The cosy is knitted in knit-1, purl-1 rib.
Using 5 mm knitting needles, cast on 40 stitches with double-knitting wool.
K1, p1 to the end of each row (finishing with a purl stitch) until work measures 15 cm.
Decrease to shape the top.
Row 1: *Knit 2 tog* repeat 'til the end of row (20 sts remain).
Row 2: Knit to end of row.
Row 3: *Knit 2 tog* repeat 'til the end of row (10 sts remain).
Row 4: Knit to end of row.
Row 5: *Knit 2 tog* repeat 'til the end of row (5 sts remain).
Cast off the remaining 5 stitches.
Repeat for other side.
Sew sides up leaving gaps for the handle and spout. I used my tea pot to work out where they go.
Make a GIANT pompom (use 13-15 cm diameter cardboard circles) and sew securely on the top. Gorgeous!!!
So now my new favourite thing to do is to knit tea cosies. They are simple to make and look stunning. Get out the knitting needles and have a go. In the words of Victoria Woodcock "Now go forth and make!"