Crochet tea cosy pattern… finally!

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Is it time for a cup of tea??

Crochet tea cosy free patternAs requested… one scrumptious crochet tea cosy tutorial!  I call it the rosy posy tea cosy, because Im such a geek and I love anything that rhymes! Crochet tea cosy free patternHere’s my take on making the perfect simple crochet tea cosy…

This is made using 8ply yarn and a 4mm hook (but any hook and the right weight yarn for the hook will work).

Step 1: Take your tea pot and chain a length which is long enough to fit around the base of your pot. Add two extra chains, then turn and half double crochet into the third chain from the hook, HDC along the length, turn chain two and work back again. At the end of this row, test your tea cosy foundation on your pot and see if it is high enough to sit snugly under your spout.  If not, add another row or two of HDC until it is. Fasten off.  Mark the center of your work. Decide how many stitches you need to leave open for the spout… but don’t leave too many stitches because you want a snug fitting cosy.  My spout is reasonably wide and I only left 1 stitch on either side of the center mark (for a total of three un-worked stitches). The hole tends to stretch and you don’t want it to gap open.

Step 2: Fasten the yarn on the left side and continue working in HDC back a forth to the marked stitches until your cosy reaches the top of your spout – finish on an even row. Fasten off. Working on the opposite side of your cosy (right) work back and forth to your marked stitch for the same number of rows as the first side, you should finish in the middle, next to the spout, now chain the number of stitches you skipped across at the bottom of the spout and join with a slip stitch to rejoin your work:

Crochet tea cosy free patternFasten off. Now. if your spout and handle finish at the same point yay – you will be working in rounds from here on. If not you will need to work a row or two of HCD back and forth over the entire piece (including along the chain at the spout) until your rows are high enough to fasten over the handle. Once you reach the handle – chain 1or 2 and ss to join the other side and make your tea cosy round.

Round 1: With right side facing work 1hdc in each stitch around (including over the chains at the spout and handle). Join the end of the round with a ss, chain 2.

Round 2: Work *1hdc in the first stitch and HDC 2 together in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around. Join the round with a ss, chain 2.

Round 3 and beyond.  Continue working in the same fashion until the cosy is right up to the top. If necessary (ie your pot is quite flat) work only round 2 for the last few rounds to keep it nice and fitting. I like to leave a hole of about 1.5cm at the end so the cosy is easy to remove from the pot.

Your cosy should fit snugly over your pot. Voila:

Crochet tea cosy free patternNow for the fun part, it’s time to decorate your tea cosy:

Make some roses:

Row 1:  Leaving a long end, chain 40.

Row 2: Dc into the sixth chain from the hook, *ch2, skip one stitch, dc into the next stitch*. Repeat between * and * to the end of the row.

Row 3: Create petals: chain 2, turn, *6dc into the ch2 gap of the previous row, sc into the top of the dc of the previous row*. Repeat between * and * to the end of the row. Twirl up and sew together.

Crochet tea cosy free patternMake some leaves: Chain 12, SC in the second stitch, HDC in the next, DC in the next 7, HDC in the next, 3 SC in the next, working around so you are now working back up the other side of your chain. HDC in the next DC in the next 7, HDC in the next, sc in the last and ss to the first stitch to finish- leave a long end to sew the leaf on with.

Make some butterflies.  The pattern I used is here.

Repeat as desired and position as you like on the pot so the arrangement looks nice. I made 5 roses, 6 leaves (in two shades of green) and two butterflies.

Of course there are no rules, you don’t have to use roses… there are loads of other flower patterns, check out these ones here.

Sew all your decorations in place using the ends. I sew the leaves first, then the bottom 4 roses and finally sew the top rose (over the lid handle) to the edge of the petals of the other 4 roses.

Crochet tea cosy free patternNow for the frills….  I used a simple picot edge for the bottom of the pot, which goes like this- (right side facing) *sc in the next two stitches, 3 DC in the next*, repeat between * and * around. When you reach the end of the round, chain 6 to make a button loop, ss the chain back to the starting chain to fasten and close the loop.  Attach a button to the opposite side.

Spout and handle picot: *sc in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch and chain 3 then*, repeat between * and * around. I find this gives a pretty, more delicate picot :)

Then, sigh… weave in all ends (there’s no getting around that step Im afraid)…

Crochet tea cosy free patternOnce you are done, step back and admire your creation! Quick go and turn the kettle on…

Crochet tea cosy free patternAnd here’s the smaller version, same pattern… same roses…different colors, but…crochet tea cosy…Just as nice!

crochet tea cosyOr the first one, a tiny tea pot (just right for one) and not a rose in sight, but lots of buttons and flowers….

