Autumn Tea Cozy

You asked for it! Here’s my pattern for the Tea Cozy I made for my K1T2Swap pal.

Autumn Tea Cozy

autumn tea cozy
This is just the right thing to keep your tea nice and hot while you curl up with a cuppa and a good book after a stroll through the autumn leaves.

~ 1 skein Noro Kureyon (or other worsted-weight yarn)
~ 5mm small circular needle and some 5mm dpns (or 2 circs, or a really long circ. for Magic Loop, what ever suits your fancy!)
~ 2 3mm dpns
~ 1 stitch marker
~ tapestry needle
~ crochet hook (opt.)

C/O 80 sts.
Join in the round — remember not to twist them! Place a marker to show beginning of rounds.

Picot hem
Rounds 1-3: knit all sts.
Round 4: *yo, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Rounds 5-7: knit all sts.
Round 8: Folding right side inward at yarn-over row, pick up 1 cast-on stitch and knit it together (as K2tog) with the corresponding live stitch. Note: If you don’t want to be this fancy, you can simply ignore this round and whip stitch the hem up at the end.

Next round: knit all sts.
Continue in St. st. until you have approx. 2″ (more for taller teapots) from picot hem.

Make handle opening:
Knit 1 round. Turn.
Purl to marker. Turn. Note: You are now effectively knitting flat!
Repeat these two rows until work measures approx. 3-3.5″ from beginning of handle opening.

Make spout opening:
(RS): K38 sts, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k38sts, turn.
(WS): P39, drop double yo on needles, yo twice, p39, turn.
(RS): K39, drop double yo on needles, yo twice, K39, turn.
(WS):P39, drop double yo on needles, yo twice, p39, turn.
(RS):K40,p1, k39. (80 sts total, as ever.)
Note: Just let these dropped double yarn-overs dangle for now. Trust me!

Spiral Decrease:
Note: you will now resume knitting in the round. Re-place your marker if you’ve dropped it!
Next round: knit all stitches.
Dec. round 1: *K8, k2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 2 and all even rounds: K all sts.
Dec. round 3: *K7, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 5: *K6, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 7: *K5, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 9: *K4, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 11: *K3, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 13: *K2, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 15: *K1, K2tog* (rep. to end)
Dec. round 17: *k2tog* 8 times. 8 sts. remain.
Break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread yarn through all sts. and pull tight to close. Sew one or two tack stitches inside cozy by spiral join.

Top Loop
Thread yarn tail back up through center and either make a crochet cord or i-cord approx. 2″ long. Bring end of yarn back down through center, sew a few tack stitches, and weave in end.

Knitted Leaves
You can use 5mm needles, or smaller ones, your choice. I knit 2 small leaves and 1 large leaf.
tea cozy leaves

C/O 3 sts.
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Row 3: K1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 4 and all even rows: Purl all sts.
Row 5: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 7:K3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 9: ssk, k5, k2tog.
Row 11: ssk, k3, k2tog.
Row 13: ssk, k1, k2tog.
Row 15: Sl1, k2tog, psso.
Thread tail through last stitch, pull tight. Weave in ends.
Note: to get colour variation for the leaves, I broke the yarn where I liked the colour, knit my leaves, broke yarn from leaves, and then rejoined the two ends with a spit-felted join.

Your top loop has already taken care of one end! If you don’t want a top loop, though, just pull your yarn threaded through the 8 top stitches tightly and weave in the end.
If you did not knit your picot hem together, then sew it up now, folding it in at yarn-over row and whip-stitching around. (Be generous with your sewing yarn, you want the cozy to be stretchy!)
Snip the dropped yarn-overs at the center of the spout opening, pull the little tails tightly, and weave these ends in.
Artfully arrange your leaves and tack-stitch them where ever you choose.
Go make a pot of tea!

The Fine Print:
This may be my first written-out pattern, and it may have some problems, but it’s still mine and I’m kind-of proud of it. Please don’t repost or reprint it (in whole or in portion) without my permission, lest you suffer a terrible fate. Likewise, you may not make items from this pattern for sale, or doom shall fall upon you.

You may, however, print up as many copies for personal use as you like! Make cozies for yourself, or for gifts! Feel free link to it from your own blog/website; that would make me happy! And of course, I’d love to hear back from any of you who make one, and hope to see your photos!

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

ED: My pattern is already linked up in Ravelry! How cool is that?

