Saturday, January 13, 2007

Tea Cosy

Simple Cosy for a 3 to 4 cup Pot

Yarn: 1 ball Patons Jet
remnants of three colours(Cleckheaton Silk used here )
Needles: 5mm
RS-right side
WR-wrong side
YO- yarn over
SS-slip stitch
PSSO-pass slipped st over
Rib-K1 P1
Cast on 84 sts,work in basic 1x1 rib for 4 rows
Work Rib pattern 40 sts,cast off 4 sts,continue knitting on these 40 sts for 20 rows.
Break yarn and rejoin to other 40 sts and knit for 20 rows as for first half,knit across the first 40sts so there is a toal of 80 sts on needle keeping in rib pattern.
Knit in Rib pattern for 8 rows,then knit two together across row ,40 sts, Purl 2 together across row,20 st,knit 2 together again so ther are 10 sts left.Break yarn leaving enough yarn to draw up remaining sts.

Using wool needle, pass through these last sts and secure.

Decorate with knitted or croqueted flowers,pom poms,or a knitted cord(cast on a number of sts knit a row,cast off) that can be tied into a bow.Another sugestion,gather last sts with a ribbons of contrast colour and tie in bows.

Green leaf pattern:
Cast on three sts,
RS R1 Turn,K 1,YO,K1,YO,K1
WS R2 Purl all sts
RS R3 K 2,YO,K 1
WR R4 Purl
RS R5 K 2,SS,K1 PSSO,YO,K1,YO,K2 tg,K2 (7 sts)
Repeat last 2 rows 4 times,should have 6 lace"holes"
RS Knit 1,SS,K 2 tg,PSSO,K1.K 3 tg (5 sts)
WS P 1,P 2 tg,P 2tg,P1
RS K1,SS,K2 tg,PSSO,K1 (3 sts)
WS P 3 tg.
Using wool needle secure end of yarn by sewing into back of sts, Press and attach to cosy.
Flowers used are from Simply Knitting ,Issue No 16,June.
This is my first written pattern of one of my own projects inspired by other designs and adapted to use what I had in stash.Good simple tea cosy patterns are hard to find so thought I would put this here for my own and others to have fun with,if there are any problems with this pattern ,please email or contact me and I will see what I can do!


  1. Amazing, I have been looking for the "right" tea cosy pattern and look you have blogged it!!! Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou!!
    I'm getting yarn tomorow.....

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  3. Sorry about that, I had trouble logging in.
    I had written to say that I love your tea cosy. It almost makes me want to make one, although hubby makes his in a cup.
    Glad you got some rain. We got a little, but not much

  4. Well, you know, this post could also pass as your Green Thumb sunday post since it's really beautiful flowers involved :-)

  5. Oh I do like your tea cosy, very nice.

  6. nice of you too share know we were all wantng it !!
    you have been busy by the sounds of it ..
    i wish patons would "update "their sock colours ..its so soft .I found the opal not at all soft to knit..actually I didn't like it much ..prefer heirlooms sock wool
    I've mised your lovely garden pictures ..thought you might have been blown away .....

  7. Hello from Norway!! - Long time no hear - Love the Tea Cozy!! Very cool and very much something I can copy but crochet instead. :)

  8. That is the best looking tea cosy pattern I have seen. Nice work!

  9. I just finished your tea cosy and loved making it. Very simple, easy fast pattern. Perfect for a last minute gift.

    For the leaf pattern, what does "R" stand for? I'm not familiar with that abbreviation. Maybe I'm missing something obvious.

    Either way, thanks for a great pattern. =)

    1. Anonymous6:29 AM

      R for this particular pattern means R1 = Row 1 and so on.

  10. Fantastic! I had SUCH a hard time finding tea cosy patterns that didn't need circular needles!

    Great pattern!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing,this is great!!!xoxo

  12. hello! thank you for posting this great teacosy pattern, it looks lovely and easy too make, good too that I seem to have lost the old one.

    I was wondering if you could share the flower patterns in knitting? That would be incredibly appreciated!

    thanks again!

  13. beautiful, i love it! one question though - are you measuring in 8 oz cups? just want to make sure it will fit my pot before i start.

    thanks! :)

  14. What a lovely tea cosy! I've just started knitting and having completed my first scarf - want to go onto something else ... I was thinking of knitting a tea cosy - do you think it is too hard for a beginner? Would be grateful for any advice you might have for a novice scarf knitter!!

    1. Anonymous8:45 AM

      This tea cozy should be very easy for a beginner

  15. Anonymous5:15 AM

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  16. Anonymous6:12 AM

    This is gorgeous and I knit it in an evening. Do you attach the open side at all? Also, I can't find the flower pattern. Any chance you could post it please?

