Elephant Tea Cozy Pattern

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Elephant Tea Cozy Pattern

by Jill Mongato, 2007

Licensed under Creative Commons

This pattern fits a teapot with a 19” circumference at the widest point. If your teapot is larger or smaller, adjust your gauge or change the number of stitches/rows. It might take a little bit of adjustment to get it right.


MC: Caron’s Simply Soft in #9717 Orchid. You’ll use less than half a skein.

CC: Red Heart Super Saver #0382 Country Blue. You only need a few yards for trim.


Sz. 8 DPNs (4)

Misc. Supplies

Size 8/H crochet hook

Yarn needle

Stitch holder/spare needle

Spare circular needle (any size)

2 small buttons

Sewing needle and thread


15 stitches/20 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch (CC gauge will be slightly larger.)

Pattern Notes


The finished cozy has a slit in the back for the handle to fit through. The pattern starts in the round. After a few rows, you’ll split for the opening by turning your work and purling the next row. Continue in Stockinette until the slit is the length of the handle, then re-join and finish the cozy in the round. The pattern will refer to “Rounds” or “Rows” when appropriate.


CO 56 stitches, using long-tail cast on, or substitute any cast-on that is easy to pick up and crochet into.

Divide stitches onto DPNs, being careful not to twist, and join.

Round 1: K all sts

Round 2: K to last stitch. K into front and back of st.

Round 3: K into front and back of st, K around (58 sts)

Round 4: K1, K f+b, K 27, turn work to divide for handle (You will now be working flat. See Pattern Notes).

Row 5: Purl 31, P front and back, P 27, turn work (60 sts)

Row 6: K 32, K f+b, K 27, turn

Row 7: P 33, P f+b, P 27, turn (62 sts)

Row 8: K 20, K f+b, K 20, K f+b, K 20, turn

Row 9: P 20, P f+b, P 22, P f+b, P 20, turn (66 sts)

  • Note: This pattern was corrected for errors on 18 March 2008. If you downloaded or printed the pattern before this date, please check Rows 8 and 9 and make corrections.

Row 10: K 14, K f+b, K 22, K f+b, K 13, K f+b, K 8, K f+b, turn

Row 11: P 39, P f+b, P 29, turn (70 sts)

Row 12: K 20, K f+b, K 19, K f+b, K 8, K f+b, turn

Row 13-15 (or number of rows required to reach correct handle slit length):

Work in Stockinette across

Row 16: K to end of row, re-join across slit

Round 17: Knit around

Round 18: K 10, K 2 together, K4, K 2 tog, K 4, K 2 tog, K5

Divide for Spout: Slip the 14 spout stitches onto a spare needle or stitch holder to pick up and knit later.

Continue knitting next stitch after spout sts:

K 5, K 2 tog, K 4, K 2 tog, K 4, K 2 tog, K 10

Rounds 19 and up:

*K 2, K 2 tog* across each round until 10 stitches remain.

Break yarn. Draw yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure.


Transfer the spout stitches from the stitch holder onto a circular needle, so they can wrap around the spout.

Fit the cozy over the teapot.

Note adjustments you need to make and correct them before proceeding!

Work bottom of teapot

You will probably have a gap between the bottom of the cozy and the bottom of the teapot. You will now crochet a band to cover this gap.

Using crochet hook, Single crochet into each cast-on stitch.

Continue in SC until you reach the bottom of the teapot, decreasing as necessary to follow the shape of the pot.

Work Spout

Measure the length of the spout that is sticking out of the cozy. You’ll want to leave a little space (about ½ to ¾ inch) uncovered; subtract this from the measurement.

Multiply the length you need to knit by your number of rows per inch to determine the number of rounds you need to knit. Write this down!


Transfer the stitches onto DPNs.

Pick up 6 sts from above the spout stitches (where you re-joined the body after transferring the spout sts to the holder).

Join and knit stitches in the round until you reach the correct number of rounds. Bind off loosely and break yarn.


Make 2 MC and 2 CC:

Cast on 10 sts

Row 1: P all sts

Row 2: K f+b into all sts (20 sts)

Row 3-7: Work in Stockinette

Row 8 and up: Work in stockinette, decreasing 1 stitch at the beginning of each row until

12 stitches remain.

Next Row: *K 2 together* to end. (6 sts)

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches; secure end.

Sew MC ears to CC ears right-side out.


Handle: Crochet with CC around slit.

Tail: Sew or twist a few strands of yarn together. Thread through yarn needle and

secure to back of body below handle.

Ears: Sew flat sides of ears onto body using scraps and yarn needle.

Eyes: Using sewing needle and thread, sew buttons to face.

Hair: Make a pompom from yarn scraps and sew to top of head.

Weave in all ends and you’re done!

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Post a Comment 10 comments:

Yarn Mafia said...

Thanks for posting this! I saw it on craftster and thought it looked awesome. I have some lavendar cotton fleece I think it would look lovely in... Just have to find it.

July 4, 2007 at 3:19 PM

~*~Knitting Up A Storm~*~ said...

That is soo fudgin' cute! great job!

July 7, 2007 at 3:43 AM

Jill said...

whee! Thank you!

July 7, 2007 at 10:13 PM

the fiddlin' fool said...

Okay, I'm highly confused about Row 8. Is that supposed to be a row with only 38 stitches in it? Or is this where the handle is supposed to be rejoined?

November 28, 2007 at 8:09 PM

Jane Prater said...

Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

December 3, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Meeping Chocolate said...

This is Awesome: I'm going to europe this summer through People to People and I needed a gift to give to the host family I'll have for a while. I always hear about English Tea time so a tea cozy is perfect, and my favorite animal is an elephant :) THANKS!!!!

December 19, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Elizabeth said...

There seems to be too many stitches left over at the end of row 10 and 12.

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