In a blog post a few weeks ago, I included a photo with a tea cosy in it which I made last year. I had a few really nice comments about it and so thought I would include the pattern here, in case anyone would like to knit their own...
To make the tea cosy I adapted a couple of patterns I had to get the effect I wanted and to fit the teapot I have. Apologies if this post is overly long, I have never written a pattern out for anyone but myself before!
Tea Cosy Pattern ( Fits a standard 4 cup teapot)
Approx 100g Aran weight yarn (I used Sirdar Supersoft Aran)
6mm & 3mm knitting needles
Oddments of DK weight yarn for flowers
K - knit M1 - make one (instructions here) Psso - pass slipped stitch over
K2tog - knit 2 stitches together
Directions for main part of tea cosy (make 2 pieces the same)
Use the yarn doubled throughout ( to make the tea cosy nice and thick, and well, cosy!). Knit in garter stitch throughout.
* Using 6mm needles and Aran weight yarn (doubled), cast on 24 stitches.
* Rows 1-4 - garter stitch
* Row 5 - K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1 (26 stitches)
* Row 6 - garter stitch
* Row 7 - K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1 (28 stitches)
* Row 8 - garter stitch
* Row 9 - K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1 (30 stitches)
* Row 10 - garter stitch
* Rows 11-22 - knit in garter stitch without shaping
* Row 23 - K1, slip 1, K1, Psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1 (28 stitches)
* Row 24 - garter stitch
* Row 25 - K1, slip 1, K1, Psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1 (26 stitches)
* Row 26 - garter stitch
* Row 27-36 - knit in garter stitch without shaping
* Row 37 - K2tog x 3, knit to last 6 stitches, K2tog x 3 (20 stitches)
* Row 38 - garter stitch
* Row 39 - K2 tog x 3, knit to last 6 stitches, K2 tog x 3 (14 stitches)
* Knit 3 rows in garter stitch without shaping
* Cast off remaining 14 stitches
Flowers (I made twelve)
* Using 3mm needles and DK yarn, cast on 60 stitches
* Row 1 - garter stitch to end
* Row 2 - K1, cast off 8, repeat to end until there are 12 stitches left on the needle
* Break off the yarn leaving a long tail, thread through the 12 stitches and pull up tightly, then secure and
stitch in place to make a flower.
Making Up/ Finishing
Block the 2 pieces of the tea cosy and spray the flowers with some spray starch and leave to dry.
Using mattress stitch, sew the 2 top pieces together along each cast off edge.
Sew the sides of the cosy, leaving a space of approximately 11cm open for the handle and 8cm open for the spout.
Pin the flowers to the top of the cosy and sew securely in place.
I hope the pattern is okay, I have checked it a few times but if anyone does decide to knit one and finds a problem with it just let me know, and I will amend it! Happy knitting...