Vintage Flower Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

Flower tea cosy knitting pattern


Keep your pot of tea warmer for longer with our vintage flower tea cosy knitting pattern.



100g Chunky Yarn –  (we used Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky for this pattern)

50g double knit yarn for the flowers (Colour A)

50g double knit yarn for the leaves (Colour B)

9mm knitting needles

4mm knitting needles


Darning Needle



To make the tea cosy (make 2 pieces):

With your chunky yarn and 9mm knitting needles cast on 20 stitches

Knit every row until piece measures 6 inches.

Next row – K2TOG knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Repeat this on every row until you have 10 stitches left.

Cast off.

how to knit flowersTo make the flowers:

With your 4mm knitting needles and double knit yarn (Colour A) cast on 20sts. Leave a tail of 8 inches.

Row 1 and each alternate row – Purl

Row 2: Increase knit wise into each stitch.

Row 4: *K1, increase into next stitch*, repeat * to * to end.

Row 6: *K2, increase into next stitch*, repeat *to* to end.

Row 8: *K3, increase into next stitch*, repeat *to* to end.

Row 9: Purl

Row 10: Cast off Knit wise

Curl your flower inwards and secure by stitching loose cast off end through the bottom. Leave a tail, long enough to sew onto the top of the tea cosy.

To make each leaf:

Using 4mm knitting needles and double knit yarn (Colour B) cast on 3sts

Row 1: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, M1, K1, M1, K2

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K3, M1, K1, M1, K3

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: K4, M1, K1, M1, K4

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: K5, M1, K1, M1, K5

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: K6, M1, K1, M1, K6

Row 12: Purl

Row 13: K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K8, K2TOG

Row 14: Purl

Row 15: K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K5, K2TOG

Row 16: Purl

Row 17: K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

Row 18: Purl

Row 19: K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

Row 20: Purl

Row 21: K2TOG, K2TOG

Row 22: P2TOG

Fasten off.

vintage tea cosy knitting patternTo make up:

Stitch the tea cosy pieces together leaving holes for the handle and spout.

When you have secured your knitted flowers into shape, stitch into place on top of the tea cosy.

Arrange the leaves where you want them around the flowers and stitch into place.

Weave in all loose ends.


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