Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy

I am having an affair, yes a hot and steamy affair.

Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy2

No sillies, not with a person but with tea cosies, I have developed a strange affinity for these rather old fashioned woolly creations. I bet everyone of us can remember going to grannies for tea and following a scrumptious meal the teapot would arrive at the table proudly sporting a it’s jacket, perhaps a little stained here and there from the years of faithfully keeping the brew warm.

Do you remember the ones that were rippled? Looked a bit like an old fashioned jelly mould. I think they were knitted, usually in two colours, each vertical roll in an alternate colour? I have been in search of a pattern for such a tea cosy and ripple was one of the search words I used when I found this pattern, being a lover of stripes I couldn’t resist whipping one up.

Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy3

Isn’t it a bit sad that so many of us just stick a bag in a mug instead of making a proper brew? Is it because of the pressures of life today and we are always in a hurry? Tea drinking should be an art to be savoured and swooned over. You coffee drinkers have enjoyed a revolution in how your beverage is served with a choice in variety coffee beans not to mention the flavoured syrups, full fat/non fat milk, frothy, with chocolate on top or cream, hot or cold. Need I go on to make my point?

You might have guessed by now that I am not a coffee drinker at all, tea is most definitely my favoured beverage. The first year I went to Yarndale I wandered into Skipton and came across The Russian Tea Shop, I was in heaven. The front of the shop was filled with gifts and there was a range of teas that you could buy like I have never seen before. Each variety was displayd in a little pot so you could see and smell it before deciding what to buy.

Selection of Teas in the Russian Tea Shop

Once you had made your choice your chosen leaves would be decanted from one of these beautiful wooden cannisters. At the back there was a tea shop where I enjoyed the best cuppa I have ever had. I selected Russian Caravan tea from the menu and it was served on a tray with a sand timer, I had to let the sand run through twice before pouring out my tea to ensure that it would be perfectly brewed.

Russian Tea ShopWhen I went to Yarndale this year I was saddened to see the Russian Tea Shop had closed, I had been looking forward to visiting this lovely establishment again and trying a different tea.

Anyway back to the project in hand.

I feel obliged to show you a close up of the giant pom pom atop my Ripple Tea Cosy as it took me a whole afternoon to create this.

Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy Giant Pom Pom2

I had the idea in my head that in would be funny to finish this project off with a huge fluffy ball. So I set too using the largest size in my pom pom set and using all the colours from the stripes wound the yarn to make a pom pom. It was so HUGE! It was beyond amusing. The reason it took me all afternoon was I had to cut in down and if you have ever had to do this you will know that you have to snip, snip away reducing the size and keeping it circular as you go. Have you ever tried to cut a circle in 3D free hand?

I know that it’s not really a giant now but if you could have seen it, it was half the size of the tea pot itself!

The pattern is free on ravelry here if you fancy making one for your own brew.


46 thoughts on “Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy

  1. yarnchick40 February 24, 2015 / 22:18

    My goodness, I realized I needed to get caught up on my reading of your blog and noticed what birds of a feather we are!!! I posted about my love of tea within days of this post 🙂 And to top it all, I have had my eye on the same cosy pattern. I MUST make one STAT 🙂 Cheers


  2. JennG January 27, 2015 / 04:41

    I love the look of your cozy…very fun! When I read that you were looking for the rippled ones i knew exactly waht you were talking about. I’ve made them… but I used a slipper pattern… here is the link to one i found. Instead of sewing them into slippers I made it wide enough to go around the pit, stitched up the side leaving room for the handle (my pot doesnt have a long spout like yours) for you’re you could make two half and sew them leaving openings for the spout and handle.


    • January 27, 2015 / 20:06

      Yes thank you so much for the link, that is absolutely what I have been looking for. I will set to this weekend and get one started, keep watching for the post!

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      • JennG January 27, 2015 / 21:14

        I can’t wait to see it!


  3. rainbowjunkiecorner January 26, 2015 / 11:20

    There’s a similar tea selling shop in Winchester but I guess you don’t live this way. I use a steel tea infuser when making one mug that I bought in that shop but I do have a tea pot and a new tea cosy is on my to-do list.


  4. lovelucie1 January 26, 2015 / 08:37

    I’ve only just realised it’s crochet! I thought it was knitted! As that’s the case I shall start tonight. I need a crochet project. Lovely post by the way.


    • January 26, 2015 / 20:12

      Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished, it will look lovely on your dresser, I have made three tea cosies now and they are really quick to make so can provide a pleasant distraction if you have a big project on the go.

