Little Tea Cosy pattern

Mauve tea cosy

This little tea cosy is simple and quick to knit. You can make it in a single colour, as I have here, or vary the colours, as I did with the tea cosies I made for Edith’s House cafe, which I wrote about in my blog here. Then just add flowers.

Mauve tea cosy with purple flowers on embroidered cloth


1 ball DK in main colour (I used SIrdar Country Style DK and it took quite a bit less than half the ball)

Oddments of DK in other colours

Pair 4mm single pointed needles

Stitch holder


To fit a single-cup teapot


st(s) = stitch(es)

k = knit

st st = stocking stitch

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together


Cast on 66sts.

Work 4 rows in garter stitch.

Next row: k32, cast off 2sts, k to end.

On these 32 stitches, work in st st for 19 rows, then break off yarn and slip these sts onto a stitch holder.

WIth wrong side facing rejoin wool to other 32sts and work 19 rows st st.

Next row: k32, cast on 2sts using thumb method, k32 from stitch holder.

On these 66sts work 6 rows in garter st.

Next row: k2, k2tog (k 4, k2ktog) to last 2sts, k2 (55sts).

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k2, k2tog (k3, k2tog) to last st, k1 (44sts).

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, k2tog (k2, k2tog) to last st, k1 (33sts).

Purl 1 row.

Next row: (K1, K2tog) to end (22st).

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k2 tog to end (11sts).

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k2tog to last stitch, k1 (6sts).

Break off wool and run through sts, gather up and secure.

Join seam, from top to end of garter st band, leaving the rest open for handle.

Simple one-cup teapot tea cosy

Finishing touches

Work a number of crochet flowers in a contrasting colour and attach to top, or on body of cosy as desired.

Here, I’ve used lemon DK to make 8dc in a magic ring. Then in purple I’ve made 3 chain, missed a stitch, slip stitched to the next stitch, then 3 more chain, etc. For the final round in each chain space I’ve made a slip stitch, 2 chain and a slip stitch. At the end, I’ve made 4 chain and then, missing the chain nearest the hook, slip stitched back down 3 chain and fastened off.

Little purple and lemon crochet flowers I’ve secured them at the centre of the cosy, down the stem, and at the bottom of the bottom petals.

Tea cosy with little purple and yellow flowers

This pattern is © Annie Windley 2017 and is  for personal use only. The pattern may not be published elsewhere or offered for sale and the finished items may not be sold.