Oh Bee-Hive Honey Bee Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern

Oh Bee-Hive Honey Bee
Oh Bee-Hive Honey Bee
Oh Bee-Hive Honey Bee knitting pattern
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Animated Tea Cosy


The Oh Bee-Hive tea cosy was designed for the Simply Knitting Magazine issue 189 which went on sale on the 8th August 2019.

Simply Knitting asked for a bee hive related tea cosy to feature in their magazine. Honey bees are so topical at the moment, and more and more people are getting interested in them and keeping them. The honey bee also makes you think of hot summer days, and flower filled gardens, so it's a perfect summer tea cosy.

My hive tea cosy design was based on the inside of a hive and the honeycomb pattern with all that wonderful honey. Fittingly I used Honeycomb stitch to create the main part of the cosy. It looks really complicated but it's actually really easy and has great insulating properties.

I wanted to include a couple of honey bees on the cosy, busily working away. Their antenna are made by untwisting the yarn to its individual strands. I love their legs which are simply embroidered into place.

Next to openings for the spout and handle are little white flowers, the source of the pollen. You could knit them in any colour you like. The flowers give the cosy a prettiness and compliment the regimented honeycomb.

A beehive tea cosy to 'bee' proud of.

This Tea Cosy:

  • is made from double thickness yarn for extra insulation
  • fits a medium sized teapot that holds 6 to 8 cups or 2 pints

What you will need to make the pattern

5.5 mm, UK size 5 or US size 9 knitting needles,
4.00 mm, UK size 8 or US size 6 Knitting needles,
Stitch Holder,
28g Hayfield Bonus DK Pumpkin,
18g Hayfield Bonus DK Sunflower,
17g Hayfield Bonus DK Bright Lemon,
15g Hayfield Bonus DK White,
4g Hayfield Bonus DK Black,
4g Hayfield Bonus DK Light Grey Mix,

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