Yarn

Beehive Tea Cosie

Keep your tea warm with this cute knit tea cosie. It’s much easier than it looks. Knit up the cosie in easy-to-knit sections and assemble together when you’re all done. Create the beehive look with alternating purls and knits for texture and add little decorative bee buttons to make it come to life. It’s the perfect accessory for a little tea party in the garden!
By  Lee Ann Garrett  for  Search Press, ©2014

size: fits 6-cup tea pot

  • Beehive Tea Cosie

Materials

  • Worsted-weight honey yarn, one ball
  • Decorative bee buttons, six

Tools

  • Knitting needles, US 6
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch holders, two

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

k2tog: knit 2 together
rep: repeat
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)

  • Gauge
  • 1. 5 sts = 1".
  • Cosie - make two
  • 1. Using US 6 needles, cast on 42 sts.
  • 2. Rows 1-14: Work in sl st ending with purl row.
  • 3. Row 15: Purl.
  • 4. Row 16: Knit.
  • 5. Row 17: Purl.
  • 6. Row 18: Knit.
  • 7. Row 19: Purl.
  • 8. Row 20: Knit.
  • 9. Row 21: Purl.
  • 10. Row 22: Purl.
  • 11. Row 23: Knit.
  • 12. Row 24: Purl.
  • 13. Row 25: Knit.
  • 14. Row 26: Purl.
  • 15. Row 27: Knit.
  • 16. Row 28: Purl.
  • 17. Row 29-35: Rep Rows 15-21.
  • 18. Rows 36-42: Rep Rows 22-28.
  • 19. Rows 43-49: Rep Rows 15-21.
  • 20. Row 50: Knit.
  • 21. Row 51: Purl.
  • Shape Top
  • 1. Row 1: Knit 7, k2tog, *k6, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 2. Row 2: Purl.
  • 3. Row 3: Knit 6, k2tog, *knit 5, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 4. Row 4: Purl.
  • 5. Row 5: Knit 5, k2tog, *knit 4, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 6. Row 6: Purl.
  • 7. Row 7: Knit 4, k2tog, *knit 3, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 8. Row 8: Purl.
  • 9. Row 9: Knit 3, k2tog, *knit 2, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 10. Row 10: Purl.
  • 11. Row 11: Knit 2, k2tog, *knit 1, k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 12. Row 12: Purl.
  • 13. Row 13: Knit 1, k2tog, *k2tog*, rep from * to * to last st, knit 1.
  • 14. Cut yarn and place sts on stitch holder.
  • Make Cosie
  • 1. Place wrong sides of cosie together (right sides facing out).
  • 2. Thread tapestry needle with tail on back stitch holder.
  • 3. Join sts on stitch holders together.
  • Sew Top
  • 1. Continue sewing with tail down one side for 3". Fasten off, hide tail in seam.
  • 2. Repeat on other side of cosie.
  • Sew Bottom
  • 1. Thread tapestry needle with one tail of yarn from cast on edge.Sew up one side for 1-1/2". Fasten off, hide tail in seam.
  • 2. Repeat on other side of cosie.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Sew bee buttons randomly on cosie.
  • Tip
  • 1. Arrange bee buttons facing in different directions, as though they are buzzing about at random.