Category Archives: knitted tea cosy

Top knot tea cosy

Isn’t she pretty? Top Knot was a 40th birthday present for a friend who’s favourite colour is pink!

The body of Top knot tea cosy was knitted from the pattern Contemporary Cool in the book Tea Cozies.

The top knot flower was knitted a pattern for floribunda rose in 100 flowers to knit and crochet.

The little flowers were crafted by my daughter and then were sewn around the bottom edge of the cosy and decorated with plastic beads.

Next time I would knit a lining for Top Knot as I think it would have made the cosy ever cosier!

Washing day tea cosy

Washing day tea cosy was knitted from a pattern in the book Tea Cozies 2. It’s knitted in garter and stocking stitch using 2 strands of 8 ply wool for the body and 4ply wool for the washing hanging on the line.

I had a lot of fun knitting this cosy.  Washing day tea cosy on a white Maxwell 6cup infuser teapot was a Christmas present for a hardworking teacher friend of mine and came with the message to enjoy the outdoors and school holidays.

Poinsettia tea cosy

Poinsettia is one of my favourite tea cosies, knitted in cream and red 8 ply wool. It’s based on a free internet pattern for a cabled tea cosy from the December 1946 “My Home” Magazine.

I started knitting the flowers in the original cosy pattern but was unhappy with the result.  Instead, after purchasing 100 Flowers to knit and crochet, I knitted the poinsettia flower on page 48 using 8 ply wool.  I think it looks lovely together!

My poinsettia tea cosy on a red Maxwell infuser pot was a Christmas present for my “twin” Maria who was born on the exact same day as myself.

Strawberry cosy

Strawberry tea cosy was another of my firsts – I was exploring variations for red and cream 8ply wool. It’s based on a free Internet pattern by Katya Frankel available for download through Ravelry

My eldest daughter took this cosy home and it now clothes a 6 cup white teapot she bought online.

I like Strawberry because it’s an easy stocking stitch knit with the only tricky bit being the green stalk at the top which is knitted in the round. Nice and fast for a quick gift!

I made another Strawberry tea cosy for my daughter’s work friend  for her birthday.  I used yellow wool for the pips this time but I think it looks equally good knitted with cream pips! Because it’s unlined you have to be careful that the shape of your teapot works. It looks good on a 6 cup Maxwell infuser pot.

Striped cosy

Striped tea cosy is another one of my first attempts at knitting tea cosies. It’s based on the free Internet pattern by Rosan Hoban for a traditional tea cosy.

Striped tea cosy was knitted in 8 ply red and cream pure wool. It’s another pleated cosy, so quite traditional in design.

Because I have never learnt to crochet, the flower on top was a bit of a stumbling block. I ended up knitting my version of a circle in the round without a pattern and drew it up in the middle to create a flower.

My youngest daughter liked this cosy the best so it now has pride of place at her house on a red Maxwell 6 cup infuser pot.

I also knitted a smaller version in blues and again had the same issue about finishing the cosy. This time I knitted up the top from the Check Mate tea cosy pattern in the book Tea Cosies. I think it looks OK. This cosy was originally knitted for a 4 cup baby blue William James teapot but I was never quite  happy with the colours. Instead, on a dark green 4-6 cup Rogerware teapot from Victoria’s basement I think it works better.  The teapot’s green arms really show off the curves and I’ve always liked blue and green together!  Striped blue on green was a Farewell gift to a friend who changed jobs at the end of last year.

Checkered tea cosy

Checkered is one of my first tea cosies. It was knitted from a free internet pattern for a pleated tea cosy http://web.archive.org/web/20080411034606/http://www.knitlist.com/98gift/anotherteacosy.

It’s knitted from 8 ply red and cream pure wool and has a red plaited cord.

Checkered is a large cosy for a voluptuous teapot.  This 8 cup William James teapot from Victoria’s Basement has the right proportions, as has my curvaceous Johnson Brothers blue willow teapot.

Sadly Checkered is yet to find a new home. It needs a large family or a family who loves an extra large pot of tea!

I adapted the pleated tea cosy pattern for three colours for a smaller teapot.  The result is my Shades of Chocolate tea cosy It’s knitted with a gradual progression from dark to milk chocolate. Shades of chocolate was a gift for a friend’s elderly mother and clothes a 4 cup chocolate brown William James teapot from Victoria’s basement.

This is a great pattern that can be easily adapted to fit any teapot.  The pleating, once mastered, is very straightforward. It’s quite a traditional technique so suits a traditionally shaped teapot or one with a fuller bottom!