Santa's sleigh ride tea cosy

Santa's Sleigh Ride tea cosy was designed for the Simply Knitting Magazine issue 140 which went on sale in early November just in time for Christmas.

The Santa's Sleigh Ride tea cosy was inspired by Christmas eve, and the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas', and all the magic of Santa delivering presents.

The tea cosy depicts a city scape with houses and flats. I also wanted to include a church in the silhouette because I like the nod towards the true meaning of Christmas and that the church is at the heart of it all.

Santa is flying through the starry sky in a red and gold sleigh pulled by reindeers. I wanted to give Santa a fun look, and the white Stylecraft Eskimo yarn really does that, and make him look windswept. Behind Santa is a sack of presents, his precious cargo for all the good children.

Santa's Sleigh Ride was a fun tea cosy to design and I hope it beings please to knitters and tea drinkers alike, for many Christmas's to come.

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


  • Suitable for intermediate experience

Materials you need at home:

  • 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,
  • 4.00 mm, UK size 8 or US size 6 Double pointed needles,
  • 3.25mm, UK size 10 or US size 3 Knitting needles,
  • 20g royal blue double knitting wool
  • 15g black double knitting wool
  • 10g golden yellow double knitting wool
  • 10g dark brown double knitting wool
  • 10g red double knitting wool
  • 10g wheat double knitting wool
  • 10g white double knitting wool
  • 10g flesh double knitting wool
  • Small amount of white Eskimo double knitting wool
  • Small amount of Schoeller + Stahl Silver yarn , And 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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