I designed this pumpkin tea cosy pattern in 2011 for Cosy Tea.
The idea was to create something for Halloween that was simple enough for beginners and a quick-knit for more experienced knitters.
The tea cosy is easy to knit and can be finished in just a few hours. With instructions to work in the round or work flat and sew up later, it uses just knit and purl stitches before decreasing for the top. The stalk is then created afterwards and stuffed with a little toy stuffing or extra yarn.
Apologies if you have followed a link here for a free pattern! In 2021 I turned my side hustle into a business and spent a lot of time rewriting patterns and making them more accessible for people of different abilities. I am happy to say the Pumpkin Tea Cosy is now much better written than the previous free version, and now includes the option to work in the round as well as flat. All for less than the price of a cup of tea 🙂
To fit a 6 cup teapot
Actual circumference 46cm (18in)
Sample used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (55% wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% cashmere, 100m/120yds per 50g ball) – 1 ball of 18023
Subsititute with any orange DK yarn from your stash
A small amount of brown DK yarn for the stalk
NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
To work flat:
A set of 4mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles
Small amount of toy stuffing or waste yarn
To work in the round:
A set of 4mm (UK 8/US 6) double pointed needles (DPNs) or a circular needles, 60cm long if working Magic Loop method
21 sts and 32 rounds to 10x10cm over pattern using 4mm (UK 8/US 6) needles
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