Fruitie Teacosy

Free Vintage Knitted Teacosy


Five shades of 3ply or 4ply wool in Fruitie (for head), Scarlet, Yellow, Royal Blue and Green or various scraps from your basket.

Pair of No. UK 14/2.00mm/US 0 steel knitting needles

Yarn and needles can be selected to suit your requirements.


Depth 7½ inches (excluding head)

All round lower edge (un­stretched) 15 inches


9 stitches to 1 inch


Cast on 56 stitches.

1st and 2nd rows: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

4th and 5th rows: Knit.

Row 6: Purl.

These 6 rows form the ribbed stripe. Repeat them over again, keep­ing this sequence of colours: Scarlet, Yellow, Royal Blue, Yellow, Green, Yellow, Fruitie, Yellow (one colour for each complete stripe) until work measures 7½ inches (unstretched) from cast on edge.

Cast off.

Pick up 2 stitches over each coloured rib, along one short side edge (about 48 stitches.)

With right side facing, rejoin Yellow wool and repeat 1st to 6th rows three times, using Yellow, Scarlet, Yellow, and in each 5th row take 2 together all along row.

Cast off.

Work another piece in same way, using same sequence of colours throughout.


Take the Fruitie wool and wind it 100 times over a piece of cardboard 4 inches wide.

Slip off and wind Scarlet wool tightly round and round 1 inch from top end, and secure firmly. Leave another inch of the black wool and again wind the scarlet wool tightly round and round and secure firmly.

Cut the loops at the top end to make the curly hair, then in the next section work eyes, nose and mouth, using Yellow wool.


Sew up two side seams of cosy, leaving a small hole at the top through which slip the neck end of the head. Sew in securely.


If you prefer to knit a little head instead of a yarn dolly:

Cast on 2 stitches with Fruitie.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl twice in each stitch.

Row 3: Knit twice in each stitch.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: Knit twice in each stitch.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: Knit.

Row 8: (P. 1, p. twice in next stitch) to end of row.

Row 9: Knit.

Row 10: (P. 1, p. twice in next stitch.) to end.

Work a further 20 rows in stocking stitch on these 36 stitches.

Next row: (K. 2 tog.) to end.

Next row: Purl.

Next row: (K. 1, k. 2 tog.) to end.

Next row: Purl.

Next row: (K. 1, k. 2 tog.) to end.

Work 3 rows on remaining 8 stitches.

Finish ends. Leaving neck stitches open seam around head with right sides together. Turn. Fill with soft wool. Embroider features as desired. Attach glass eyes. Hair may be fashioned from Mohair, wavy unspun wool or wig.



Polka Dolly Teacosy


Free Vintage Knitting Pattern


1 once soft 4ply wool in Green

1 once soft  4ply wool in White

One pair of Knitting Needles No. 8/4.00 mm/US 6

Crochet Hook 3.00mm

2 yards narrow satin ribbon

Doll (cut across legs and part of body)


Width 7 inches; depth 7 inches


Cast on stitches in multiples of 3.

Row 1: Wool over needle, slip 1 inserting needle as though to purl, knit 2 together, and repeat to end of row.

Row 2: Over, slip 1 as though to purl, knit together the next stitch and the third which lies over it, and repeat to end of row.

Repeat 2nd row for length required.


Cast on 42 stitches in green wool and knit 72 rows in polka dot stitch and cast off tightly.

In white wool pick up cast off stitches and knit in garter stitch for 60 rows and cast off.

Knit another piece the same. This forms petticoat lining. Double each piece and sew up the sides.

Frills: **Crochet 100 chains in white and make one along it of one treble, one chain to end.

Next row: *2 treble in chain, 1 double crochet in treble, repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat from ** for back.

Sew these frill pieces around each polka knitted piece.

This forms dress.

Cover lower end of body with green crochet in form of little round bag and fix firmly round the waist and hold on with little crochet braces of green and white.


Crochet bonnet in green and edge with white.

Chain 3. Join into ring. Work 12 trebles into ring.

Round 2: Work twice into every second stitch, putting hook through back loop only.

