Love tea? Keep it cosy with these adorable FREE tea cosy patterns!

Tea pots can come in so many shapes and sizes it can be difficult to find a tea cosy that’s a perfect fit, so today I’m going to show you how to make one to perfectly fit your own teapot to keep your tea nice and warm.

You will need 2 balls of 8 ply yarn – or more depending on the amount of decoration you require. This project is a perfect way to use up some of that yarn in your stash – odd balls and leftovers will make fantastic stripes. You’ll also need a pair of 4mm knitting needlesand a yarn needle for sewing it up.

The basic construction is a rib for the bottom (as most teapots go in a bit at the bottom), followed by a straight section with a border on both sides, and a shaped top. You will make two pieces the same, then sew them together at the bottom and the top to enclose the teapot and leave gaps for the spout and handle.

Easy Peasy.

Cast on 43 stitches for a small pot (2/3 cups), 49 stitches for a medium pot (4/5 cups), 55 stitches for a large pot (6/8 cups). Because teapots are all sorts of shapes this is an estimate only. You may find the smallest measurement will suit your 8 cup teapot that is long and thin.

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Knit rib until you reach the bottom of the handle &/or the spout – whichever is the lowest to the ground. For this teapot that was 4 rows of rib.

To make the border on both sides you will then Knit on the right side, and purl on the wrong side (stocking stitch), but on the purl rows you will start and end each row with 3 knit stitches to make your border.

If you want to make stripes, change yarn every 2 rows – or whenever you feel like it!

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Continue on straight until you reach the height where the top of the teapot starts to curve back in. Now we will start decreasing.

1st row: K2, * sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, rep from * to last 5 sts, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2 … 29 (33-37) sts.

Work 7 rows in stocking stitch.

(you can lengthen or shorten here by doing more or less rows of stocking stitch)

9th row: K3, * sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, rep from * to last 6 sts, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3 … 17 (19-21) sts.

Work 5 rows patt.

(you can lengthen or shorten here by doing more or less rows of stocking stitch)

15th row: K2 (1-0), * sl 1, K2tog, psso, rep from * to end … 7 sts.

Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.

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OR

If you want to make a bow at the top as we did for this teapot knit 1 stitch, then knit 2 tog for the the remaining six stitches. You will have 4 stitches left over.

Continue on these 4 stitches until your stalk is 20cm long. Cast off.

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Make another the same, and sew them together at the sides, from the bottom up, and from the top down, making sure to leave a hole for the spout and the handle at each side.

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TEA COSY (MAKE 2)

Using 4.00mm needles and MC, cast on 43 (49-55) sts.

Knit 3 rows garter st, first row is wrong side, and inc 3 sts evenly across last row … 46 (52-58) sts.

Beg Patt:

1st row: Knit.

2nd row: K3, purl to last 3 sts, K3.

Last 2 rows form patt for rem.

Cont in patt until work measures 9 (12-15) cm from beg, working last row on wrong side and dec 3 sts evenly across last row … 43 (49-55) sts.

Shape Top:

1st row: K2, * sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, rep from * to last 5 sts, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2 … 29 (33-37) sts.

Work 7 rows patt.

9th row: K3, * sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, rep from * to last 6 sts, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3 … 17 (19-21) sts.

Work 5 rows patt.

15th row: K2 (1-0), * sl 1, K2tog, psso, rep from * to end … 7 sts.

Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.