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Tea basket

It’s time for another free knitting pattern – huzzah!

Please forgive the absence of patterns recently, tea-related business has taken over somewhat of late. But now we are back on track and we’ve got some lovely things up our sleeves.

As we trundle along into summer, our thoughts have turned to lazy weekend breakfasts al fresco. We’re dreaming of dusting off the patio furniture and cracking out the melamine plates. And we think this design would be the perfect addition to your breakfast table.

Tea bag basket 1

This sweet little basket, designed by Knitvana, is ideal for carrying a selection of teas to your outdoor dining area, with a touch of cutesy style. It will be particularly handy when you’ve got guests to stay or friends over for brunch.

Tea bag basket 2

It’s so wee, that this little knit will be quick to finish and you could even use up some of the odds and ends in your stash. Who doesn’t love a good bit of stash busting?

Tea bag basket 3

The construction is really simple. It’s made of just two strips, sewn together at angles to create a base and a handle, so even if you are a novice knitter, you can definitely whip up one of these. You could even give it as a gift, with a selection of your favourite teas, for a fellow tea fiend.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get knitting! We’d love to see some snaps of your finished baskets.


This weeks free tea cosy pattern was written by Isabelle Dutailly and was inspired by a vintage 1930’s hat pattern called a Chéchia, which is a kind of Fez, originally worn for religious purposes.

The pattern is knitted in two parts for the front and back.  The main body is worked in 2×2 rib and the top part in stocking stitch.   The pattern also includes a schematic to ensure your tea cosy will fit properly, and is also available in French and Spanish for European readers.  You can download all versions here.

Isabelle‘s photograph displays a nice idea some knitters may not have thought of – using a tea pot as a yarn bowl! This works really well as the ball just rolls around inside the pot, rather than all over the floor (which is also handy for those with pesky kittens!)

Our favourite tea this week is Cosy Organic Green Tea with Lemon.  Light and refreshing and amazing with a slice of lemon drizzle cake – go on you know you want to!

Lionheart Tea Cup Cosy

We’ve got a quick little crochet project for you this week, this cute lion cup cosy free from Sarah Mancini from Little P and Company.

This is a fab little cosy to make to practice your crochet skills, as it uses a few of the basic techniques to create the main body, ears and mane.  The cup cosy is crocheted in the round from bottom to top, using a 5mm hook and DK yarn.  You can download the pattern for free here – non Ravelry members will need to create an account first.

If you are less inclined to crochet and still want this cup cosy, then it is available to purchase (with other designs) on Sarah’s Etsy shop.  You can read Sarah’s blog here.


Time for Tea!

Primarily we started out blogging about tea cosies, but there are so many other tea related goodies out there to knit and crochet, it seems a shame to leave them out.  Like this amazing wall hanging by Frankie Brown:

Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

This is a great way to use up oddments of yarn left over from your Christmas knitting.  Each little square is knitted separately, making this a very portable project you can dip in and out of.  The squares are then sewn or crocheted together, the cakes, letters and flowers added afterwards.

Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

The letters are knitted in 4ply yarn and are from Frankie’s alphabet series, which is also available on her Ravelry page.  The finished picture measures 36 x 56 cm (14 x 22in).  You can download the pattern for free here.

Image courtesy of Frankie Brown

Frankie has hundreds of free patterns available on her Ravelry page.

Aran Sweater Tea Cosy

I just came across this gorgeous aran sweater tea cosy by Patons, and just had to share it!

aransweaterteacosyImage courtesy of Patons

Isn’t it cute? Being a mini sweater, this is a great way to practice your cables and some of the techniques involved making a real jumper, in a fraction of the time!  The pattern is available as a free download – along with the complete kit to make it (apart from the buttons).  Are you thinking Christmas presents yet?

aransweaterteacosy2Image courtesy of Patons

Cleverly the armholes are used for the handle and spout, and the cables will draw the fabric in, making sure that your tea stays warm for the optimum amount of time!

aransweaterteacosy3Image courtesy of Patons

The tea cosy is knitted flat on 4.5mm neeedles, and the “armholes” knitting in the round on double pointed needles.  If you are looking to improve your techniques, or just have a fun knit over a few evenings, this would be a lovely choice!

Jenny’s Flower Pot Tea Cosy

Our free pattern this week comes from Jenny Stacy, who you may remember from our post at Christmas for a Reindeer Cup Cosy.

Jenny designed this tea cosy for Mother’s Day in memory of her mum for Mothers Day. The pattern is written for a small teapot, and is knitted in two pieces with the yarn doubled.  The flowers are then crocheted separately and sewn on afterwards.  You can find the pattern generously given for free on Jenny’s website, Just Jen – Knits & Stitches.

