Knitted cupcake tea cosy

Style up your tea parties with this knitted cupcake tea cosy pattern for chilly winter days.

Knitted tea cosy

You will need

  • Elle Pure Gold DK & Elle Pure Gold Baby DK (50g balls)
  • 1 ball Soft Moss (023) – Green (G)
  • 1 ball TuTu (019) – Pink (P)
  • 1 ball Lily (033) – White (W)
  • felt piece for cherry (cut to a radius of 2cm)
  • stitch holder
  • 1 pair 3.25mm needles
  • beads of your choice

Tension

10cm x 10cm – 22 sts and 30 rows using 3.25mm knitting needles

Measurements

To fit a teapot: 55cm circumference x 20cm high

Abbreviations

c/on(off) – cast on(off); gs – garter stitch; inc – increase; k – knit; k2tog – knit two stitches together; m1 – make one stitch; Ns – needles; p – purl; rep – repeat; RS – right side; st(s) – stitch(es); WS – wrong side.

Stitches used

Rib
1st row: *k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
2nd row: *p1, k1, rep from * to last st, p1.

Garter stitch (gs): knit every row.

Make one stitch (m1): Pick up loop between last and next stitch and work into the back of this loop.

To make

Using G, c/on 45 sts.
Rib 7 rows.
8th row: rib22, m1, k1, m1, rib to end – 47 sts.
Rib 7 rows.
16th row: rib22, m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, m1, rib to end – 51 sts.
Rib 7 rows.
24th row: rib24, m1, k1, m1, k1,m1, k1, m1,  rib to end – 55 sts.
25th row: rib
26th row: join W. Work all purl sts in G and all knit sts in W.
Note: Hold the white yarn to WS after knitting the stitch, then take it forward to work the stitch. This is to keep all loops to WS.
Tie off G and cont in W.
27th row: k1, p1, knit to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
28th row: p1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
Rep 27th row once.
Join P.
30th row: p1, knit to last stitch, p1.
31st row: k1, p1, knit to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
32nd row: p1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
Rep 31st row and 32nd row 4 times more.
41st row: k1, p1, k24, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 54 sts.
42nd row: p1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
43rd row: k1, p1, *k8, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 49 sts.
44th and all alt rows: p1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
45th row: k1, p1, *k7, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 44 sts.
47th row: k1, p1, *k6, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 39 sts.
49th row: k1, p1, *k5, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 34 sts.
51st row: k1, p1, *k4, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 29 sts.
53rd row: k1, p1, *k3, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 24 sts.
55th row: k1, p1, *k2, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 19 sts.
57th row: k1, p1, *k1, k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 14 sts.
59th row: k1, p1, *k2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1 – 9 sts.
61st row: k1, p1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, p1, k1 – 7 sts.
62nd row: p1, k1, purl to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
Break off thread, leaving about 5cm. Keep sts on stitch holder.
Rep for second section.

To complete

Measure the position of the handle and spout and mark with pins. Sew up the seams in between. Thread one of the top threads through the 14 stitches at the top and draw up tightly, knot to hold in place. Sew in all loose threads. Decorate the tea cosy with beads. Hand tack a row of stitching on the edge of the felt circle. Place a small amount of felt pieces or batting in the centre and draw closed. Sew in place on the top of the tea cosy.

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