Step 12: There is no limit to the pattern!

When you become more adventurous and friends start admiring (and wanting) your tea cosy, you can vary the pattern by knitting stripes, and squares (and even intarsia designs) following the basic pattern. You can even knit an American flag, although working with more than two colours really gets you in a tangle.

The pleats on the wrong side retain the heat from the tea and keep the whole pot warm for much longer. My mission - no more cold tea pots!


Now all you need to know is how to make a 'proper' cup of tea!

<p>I discovered how to attach my images ?</p><p>Thank you for sharing your lovely pattern xx</p>
What yarn and how much needed please
What yarn and how much needed please
I love this and I want to do this! But I do not understand how to do the following step: <br> <br>&quot;Make sure you carry the yarn at the back as you change colours and do not pull the yarn tight.&quot; <br> <br>Can anyone help me with this? I can only manage to pull the yarn across the front, and can't get it to the back? How??? <br>Thanks!!!
Love the tea cozy.. I was raised learning how to make and drink tea the British way and my mother and I are American.
What yarn did you use for this? I am in Canada, also what was your gauge? <br>Thanks!
I was raised by tea loving (Canadian) parents and we always had a tea cosy or two! After I was married, I saw and fell in love the tea cosy that my husband's (Scottish) Grandmother had. It is identical to yours, but she does not have the pattern! So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw this post! If only it came in crochet instructions. as I cannot knit! :-(
do you use wool or artificial fibers for your cosy?
She hasn't logged on, but Kitewife just browsed this and liked it. My granny had a tea cosy like this, but it had a hole at the top for the knob on the lid of the pot. It had a tiny hole in the knob to let the steam out, so the hole was important to stop the cosy getting damp. (Rated on Kitewife's behalf.)
By the way, both the purple/pink and green/green cosies are coming to England at the end of the month as gifts for deserving relatives in Woodbridge!
I hope they're not members, or you've just spoiled the surprise!
never did take those cosies to England (forgot to pack them!)- I had to knit a new set of three over there for my sister-in-law's teapots. Here they are in their new home on a Woodbridge sideboard!
could you tell me how many stitches you used for the small pot i have just bought a one pot new to knitting but picking up quick would like to knit a few as my dad would love these
An easy way would be to work out how many stitches you normally form per inch (knit a few rows, measure and count), measure around the pot, then work it out from there [number = (stitches per inch) x (inches around)].
I hadn't thought of that, but the steam can get out of the spout too.
Oh, covering the top of the lid doesn't harm the tea or the pot, she just didn't like damp patches on her cosy.<br/><br/>She was seriously old-school regarding crafts, make-do-and-mend right to the end. She knitted lots, didn't have carpets, and made her own rugs from strips of old clothing (&quot;proddy mats&quot;). She drank tea so weak that a single bag would last a full pot, and then she added hot water to the cups!<br/><br/>I don't remember how she was, but my dad was born in 1942, a very late addition to the family, so she quite probably remembered <em>both</em> World Wars.<br/>
I am very proud of my first attempt - a rasta tea cosy, which works a treat!<br>Thanks for the pattern
How much yarn is needed? I didn't see any quantity posted.....
just became a member why carnt i download PDF keeps saying become a member!! help<br>
Bravo! I woke up this morning, turned to the net as with winter coming I have to find a way to keep my tea hot now I'm back in old Blighty. I found this fantastic site so I'm going to get my wool today and keep my big tea pot covered. Thanks a million<br>
Just knit my first tea cosy from this pattern and it turned out wonderfully, it gets used almost every day and I probably make one for my little sister that also loves tea. It was my second project after learning how to knit and now I'm trying to learn how to knit socks. Thank you for the wonderful pattern and inspiration to try knitting one of these cosies. Though there should be a disclaimer some where in the instructions that warns that knitting can be addicting, but I suppose knitters already know that. :)
what difference do the extra holes in the pot make? I've noticed some teapots with that design and always wondered about that.
In the "olden" days when tea was loose (no tea bags) and there were no tea strainers, the extra holes prevented the large tea leaves from coming out of the spout into the cup!
