04 April 2011

A Cute Tea Cosy for Beginner Knitters

If you read my blog post on Saturday you'll know I'm re-introducing an official afternoon tea time in our house. Part of the ritual will involve making a pot of tea. No, I haven't lost my love of coffee, I have developed a taste for tea, much to my mother's delight.  I brought my teapot from the back of the cupboard and it's just the right size for two, but the tea gets cold quite quickly so a tea cosy was needed to keep it warm.

There are thousands of patterns for tea cosies available online, but they were all quite complicated. I adapted this one from three different patterns, making it quick and easy. If I can knit it up then anyone can.

You'll need:
100g 8 ply wool
1 pair 5mm knitting needles

To make:
Cast on 40 stitches.
First row: K2, P2.
Repeat first row 37 times (38 rows total).
Next row: K2 together, P1. Repeat to end.
Next row: K2 together, P1. Repeat to end. (20 stitches)
Cast off knitways.

Repeat to make second side.  With right sides together, stitch the sides of the cosy, leaving gaps for the spout on one side and the handle on the other side.

Make a pom pom or a crochet flower and stitch in place on centre top.

If you'd like more tea cosy patterns, visit www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/cozies.php


Anonymous said...


The tea cosie look great. I haven't done any knitting before and would like to try this one but how do I make the flower on top

Anonymous said...

Hello, The flower on top is crocheted and a youtube video will teach you how to do this. You will likely have to practise a bit first but it is worth it because you can make so many lovely decorative items for your home as well as gifts and clothing. Take the time, you'll love the results! :-D

Unknown said...

Great pattern thanks. What is casting off knitways?

Cath Armstrong said...

Carol it's simply casting off by working the row in garter stitch (knit) instead of working the row in the rib pattern. Does that make sense?