How to crochet 2 different yet beautiful tea cozies

There's simply nothing cozier when it's chilly outside than curling up with some crochet and a cup of hot tea .... so what better way to improve things than by making sure your tea is truly toasty, by creating a cozy for your pot.
Here are two of the easiest tea cozy patterns so you can quickly whip up a cozy, almost before your brew gets cold. One is tailored to the shape of your teapot, the other is a rectangle which is gathered up in a drawstring. Both have a lovely homey appeal and are guaranteed to keep your tea piping hot.
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1. Watch Bella Coco's tea cozy video tutorial:
Materials
For this cozy, you will need a six cup teapot, some DK yarn, an appropriate sized hook (probably a G/6 or 7) a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle.
Abbreviations
St(s) stitch(es)
Y o yarn over
Ch chain
Cl cluster
Sl st slip stitch
Sc single crochet
Sp space
Rep repeat
* repeat instructions between asterisks for stated number of times
Special stitches involved in this pattern
Cluster stitch (cl)
To make a cluster stitch, y o, insert hook, y o, pull through, y o pull through two loops (2 loops on the hook). Y o, insert hook, y o, pull through, y o pull through two loops (3 loops on the hook) Y o, insert hook, y o, pull through, y o pull through two loops (4 loops on the hook) Y o, pull through all four loops on the hook.
Written pattern
Ch4 and join to make a circle
Row 1: ch3, *cl, ch2* 5 times, join 5 clusters
Row 2: ch3, *cl, ch2, cl in same sp, ch2* 5 times, join.
Row 3: ch3, *cl, ch3, cl in same sp, ch2* 10 times, join.
Row 4: ch5, cl in next sp, *ch2, cl* 18 times, ch2, cl in remaining sp, ss into top of the ch3. Fasten off.
Around the handle:
Row 5: ch5 in a sp, cl in next sp, *ch2, cl* 17 times, ch5, ss into next ch sp. Fasten off.
Row 6: Join yarn in the first sp of the last round. Ch3, cl in same sp, ch2, *cl, ch2* 7 times. Cl, ch2 and cl in same sp, ch2, cl, ch2, cl in same space, *ch2, cl* 9 times. ch3, ss into same sp. Fasten off.
Row 7: Join yarn between ch3 and cl of the last round. Ch5, *cl, ch2, cl, ch2 and cl in same sp* 3 times, cl, ch2 and cl in same sp, ch2, cl, ch3 ss into same sp. Fasten off.
Creating a gap for the spout:
Continuation of Row 7: Attach yarn into the sp after the two double clusters (you will have skipped 3 sps) ch3, cl in same sp, ch2 *cl, ch2 and cl into same sp, ch2, cl, ch2* 4 times. Ch3 and ss between the cl and ch3 of the previous round. Fasten off.
Row 8: Join yarn in the first sp of the last round, ch3 and cl in first sp, *ch2, cl* to the end, ch5 and ss into the cl and ch3 sp from the last row.
Continuation of Row 8: attach to other side of spout between ch3 and cl stitch, ch5 , cl, *ch2, cl* to the end, ch3 and ss into the same space. Fasten off.
Row 9: Change color, connect yarn between the ch3 and cl of the last round. Ch4, cl in next sp, *ch1, cl* all the way to the end, ch3 join at base. Fasten off.
Continuation of Row 9: attach to other side of spout in the first sp of the last round, ch3, cl in same sp, *ch1, cl*, all the way to the end, ch4 and ss between the cl and ch3 space of previous round. Tie off.
Row 10: Connect yarn in the first space of the last round. ch 3, cluster in same space, *ch 1, cluster* all the way to the end, ch4, ss into the cluster and chain 3 space from previous row. Tie off.
Continuation of Row 10: Attach to other side of spout between ch3 and cl stitch. ch4, cl into next stitch, *ch1, cl* all the way to the end, ch3 and ss into same sp. Fasten off.
Row 11: Change back to main colour, connect yarn between the ch3 and cl of the last round. ch3, cl in same space, *ch1, cl* 12 times. Ch6 and cl into the first sp of the opposite side, *ch1, cl* all the way to the end, ch3 and ss into the same sp. Fasten off.
Row 12: Join yarn between the ch3 and cl of the last round. dc into ch sp and one into the cl stitch until you reach ch6 from previous round. 4sc around the ch6 and continue with sc into cl and ch sp all the way around. Fasten off and sew in ends.
This cozy is charming finished off with a pompom.
2. Watch Bob Wilson 123's cozy video tutorial:
Materials
This tea cozy is for a teapot which measures roughly 8 inches from spout to handle on each side and is about 6 inches tall. The project is particularly good for stash busting (getting rid of oddments of yarn) as it can involve lots of color changes. Alternatively, you could make the cozy with just two colors of yarn in an attractive striped pattern. Choose yarn which is one overall weight, however, to make the finished article more uniform in texture if not in color. I would suggest DK yarns, with an appropriately sized hook - probably a G/6 or 7. You will also need scissors and a needle.
Abbreviations
Ch chain
Sc single crochet
Written pattern
Leave a 12 inch tail and then make a chain six inches long.
Row 1: sc into each chain.
Row 2: ch1, working into back loops only, sc along the row. At the end, do not work last st but cut a four or five inch tail, then take your next color and pull it through the two loops on the hook to join. Again, working into the back loops only, sc all along the row. Continue to work two rows of sc in different colors of yarn until you have a striped panel which will stretch from the spout to the handle of your pot. You will need to make another, identical panel for the other side of the pot. Finish both with long tails of 12 inches of yarn on the last stitch.
To create the tea cozy, line up the two panels stitch for stitch. Taking your long tail, thread it into a tapestry needle and join the first few stitches of the panels together using a whipstitch. Keep fitting the panels around your teapot to judge how far up to stitch so that the handle can emerge from the panel. Weave in ends and cut off the thread, then sew the top part of the panels in a similar manner so that when all four ends are sewn up you have a rectangle with holes for the spout and handle of the teapot.
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To create a drawstring to close the top of the cozy, make a chain using two different colored DK yarns together. You can use the same hook that you used for the main body of the cozy, or you can go up a size to make a larger chain. Make the chain large enough to go right round the top of the cozy, then add a further six inches for decorative tying. Use the crochet hook to poke the drawstring through the crocheted project at regular intervals to allow you to gather it up attractively at the top to close your cozy.
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