THe Olden Days??? I still use loose tea here in Ireland!!! In our tea pot theres a bit of mesh inside the spout aswell as the smaill holes just to be extra sure of no manky tea leaves... they tase awfull!!!
Just goes to show that Ireland is much more civilized than the US!
Seriously, why the problem with Americans? It's kind of offensive.
My nana has a pattern for a tea cosy like that, except the ridges are further apart ( wider stripes of colour). I would post it here but its kind of incomplete... as are most of her patterns, but she always manages to guess them perfectly!
This is such a traditional English design, and I know that there are lots of variations - with wider stripes and narrower stripes. I once found one in a charity shop in California with a pom pom on top and the people in the shop thought it was a hat for a large dog!
Ha ha, big dog, if the cosy wud b big enough to fit my nana's (granny's) teapot, t'wud fill the army with tea and there'd still be sum spare!!! ( what my granda always ses!)
I suppose in California they don't need a cosy to keep the tea pot warm! Here's a link to the biggest cosy I ever made. My sister in law has placed it on a globe of the world to create global warming! My dad loved his tea and used to sit the tea pot (and the cosy) on the gas ring - he set fire to many a tea cosy that way!
woah, thats big!!!! My granda is always putting the teapot up on his big old range, den my nana gives out to him when he puts it on the table coz it makes big black scortch marks on the table cloth!
my dad would set the teapot with the cosy on it on the range, and he burnt a lot of cosies that way!
(oops forgot to finish the above comment off) Another phenomenon- the tea pot is ALWAYS empty after 5 minutes!!! (to anybody reading: The "irish" kid in the simpsons movie does NOT have an Irish accent. NOBODY over here speaks like that, just in case you believed we do!)
oh yeah, wat part of england is woodbridge in???
I'm here in the good old US of A using loose tea as well! :-)<br /> <br /> Also the proud owner of at least 3 tea cosies! But none of my cosies has openings for spout and handle so I shall have to re-learn knitting and make one like this! <br /> <br /> Was watching some crafts show the other day, and some woman had made a HUGE tea cosy and then felted it in hot water so it shrunk to normal size. It was very cool.<br />
Can you make a hat one pleses?
I grew up with one of these that my Mom had. It was cream colored and green, but stained. My Mom always wanted to figure out how it was made but never did. Thank you for bringing back a fond memory for me.
Why is she ribbing Americans??
I'm seeing references to 'fancier' tea cozies. I've got an&nbsp;English friend for whom I'd *love* to make a tea cozy - where do I find the fancier patterns, please?&nbsp;<br />
I can't knit, but I've made very workable tea cozies from ordinary winter hats (one from a berber fleece hat for a larger teapot, and one from a darling baby's hat for a single-cup teapot). Just cut a hole for the handle, and another for the spout. Works very well.
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What is the ply of this wool please? Double knitting?
thank you...thank you....I have always wanted to learn how to make these, I have had terrible results in the past!! Can't wait to make one....
Thanks for having this pattern on your site. I had lost mine (which had always been in demand for gifts to friends), during a move, and was delighted to find it again. This is indeed one of the best cozies I've ever made. Really does keep the tea pot hot longer! Loved your creative ideas for the pattern.
They look great! Will pull out some bright yarns and give one a go!!
I made one from your pattern...it's a bit big for my little tea pot so I guess I need another BIGGER tea pot! I am going to make a smaller cozy next in one of your snazzier patterns as a challenge! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for the pattern I have been looking everywhere for a pattern such as this!
You could try using smaller needles, or for a small pot try casting on only 35 stitches. I am quite a tight knitter, but by looking at your lovely picture, I think you are probably a much looser knitter, so less stitches and smaller needles may do the trick.
lady jewels-this lady is a tea lover from way back, wondered upended your site with true delight. I have been looking for a pattern and they just didn't hit my fancy. The instructions for the tea will be great fun, does anyone have insight to new or used tea pots?
I just saw this site and joined. Thanks so much for the pattern! I'm going to make one. I will enjoy the knitting practice! I first learned to knit in Bermuda in 1959. I was 9 years old in British school. My daddy was stationed there in the Navy. Boys and girls all learned to knit and had knitting homework! I then made Barbie doll clothes. lol Linda

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