Ice Cream Swirl Tea Cozy Free Knitting Pattern

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mmmm it’s like an ice cream swirl!

Fancy making something delicious looking for your teapot?

Then get to it with this easy free knitting pattern.

The ice cream swirl tea cozy is made in two pieces then stitched together leaving openings for the handle and spout.

The bottom needs some shaping with a pull tie to secure the swirls into shape.

The top of the cosy also needs to be pulled tight, then the poms can be added.

The pattern is easy to follow, knitted flat on straight needles.

You can use up leftover yarns in your stash and make lots of tea cosies in different colours.

The tea cozy pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning new stitches.

If you would like to make more knitted items for the home, please take a look at the other patterns in the home knitting pattern library.

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Ice Cream Swirl Tea Cozy Knitting Pattern

Materials

1 x 50g double knit yarn in white

1 x 50g double knit yarn in pink

4mm (US 6) knitting needles/darning needle/scissors

4mm crochet hook

Pom Pom Maker


Tea Cozy Pattern

Make 2 pieces – 

Cast on 40 stitches in pink yarn

Row 1 – Knit

Row 2 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

Row 3 – Knit

Row 4 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

Row 5 – Knit

Row 6 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

Change colour to white

Row 7 – Purl

Row 8 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

Row 9 – Purl

Row 10 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

Row 11 – Purl

Row 12 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

Repeat these 12 rows 9 times. Cast off. Pick up 35 stitches along the bottom of the piece in the white yarn.

Work in stockinette stitch – Purl 1st row, Knit, until piece measures 1.5 inches long.


tea cosy

Making up >

Stitch the two sides together leaving gaps for the teapot spout and handle.

The stocking stitch edge will be at the top of the cosy.

For the bottom edge, single crochet 2 rows around in white yarn.

With the pink yarn thread through the darning needle and sew large loose stitches through the bottom of the cosy, pull tight and tie in a small bow.

Do this to the top of the cosy also. This allows the swirl pattern to stay in shape.

Make 2 large pom poms and 2 small poms in coordinating colours and stitch to the top of the tea cosy.

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)


For any help with the knitting stitches please visit the video tutorials page here >


9 Comments

  1. Deborah Crumpton
    February 21, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Should that read 15 inches?

    • Louise Bollanos
      February 24, 2017 / 12:56 pm

      Hello, the border on the bottom of the tea cosy in cream or white yarn, should measure 1.5 inches. Once the 35 stitches have been picked up, it just finishes it off. Thanks for reading!

  2. Debbie
    July 15, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Hello,
    A bit of confusion about the number of stories here.
    For each side the patterns says to knit the first 12 rows and then repeat these 9 times. This would make 12 rows x 10 making 20 stripes in all (ten pink & 10 white stripes). We’ve tried this and it looks very long.
    Looking at the picture of the tea cosy it looks like 6 pink stripes and 5 white ones.
    Thank you

    • Louise Bollanos
      Author
      July 28, 2017 / 9:58 am

      Hello, I have counted the stripes on one side pice of the tea cosy and there are 11 stripes in total, after knitting the first pink stripe, then the white after that, you repeat another 9 times.

      The first pink stripe is as follows >>
      Row 1 – Knit

      Row 2 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

      Row 3 – Knit

      Row 4 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

      Row 5 – Knit

      Row 6 – Purl first two stitches together, purl to last stitch, M1, K1

      Then you change the colour and knit another stripe (white) >>
      Row 7 – Purl

      Row 8 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

      Row 9 – Purl

      Row 10 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

      Row 11 – Purl

      Row 12 – Knit first two stitches together, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

      Then you repeat those two stripe rows another 9 times, until you have 11 stripes in total for one side of the tea cosy.

      So sorry for the late reply, I have been on vacation.

      I hope this clears things up! 🙂

  3. Debbie
    July 15, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    stripes Not stories !! – see below!

  4. Ani
    October 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Hi
    Can you please tell me if this pattern fits a 2 teapot please.
    Thankyou

    • Louise Bollanos
      Author
      October 11, 2017 / 10:05 am

      Hello, can you measure the circumference of your teapot? The cosy will fit any teapot with the circumference of 19". Thanks for reading 🙂

      • ani sheppard
        October 11, 2017 / 6:55 pm

        hi,does that inculde the handle and the spout ?

        • Louise Bollanos
          Author
          October 12, 2017 / 8:49 am

          It includes the spout but goes through the handle.

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