Round 3: Work twice into every second stitch, putting hook through back loop only.

Round 4: Work twice into every third stitch, putting hook through back loop only.

Round 5: Work twice into every fifth stitch, putting hook through back loop only.

Row 6: No increase. Slip-stitch along 12 trebles at back of hat.

Row 7: 1 treble, 1 chain, again having 12 slip-stitches at back.

Row 8: 2 trebles into chain, 1 treble on treble, 12 slip-stitches again at back.

Row 9: 1 treble into each treble.

Cut wool.

With white wool work 2 trebles, 1 d.c. along front of Hat.

Weave ribbon through trebles and leave ends to tie. Lace the ribbon through the space in white frill and also round the bonnet. Place lappet of soft white wool round face of bonnet for hair.

Kewpie Illustration from The Kewpie Primer (1916)
by Rose O’Neil and Elisabeth V. Quinn

Ruggotter Koala Teacosy

Ruggotter Koala Teacosy Free Vintage Knitting Pattern


Chunky pure wool 12ply or Aran 10ply for smaller

Knitting needles 5.00mm/UK 8/US6 or to suit yarn


Jamiesons Shetland Heather

100% Wool 50g 10-Ply (Aran). Shown in Pippin and Mogit from the range. Or use Jamieson’s Spindrift with 1 ball thyme and 1 ball Wren used together when working for a koala tone. Koalas may be grey or brown and have pea-eyes.

Medium crochet hook

Wool or washable filling

Koala black nose

Koala quality glass button dark brown/black eyes

Koala eyelids, plastic or wool felt

Koala paws


About 18 centimetres/7 inches high not including head

About 46 centimetres/8 inches measured around lower edge


14 stitches and 24 rows to 10 centimetres, measured over pattern


1st row: *K2. p2, rep from * to end

2nd row: Purl

3rd row: *P2, K2, rep from * to end

4th row: Purl

Repeat last 4 rows 9 times more

Next row: (K2 tog) 16 times

Next row: (P2 tog) 8 times

Break off yarn, draw through the stitches and fasten off securely.

Make a second piece in the same way.

Leaving an opening for handle and spout, join the 2 pieces together. With the crochet hook work a row of double crochet around lower edge and openings.


With M cast on 4 sts

1st row: Purl

2nd row: K1, m1, k2, m1, k1

3rd row: Purl **

4th row: K1, m1, k4, m1, k1, turn and cast-on 5 sts -13 sts

Beginning with a purl row, work 11 rows stocking stitch.

Next row: K2, (k2 tog, k2) twice, k2 tog, k1 — 10 sts

Next row: Purl

Next row: K2, m1, k3, m1, k3, m1, k2 (13 sts)

Work 3 rows

Next row: K4. k2 tog, k1. k2 tog, k4

Next row: P4, p3 tog. p4. Cast off


Work as for right arm to * *

4th row: Cast on 5 sts. k6. m1, k4, m1, k1 (13 sts)

Complete to match right arm.


With M cast on 14 sts and work 2 rows

3rd row: K2, (m1, k2) 6 times (20 sts)

4th and following alternate rows: Purl

5th row: K9, m1, k2, m1, k9

7th row: K9, m1. k4, m1, k9

9th row: K10, m1, k4, m1, k10

11th row: k11, m1, k4. m1. k 11 (28 sts)

13th row: Knit

15th row: k10, k2 tog tbl, k4, k2 tog, k10

17th row: k10, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k1O

19th row: k9, k2 tog tbl. k2, k2 tog, k9

21st row: k2 tog, k6, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k6, k2 tog

23rd row: k2 tog, k4, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog

25th row: K2 tog, k2, k2 tog tbl, k2, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog (10sts)

Break off yarn and leave sts on spare needle.


With M cast on 14 sts and work 2 rows st-st

3rd row: (k3, m1) 4 times, k2 (18 sts)

4th row: Purl

5th row: k2, m1, knit to last2 sts, m1, k2

6th and 7th rows: As 4th and 5th rows (22 sts)

Work 9 rows.

