Knit Tea Cozy

I just bought a tea set from Target with some of my Christmas Money. It is a little one person set with a little red kettle, a mini tea pot, and a tea cup that fits underneath it. So cute. The tea pot does a good job of keeping my tea warm for a long time, but I am an exceptionally slow tea drinker so I thought it might need a little sweater. Especially because I keep the apartment pretty cold after I received my last electric bill. This also fits onto a standard mug size and will help keep it cozy too. That’s why it is a tea cozy and not a tea pot or tea cup cozy, it should fit around both. Just measure your cup’s circumference and cast on more or less stitches by multiples of 4 (to preserve the chart). This fits a 13 inch circumference mug/teapot.

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  • 25 g worsted weight yarn for Main Color
  • 25 g worsted weight yarn for Contrasting Color 1
  • 25 g worsted weight yarn for Contrasting Color 2
  • Size US4 Straight Needles or 16 inch circulars
  • 3 super cute vintage buttons
  • Crochet hook Size Dish for loops and weaving in ends

Techniques used

  • knit
  • purl
  • color changes
  • working two colors at the same time

Yarn requirements: 25 grams of a main color, a contrasting color, and a second contrasting color
3 small buttons

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Yarn Notes: I used a combo of yarn that was a lettuce and walnut test dye for Green Prairie Fibers (scraps from the Lady Moss Mittens actually) and some scraps of Catalina baby alpaca worsted weight yarn that was left over from a shawl I’m working on. I think that Cascade 220 in the worsted weight would work well for this too.

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CO 56 sts using CC1 with cable cast on.

Work 2×2 ribbing for 4 rows.

Change to MC and start chart, use CC2 for dark squares in chart.

When all 15 rows of the chart have been worked change to CC1,

work 2 x 2 ribbing for 4 rows.

Bind off in pattern.

Weave in all ends.

Use the crochet hook and your cc1 to make 3 loops along one side of the fabric. One in the middle, one by each section of the ribbing on the top and the bottom.

Sew buttons on other side of the fabric so they correspond with the loops.

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Edited in: When I went to update it tonight I realized that it was just getting too long, so I divided it up. I have updated the pattern archive so each technique section has it’s own page. Hooray!

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Have a super happy crafty week!

See you soon!
++Kristin Roach++

19 thoughts on “Knit Tea Cozy

  1. Very nice! And a good alternative to the plethora of teapot cozy patterns. Casting on to make one for my sister. She bought herself a very similar set. When I showed her how to properly brew tea, I mentioned that I would make her a cozy. So thanks for helping me to keep my promise!

  2. Oh good! I’m glad you all like it! I’ve been using mine everyday and it’s holding up really nice.

  3. What kind of yarn did you use? Should it be 100% wool or will a blend do? It’s very cute. :)

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