A simple tea cosy which is quick and easy to knit, this includes making knitted flowers and leaves for decoration.
This tea cosy can be made in any colour combinations you can think of, the louder the better!
Knit flat in two pieces and then seamed, this cosy is simple in its design and when the flowers and leaves are added it becomes something else.
The purple and blue tea cosies in the photographs were largely inspired by a visit to MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in London where I viewed in person the magnificent paintings from Monet’s garden in Giverny.
The colours were amazing and I wanted to use them (or some of them) to design a tea cosy pattern.
I also made one of these tea cosies in hot pink with bright flowers, as I had some yarn in my stash that was crying out to be used up!
The pattern is easy to follow, knit 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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Tea Cosy Pattern
2 x John Lewis merino blend chunky 50g (in your own colour choice
2 x DK yarn in your colour choice for flowers
1 x DK yarn in green for the leaves
Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm (US 9) and 4mm (US 6)
Tea Cozy Pattern
Using 5.5mm (US 9) needles and your yarn choice cast on 31sts.
Work in st st for 12 rows.
Work the two fronts following the same pattern.
Make 2 pieces
Row 1: k1, *k2tog, k8; rep from * to end (28sts)
Rows 2-4: st st
Row 5: k1, *k2tog, k7; rep from * to end (25sts)
Rows 6-8: st st
Row 9: k1, *k2tog, k6; rep from * to end (22sts)
Row 10: purl
Row 11:k1, *k2tog, k5; rep from * to end (19sts)
Row 12: purl
Row 13: k1, *k2tog, k4; rep from * to end (16sts)
Row 14: purl
Row 15:k1, *k2tog, k3; rep from *to end (13sts)
Row 16: purl
Row 17:k1, *k2tog, k2; rep from * to end (10sts)
Row 18: *p1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, p1 (7sts)
Row 19:k1, k2tog 3 times (4sts)
Row 20: p1, (purl into the front and back of the next st) twice, p1 (6sts)
Row 21: knit into the front and back of every stitch (12sts)
Row 22: purl
Making Up >
Sew each front together at the top and bottom of the sides leaving holes for the spout and the handle.
Knitted Flowers >
With your 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and double knit yarn cast on 20 sts (Leave a tail of 8 inches)
Row 1 and each alternate row – Purl
Row 2: Increase knit wise into each stitch.
Row 4: *K1, increase into next stitch*, repeat * to * to end.
Row 6: *K2, increase into next stitch*, repeat *to* to end.
Row 8: *K3, increase into next stitch*, repeat *to* to end.
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: Cast off Knit wise
Curl your flower inwards and secure by stitching loose cast off end through the bottom. Leave a tail, long enough to sew onto the top of the tea cosy.
Using 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and double knit yarn (in green) cast on 3 sts
1. K1, M1, K1, M1, K1
3. K2, M1, K1, M1, K2
5. K3, M1, K1, M1, K3
7. K4, M1, K1, M1, K4
9. K5, M1, K1, M1, K5
11. K6, M1, K1, M1, K6
13. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K8, K2TOG
15. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K5, K2TOG
17. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG
19. K2TOG, K2, K2TOG
21. K2TOG, K2TOG
23. Fasten off.
Make 6 or however many you want to decorate.
Making Up >
Stitch the flowers and the leaves into place around the top funnel of the tea cosy. Arrange the flowers how you want them to look and secure into place.
K – knit
P – purl
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
Sts – stitches
Garter stitch – every row knit
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together
SKPO – slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch.
M1 – make one stitch