Elephant Tea Cozy - Free Knitting Pattern Updated

Update May 2010: the pattern is now available in French - pdf file here. Thank you totally awesome translator.

Here is the typed version of the Elephant Tea Cozy pattern.

ETA 19.12.07: Fixed the body instructions so that they work better. Also fixed a bit of spelling and the like

Elephant Tea Cozy
Elephants on the Tea

Created 25.04.05

This is a free pattern that you may use for your own personal use. If you like, make one for yourself and one for your friend. Make a hundred elephants, each a different colour, to decorate each and every teapot of your rather large collection. If it makes you happy, it is quite alright by me. But I do ask; please do not make this object to sell. Not only is it disrespectful, it’s down right mean (Do I have to mention illegal in many parts of the world?). With that in mind, please enjoy this pattern, made for you, by me.

If you have any questions or comments, stop by my blog (trampled by geese - http://itissunnyatebertshome.blogspot.com/ ) and drop me a line.

I used Peruvian Highland Wool from elann.com because it is cheep, cheerful, and because it felts easily (an extra bonus if you want the tusks to come out nicely). Feel free to substitute any worsted weight wool of your choice. You only need a little bit of light colour for the tusks, so if you have something in your stash, even better.
The pattern as written fits the average 4 cuppa Brown Betty tea pot rather tightly. Feel free to adjust the size of the body to fit your pot. When on the tea pot, the spout becomes the trunk of the elephant.

Peruvian Highland Wool from elann.com. 100% wool, 50g / 100m. Dark Purple
A little bit of light colour wool, in my case, same above in Light Purple
2 buttons for eyes (or embroidery thread to stitch some on, googly eyes, or whatever)
Knitting needles – 4.5mm (or what works best for you)
Gage, 10cm = 20sts, 26 rows in stst.
Stitch markers


Body: (make two)
CO 40sts, rows 1-6 work 1x1 rib. Rows 7-28 (22 rows) work stst.
(NB: knit rows are odd number rows)
Row 29 – k1, ssk, k until 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1.
Purl one row.
Repeat these two rows one more time (36sts remain).
Row 33 – K1, ssk, k8, place marker, ssk, k10, k2tog, place marker, k8, k2tog, k1.
Purl one row.
Row 35 – K1, ssk, k to marker, slip marker, ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1
Purl row
Repeat these two rows five more times (6 sts remain).
Place remaining sts on a spare bit of yarn or stitch holder.

When both halves are made, join the top with 3 needle bind off, or for a smoother finish use ktst. Sew up sides using mattress st, leaving a gap for both handle and spout.

Ears: (make two)
These are made in gtst.
CO 8 sts.
K 1 row.
(Increase one st at the begining and at the end of each row every second row) four times (16 sts total)
K 1 row
(Increase at beg. of row, k to end or row. K 1 row.) twice.
Next two rows, k2tog at beg and end of rows.

Tusk: (make two)
These are made in stst
CO 12 sts.
4 rows of stst.
(K2tog at beg and end of each knit row) twice.
k2tog to end
P2tog to end (2 sts left)
Cut yarn, leave enough to sew up.
pull yarn through last sts, pull tight, sew up tusk to make a cone’ish shape.

I felted/fulled the tusks by hand in some hot water. It makes the fabric denser and the tusks look more tusk like. It also hides any errors in the knitting and allows you to shape the tusks to your liking when you block them to dry.

Place the body on the teapot. Position ears, tusks and button eyes where you like them. Secure with pins. Take it off the pot and sew everything up. Tuck in the ends and put the kettle on.