Recently I finished reading the book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which was so amazing and beautiful that I was inspired not only to write this blog, but also to knit this sheep carousel. Now, you may ask how this book inspired me to knit a tea cosy. Good question. Before I can answer that, I must delve into the book a bit. The main draw for me towards this book is that it’s incredibly dark and beautifully written. It revolves around two magicians in a mysterious circus that only takes place during the night. Underneath the façade of the circus lies a dangerous competition between the two magicians, Celia and Marco, that will ultimately result in the death of one of the magicians. The competition is made even more intriguing by the fact that the circus has sparked a love interest between the magicians. Another interesting aspect of the book is that the entire color scheme is black, white, and shades of gray, which appealed highly to my colorblind self.
Hopefully by now the inspiration for knitting this black and white sheep carousel is clear. I knit the tea cosy out of St. Denis Boreale on size US 1, 32” needles. Each ball of St. Denis consists of 225 yards of fingering weight wool. One ball of each color is plenty sufficient. In fact, I have enough left over that I’m considering knitting a second one with the colors inverted. This yarn is a bit rustic, which makes it perfect for Fair Isle knitting. In addition to color work, this cosy also features Latvian, or Vikkel braids, knitting in the round, i-cords, and steeking.
Not going to lie, I was more than a little terrified when I cut through this piece, but as long as you reinforce your knitting with a needle and thread before you cut, you will be fine. If you’re interested in knitting the carousel tea cosy, just click here to get started. -Michael