Tea Cosy Pattern {Simple Pom Pom}


In this post, you will see a simple pom pom tea cosy pattern.

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

Any yarn that is suitable for 5.5 mm (US 9) straight needles will work well.

tea cosy with pom pom decoration

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl and k2tog.

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Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

More Tea Cosy Patterns

You may also like these free patterns for tea cosies:

tea cosy with pom poms

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

Tea cosy pattern

Tea Cosy Pattern

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Skill Level – Easy


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

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Size – To fit the circumference of the teapot 18 inches.

Gauge –  12 sts and 16 rows in 4 inches measured in stocking stitch.

The Supplies You Need


  • 2 x John Lewis merino blend bulky yarn 50g shade 301 / dyelot 433
  • 1 x DK yarn in your colour choice for pom decoration
  • Any bulky yarn 05 or chunky yarn will be ok to use for this project.


Needles: 6 mm (US 10)

Notions + Other Materials

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Clover pom pom maker 1 3/8 inch

Abbreviations >

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • Sts – stitches
  • St St – Stocking stitch
  • Garter stitch – every row knit
  • K2tog – knit 2 stitches together


Using 5.5 mm (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.

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