Tea Cosy Free Knitting Pattern

knitted tea cosy

Can you feel the weather changing and need to gather new knitting projects?

Why not knit this lovely retro style tea cosy, it’s an easy knitting pattern that looks great knit in any colours of your choice.

This would be suitable for a beginner as well as a seasoned knitter!

tea cosy patternThis is a traditional tea cosy that is easy to make and looks great.

It has a 1950’s style and is a retro pattern sure to get you compliments whenever you use it.

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

pink and white tea cosy

Retro Tea Cosy Pattern

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 Free Knitting Pattern

This tea cosy pattern is easy to follow, knit flat on straight needles.
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner

Materials

  • Debbie Bliss Rialto DK colour 23009 dye lot 125 (Green) 100g Yarn A
  • Sublime extra fine merino wool DK shade 0003 lot 30459 (white) 50g Yarn B (NB; any DK yarn could be substituted)

Tools

  • Pair of 4mm (US 6) knitting needles
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Instructions

Make 2 pieces

  1. With 4mm (US 6) needles and Yarn A cast on 98 sts and work 7 rows in garter st, ending with rs facing for start of the pattern.
  2. Join in yarn B and pattern as follows,
  3. Row 1: k1a, k6b * k7a, k7b; rep from * to last 7 stitches, k6a, k1b
  4. Row 2: k1b, k6a * k7b, k7a, rep from * to last 7sts, k6b, k1a
  5. These 2 rows form the pattern.
  6. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work measures 51/2 inches (14cm) from beg, ending with row 2 and rs facing for next row.

Shape top

  1. Row 1: a k2tog, b k3, k2tog * a k2tog k3 k2tog, b k2tog, k3, k2tog, rep from * to last 7 sts, a k2tog k3, b k2tog (70sts)
  2. Row 2: b k1, a k4, *b k5, a k5, rep fr
  3. om * to last 5 sts, b k4, a k1.
  4. Row 3: a k2tog, b k1 k2tog * a k2tog k1 k2tog, b k2tog k1 k2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, a k2tog k1, b k2tog (42sts)
  5. Row 4: b k1, a K2 b k3, a k3, rep from to last 3 sts, b k2, a k1
  6. Row 5: a k2tog, b k1, *a k2tog k1, b k2tog k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, a k2tog, b k1 (28sts)
  7. Row 6: b k1, a k1, *b K2, a K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, b k1, a k1
  8. Row 7: (A k2tog) twice, *b k2tog, a k2tog; rep from * to last 4 sts (b k2tog) twice (14sts)
  9. Break off yarn and thread through remaining 14 sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely.

Making up >

Do not press; join the side seams leaving openings for the handle and spout of the teapot.

Flower Decoration >

You will need:

Sublime extra fine merino wool DK shade 0009 lot 18770 (dark pink) yarn a Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK shade 0048 lot 37172 (light pink) yarn b 2 x buttons of your choice

Needles: 1 pair 3 1/4 mm (no 10) (US 3) needles

Flower 1 (Large)

  1. Using 3 1/4 mm needles and yarn of your colour choice (yarn b)
  2. Cast on 110 sts Row 1: knit
  3. Row 2: *K1, cast off next 20 stitches (one st on right needle after cast off), rep from * 4 times more.
  4. Break yarn and thread through rem 10 sts. Pull up tight and fasten off securely.

Flower 2 (medium)

  1. Using 3 1/4mm (us3) needles and a yarn of your choice (yarn a), cast on 80sts
  2. Row 1: Ws: knit
  3. Row 2: *k1, cast off next 14 sts (one st on right needle after cast off) rep from * 4 times more.
  4. Break yarn and thread through rem 10 sts. Pull up tight and fasten off securely.

Flower 3 (small)

  1. Using 3 1/4 mm needles and yarn of your colour choice (yarn B)
  2. Cast on 50 sts Row 1: (WS): Knit Row 2: *K1, cast off next 8 sts (one st on right needle after cast off), rep from * 4 times more.
  3. Break yarn and thread through rem 10 sts. Pull up tight and fasten off securely.

Making up your flower

Do not press. Lay small flower on top of the medium flower and then on top of the large flower and sew together in the center. Attach a button to the centre of the flowers and sew into place.

Notes

Please Note; The pleats are formed by each colour being drawn tightly across the back of the colour just used.

All strands are carried across on the ws and always carry colours to the end of the rows.

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)

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