Tea Cosy

Handmade Knitted Fuchsia Knitted Tea Cosy Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Fuchsia Tea Cosy

How to Knit a Tea Cosy

What you will need...

Total time - 6 Hours 30 Minutes (Cosy only)

(2 parts at 2 Hours 50 minutes each, 50 minutes sewing up)

5mm knitting needles (UK 6, US 8)

Size 31cm

Double knitting yarn - any desired colour

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Before You Start...

*This cosy is created as more of a dome (hat) shape as opposed to a more flat cosy - this creates the ridges on make-up to allow accessories to settle in.

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off.

TOP TIP

Choose your top Accessory - This basic cosy can be topped with many different removable accessories.

Consider a Removable Liner - I have not added this but lining the cosy with a cotton removable insert, would allow easier cleaning as well as increasing the longevity of the knitted cosy.

Handmade Knitted Tea Cosy with Fuchsia Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

How to Make it...

This design is made up of 2 knitted pieces oversewn together, with an optional removable accessory of your choice.

Handmade Knitted Hat Knitted Tea Cosy Main Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Main Piece

Make 2 for Each Tea Cosy

Time - 2 Hours 50 Minutes Each

Size 31 cm

Needles 5mm

Yarn Purple - doubled up or chunky

 

Cast on 48sts

For the next 4 rows (K2P2) to end to form ribbed pattern

Next row P

Beginning with a P row, continue in st-st a further 33rows

Continue to shape top of cozy

Next row (K4,K2tog) to end (40sts)

Next row P

Next row (K3,K2tog) to end (32sts)

Next row P

Next row (K1,K2tog) to end (16sts)

Next row P

Next row (K2tog) to end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Handmade Knitted Hat Knitted Tea Cosy Edging Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Bottom Edging

Piece it Altogether

With wrong side of stocking together oversew the row ends of the two main pieces.

Attach you accessory by threading a long end of yarn through the top centre of the cosy and tie with a bow.

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Easy Removal
Handmade Knitted Tea Cosy with Fuchsia Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Fuchsia Tea Cosy

Make it Different!

Add you own imagination to your design - I like the thought of the bottom edging done in green, with the rest in pale blue to form a 'grass and sky' background. Perfect backdrop for some added knitted flowers or embroidered design.

Knitting and purling stitches can be varied to your own design - such as extending the edging pattern to make the whole cosy in a ridge pattern.

Try a few different colours and vary the accessory (see options below!) to match the colour scheme of your room or kitchen, or even according to the occasion or time of year.

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by emailing me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for you next challenge, have a look at what to try next!