Santa's Grotto and Winter Wonderland
An old teapot was used for the frame. Kate recycled oddments of different types of 3 and 4 ply yarn. First, the base was crocheted to fit, stitches were picked up on four 2.75mm needles from the edge of the base, increasing evenly in the first and second rows to achieve the correct number of stitches for the Aran pattern. After the first four rows of the pattern and switching to two 3mm needles, the two halves of the body were done separately. In order to maintain the same Aran pattern, increases in size were achieved by switching to thicker needles (the middle section was knitted on 4mm needles) and decreasing was done using thinner needles. The lid was made in a similar way, but four needles were used all the time. The spout and handle were done in stocking stitch on two needles, the seams were covered in cables knitted separately.
The cup and saucer were made in the same way as the lid, with modelling mesh used as a frame for the handle. Both were stretched over suitable shapes, the edges were pinned into a cork board and were then daubed with a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water to achieve a rigid shape.