Published on August 9th, 2013 | by Serena


The Famous KiP Tea Cosy – Free Knitting Pattern!

Remember our Knit in Public Day?

knitting in Public

Remember that amazing tea-cosy Lisa knitted?

knitted teacosy free pattern

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!

knitted-tea-cosy free knitting pattern

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 🙂

One 100g ball of Rowan Big Wool (or any other super-chunky knitting yarn)
One pair of 8mm knitting needles
Spare yarn/ribbon of another colour
Optional: pom-pom makers

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

Making up
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!

About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.

Last updated: June 22nd, 2015.

18 Responses to The Famous KiP Tea Cosy – Free Knitting Pattern!

  1. Carol says:

    Thank you for the pattern. It will be a perfect gift for a friend!

  2. Erica Hill says:

    great cosy and simple too

  3. TartanOtter says:

    Perfect timing – was just thinking that I could do with a tea cosy!

  4. Helen Warren says:

    Thank you , I love knitting tea cosies

  5. Rachel says:

    Lovely cute little tea cosy but feel the urge to fiddle and adapt – can’t be doing with sewing up … much easier just to follow the pattern !!!

    • Serena says:

      Hi Rachel,

      It’s always fun fiddling and adapting patterns – you could of course make this in the round, switching to flat for the stocking stitch section. We tried to make the knitting as simple as possible for beginners…

  6. deborah says:

    love the tea cosy.

  7. Ruth says:

    Thanks very much Lisa, can’t wait to knit it and have it on my teapot. So pleased, and so grateful that yu found the time to write it down. Think it will be a Christmas pressie this year for my girls.

    Thanks again


  8. Linda Stuart says:

    Can anyone tell me what capacity tea pot this cosy fits? Thanks.

    • Serena says:

      Hi Linda,

      This teacosy fits our office pot, which is 8″ diameter and, according to our kettle, holds 4 cups (I usually find you get a bit more out of it actually). There is a little room to spare so it would probably fit a slightly bigger teapot too…

  9. Marina G says:

    Love this project! On my way to the shop for some Super Bulky Yarn in bright colors. Thank you so much!!!

  10. Catherine says:

    love this free pattern more please

  11. Mary says:

    Hi folks, is this for an ordinary sized tea pot??? 🙂

    • Carly says:

      Hi Mary, it’s for a 4-cups-of-tea teapot… I hope this helps! You could perhaps make it for a 2-cups-of-tea teapot by using an Aran or DK yarn.

  12. Cassie says:

    Can you tell me simple terms how to knit in round how to leave the gaps for handle and spout ? Thank you perfect for my odd balls if chunky left over .

  13. Cassie says:

    Please could you possibly give me in Simple terms how to knit in round – would be great to know how to create openings for spout and handle – fab cosy . Also a great way to use left over chunky wool ? Thankyou .

    • Carly says:

      Hi Cassie, this pattern is probably easier to knit flat as you only need to join the top and bottom four rows… However, our Smiles Team can help with changing it to knitting in the round, just email them at

  14. PikkuLilla says:

    Thank you! I love this and will be making it in two sizes 🙂 The simple instructions are great and I will pass the link on to any beginners I come across.

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