This simple tea cosy is knit in two pieces and stitched together to leave openings for the handle and spout. Small pom poms were created and added around the neck to create a whimsical decoration.
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Easy Tea Cosy Pattern
2 x John Lewis merino blend chunky 50g shade 301 / dyelot 433
1 x DK yarn in your colour choice for pom decoration
Needles: 5 1/2 mm (US 9)
Tea Cozy Pattern
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
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.
Pom decoration >
I used a pom maker to make the decoration, as it is an easy and fast way of making them.
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.
Lay the circles together, without any overlap. Remember, the bigger the circles, the bigger your pom will be (and visa versa).
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.
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. Draw a long piece of thread between the two circles. Tie and knot it firmly around the stitches that meet in the centre hole. 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. Cut and pull out the cardboard once the stitches have been knotted together. Snip the thread with scissors until it becomes quite fluffy.
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.
K – knit
P – purl
Sts – stitches
St St - Stocking stitch
Garter stitch – every row knit
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together
For any help with the knitting stitches please visit the video tutorials page here >