Cast off.

Join wool to centre and knit across (this is row 10 of pattern).

Row 1: Cast off 2 sts, rev. st/st to last 2 sts, K2TOG.

Row 2: Cast off 2 sts, work to last 2 sts, P2TOG.

Repeat last two rows until 6 sts left. Cast off.


Cast on 145 stitches and work in stocking stitch for 94 rows. Begin back facing – purl next row for foldline. Starting with a purl row, stocking stitch 4 rows and cast off purlways. Finish ends. Mist lightly with water and pin out on ironing board, straightening edges and folding under the facing. Leave to dry. Tack down back facing and sew with matching buttonhole thread. Using mattress stitch sew side seams carefully, joining row to row and taking in two stitches each side. (4sts taken up in seam)


Right side facing, pick up and knit 286 sts with circular needles, going under both loops of the cable cast on. Knit 7 rounds. Cast off. Pin, dampen and sew as for back facing. The foldline is the pick up row.


With crochet hook, begin at right back (rs facing) and slip stitch around entire top, working across the back by crocheting into every second stitch through the upper chain loop. Continue around the front, picking up each stitch on the very edge. (This will be fairly tight to pick up). After reaching starting point continue across back with double crochet (US single crochet). Change to this pattern stitch when you reach the front:

2 chain, miss one, 1 slip st into next st (repeat around, working firmly).

Cut 2 pieces of pale yellow ribbon, sew ends under 5mm (1/4″), attaching one at underarm seam on right side of work. Thread ribbon from side seam to center front with a large tapestry needle. The ends meet here and tie in a bow. Sew straps at front position, turning ends under 5mm. Try on and sew back strap down as needed. Soft lingerie elastic can be inserted into the back channel for a snug fit.

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Quondong Yarn Basket

Quondong Cat or Yarn Basket Free Knitting Pattern

A basket to hold your yarn balls or kitten… this design is named after the Australian native peach Quondong. The outside stitch pattern has the appearance of hand weaving; inside shows as a type of moss tweed. Project used hand spun chunky wool in English Garden hues, and after felting measured 30cm/11¾” in diameter.

Designed by Dianthe Bells


2 x 100g skeins Hawthorne Cottage hand spun chunky wool in English Garden (Green, White, Olive, Mauve, Pink, Lemon) Approximately 50m per skein for basket

1 x 50g ball Nundle 8ply pure wool in Dusky Rose for base

10.00m (80cm long) circular needles

5mm (80cm long) circular needles

4mm (80cm long) circular needles

5mm set of double points

6mm crochet hook

Markers for beginning of rounds

UK/AU terms used


Mandala Thick and Quick

… unexpected color combinations that crafters have come to expect from the Mandala name, with subtle color changes and a superior hand. 100% acrylic. Shown in Labyrinth


With English Garden and 10mm needles cast on 92 sts (join and work in the round, placing marker). Complete 16 rounds of Nubbly Purl Tweed pattern stitch:


Round 1: K1, P1.

Round 2: Yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, p1.

Round 3: P1, K1.

Round 4: P1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front.

Change to 6mm needles and work 12 rounds of pattern. Change to 4mm needles and work 8 rounds of patterns. Using a 6mm crochet hook work a slip stitch crochet cast off. Weave in ends, sewing tail down with needle and matching thread to secure.

Using set of 4mm double points and Dusky Rose, pick up 92 sts around crochet cast off (base). (Wrong side facing and inserting needle through lower loop only of crochet chain). Mark beginning of rounds with yarn loop or ring marker.

Round 1: K2tog, knit to 45th st, k2tog, knit to end (90sts). Round 2: *K8, k2tog* to end.

Round 3: Knit all alternate rounds. Round 4: *K7, k2tog* to end. Round 6: *K6, k2tog* to end. Round 8: *K5, k2tog* to end. Round 10: *K4, k2tog* to end. Round 12: *K3, k2tog* to end. Round 14: *K2, k2tog* to end. Round 16: Cast off remaining 9 sts.

Weave in ends securely. Felt basket. Dry in sunshine over a large, similar shaped bowl.

“The overland explorers Charles Sturt and John Stuart would probably have died of scurvy in central Australia, had they not eaten the wild fruits including the Quondong on their travels. Early settlers used the fruit of the Desert Quondong in jams, pies and jellies. They also dried the fruit like the Aborigines to keep them for future use. Explorer E.J. Eyre said that the fruit makes excellent puddings or preserves, for which purpose it is now extensively used by Europeans. More recently the Quondong is often used in wild food restaurants and sold as jams and pies. The Aborigines often ate the nutritious oily kernels of the Quondong. Some trees produce sweet almond flavoured kernels while others produce a distasteful kernel. The distaste in some kernels is a result of a pungent aromatic oil, methyl benzoate.

“The seeds of the Quondong, both Desert and Bitter, are round, pale and knobbly. The Early settlers used these for making necklace beads, stud buttons and Chinese checker marbles. Today, they are only rarely used for these purposes, by locals and art and craft shops. Occasionally small operators use the wood as craft wood.” (Original source unknown).

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