Tea Cosy Pattern

pom tea cosy

This simple pom tea cosy is knit in two pieces and stitched together to leave openings for the handle and spout.

The cosy can be made from bulky yarns or two strands of DK yarn knit together.

Any yarn that is suitable for 5 1/2 mm (US 9) straight needles will work well.

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Pom tea cosyTea Cosy Pattern

Small pom poms were created and added around the neck to create a whimsical decoration.

The tea cosy 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.

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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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Simple Pom Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

Simple Pom Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern
This simple tea cosy is knit in two pieces and stitched together to leave openings for the handle and spout.
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • 2 x John Lewis merino blend bulky yarn 50g shade 301 / dyelot 433
  • 1 x DK yarn in your colour choice for pom decoration


  • Needles: 5 1/2 mm (US 9)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Pom maker


Using 5 1/2mm (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

  1. Row 1: k1, *k2tog, k8; rep from * to end (28sts)
  2. Rows 2-4: st st
  3. Row 5: k1, *k2tog, k7; rep from * to end (25sts)
  4. Rows 6-8: st st
  5. Row 9: k1, *k2tog, k6; rep from * to end (22sts)
  6. Row 10: purl
  7. Row 11:k1, *k2tog, k5; rep from * to end (19sts)
  8. Row 12: purl
  9. Row 13: k1, *k2tog, k4; rep from * to end (16sts)
  10. Row 14: purl
  11. Row 15:k1, *k2tog, k3; rep from *to end (13sts)
  12. Row 16: purl
  13. Row 17:k1, *k2tog, k2; rep from * to end (10sts)
  14. Row 18: *p1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, p1 (7sts)
  15. Row 19:k1, k2tog 3 times (4sts)
  16. Row 20: p1, (purl into the front and back of the next st) twice, p1 (6sts)
  17. Row 21: knit into the front and back of every stitch (12sts)
  18. Row 22: purl
  19. Cast off

Making up >

Sew each front together at the top and bottom of the sides leaving holes for the spout and the handle.

Pom decoration >

  1. I used a pom maker to make the decoration, as it is an easy and fast way of making them.
  2. If you want to make them the traditional way you will need to cut two cardboard circles. Cut a small round hole in the middle of each circle.
  3. Lay the circles together, without any overlap. Remember, the bigger the circles, the bigger your pom will be (and visa versa).
  4. Wind the circles closely with yarn. Wrap the first round reasonably tightly around the circles and quickly hold in place with the next round (hold with your fingers until it is secure). Continue to wind the yarn around and around the circles, keeping the winding even and not leaving gaps.
  5. Continue until the circles are covered completely. Put the scissors in between the two circles of cardboard and cut open the wound thread or yarn around the outer edge.
  6. Draw a long piece of thread between the two circles. Tie and knot it firmly around the stitches that meet in the centre hole.
  7. Leave sufficiently long ends of thread hanging to form a loop by which the ball can afterwards be fastened to the heading of the fringe.
  8. Cut and pull out the cardboard once the stitches have been knotted together. Snip the thread with scissors until it becomes quite fluffy.
  9. Once the poms have been made and you have enough to go around the funnel top of your tea cosy you can start to stitch them in place.


Abbreviations >

K – knit

P – purl

Sts – stitches

St St – Stocking stitch

Garter stitch – every row knit

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

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