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Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy

Knit this easy and fast teapot cozy in a flash!
Last winter, I had a problem: my cute red teapot was cold and naked.

Why didn’t I have a tea cozy? I have no idea, but this year I decided to do something about it before cold weather sets in.

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Naked Red Teapot
Cold and Naked Teapot

In just an evening of watching a couple of episodes of “Shetland“, I completed this easy one-skein tea cozy. My tea pot is now properly clothed.

red teapot covered in ribbed teal tea cozy
Warm and Cozy Teapot

Bring on Fall!

The free pattern is below, but you can also download a premium ad-free printable pdf, via Ravelry or Payhip.

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy Pattern

To fit a 6-cup teapot; the ribbing adapts to many teapot shapes.

Teapot shown is about 20″ [51 cm] circumference (not counting spout) by 6½” [16.5 cm] high

Cozy measures 13″ [33 cm] circumference at bottom edge and 7″ [18 cm] tall, but it stretches a lot!

Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky


1 skein Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Super Bulky Color by Vickie Howell, CYC #6, (100% Superwash Wool, 100 g/55 yds), Color 204 Tiki Turquoise

Other yarn options: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick  & Quick, Bernat Softee Chunky

This project took ALL of the 55 yds of yarn in the ball, so if your gauge is not accurate or you want to make your cover a bit larger, buy more yarn.

US size 13 [9 mm] knitting needles

Tapestry needle

**Scroll all the way down for abbreviations.**


14 sts and 15 rows = 4″ in 2×2 rib, relaxed


Long-tail cast on 52 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (WS): K3, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 (RS): P3, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 9 (divide for spout): K3, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, turn, leaving remaining 26 sts unworked.

Working on 26 sts only, continue in established pattern for 5 more rows, ending with a RS row. Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ tail.

With WS facing, join yarn at spout opening; working across 26 sts, k1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k3.

Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows, ending with a WS row.

Joining Row (RS): Work in established pattern across all stitches—52 sts.

Decrease Row (WS): K1, K2tog, *p2tog, k2tog; rep from * to last st, p1—27 sts.

Next Row: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Continue in established pattern for 4 more rows.

Next Row (RS): P1, (k2tog) around, p2—15 sts.

Bind off in pattern. Fasten off, leaving a tail for seaming.

With yarn tail, sew 2″ [5 cm] seam along selvedges. Sew lower 1½” [4 cm] selvedges together, leaving an opening for the pot handle.

Weave in ends.

Here’s how much yarn I had left over. That’s what I call using the whole ball!Left over yarn

IHoliday Teapot Cozyf you prefer using worsted-weight yarn, check out the free pattern for my Holiday Tea Cozy from Red Heart.


k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

p: purl

p2tog: purl 2 stitches together

rep: repeat

RS: right side

st(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side


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6 thoughts on “Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy”

  1. I love this pattern. Thank you. Do you remember all those plastic cups from the 60′? Wouldn’t it be great to have a knit cozy for the plastic cups to match the tea pot?

  2. tofutraveler - Carol

    Just finished making and finishing it off, Love it!, and in the future it will be part of a gift basket for an auction, which will also include 2 different teas, a cup & saucer(or, a nice mug), recipes for scones, and possibly a ball of yarn and bamboo needles with an offer to teach the buyer how to knit a scarf if they need a lesson or two.
    Now all I have to do is cruise a few thrift shops to find a lovely 6 cup teapot!
    I highly recommend this pattern for yourself, or if in need of a quick project of a gift for a tea drinker.
    Cheers, Everyone!

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