Free Crochet Instructions for a Tea Cosy

Updated November 21, 2016

A tea cosy helps you keep your teapot warm, thus preserving the heat of the liquid inside. Enjoy your tea all afternoon after you crochet a simple tea cosy that will add a decorative flair to your favourite teapot as well as protect it. Use cotton or wool yarn so the cosy will be able to hold in its heat and be easy to clean and care for.

Starting Off

Make eight chain stitches and join the first one to the last one with a slip stitch to form a circle. Chain one and make ten single crochet stitches into this circle; join with a slip stitch.

Rounding Out the Top

Increase the size of your tea cosy top. Chain one and make two single crochet stitches in every stitch around, then join. For round three, chain one and make two single crochets in the first stitch followed by one single crochet in the next stitch; repeat this pattern around and join. For round four, chain one and put two single crochets in the first stitch followed by one in each of the next two stitches; repeat this around and join. You should have 40 single crochet stitches.


Chain one and make one single crochet in each of the next 20 stitches. Chain one and turn; single crochet in every stitch across the row. Repeat this until the tea cosy is tall enough to cover your teapot. Make a slip stitch, cut the working yarn and pull the tail through the stitch to finish. Reattach your yarn at the first unworked stitch from the initial circle; work back and forth across these 20 stitches as you did with the first side, then fasten off.


Attach your yarn with a crochet hook in one of the corners of your tea cosy sides. Chain 30, then fasten off; repeat this with the other three corners to create ties. Repeat this again at the gap where you started each side, making four more ties. Place the cosy on the teapot with the original circle you made covering the lid. Tie the top pairs of ties over the handle and spout, then tie the bottom ties under the handle and spout.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author