Tip Tuesday: Mistake Stitch Rib

Mistake Stitch Rib

Looking for a quick and easy textured reversible stitch pattern? Look no further than the Mistake Stitch Rib.

Why “Mistake Stitch”?

Because when you work a K2, P2 rib on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3, instead of a multiple of 4, you don’t get ribbing, you get a “mistake”.

But oh, what a lovely mistake it is!

Mistake Stitch Rib chart

Mistake Stitch Rib

Worked over a multiple of 4 stitches + 3

All rows: *K2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p`1.

That’s it! Repeat that one row until you’re finished.

What’s It Good For?

Try it in a scarf—no edgings needed! What about a cozy cowl or pair of mittens? Or make a dozen washcloths to give as gifts.

What “mistakes” are you going to make with your knitting?



k: knit

p: purl

rep: repeat

st(s): stitch(es)

Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy

Tea Cozy
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Naked Red Teapot
Cold and Naked Teapot

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.

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.

Bring on Fall!

Free Easy Quick-Knit One-Skein Tea Cozy
Warm and Cozy Teapot

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: Cloudborn Super Wash Wool Super Bulky, 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

RS: right side

st(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side