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One of our wonderfully talented customers has made these fantastic knitted covers especially for Ringtons mallows!

You can find the instructions below:

Needles: 3.25mm (size 10) and 2.75mm (12UK).

Yarn: Small amounts of red/white/blue DK yarn and gold fingering for crown.

Teapot body:

Cast on 28 stitches, Purl 1 row.

Increase row

Knit 2, (pick up stitch, Knit 8) to last 2 stitches, pick up stitch, Knit 2  –  32 sts.

Beginning with a Purl row – 11 rows Stocking Stitch [add own pattern]

Decrease rows

Knit 3, (Knit 2 together, Knit 2) to end of row, Knit 3  –  25 sts.

Purl 1 row.

Knit 2 rows for rim of teapot. [in contrast colour]

Knit1, (Knit 2 together, Knit 1) to end of row, Knit 1  –  17 sts.

(Purl 2 together, Purl 1) to last 2 sts, Purl2  – 11 sts.

Thread yarn through stitches and pull tightly. Sew sides together.

Teapot Spout:

Cast on 5 stitches.

Knit front and back of every stitch  –  10 sts.

Beginning with a Purl row, Stocking Stitch 5 rows.

Knit 2 together, Knit 6, Knit 2 together  –  8 sts.

Purl 1 row.

Knit 2, Knit 2 together, Knit 2 together, Knit2  –  6 sts.

Purl 1 row, Knit 2 rows, cast off.

Add a tiny amount of stuffing to the widest part of the spout and attach it to the teapot then sew up the edges of the spout. Bend to shape.

Teapot Handle:

Cast on 16 stitches. Knit 3 rows. Cast off knitwise.

Sew handle to teapot covering the join.

For bobble:

Cast on 6 stitches [in contrast colour]. Stocking Stitch 5 rows.

Thread the yarn through stitches and pull tightly.

Sew sides and lightly stuff, join to top of teapot.

Crown (for Jubilee Teapot):

In gold fingering or lamé yarn, 2.75mm (size 12) needles.

Cast on 15 stitches, Stocking Stitch 4 rows.

Knit 1, (yarn forward, Knit 2 together) to end of row.

Begin with Purl row, Stocking Stitch 4 rows.

Cast off loosely leaving a long tail to sew cast off and cast on edges together.

Sew around bobble on lid.

Here’s another one made especially for the Jubilee celebrations!

We love these Jubilee inspired mallow tea cosies!

Needles: 3.25mm (size 10)

Yarn: Purple (Paintbox 147 Pansy)

            Fur (King Cole Truffle 4365 Coconut)

            Gold (Rico Creative Lamé)

            [or suitable DK alternatives]

            Jewels to decorate.

Instructions – For hat piece:

            Cast on 28 stitches in Purple, Knit 2 rows. Don’t cut yarn.

            Join in Fur, Knit 4 rows. Cut Fur yarn.

            Join in Gold, Knit 6 rows. Cut Gold yarn.

            Continue in Purple.

Increase row – K2, make 1 [by picking up yarn between stitches and knitting into the back of the new stitch], (K4, make 1) to the end, K2  –  35 sts.

            Starting with a Purl row – Stocking Stitch 5 rows.

Decrease rows –      K2, (K2tog, K4) K2tog, K1  –  29 sts.

            P2tog, purl to end of row  –  28 sts.

            K2tog across the row  –  14 sts.

            P2tog across the row  –  7 sts.

            Thread yarn through stitches. Sew crown.

For bands: knit 2.

            Cast on 28 stitches in Gold.

            Knit 3 rows, cast off knitwise.

For bobble:

            Cast on 10 stitches in Gold.

            Knit 6 rows, thread the yarn through stitches and pull tightly.

            Sew and lightly stuff. Covering a large bead (pony) works as well.

Make up crown by sewing the bands in a cross over the hat piece.

Sew on bobble where bands cross making sure you go through all layers.

Decorate with jewels.

Please note this is not a toy and because of small bead/jewels it is not suitable for children.

However big or small your outdoor space is you can grow summer blooms to make you smile all season long. Get ahead and start sowing seeds now…

Sweet Peas

There’s nothing quite like the scent of summer sweet peas. Fill a toilet roll tube with compost and sow your seeds!

Chillies

Make holes in clean used yoghurt pots and sow the seeds. Keep on a sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse. When they’re around 20cm tall, pinch off the top.

Cosmos

Sow your seeds on top of compost in a seed tray or old tupperware with drainage holes added. Once you see at least four leaves growing you can carefully re-pot (prick out) into larger pots to grow on.

Why not make some some delightful herb plant pot caddies too? An absolute treat to admire on your windowsill… and to cook with!

What you’ll need:

A selection of tea caddies or any containers you have to hand, cleaned

A selection of herb plants or seeds

Compost

Water

How to do it:

If your squeaky clean caddy or container doesn’t have a drainage hole in the bottom, you’ll need to add a few – it’s easy to do with a drill.  

Fill your caddies up with compost and either firmly plant your herbs or lightly sow your seeds and water.

Place on a window sill or anywhere else around the house that gets plenty of light and make sure to pop a saucer underneath. You want keep your plant watered and don’t forget to use the herbs when cooking!

Spread a little love with our heart garland!

You will need:

A4 pink and red card

Double sided tape

Hole punch

Twine

How to:

  1. Fold your card into 3 lengthwise and cut into 3 strips (we used A4, but any size will do).

2. Take a strip, fold in two and add a small piece double sided tape to one end.

3. Curl the ends until they meet in the middle, forming the shape of a heart – secure with the tape, which should be in the middle.

4. Punch three holes, one in each side and one through the centre and thread your twine through to hang your heart. Repeat until you have your garland.

Here’s a hack that takes no time at all…

Why not make use out of those empty glass bottles and turn them into posy vases? Ringtons flavoured water bottles are perfect for this but you can use any empty bottles you have lying around the house.

There’s no instructions required for this one, simply wash off unwanted labels with hot water and soap, then arrange a selection of flowers in them sit back and enjoy!

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We’re absolutely determined to fill our houses with all things tea over the coming weeks… The first thing we’re going to do is make ourselves some delightful herb plant pot caddies! An absolute treat to admire on our window sills… and to cook with!

Materials:

  • A selection of tea caddies or any containers you have to hand, cleaned
  • A selection of herb plants or seeds
  • Compost
  • Water

Method:

  1. If your squeaky clean caddy or container doesn’t have a drainage hole in the bottom, you’ll need to add a few – it’s easy to do with a drill.  
  2. Fill your caddies up with compost and either firmly plant your herbs or lightly sow your seeds and water.
  3. Place on a window sill or anywhere else around the house that gets plenty of light and make sure to pop a saucer underneath. You want keep your plant watered and don’t forget to use the herbs when cooking!
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