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  5. lovelucie1 January 26, 2015 / 08:35

    I love it. So completely retro. I’ve always wanted to make one but my teapot only comes out of the cupboard when my parents come to stay. I’m sorely tempted to make one and have it sat on my dresser permanently.


    • January 26, 2015 / 20:10

      I know what you mean, I have made an effort to use the teapot recently and it does make a better cuppa. I also enjoy using tea leaves, they make a much better brew than a tea bag.

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  6. peagreencrafts January 25, 2015 / 15:13

    I love tea cosys too! I have a bit of a tea pot obsession anyway so why not give them jackets. That pom pom is so lovely and round! I love the colours you have used too! I want to go make a tea cosy now!


  7. KerryCan January 25, 2015 / 12:47

    I read a lot of British mysteries and I always feel a little cheated that I grew up in the US in a family of coffee drinkers! When the going gets rough, Brits always have their tea to turn to! I love your cozy–I have a couple of old afghans made in that ripple pattern.


    • January 25, 2015 / 15:28

      You are absolutely right, tea is a great tradition here but many have converted to coffe I fear. I think you are missing out by not having tea, maybe you need to treat yourself.


  8. DaisyDuck January 25, 2015 / 11:30

    I need to buy a teapot just so I can make one of these little beauties x


  9. kajhub January 25, 2015 / 07:55

    Oh, I want to make one! Is there a link to the pattern?


  10. mollieandclaire January 25, 2015 / 07:23

    I love tea cosies even though I don’t drink the stuff. Cafetiere cosies are just not the same, even if i have made many!


    • January 25, 2015 / 14:51

      Thank you, have you posted about your tea cosies? I had a look and saw lots of lovely things but couldn’t see any cosies. I would love to see.


      • laurascrochetedgifts January 25, 2015 / 16:42

        I haven’t. Thanks for the idea for a future post. I don’t always know what to write about. 🙂


  11. Tajana January 25, 2015 / 06:46

    Oh,it is so gorgeous your tea cozy and I love so much your opinion about tea but….. I’m a coffee drinker…… he he he he ….. well, to be more precise, I adore tea but am always on a hurry with my projects…. so stopping a while and make a cup of tea is not my usual habit…. but it seems that I have to learn from you and slow down a bit… I have all the time at my disposal….. 😛


    • Tajana January 25, 2015 / 06:48

      PS:a while ago, I’ve found a great coffee and tea shop here in Parma, yeap!!!


      • January 25, 2015 / 14:41

        Maybe this is an opportunity for you to enjoy a cup of tea, in a cafe so it won’t interfere with your craft time so much. Enjoy.

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    • January 25, 2015 / 14:39

      Thank you my friend. It’s a hard choice, more crafting time or take up tea drinking? I think you must do what suits your taste the best, it is hard to put down your project when you get so engrossed.

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      • Tajana January 25, 2015 / 16:22

        Couldn’t agree more 🙂


  12. Amanda January 25, 2015 / 06:39

    Oh wow! It looks fabulous! The best tea cosy i have ever seen! I have seen a few craft stalls selling tea cosies recently so maybe the Tea Brigade is on a mission! 💝


  13. *Wisher* January 25, 2015 / 03:24

    loving the tea cosy and sure keeping the pot warm.. how exciting to see all those little jars of loose leaves.. yum!


  14. oddlyended January 25, 2015 / 02:50

    Love it! Love it! Tea and tea coziea are some of my favorite things, although I have yet to crochet one. The pom-pom is great!


  15. nicolaknits January 25, 2015 / 02:07

    You have inspired me. I have a book from the library, 100 colourful ripple stitches to crochet by Leonie Morgan. I wanted to play with some of the stitches and now I think I’d like to make a tea cosy.


    • January 25, 2015 / 03:07

      So happy to have inspired you. I am really enjoying making tea cosies, they are quick to whip up and so useful too.


  16. Nadine Roberts January 25, 2015 / 00:35

    I love the colors. I love the pompom. I just wish we drank tea at my home.


  17. thelandroverownerswife January 24, 2015 / 23:53

    Lol, looking at how near your trimmed pom pom looks now, I reckon you could take up topiary as a new hobby 😁

    The teapot looks lovely, very colourful.


    • January 25, 2015 / 02:59

      Thank you, I will keep topiary in mind for a career change. Perhaps I should try sculpting some animal shapes out of pom poms first though, whatch this space!


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