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Teapot Cozy Knitting Pattern {Cable Knit}

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This teapot cozy knitting pattern includes a 6 stitch cable and twisted stitches that give the appearance of cables without using a cable needle to create them.

This is knit in two pieces and stitched together leaving openings for the handle and spout.

The teapot cozy will look lovely on your teapot during the winter months and over the holidays.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase a printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

teapot cozy knitting pattern cable knit

A Cable Knitted Tea Cozy

This is a tea cozy that is easy to make and looks great, with added pom poms to decorate the top.

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The pattern is easy to follow, knitted flat on straight needles, using chunky/bulky/12 ply yarn.

This pattern is an intermediate level pattern for those knitters with experience enough to tackle the cables and twisted stitches.

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This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

teapot cozy with a cable knit design

Teapot Cozy Knitting Pattern {Cable Knit}

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Skill Level – Intermediate

Notes

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

The design uses both cable stitches and twisted stitches.

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

Gauge – 16 sts in 20 rows to 10cm/4 inches in stocking stitch.

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • 1 x The Petite Wool in the color natural (3.5oz/100g/153yds/140m)
  • Yarn weight – Bulky/Chunky/12 ply
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

Notions

Other materials

  • Clover pom pom maker – 2.5 inches/65mm

Abbreviations

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • C4B – Slip the first two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work. Knit the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
  • C4F – Slip the first two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work. Knit the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and then knit the two stitches from the cable needle.
  • K – Knit
  • M1 – Make 1 stitch
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • P2tog – Purl the next 2 stitches together.
  • P3tog – Purl the next 3 stitches together.
  • SM – Slip marker
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Tw2F – Knit into the second st on the left-hand needle then knit into the front of the first st, slipping both stitches off the needle together.
  • Tw2B – Knit into the back of the second stitch on the left-hand needle, then knit into the front of the first stitch, slipping both stitches off the needle together.
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Pattern

Make 2 pieces

With 6mm (US 10) needles cast on 36 sts and K 3 rows. Next row: K4, *M1, K4 – rep from * to end of row. (44 sts)

Now work the following Cable pattern;

  • Row 1 (WS): K2, P4, (K3, P8, K3, P4) twice, K2.
  • Row 2 (RS): P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P3, C4B, C4F, P3, Tw2F, Tw2B) Twice, P2.
  • Row 3: Rep row 1.
  • Row 4: P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P3, K8, P3, Tw2F, Tw2B) twice, P2.

These 4 rows form the pattern.

Rep the 4 rows – 4 times more, then rows 1 and 2 again.

  • Next row: K2, P4, (K3tog, P8, K3tog, P4) twice, K2. (36 sts)

Keeping the continuity of the pattern – the twist and cables, work the next 5 rows like this…

  1. Row 4: – P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, K8, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) twice, P2.
  2. Row 1 (WS): K2, P4, (K1, P8, K1, P4) twice, K2.
  3. Row 2 (RS): P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, C4B, C4F, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) Twice, P2.
  4. Row 3: Rep row 1.
  5. Row 4: P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, K8, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) twice, P2.
  • Next row: K2, P4, *K1, (P2tog) 4 times, K1, P4 – rep from * once more, K2. (28 sts)
  • Next row: P2, *Tw2F, Tw2B, P1; rep from * to last st, P1, work 3 rows (keeping continuity in the pattern).
  • Next row: P2tog, *(K2tog) twice, P1 – rep from * to last 6 sts, (K2tog) twice, P2tog. (16 sts)
  • Next row: *K2tog, rep from * to the end of the row.
  • Break yarn, thread through the rem sts, and secure tightly.

Making up

  • Stitch the side seams together using the mattress stitch.
  • Use your teapot as a tool for measurement for the handle and spout holes at either side of the seams.
  • Seam the side, first from the bottom up for 2 inches/5cm.
  • Then seam from the top down for 2.5 inches/6cm this should then leave a hole for the handle that measures approx – 2.5 inches/6cm.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Make a large pom-pom and attach it to the top of the cozy, securing tightly and weaving in all loose ends.

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7 Comments

  1. This is very pretty. I am a continental knitter. Would you be able to point me to continental knitting instructions for Tw2B and Tw2F, by any chance?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello Hussonga,
      Sorry I couldn’t find any instructions or tutorials for these stitches and continental knitting.
      Perhaps if you do a bit of research? I could only find tutorials on youtube for knitting those stitches in the English style.
      I’m happy you like the tea cosy though!
      Thanks,
      Louise

  2. Can you explain the sentence, keeping the continuity of pattern – twists and cables, work five rows. Thank you for your time in this matter.

    1. Hello Connie,
      You will work the next five rows like this –

      1. Row 4: – P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, K8, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) twice, P2.
      2. Row 1 (WS): K2, P4, (K1, P8, K1, P4) twice, K2.
      3. Row 2 (RS): P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, C4B, C4F, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) Twice, P2.
      4. Row 3: Rep row 1.
      5. Row 4: P2, Tw2F, Tw2B, (P1, K8, P1, Tw2F, Tw2B) twice, P2.

      Then when you come to the three rows, you will work those staying in the pattern.
      It will be easy to do this, when you get to that point, as you will see.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

    2. Thank you. I finished half of the tea cozy with your much appreciated help. If I buy the pattern, will it have all the instructions for the work five rows and three rows ? I would have never figured out the five rows. I hope I did the three rows correctly. Thanks again. Love your patterns.

      1. Hello Connie,
        The PDF pattern has the same instructions as you see here on the website, but it is ad-free and printable.
        Happy knitting!
        Louise