When I saw things such as tea cozies, mug cozies, and egg cozies, I used to wonder why on earth anyone would make such a thing, other than for quirky cuteness. After becoming an addicted tea drinker, I now know. It’s the weekend and I can futz around the house for hours on end, forgetting my tea until it gets cold. A tea cozy allows you to make a whole pot of tea at one time, keeping it nice and hot for you for ages. It IS practical!
So, here’s how to wing a tea cozy. You want a shape that is something like a submarine. The rounded ends are because your teapot is wider in the middle and narrower at the top and bottom. The top rectangle lays over the lid of the pot. You can achieve this submarine any old way you want to, crocheting or knitting; across, then upward; up and down the length; however you like – then attaching a closure at the back to hold it on.
You just sit with your teapot in front of you as you go so you can hold it up to the pot and get your sizing right.
Here are mine. The small one was crocheted back and forth in a long strip, then a strip of crochet ruffle was added to each end and a button was threaded on to close it at the back. The ruffle had holes in it, so made an automatic buttonhole. (This was my first one and I hadn’t thought of the over-flap yet.)
For the larger one, I crocheted 2 circles like the beginning of granny squares (but without corners). I then held up the circles to each side of the pot so they’d come out on the front and back, then chained and double crocheted straight lines between them to connect them to each other until I had the length of the submarine shape. If your shape isn’t exactly right for your pot, just wing it until it is – you can graduate single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet etc. to make the rounded edge more square. (You can see this near the handle in the maroon color on the big tea pot where I turned the granny circle more square – triples near the top and bottom, graduating to shorter stitches in the middle.) I then did another row around the submarine body in blue to make it bigger and make a decorative edge. I tied on new blue yarn to double crochet the rectangle on top, and attached crochet chains to the back as a tie closure. Boy, since my pots were thin glass, it really made a difference in tea temperature!
For mug cozies, just make a rectangle with a closure at the ends.