Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.

This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.

Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel

connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch

Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nothingbutknit2
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 23:00:25

    Oh my!! That is so cute!!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Yolanda Chavez Sherman
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 02:59:44

    I think I tend to over explain for the same reasons as you so I don’t think you over explained. You explained just right. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person


  3. brennacrocheter
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 14:24:44

    Super cute!



  4. quietwatercraft
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 14:54:49

    That’s so cool!



  5. Tami
    Aug 14, 2017 @ 18:52:05

    Very creative Tina! And there is no such thing as over explaining in my book!! πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Wendy
    Sep 30, 2017 @ 17:52:47

    I just started this charming cozy and it is HUGE. I do not see a yarn size in your recipe, nor a hint about what size yours turned out. Obviously I am using the wrong size yarn, but I would love to know what you used, and what size i made. I am thinking of trying to alter the pattern to fit my medium weight Red Heart yarn, since like the colors (and I now own it!) If you have any brilliant suggestions about that, I would love to hear them!

    Liked by 1 person


    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Sep 30, 2017 @ 20:58:21

      Hello Wendy – thank you so much for visiting my little blog 😍 I’m happy to hear that you found some inspiration here. 😊
      The size of my cozy is 11.5″ x 9.5″
      I used ‘Sugar ‘Creme cotton yarn (Walmart).
      The gauge is 17 stitches = 4″
      The camper body is 7″ x 5.25″
      I hope this helps 😊 If you have any more questions, or need help with the alteration, please don’t hesitate to ask.
      ~ Tina xoxo



    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Oct 01, 2017 @ 14:02:28

      Oh, I forgot – the yarn worsted, medium (4) weight
      Have fun! πŸ˜ƒ I hope I get to see your finished cozy 😍



      • Wendy
        Oct 01, 2017 @ 18:04:34

        Thank you so much! That really helps. I see that there was a typo in my note to you. I also meant to ask the dimensions of your cozy, as well as the weight of the yarn. Mine started out 12 inches long, using worsted (4) weight Red Heart With Love yarn. I am starting again with a smaller hook and a slightly tighter gauge. I really appreciate that you took the time to answer.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
        Oct 01, 2017 @ 18:20:42

        Of course, Wendy….Anytime 😍


  7. Wendy
    Dec 14, 2017 @ 22:19:03

    I have finally finished the tea cozy and posted photos of it on ravelry. I loved learning the Tunisian simple stitch and think the finished product is cute. I changed the colors to make it resemble an airstream trailer named Edith that belongs to my son’s in-laws. It is their Christmas present, so I hope they like it!

    Liked by 1 person


    • Kristabella's Hodgepodge
      Dec 15, 2017 @ 02:08:08

      Oh how lovely 😊I’m happy to hear that you finished the cozy, and that you’re happy with the result. 😍 Thanks for sharing your success story!
      I will definitely check it out on Ravelry.
      Have a very merry Christmas! πŸŽ„

      Liked by 1 person


  8. Wendy Shore
    Dec 17, 2017 @ 04:15:29

    Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Wendy
    Jan 02, 2018 @ 02:14:29

    I wanted you to know that you inspired another tea cozy. A friend who is crazy about nutcrackers needed a tea cozy (at least I was convinced of it), so I used the trailer cozy as a starting off point and turned it into a nutcracker. Thanks!
    I tried to post the photo here, but I could not. It is in my ravelry project file,with thanks to you and the camper pattern.



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