I wrote this pattern a year ago and it is my very first one. It has been on ravelry a while (hosted on a different blog) but I thought I would move it over here to keep everything in one place. I’ve also taken the opportunity to smarten the pattern format up a bit now that I’ve learnt a bit more about pattern writing. (An ongoing process so please forgive me any mistakes… also please tell me if you spot any so that I can fix them)
EDIT Dec ’15 – Ive added in some more notes 🙂
My first ever crochet project was a tea cosy (I’m not going to admit just how long ago that was). The moment my family learnt that I was learning to crochet my Mum and Aunt immediately requested one each. They even bought the wool so that I would have no excuse not to make them! These are the two results…
Since then I have made many more and even sell them in a local shop. They are so quick and simple to make and they really personalise your tea pot. They are also a fantastic beginner project. It was making tea cosies that taught me alot about how to crochet. They have a few different elements to them that are very easy to adapt to make any kind of cosy you want! My first edit was for a franch press. I hope that you too enjoy making them!
- Assorted yarn Dk weight. I used Stylecraft Special Dk and Robin Dk.
- A 4mm crochet hook.
- A button.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Chain stitch (ch)
- Wrap the yarn over the hook in an anticlockwise direction (or hold the yarn still and manoeuvre the hook).
- Draw the yarn through to form a new loop without tightening up the previous one.
Slip stitch (sl st)
- Insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over the hook, draw the yarn through the chain and the loop on the hook in one movement.
Double crochet (dc)
- Insert the hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the chain only
- Yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through both loops on hook.
- Yarn over hook and insert hook into 4th chain from hook.
- Yarn over and draw through the chain only.
- Yarn over and draw through the first 2 loops only.
- Yarn over and draw through the last 2 loops on the hook.
Treble crochet two together (tr2tog)
- Yarn over the crochet hook twice.
- Insert the crochet hook into the next stitch on your row.
- Yarn over the crochet hook again, and pull the yarn through the stitch on your crochet hook. You should now have four stitches on your hook.
- Yarn over and draw through two loops on hook, then yarn over and draw through two again, leaving two loops on the hook.
- Yarn over twice, and insert the crochet hook into the next stitch on your row.
- Yarn over the crochet hook again. Pull the yarn through the stitch on your crochet hook. You should now have five stitches on your hook.
- Yarn over the crochet hook and draw through two loops. (Four loops on hook.)
- Yarn over the crochet hook and draw through two loops. (Three loops on hook.)
- Yarn over and draw through all three stitches on your crochet hook.
- Your first dc on each row is made from 1 chain or by using a standing dc
- Your first tr on each row is made from 3 chains, or by using a standing tr
- For the sample cosy I have made each row of tr and the top using white and have alternated different colours for each row of dc.
- This pattern is for a medium sized tea pot. Mine makes 4 cups of tea. I’ve added notes for adjusting it for a custom fit though.
- If you prefer a tighter fitting cosy just change the treble crochet stitches to half treble crochets and follow the alternate measurements.
- Also feel free to use any yarn weight that you want to as well. This pattern is very simple to adapt and brilliant for using up scraps.
Row 1: Chain 81
Or chain enough to go around your tea pot at widest point. Measure from the spout around under the handle and as far as the spout on the other side. Just make sure that you chain an odd number.
Row 2: Turn. 1tr in 4th chain from hook. 1tr in each chain across. Fasten off. (78 total)
Row 3: Turn. Join new colour. Make 1tr in each tr across. FO
Row 4: Turn. Join new colour. 1tr in each tr across. FO
At this point your rows should reach the base of the spout. If not keep going until they do.
From now on you will be crocheting the sides.
You need to find the centre tr and place a stitch marker in it. This can be easily found by folding your work in half. Alternatively you can count 40tr from the edge. From this point onwards there will be a gap of 3tr left in centre for the spout.
Row 5: Turn. Join new colour. 1dc in each tr across to centre stopping 1tr away from centre. (38 tr). FO
Row 6: Turn. Join new colour. tr in each dc across. FO
Rows 7-14: Repeat rows 5 and 6.
Repeat rows 5-14 for the other side.
At this point the sides should reach to the top of the handle and the spout. If they don’t just keep adding rows until they do.
Row 15: Turn. Join new colour at outer edge. Dc in each tr across. When you reach the inner edge instead of fastening off, chain 3 and dc into the first dc of the inner edge of the other side. Dc in each tr across. When you reach outer edge sl st into first tr to create a circle. From this point on you shall be working in the round. FO. (78 + ch3)
(Note: if the spount and handle are at different heights on your teapot, don’t slip stitch into the first tr to form a round. Instead work as before in rows and when you finish sew the back together as far as the top of the spout.)
Row 16: Turn. Join new colour (can be joined anywhere but for neatness I like to join in the sl st). 1tr in each dc across, making 3tr in ch3 space. Sl st to first dc at end to join. FO
Row 17: Turn. Join new colour. 1dc in each tr across joining with ss at end. Fasten off.
Row 18: Repeat row 12. This row is your last colour change if you are sticking to the same colour pattern as I have.
Row 19: Turn. dc in first tr and each tr across joining with sl st at end. From this point it is helpful to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each row.
At this point the cosy should reach to the top of the curve of the tea pot.
EDIT: If you are making these for a smaller tea pot stop your decreasing rows either when you reach the handle on the lid. (the final picture in this post of the pink cosy shows what it should look like without a pom pom on top.)
Row 20: Turn. In this row we begin to decrease. 1tr in first dc. Tr2tog in next 2dc. *1tr, tr2tog* across to end. Join with sl st to first tr.
Row 21: Turn. dc in each tr and tr2tog around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Row 22: Turn. Ch2 and tr in second dc (counts as 1 tr2tog). Tr2tog around to end joining with sl st to first tr.
Rows 23-24: Repeat rows 17 and 18.
Row 25: Turn. dc in each tr across. Join to first tr with sl st.
Row 26: Sl st in each dc across. FO
At this point add a simple scallop edge to the base.
Turn work upside down. For this part you will be working on the underside of the starting chain. Join new colour. dc in first ch. *skip 1ch, 5tr in next chain, skip 1ch, dc in next ch*. Repeat across to end. Don’t fasten off as you now need to make a button loop. Chain 6 and then sl st back into the last dc that you made. A button can then be fastened to the other side.
Finally make a pom pom for the top. I think it looks just as good without one as well!!! Heres one I made in pink minus the pom pom.
So thats it. Feel free to share this pattern and to sell anything that you make. If you can please share via this post and if you can’t please credit me as the designer. Thank you in advance 😀