Sunday 17 February 2019

Fair Isle One cup Tea Cosy

My sister bought me this little one cup tea pot some time ago.  All it needed was a cosy to keep the tea hot.  Using scraps of yarn from my stash I came up with this easy fair isle pattern with a draw string top.   There lots of ends to finish off but yarn can easily be weaved into the back until needed.  Also, although I sew ends in places near a seam etc, lots of ends can easily be double knotted at the back and trimmed.   There's a three knit stitch on the purl rows of the body to create a firm edge.  Knit these in the main colour of the chart you are following.  

This would make a lovely Mothers Day gift - the little teapots are easily found in most department stores.  (my sister found this one in a charity shop)

I love my hobby of designing patterns and posting them online.  But I often can’t find anyone who has the time to test my patterns, although I do knit them up a few times myself.  So mistakes can slip by, especially typos when transferring the pattern to my blog.  So, please, please, if you find and errors or have any queries, let me know either by commenting below or contacting me via the contact form.  Thanks

Measurements:  Height 6”, 6” width from spout to handle (one cup teapot)
Tension:   24sts x 28 rows using 3.75mm needles and stocking stitch over 4”

25g cream, 10g each of lilac and denim blue, dk yarn
3.25mm and 4mm knitting needles, I button

Using 3.25mm needles and cream cast on 39 stitches
Knit 6 rows gs
* Change to 4mm needles
Using stocking stitch throughout, and working 3 knit sts at each end of purl row for edging, follow chart A (20rows) fasten off lilac
Change to blue
Dec row:  (k4, k2tog) 6 times, k3      33sts
K3, Purl to last 3sts, k3** 
Fasten off yarn and leave 33sts on holder

Using 3.25mm needles and cream cast on 42 stitches
Knit 2 rows gs
Next row:  buttonhole hole.  K1, k2tog, yf, knit to end
Next row:   knit
Next row: cast off 3sts, k to end
Next row:   knit
As back from * to **

Join front and back
Following first row of chart B, work across front and back as follows:
Rs facing using 4mm needles.
k32, k2tog, (last stitch of front and first stitch of back) pattern to end      65sts
Continue chart B, in stocking stitch without gs borders
Fasten off lilac yarn
Change to cream
Dec row:   (k2, k2tog) 16 times, k1     49sts
Next row:  purl
Follow chart C for 2 rows
Fasten off blue
Work 2 rows in cream
Eyelet row:   (k2tog, yf) to last st, k1
Work 3 more rows in ss
Cast off

To Finish
Sew seam under spout, and above handle, checking on teapot for a good fit.  Finish off all ends. Sew on button to match buttonhole under handle.
Make a cord, either crochet chain or by twisting double thickness yarn.  Thread cord through eyelets

Chart B

Chart C


  1. Thank you so much for the pattern. I just love to knit tea cosies and give them to charities to sell

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. I made this yesterday and it really easy and so beautiful. I have posted it if you would like to see my version of you wonderful pattern-just one colour change as I didn't have any blue

    Thank you

    Chrissie x

  3. Thanks for your comments and sharing. Your finished cosy is lovely and you made it so quickly.

  4. Am confused chart A only has 20 rows. The numbers go 19 then 23

    1. hi

      It was a typo which I've amended.
      thanks for pointing this out