Saturday, 25 May 2013

Nordic Tea Cosy

There are a lot of whimsical little sayings that try to embody the nature of a sister.  Some are cute ..  some are funny but let me give you mine.  

'A sister is someone who sends you a Nordic Tea Cosy pattern when she knows you have a thing for fairisle and tea cosies.'  

.. Thanks Deb, much appreciated.

The cosy was featured in the UK Womens Weekly knitting and crochet edition for November of 2012

The pattern was one of those that makes you drop all other knitting projects and laugh aloud when you discover that you have everything you need in your yarn stash.

However, as with a number of knitting patterns I come across, I modified it somewhat.
The first modification was on line one.  It said   'Sides - make 2'.  I think not.  I am not a sewer-upper of things. 

It was knitted top down - another modification coming.  I wanted to knit this one bottom up.  

My modified pattern means that I would knit the body of the tea cosy by knitting the bottom in the round, separating for each side and then re-joining them using DPN's when I got to the top.  It's pretty much my standard cosy pattern.  

Also the pattern looked like it was designed for a rather tall tea pot.  Mine was slightly more rotund so some modifications finishing it off would also be called for. 


1 ball of 8ply red yarn of your choice.
1 ball of 8ply white yarn of your choice
Set of 4.00mm circular needles
Set of 4.00mm DPN's


Using circular needles, cast on 94 stitches.

Using the graph below (copyright UK Women's Weekly), knit up to row 9.
Row 10:  Continue in Knit pattern for 47 stitches and then turn your knitting.  At this point, you can either leave the remaining 47 stitches on the needle, (I quite often use a circular needle even when knitting flat so it is easy to just leave them on), or transfer them to a stitch holder.  Continue on these 47 stitches until you have completed the graph.

Coopyright UK Womens Weekly

Once completed, place these needles on a stitch holder,  join yarn to remaining 47 stitches that have been held on the needle and continue the pattern until completed.
You will have2 identical sides that are joined at the bottom.

At this stage I blocked the cosy when it was flat.  
Fairisle and stranded knitting need to be blocked and it is much easier to do it now.

The best way to do it is to pin it out on your blocking board pattern side down.  Spray with water until quite damp and then gently ease the knitting into shape 
- a bit like a woolly massage.  Leave it until it is completely dry.  

Row 39:  Using the same size DPN's, and red yarn,  join your 94 stitches in the round and place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.  K2tog to end of row.  (47 stitches remain.)

Row 40:  Using white yarn, K to end

Row 41:   K2 red, K1 white to end.

Row 42:  Using white yarn K2tog to last stitch, K (24 stitches remain)

Row 43:  Using red yard K2tog (12 stitches remain)

Row 44:  Using red yarn, K2tog (6 stitches remain).  

To finish - cut yarn leaving a tail and thread this tail through the remaining stitches, pull firmly and secure.

Pom Pom - The easiest way to make a pom pom is with a fork.  This link shows you how and a fork pom pom is the perfect size for a tea cosy.  Make 2 pom poms and attach securely to the cosy.

Time to pop the kettle on.

Happy knitting,

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More tea cosies from Fitzbirch

Loom Knit Tea Cosy
Button Rose Tea Cosy
Christmas Tea Cosy
Posy Cosy


  1. Louise,this looks so cheery. I must keep your pattern and the other ones you listed,as I love tea cosies. Must start some when I get home from hols. x

    1. Thanks Jeanette. I love tea pots and tea cosies. You can never have too many ;-)

  2. Is sooo cute!Thanks for a patern!

  3. Love it! I don't knit but, I am going to forward this to the man I know that knits nonstop! The only man I know that carries his knitting basket everywhere he goes! :) This is super cute!

    1. Thanks Karen. Good to hear of a man as passionate about knitting as we are :-)

  4. Sooooo adorable!Love the colors!
    Have a great week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  5. this is the prettiest tea cozy I have ever seen! how nice of your sister to send the pattern to you :)

    1. Thanks Allison. I was extremely happy when Deb sent this through. One day soon-ish Deb and I will be able to have a cup of tea together with one of our cosies taking centre stage.

  6. What a gorgeous tea cosy Louise! Great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thanks Jill .. Hope your week is fabulous too ..

  7. I love all your tea cozies but I'm wondering if they really can keep the tea hot when the spout isn't covered as well. I am just curious. Thank you. Spent lots of time on your website.

    Found you on Twitter.......we're following each other.
    Kathy Anderson

    1. Hi Kathy, I wondered that at first but we had a morning high tea at work and the staff member that I made the button rose tea cosy for, bought it in. The tea was still hot (very hot) in the pot after an hour. We were all amazed!! Love your blog and always lovely to meet a fellow knit and crochet enthusiast. Have a great week. Louise


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