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Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Crocheted Tea Cozy

This super-fast and easy one-skein crocheted tea cozy will keep your tea warm AND help you practice your crochet skills.

Looking for a good housewarming present? You can’t go wrong with a new teapot, handmade cozy, and a selection of delicious teas. The single crochet ribbing stretches to fit many teapot shapes, and one skein of bulky weight yarn will see you through the project.

The tea cozy is worked back and forth, with an opening for the spout. The seam around the handle ensures a custom fit. This pattern is appropriate for beginning crocheters. It uses American crochet terminology and includes both text and charted instructions.

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red teapot wearing an off-white ribbed cozy with a "turtleneck" at top

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council icon 4- medium weight yarn

Bulky weight yarn means this project stitches up quickly! You’ll need about 106 yards [97 meters] total yardage, in whatever color you like. I used Universal Yarn Deluxe Bulky Superwash (100% superwash wool). It comes in 100 gram balls of 106 yards [97 meters} each. The color pictured is #928 Pulp.

Easy Crocheted Tea Cozy Pattern

The free pattern below is sized to fit a teapot with a 20″ [51 cm] circumference (not counting the spout), and about 6 1/2″ [16.5 cm] high. However, it stretches to fit a variety of sizes. The cozy itself measures 16″ [40.5] cm circumference at the bottom edge and is 7″ [18 cm] tall.

An ad-free pdf version is also available. It includes full text instructions as well as a stitch chart.

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teal tea cozy with large tassel, on white teapot, with cup and saucer waiting


I used a size K-10 1/2 [6.5 mm] hook to get gauge. Use whatever size hook you need to match the pattern gauge.


BLsc (Back Loop single crochet): single crochet in the back loop only
BLslip st (Back Loop slip stitch): slip stitch in the back loop only
ch: chain
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side

closeup of single crochet ribbed fabric with opening for spout, in off-white


11 sts and 13 rows = 4″ [10 cmc] in back loop single crochet (single crochet rib), relaxed

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Easy Crochet Tea Cozy Instructions

Chain 22.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook, and in back loop only of next 15 ch, slip st in back loop only of last 5 ch, turn — 16 sc, 5 slip sts.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st throughout), BLslip st in first 5 sts, BLsc in last 16 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, BLsc in first 16 sts, BLslip st in last 5 sts, turn.

Rows 4-25: Repeat Rows 2-3 eleven more times.

Row 26 (divide for spout): Ch 1, BLslip st in first 5 sts, BLsc in next 5 sts, ch 6, skip next 6 sts, BLsc in last 5 sts, turn — 10 sc, 5 slip sts, one ch-6 space.

Row 27: Ch 1, BLsc in first 5 sts, slip st in back loop only of next 6 ch, BLsc in next 5 sts, BLslip st in last 5 sts, turn — 16 sc, 5 slip sts.

Rows 28-49: Repeat Rows 2-3 eleven more times.

Row 50: Work Row 2 once more.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming.
With yarn tail, sew foundation edge to last row, approximately 2″ [5 cm] along slip stitch side, and approximately 1½” [4 cm] on lower edge, leaving an opening for the pot handle. Adjust these measurements as necessary to fit your teapot!
Optional: With remaining yarn, make a small tassle to hang from handle.

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8 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Crocheted Tea Cozy”

  1. The 16 and 5 refer to the number of stitches you have at the end of Row 1. It’s not an instruction; it’s a stitch count.

  2. Hi I love this pattern I was wondering if this will be too big for a 4 cup teapot and how would I adjust it to fit correctly. Thank you and have a great day

  3. I’m not sure what size that would be, but one thing you could do is to use a slightly smaller yarn (bulky instead of super bulky). That would make the piece smaller, but you’d have to play around with it to make it fit your specific pot.

  4. It says 4 in the graphic but the yarn link is a 5.. I did it in a 4 with 6.5 hook. It works but would be better in 5 or smaller hook.

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