British waterways narrowboat tea cosy

The narrowboat tea cosy is inspired by the rising popularity of the British Inland Waterways and canal boat holidays. The tea cosy has traditionally canal boat colours, dark green and bright red and yellow. The roof has a tin chimney, brass coloured air vents and a decorated pigeon box with button porthole windows. The boat also has bow and button fenders in case of any boating accidents.The spout of the teapot becomes the tiller for the boat. The hull of the narrowboat tea cosy is turned up onto itself, giving super insulation, the difference between a lovely cup of tea and a cold cup of canal water!

Keep tea hot canal boat style, the narrowboat tea cosy allows you to get through a lock and still come back to a piping hot cup of tea for skipper and crew.


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

Materials you need at home:

  • 5.5 mm, UK size 5 or US size 9 knitting needles,
  • 4.00 mm, UK size 8 or US size 6 Knitting needles,
  • 3.75 mm, UK size 9 or US size 5 Knitting needles,
  • 50g Black double knitting wool
  • 20g Green double knitting wool
  • 20g Yellow double knitting wool
  • 20g Red double knitting wool
  • 20g Grey double knitting wool
  • Small amount of Gold Schoeller + Stahl
  • 4x 10mm clear buttons
  • Stuffing
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Susan Cowper

I design and knit unique tea cosies. I really love designing exciting and unusual tea cosies, its great fun and people don’t mind having an over the top tea cosy. Plus they are a great talking point at tea time and make for brilliant knitting projects.

I have quite a following with regular customers who regularly buy my latest designs from my website

I have had a couple of patterns printed in the Simply Knitting Magazine, which is very exciting.

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