These days it’s all rage to breed poodles with other dogs, resulting in adorable Labradoodles, Cockapoos, Schnoodles and Doodleman Pinschers. Less known are the highly controversial crossbreeding experiments conducted in the late 1950s involving poodles and common housewares. While we’re all familiar with the Toastoodle tragedy, thanks to the recent 60 Minutes expose, you may not be aware of the marginally more successful Teapoo AKA the Poopot.
If, of course, you define success as an eviscerated blue Orlon Poodle.
For the complete pattern (and more snark!):
Poodle Tea Cosy
Of Mary Maxim Knitting Worsted/Double Knitting or Sayelle* Nantuk
Any typos in the above sentence are not the responsibility of the transcriber. However, investigation reveals “Sayelle*Nantuk to be 100% Orlon, 4ply. Rest assured, this bad boy will survive the Apocalypse.One steel crochet hook size 00.
Abbreviations: See page 23.
Bwah-ha-ha.Note: Instructions are given for 6-cup size, and for larger size in brackets following.
Good God. Now I’m looking at that poodle and all I see are D-cups instead of paws.Body:
Using steel crochet hook, make a chain of 30 (35) sts.
1st row: D.c. into back 2nd ch. from hook, d.c. into back of each ch. to end. Ch. 2, turn.
2nd row: **D.c. into back of each st. Ch. 2, turn**
Rep. from ** to ** 16 times more
19th row: D.c. into 14 (16) sts., ch. 10 (12), skip 10 (12) sts. of previous row, d.c. 4 (5). Ch. 2, turn.
Now work from ** to ** 17 times.
Join side seam by work s.c. through one st. from each side 10 (12) times, s.c. 14 in front side only, s.c. 4 (7) through both sides—lower edge. Fasten off.
Ch. 6, join in circle with sl. st. into first st. Ch. 1.
1st round: 2 s.c. in each stitch. Join with sl. st. to first st. Ch. 1.
2nd round: *2 s.c. in first st., s.c. in next st.; rep. from * to end, join with sl. st.
3rd round: Same as 2nd round.
4th round: S.c. into each st., join with sl. st.
Rep. 4th round until work measures 4 ins. from the beg. Fasten off. Place a piece of cardboard tubing 4 ins. long inside head to keep it firm.
Notice how the cardboard tubing was not mentioned in the Materials list above? No need to panic! It’s just a 4 inch length of toilet paper tube. (Fun Trivia: Real ladies never say “toilet paper”, they say “cardboard tube paper” instead.)Sew body to head, gathering in body to fit head.
Ears (Make Two):
Ch. 12, work one d.c. in 11 ch., 3 d.c. in next 2 sts., d.c. to end. Fasten off. Sew ear to each side of head.
Ch. 6, join with sl. st. Ch. 1, turn.
Next round: S.c. into each st. Join with sl. st. Ch. 1, turn.
Rep. this round for one inch. Fasten off.
Sew to face, about 10 rows from neck seam.
Make 8 large pompons as follows:
Pay attention! Pompon (or pompom) making is a critical skill in vintage knitting. Without the pompons all you have is a naked tea cosy with a yarn-encased toilet paper tube perched on top.Wind wool around 4 fingers, 50 times, slide off hand, tie securely in the middle.
Clip ends and strike against hand to form into shape. Clip to desired size.
Make 2 small pompons by winding around 2 fingers 25 times. Complete as for the large ones.
Sew small pompons at each side of the nose. Sew one large pompon on top of head, one on each ear about ½ inch from bottom, 4 on front for feet, 4 rows from side openings, and 10 sts. from top and bottom. Sew on button eyes; and a piece of red felt for tongue.
Buttons and felt weren’t mentioned in the Materials list either, were they? Oh well, surely you have two spare buttons and a bit of red felt. And if not, you can always cut them off a family member’s clothes. They’ll never notice.A collar around the neck of felt or ribbon may be added if desired.
It’s like a scavenger hunt!Sew 8th pompon to back for tail.
And finally, place your completed poodle in the center of the living room coffee table so it’s the first thing your husband sees when he comes home. It’s proof that – contrary to malicious rumour – you don’t actually spend your entire day eating bonbons and watching soaps. Instead you’ve been industriously making pompons and cutting up his clothes.
Click here for the printable pattern.
ETA: To see this charming fellow in real life, visit here, and here.