Posted by: mamakass | March 29, 2009

Free Pattern- Checkered Tea Cozy

I finished this a while ago, labelled in ravelry as someone else’s pattern, but I’ve decided that it’s significantly different enough to be called its own pattern. My inspiration for this pattern started with the Easy Tea Cozy by Rita Taylor, but I changed it a lot.



One skein each of two colors of worsted weight yarn.

I used Knitpicks Wool of the Andes (100% wool, 110 yards in Chestnut)(MC) and Cascade 220 (100% wool, 220 yards in white) (CC).

Size 6 straight or circular needles

5 size 6 double pointed needles

5 large hooks

Pattern Stitch:

R1: K 4with MC, K4 with CC, pulling yarn tightly, repeat. This will cause the bunching because the yarn run behind pulls it.

R2: P4 with MC, P4 with CC, again pulling yarn tightly between

R3: Repeat R1

R4: Repeat R2

R5: Knit 4 with CC, Knit 4 with MC, pulling stranded yarn.

R6. P4 with CC, P4 with MC, pulling stranded yarn tightly

R7: repeat R5

R8: Repeat R6


Measure the widest circumference of your teapot and divide by 2.

Make a gauge swatch in the pattern stitch. Using your gauge swatch, determine how many stitches you will need to cast on to get the number of inches you found with your math earlier, but make sure your number is divisible by 4. You will make two flat pieces that are that many stitches wide by the height of your teapot (not including the lid). Cast off.  Try to make sure that when you sew your pieces together the checker pattern continues (if your first rectangle begins and ends with the MC on the first row, start the other rectangle with the CC, for example).

Sew the two sides together where the spout is, leaving a hole for the spout.

Sew a hook that will clasp through the handle. Now  you should have a cozy that covers the sides of your pot but not the top.


To make the top:

Using the crochet cast on and waste yarn on your dpns, cast on 8 stitches. Using MC and leaving a long tail, knit one row and join in the round. Remove the crochet cast on and thread the tail through the eight now-active stitches. Pull tight. As you continue, make sure that tail stays pulled tight. Weave in the end as soon as you have enough knitting to do so.

Row 2: kf&b around.

R3: Kf&b in MC, k1 in CC around

R4: Kf&b in MC, k1 in CCm k1 in MC

R5: kf&b in in MC, k1 in CC, k1 in MC, k1 in CC

Continue, increasing every round and filling it in with 1 stitch in CC followed by 1 in MC making a small checker. You will always knit in CC after the increase. Continue until the top is large enough to cover the top of the teapot. Cast off in MC and weave in ends.

Arrange the top so that one of its eight sections is centered over the spout. Sew a few inches of the top onto the body above where the teapot handle is. Attach hooks to the middle of the five sections of the top opposite that, and opposite on the bottom so that the top hooks on.  You’re done!



  1. UUUUUUUUUU I love it!! That top is priceless.

    Diana McDonald

    • Thanks!

  2. Cutest tea cozy I’ve ever seen. Thanks for the pattern!

    • You’re welcome. I’m so glad you like it!

  3. […] anyway, I did a little further research into my blog stats, and it turns out that my Checkered Tea Cozy is the pattern of the day on The Daily Knitter! I’m so happy that this pattern has gotten so […]

  4. The Daily Knitter is why I am here!

    For some reason the knitlist site has been blocked from my computer. So I haven’t been able to scope out the Easy Tea Cozy by Rita Taylor.

    But I like your cozy well enough.
    Instead of those hooks … hmmm. Maybe i-cords on the top and on the body – to be tied closed?

    Happy knitting,

  5. Just noticed – are those quilting patterns in the right top corner of each comment?
    (You can tell I’ve never been here before, right?)


    • That’s certainly what they look like, but I am not sure. They started showing up when I put up comments, and I think they’re pretty, so I haven’t really looked into it.

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