Image courtesy of Jenny Stacey

Image courtesy of Jenny Stacey

We think this tea cosy would really compliment a lovely pot of Cosy Breakfast Fair Trade Organic Black Tea.  A blend of Assam & Nilgiri teas from India this a classic tea for all day drinking and has a light flavour.  Perfect for a little knitting break!

Hobbit Cottage Tea Cosy

Oh my gosh how cute is this little Hobbit cottage tea cosy?

HobbitCottageTeaCozy2_medium2Image courtesy of Have a Yarn

This weeks free tea cosy pattern comes courtesy of Hannah Tunnah at Have a Yarn, an independent yarn shop in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The pattern is knitted on 5.5mm needles using heavy worsted weight yarn, and is worked from bottom up.  The variation in colours is great for using up old yarn in your stash.

The pattern makes use of several embroidery stitches to decorate the cottage, so if you’re not familiar with duplicate stitch, back stitch, outline stitch or French knots then this is a good opportunity to give them a go.

The pattern can be found on the Have a Yarn website for free.

HobbitCottageTeaCozy1_medium2Image courtesy of Have a Yarn

Tea wise this week I haven’t been able to get enough of the Cosy Organic Blueberry & Echinacea Infusion, bursting with Blueberry, Echinacea, Hibiscus & Rosehips, it’s a great little caffeine-free pick-me-up in the afternoon (and it’s natural sweetness stops me reaching for the sugar too).  Delicious!

Tea for Jo Jo

This weeks featured free tea cosy knitting pattern is “Tea for Jo Jo”, designed by fellow Bristolian  Gooseberry Wool.

Photo courtesy of Gooseberry Wool

Designed to fit a small, one-person teapot, we love the cute flowers on the top of this cosy, which knits up quickly in Rooster Almerino DK on 4.5mm (US 7) needles. Designed with a top-down inner lining, this tea cosy is guaranteed to keep your tea lovely and warm!

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The flowers are crocheted using a simple little pattern that even crochet beginners will pick up quickly.

This knitting pattern is available as a free ravelry download, which is also available to non Ravelry members.

Photo courtesy of Gooseberry Wool

Last week the weather was gorgeous here and we got through a lot of Cosy Organic Peppermint Infusion, which is also wonderful served cold over ice with a dash of fresh lime juice and a sprig of mint.  Beautifully summery and perfect to drink while you are knitting your tea cosy in preparation for a hot cup later on!

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Daffodil Cosy

I’m not sure about you, but here in the UK, our weather is glum today, and as soon as I saw this tea cosy I wanted to share it to spread some Spring/Summer joy!

Image courtesy Loani Prior

The pattern was designed by Queen of the Tea Cosies, Loani Prior, in coordination with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.  This much loved fund-raising event for the Cancer Council’s work in research, prevention and support, is hosted  by members of the public setting up tea mornings all over Australia to raise funds.

Image courtesy Loani Prior

Loani‘s pattern was the official tea cosy pattern in 2012, and she has updated it for 2013. Although the pattern is intended for raising money at the tea mornings, Loani has made it free on Ravelry and her website for everyone to enjoy. If you are in Australia and would like to host or join in with a tea morning, then you will find details here to get involved. As only residents of the country can donate and attend, I have added this link for anyone that would like to contribute to Cancer Research UK.

Loani’s pattern is free and is available here.

We are looking to share some recipes using tea, and are after your contributions! If you have a old family favourite (without a copyright) or a link to a blog with a great recipe, then we would love to know!

Cupcake Tea Cosy by Jane Crowfoot

Hello and welcome to our 50th post!

This week we are linking to this gorgeous free cupcake tea cosy by knitting expert Jane Crowfoot.

Photo courtesy Jane Crowfoot

Starting at the bottom, the cupcake case is knitted on 3.25mm double pointed needles in rows, which is a great way of knitting stripes without having to break the yarn and tie in lots of ends.  It means you can just simply slip the knitting from one end of the needle to the other where the colour you require lies, and you can carry on from the other side.  The rim and the icing are then picked up afterwards and knitted in one piece before making up.

Jane Crowfoot is the author of Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters (Search Press, £9.99) and is one of the UK’s leading experts on knitting.  She writes a beautiful blog with some stunning knit and crochet images, which I urge you to take a look at if you have a minute.
This pattern is available free from Jane’s website, Janie Crow, where you can also browse patterns, buy needles and hooks and check out some of Jane’s workshops and events.

Have a great Easter!