The Famous KiP Tea Cosy – Free Knitting Pattern!
Remember our Knit in Public Day?
Remember that amazing tea-cosy Lisa knitted?
She sent us the pattern! We were so excited we tried it out ourselves, just for you (well, maybe a little bit for us too). Our teacosy isn’t quite as pretty as Lisa’s but we love it!
It’s a pretty good pattern for beginner knitters – for someone who’s mastered knit and purl, isn’t panicked by knitting 2 stitches together and sewing things up, and wants to move on a little, this pattern is just perfect! And like our super-easy beginner mug cosy pattern, it was enormously popular among the experienced knitters too 🙂
This pattern makes a teacosy that will comfortably fit a teapot approximately 6″(15cm) diameter. If you want to make it bigger, just cast on another 6 stitches for every extra inch diameter (so for a 8″ diameter pot, cast on 33 stitches). Or to put it another way, another 2 stitches for every extra centimeter diameter (so for a 20cm diameter pot, cast on 31 stitches). These sizes are pretty approximate! But fortunately the cosy is quite stretchy.
The Famous KiP Teacosy Pattern
A note for those who’ve never knitted from a pattern before: don’t worry! We’ve written this specially for people following a pattern for the very first time. The first time you see a * you’ll probably think: what on earth does that mean? If you continue reading, you’ll realise that it marks the beginning of a section you’ll be repeating.
A note for those who can follow knitting patterns standing on their heads: I’m sorry this one is a little more long-winded than usual 🙂
Important: This pattern is in two pieces. Follow the pattern to make your first piece, and then make another piece just like it.
Cast on 21 stitches, leaving a good long tail – at least 15cm/6″
Row 1: k1 (knit one stitch), *p1 (purl one stitch), k1*, repeat the bit in between the ** to the end of the row (ie carry on purling one stitch and knitting the next).
Row 2: as Row 1. This stitch – k1p1 in each row – is called ‘moss stitch’. It will give you a lovely texture.
Rows 3 and 4: two more rows of moss stitch (ie k1p1 each row). If you lose your place and can’t remember whether you’re supposed to be knitting or purling, remember that since you have an odd number of stitches, each row should begin and end with a knit stitch. Or, make sure to knit all stitches with the bobbly side facing you and purl all stitches with the smooth side facing you.
Row 5: knit every stitch.
Row 6: purl every stitch. This stitch – knit one row, purl the next – is called ‘stocking stitch’ and will give you the texture most people immediately think of as ‘knitting’.
Rows 7-16: ten more rows of stocking stitch (ie knit one row, purl the next). If you can’t remember whether to knit or purl, remember that when the bobbly side is facing you, you should be purling.
Row 17: k4, k2tog (knit two stitches together; just push your needle through 2 stitches at once when you begin the stitch), k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3. You should be left with 18 stitches.
Row 18: purl
Row 19: k3, *k2tog, k3*, repeat from * to the end of the row (15 stitches)
Row 20: purl
Row 21: *k2, k2tog* repeat twice (you should be 3 stitches away from the end of the row), k1, k2tog (11 stitches)
Rows 22-25: Remember your moss stitch? Do 4 more rows of it
Cast off, leaving a good tail again
Sew the two sides together, using mattress stitch to join ONLY the top and bottom four rows. The stocking-stitch sections in the middle create the gaps for your spout and handle! Thread your ribbon/spare yarn through the knitting, just below the top four rows, using natural gaps between your stitches. decorate with pom-poms, bows or whatever takes your fancy!
Last updated: June 22nd, 2015.