ED: There was an error in the math for knitting the spout! It has been fixed above. (Dec.17, 2007)

ED: Wow — hello all you folks from Rachel’s Knitting Room! You’ve certainly played havoc with my stats :) I hope you enjoy the pattern! (Jan. 16, 2008)



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39 responses to “Autumn Tea Cozy

  1. itsirk.enaad

    Congrats on the pattern – very cute! I wonder when Gnorm will get here and then on to you?

    • Marion

      Thank you for this lovely pattern and for sharing it with us! My tea is now much longer kept warm and it looks so nice on the table :-).

  2. That is too too adorable!

  3. Geminimind

    Love the pattern, but what size pot is it on? I’m thinking of making it for someone but they have an 8 cup tea pot and I can’t find a pattern that tells the measurements…..

    • LinesA part of of the wholeThey play a roleWe take what we wantTo make our songSome lines can carve our destinyIt’s in our hands to take commandThe lines we cross, or stay on courseWill guide our ship to that graded spotSo be aware, and don’t just stareAs you decide to go somewherePriya Jane

  4. Cute as can be! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  5. Sharon

    Love the pattern. I plan on making one starting right now. I will let you know how it comes out.

  6. Dora

    Love your pattern.
    I’ll start knitting it for a friend in her birthday.

    Thank you

  7. Jenni

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. It’s nice to find something different in the way of tea cosies. I was beginning to feel no one used them anymore. Can’t wait to start, just the afghan to finish crocheting, the jacket for my granddaughter, the jumper for my husband that needs a reworking…………… sigh.

  8. Chayah

    Thank you, your pattern is beautiful, I am looking forward to knitting it for my friend.

  9. I found your blog via Ravelry and just want to thank you for the cute cosy.
    I’m a beginner knitter but I have saved it for that lovely day that I feel I can tackle it!
    Thanks so much!

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  11. That is really cute. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  13. liedra

    I have a question, how big is your teapot that you made this to fit? :) I’m having a hard time working out how big I should make mine. Thanks in advance!

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  15. Corinne

    Adorable, thank you for sharing. Now please try my one and only pattern published. Call up in the tag section of Ravelry Thrummed mittens by Corinne Morrison Morton and voila they are there.
    I have a few others I should share but am pretty lazy about the typing part.

    Take care Corinne,

    • Adele

      May I use your thrummed mitten pattern to teach a small class of ladies in Indiana?
      Thanks for considering……..very nice pattern

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  17. WillowKP

    I found this off of Ravelry, and it’s just what I was looking for! It shall go to dear Mummykins as a birthday present, and I’ll be knitting like crazy to meet the deadline. Seriously. If I have a deadline and a project that I like and really want to finish, it happens. Like *magic*!
    Thanks for the pattern!

  18. This was so fast and easy! It is so pretty too! Thanks for putting this up for people to enjoy creating!

  19. thanks for such a cute pattern :) found you on ravelry

  20. so, how big is the teapot? I love the pattern, can’t wait to start knitting

  21. Vera Bell

    Love this tea cosy it is so different. Would you, please, allow me to make and sell them in aid of AGE UK ( a charity that helps people over the age of 50 years in the UK) or is it strictly prohibited. Thanks for considering.

  22. I found the pattern through a Google search. While very cute (I varied it by putting in a solid stripe where the handle hole is), it came out pretty odd for me. The spout hole seems to be too high up, and there is an awful lot of rows at the bottom which I’ve had to just roll up. Maybe it’s just a variation in teapots, but it definitely doesn’t work too well for a shorter teapot with that many rows before starting the handle hole. It’d be great to have dimensions for the teapot.

  23. Hello, what a lovely tea cosy!

    We are going to be running a “Tea Cosy Corner” feature on our blog, and wonder if we could have permission to use your photo and link to your pattern? We will credit you for everything and add your blog address to our favourites in return :)

    Happy Knitting!

  24. mel

    HI, I am just past the spout , but am running out of yarn… I am using noro Kureyon 50g and using 4mm needles….did you really make it with one ball?

  25. My sister will love this . I’m going to surprise her and make it is secret, just slip it on the teapot one day. Beautiful pattern. Kanga1

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  27. Rosemary Bleeker

    Love this pattern – bought wool 2 years ago.Found mistake at spout opening. Can someone please let me have the 5 corrected rows for this. Many thanks xxRose

  28. Rosemary Bleeker

    can ANYONE help me? posted a comment on August 16 – no replies. HELP

  29. Deborah Mielke

    The first thing I saw was the color, then the way the top was and the leaves. I hope mine comes out as pretty.

  30. Beautiful! I especially like the picot hem. Your instructions are clear. Thank you.

  31. Please, if you would respond as soon as you are available – what size (how many cups) tea pot does this pattern fit? Thanks so much.

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