Crochet tea cosyThere are many lovely tea cosies (or should I say cozies) all over the web, which gave me inspiration for my cosies; so if you are looking for inspiration and free crochet tea cosy patterns go and check out this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one

But whatever you do, don’t forget the most important steps… fill with your favorite brew, put your feet up and enjoy! Janette xx

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49 thoughts on “Crochet tea cosy pattern… finally!

    Rosy tea cosy | The Green Dragonfly said:
    November 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

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    Stocki said:
    November 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Wow…that is a lovely tea cosy…and so kind of you to do a tutorial after all your hard work… I know just the person who would love one of these for Christmas…I’ll send a pic if I manage it! :)x

    creative pixie said:
    November 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful! After Christmas I’m going to make one of these-thank you for taking the times to post the pattern.

    Niamh said:
    November 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful cosy. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    Shawna said:
    November 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    That is so cute! Thanks for sharing your talents and inspiration. :)

    Lorraine said:
    November 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Thank you so much for making this pattern and sharing. I would love to make one of these sweet cozies. I will share when I do.

    Jessica said:
    November 11, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Oh my god – I love it! Beautiful colours – just what I needed to cheer me up!

      Talitha said:
      November 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

      I love this! Thank you so much for your kindness to sharing your pattern!

    Irene Thibodeau said:
    November 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    You’ve just brightened up a very dreary day for me :) Thank you so very much for sharing your pattern with all of us. I am so glad to have found your site!

    gentlestitches said:
    November 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have a teapot just right for it.

    Jean said:
    November 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Not sure I’d make the cosy, but love the roses and will definitely make

    cookcraftcope said:
    November 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Lovely tea cozy, thank you for sharing! I’m adding it onto the never ending list of things I want to make, but up the top of the list :)

    stitchedupmama said:
    November 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    This is so pretty – and I didn’t realize crochet roses were so easy to make! Thanks very much for sharing how to do them =D

    Alessandra said:
    November 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you Janette!!! This tea cosy is such a cutie!!!
    happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

    Mónica said:
    November 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Lindos colores para el trabajo, quedó espectacular.

    niasunset said:
    November 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    so beautiful… Thank you, love, nia

    Anastasia said:
    November 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    toooooo……cute Anastasia

    zheckley said:
    November 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Nearly finished mine! Think I got a little confused between american and british stiches but still looks good – thank you so much for sharing

      Janette responded:
      November 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Yay, Id love to see a pic when you are finished!

    wyndwalkercreations said:
    December 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I love love this tea cozie I can’t wait to make one. Thank you for sharing.

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    December 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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    ahandknitlife said:
    February 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!! Right up my alley:-) Colors, Flowers and Tea:-) said:
    February 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    What a gorgeous tea cosy, makes me want to go and make a brew.

    Rochelle said:
    February 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love this. I have to make it. Beautiful.

    fee said:
    February 26, 2013 at 7:05 am

    thanks for sharing this Janette – I made one this weekend and have just shared the pictures (and link back here) on my current blog post

    I think you’ll like it!!
    fee x

      Janette responded:
      February 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      I love it! Your flowers are awesome!!!!

    krasnola said:
    March 14, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Amazing flowers :)

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    monsteryarns said:
    April 25, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Susan W said:
    May 2, 2013 at 2:04 am

    That is so cute! I wish I had seen this before I made mine, I would have just made yours! I love the flowers and your yarn color choices, very beautiful!

    Samantha said:
    May 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Amazing I am definitely trying this xx

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    Earla said:
    August 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Thanks so much for your great tutorial! It is a great start and I have already started working on on with your instructions as a basis but moving off on my own! They are really cute!

    stitchyfantastic said:
    October 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Ohmygod… This is AMAZING! I Love it,,,, Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. :D

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    November 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

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    Marlena Feuz Amalfitano said:
    January 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I love it, but how do you get it off?

      Janette responded:
      January 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      There’s a loop and button at the back (plus its only the top of the tea pot (not underneath))

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    Diane said:
    March 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I have a ‘sister’ in mind to make this for and was wondering if that particular tea pot is available and where does a person go to purchase it? :0)

      Janette responded:
      March 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Diane, I am in New Zealand and that tea pot came for a store called Briscoes. The beauty of making a tea cosy is you make it to fit the pot, so any tea pot you like should be fine :)


      Marlena Feuz Amalfitano said:
      March 17, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Upton tea has pots very similar, as does Amazon, Adagio teas, too, I think. They’re also pretty common in tea shops, should you be lucky enough to have one close by. Happy searching.
      This is a great tea cosy!

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    tessvowels said:
    December 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Reblogged this on tessvowels and commented:
    love this cozy!!!

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