Decrease one stitch at each end of next row and following 2 alternate rows, then next 3 rows (10 sts).

With right sides together, place needle holding face sts behind needle holding back head sts and cast off the 2 sets of sts together Join side seams. If using bought nose, place in position. Stuff firmly, then sew head to top of cosy.

Join arm seams. If using bought paws, place in position. Stuff, then sew arms into position as shown in photograph.

Embroider eyes and mouth, also nose and paws if required.


Ears (Make 2)

Cast on 8 sts Work 8 rows garter-stitch.

Decrease one stitch at each end of next 2 rows (4 sts). Cast off.

Using short lengths of yarn, tease them out, then knot to ears, to give a fur effect as shown. Sew ears in koala position. Fluff up.

Teacosy is sturdier if lined in wool or cotton flannelette.


Old Trixy Teacosy

Old Trixy Teacosy

Free Knitting Pattern



Those with a wise eye out for old cottage novelties will be glad they found Old Trixy. Using stranded knitting, we find cleverly woven into the plump design her two familiar companions, a winking black cat and tattling parrot. What an amusing setting for afternoon tea. Rest awhile by the scarlet flames in the fireplace. Raisin toast anyone? 


Pure wool 3ply

Knitting needles size UK 11/3.25mm/US 2-3

½ yard wool wadding

¾ yard cotton fabric for lining


Cascade 220 Fingering Pure Wool (Shown in Goldenrod, Ruby and Highland Green)


8 stitches per inch


Width approximately 14 ¾ inches

Length 9 ¾ inches when completed


R-Red, G-Green, B-Black, Y-Yellow used for background

Old Trixy Teacosy Free Knitting Pattern PDF

Felix the cat asks Polly parrot to put the kettle on. Polly replies “Right Felix! T’s ready.”

Brefry Teapot Handle

Brefry Teapot Handle Cover Free Knitting Pattern

Victorian teapot handle cover made from scrap yarn.


One pair steel knitting needles size 1.00mm

One pair sizes 1.50mm and 2.25mm

Small amounts 3ply pure wool and similar weight crochet silk

Note: Any wool and needles may be used to suit your teapot. These instructions are for a straight-handled, 2 cup teapot. If your teapot has a curved style handle, you will need to tie the cover on with ribbon. This is a whimsical article, a fancy of the antique tea table.


With size 1.00mm needles and the purse silk cast on thirty-six stitches, and knit backwards and forwards for six rows.

7th Row: With wool, and 1.50mm needles knit, knitting two together at each sixth stitch.

8th Row: Purl without decrease, repeat the 7th and 8th rows alternately twice more.

13th Row: With wool, and 2.25mm needles, work one row, increasing by putting the wool forward before every sixth stitch.

14th Row: Purl.

15th Row: Like 13th row.

16th Row: Purl.

With the same needles work in patent knitting for 5 inches (see next row).

Patent Knitting: wool forward, slip one, knit two together throughout; every row is the same.

Now work the second end as directed for the first, but decreasing by taking two together in the rows corresponding with the 13th and 15th. Work the purl rows between as in the 14th and 16th rows.

Now with wool and 1.50mm needles work the rows corresponding with those from twelve to eight, with this exception: you increase in the same proportion as you decreased, so as to work the silk rows on thirty-six stitches with 1.00mm needles. Cast off.


Sew up the two sides 2 inches from each end, and draw the ends together by running wool through, and fastening off tightly 1 and 1/4  inch from the ends (see illustration), wrap this around with silk to make it neat. Work round the opening in double crochet with the silk.

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Penelope Floral Tea Cosy

Penelope Floral Vintage Tea Cosy Free Knitting Pattern


5ozs Melody 3ply wool (2ozs Dark, 1oz Medium, 2ozs Light) and oddments of as many bright colours as possible.

A pair of No. UK9/US 5/Metric 3.75mm knitting needles

Medium crochet hook for crocheted flowers


20 inches around lower edge, 7 ½ inches deep

PDF Pattern below. Hover over bottom of page to move to next pages.

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