  17. I have started knitting four tea cosies, done a few rows then unpicked. Annoying. To find this pattern at last was amazing. Thank you. It's perfect

  18. Hello thank you so much for the tea cosy pattern its just beautiful. I'm knitting one for my moms birthday I hope she likes it. Its very easy so far for me to do I love knitting I can't wait to make one for myself as well. Thanks again for the sweet pattern I just love it :)

    Happy Knitting..

  19. Hello I'm working on your cosy I think I might be doing it wrong? I've done the four rows of k1 p1 and starting the rows where you cast off four? now as I look at it lol it don't look like yours yet and I'm not sure if I'm casting off right? I did the regurlar knit bind off it has a funny shape at the bottom and the one side only has 28 stitches on the needle? I hope I'm not doing it wrong but thought I better stop and check before going any further. I'm afraid I may have to start over I'd like to have it by sunday I'm just afraid I'm doing it wrong on the cast off part so there for its not coming out right I'm on row 15 I hope I'm not doing it wrong but it looks funny LOL :) I'd apprecate any help I'll go back and look at the directions again hope your day is well.

    Happy Knitting Tammy

  20. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, I made one for my sister in law as a custom order... It's in a beautiful blue colour but it turned out a bit plain though because I had to leave out the flowers.

    if you want to take a look you can find it here :)

  21. Anonymous10:55 AM

    as a novice knitter i have almost finished knitting the tea cosy but i dont know where the spout hole goes?? sounds silly now i write it down, but please help!

  22. Anonymous4:22 PM

    I love your tea cozy. Just perfect. Will start knitting as a present to accompany the tea pot Xmas present for my daughter's mother in law. Thank you!

  23. Thank you for your pattern.
    I have already made one and
    I am about to start another one.

  24. Anonymous2:08 PM

    I made this tea cosy as my first knitting project ever, and it turned out beautifully. The only changes made were that I knitted in stokingette rather than rib (couldn't work out how to do rib!!) and I sews on a button to hold the kitting together between the handle... I looks awesome - great, easy to follow pattern.

  25. Anonymous7:43 AM

    is this pattern for double
    knit please

  26. I think I should maybe knit this one again and take photos of its progress,like many knitters so many projects so little time

  27. Hmm its knitted on a worsted weight,if you lay it flat there should be an opening in the middle, for spout,the sewn up side is the handle opening.I simply cast on in the flat knit for so many rows,cast off in the middle a couple of stitches to allow for spout thickness then made sure I knitted the same number of rows for both sides,rejoined at top and did the decrease,when finished at top, I left enough yarn to sew down a little way and secured,then sewed the bottom up again just enough so it could be slipped over the tea pot handle as a firm fit.It can be knit in the round,its a matter of making sure you knit the same number of rounds each side to match each other,less sewing too! Good luck and hope this is clearer

  28. Anonymous2:08 AM

    I made this tea cosy today. It looks fantastic and it's an easy pattern to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Anonymous5:49 AM

    Perfect simple pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it. I am going to make it into an apple for our local Orchard Tea Rooms so have leaves instead of flowers on the top, but the body of it is just what I was looking for!

  30. I have no idea what dates your replies are being written but this was fun to make and Im glad you have enjoyed!I have yet to make one for me,lol

  31. Anonymous3:22 PM

    i like this tea cossie

  32. Anonymous5:11 PM

    What does R1 mean.

  33. Ok I am just a very very beginner..... What does all these things mean..... YO. WS. R1 R2 R3 WR R4 SS PSSO 2TG. I'm really sorry if I sound stupid.... but I would like to make this as a thankyou to a lovely friend who has helped me through a very rough time in my life.


    1. @Angie Steel......definitions are as follows: YO means yarn over needle, WS means wrong side of work, RI, R2, R3 etc, means Row1, Row 2, Row 3 etc. WSR4....means wrong side of work, row 4. SS means slip stitch, PSSO means pass slip stitch over, 2tg. means knit 2 stitches together. Hope this helps.

  34. Hi. Thank you very much for your pattern. Do you think you could possibly give me some idea about knitting flowers as I do not crochet.
    Many thanks in advance.

  35. Anonymous7:13 AM

    There are a few parts in this pattern which I find slightly confusing, but all in all, I think it looks like a nice pattern. Good job! I'll let you know how mine comes out.

  36. Anonymous3:17 AM

    Hello from Australia,We are having problems doing the leaves, don't seem to have enough stitches on in 3rd.Row or 5th Row.Can you help us please.

  37. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Thanks for the definitions! Just starting ...

  38. I'm not too sure of the stitching up of tea cosy...this is my 1st tea cosy...can u ask your help plz as it is very lovely...