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.



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.”