tea toters

Tea Toters Free Knitting Pattern Tea WalletAre you a teetotaler? Do you tote your tea with you? Maybe you’re a teetotaling tea toter! If so, you’ll need these handy wallets to keep your tea bags from shredding in the bottom of your purse. Knit flat and seamed up the sides, they even hold the larger sized Tazo or Numi tea bags. I made mine with kitchen cotton, but any worsted weight scraps will corral your tea bags just as handily.

materials: worsted weight yarn, US 6 needles, darning needle, button

kfb= knit in front and back of stitch
co= cast on

To To Make Flap:
co 3
k3, turn
kfb, k1, kfb, turn
k across, turn
kfb, k3, kfb, turn
k across, turn
kfb, k1, p3, bind off one stitch purlwise, k1, kfb, turn
k4, cast on 2 stitches using backwards loop method, k4, turn
kfb, k1, p6, k1, kfb, turn
k across, turn
kfb, k1, p8, k1, kfb, turn
k across, turn
kfb, k1, p10, k1, kfb, turn
k across, turn
k3, p10, k3, turn
k across

Free Knitting Pattern for Tea WalletTo Make Tea Holding Part of tea toter:
repeat last 2 rows 18 times, turn

To Make Envelope Style indented front of tea toter:
k3, p3, k4, p3, k3, turn
k 3 rows, turn
k7, turn and knit back
k5, turn and knit back
k3, turn and knit back, turn
k to end of row, turn
k 7, turn and knit back, turn
k 5, turn and knit back, turn
k 3, turn and knit back, turn
bind off all stitches
fasten off

To Finish:
sew up sides, leaving flap free. Sew button to front to match up with buttonhole.

Free Craft and Knitting Tutorial Tea Pouch

Now you can tote your tea in style!

Download Simply Notable’s Tea Toters PDF Pattern

Special thank you to Annemie Rook who has translated the Tea Toter pattern for our Dutch speaking Crafty Friends. Thank you Annemie!

Download Simply Notable’s Tea Toters PDF Pattern – Dutch Translation

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  1. says

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the pattern – I can’t wait to cast on for this! It will make very nice gifts as well. I can see giving some of theses, complete with tea bags, as holiday gifts!

  2. Tammie says

    These are so much prettier than the snack sized plastic bags I use to carry tea bags in my purse. Now I can put my small scraps of dishcloth cotton to good use. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea and pattern!

    • Mom says

      Hi Gerry! Your tea toter looks so cute. You’re tension is so perfect, too. I really love your blog! Thanks so much for taking the time to include us in a blog post. We appreciate it. :-)

      • says

        My tension was neaten up by a quick soak and blocking :^)
        These are going to be so fun to knit up.
        I’ve sorted out some Noro yarn for my next attempt.
        I’ll be back.
        Earl Grey hugs

    • Mom says

      Great idea, Paula! Thanks so much for linking to us on your blog. We really appreciate it. We’re really glad to have you following along. :-)

  3. says

    Hello. This is soooo brilliant and adorable.

    Thank you for sharing.

    I blog in Japanese. I would like to know if it’s all right to post the translated version on my blog. Of course, I am going to clarify that it’s from this blog and add link to here.

    Thanks again and happy knitting!

    • Mom says

      Hi Eriko,
      I’m sorry, but it’s important to us to keep the pattern itself on our own site. However, if you’d like to make a japanese translation of the pattern, we’d be more than happy to add it to our site on the pattern page and we’ll link to your site to give you credit for the translation. Happy Knitting to you, my friend! :-)

  4. Madeline says

    Cool pattern! I have a question, though. I don’t understand how to, for example, k7,turn and knit back, turn or when it says to turn after every row. I thought you put your work in your left hand after you’re done with that row, so what does it mean?

    • Mom says

      Hi Madeline! when you’re knitting an item flat, (such as this item), after you finish knitting a row, you turn the work to knit the next row. I think that’s the same as what you mean by putting the work in your left hand when you’re done with a row. However, at the end of this pattern, you use what is called short rows, so you only knit part of the row, then turn the work and knit back in the other direction. This creates the indented shape, like an inside of an envelope. Hope that helps!

  5. Beth says

    Hi! I’m a new knitter and I just fell in love with this pattern! One question: I followed the pattern and mine would fit the size of a pack of sugar to put into my tea. LOL It’s not long enough. When you say repeat last 2 rows 18 times, does that mean each row 18 times or the 2 rows combined 18 times? Trying to figure out what I did wrong. Maybe I need to use the next size up in needles? Thanks for sharing a great pattern! I see many gifts for my tea friends! :)

    • Mom says

      Hi Beth! It means repeat the combo of the two rows 18 times. What kind of yarn did you use? The kitchen cotton like Peaches & Cream (or is it Sugar & Cream?) that you buy at most large craft stores seems to knit up into a good size toter. :-)

  6. Beth says

    Thanks for writing! Got it figured out and I just love this pattern! I am using the cotton that you use to make dishcloths out of. I already have my cotton balls lined up waiting to be knitted into tea toters! :) Thanks again ~ I’m having too much fun with this pattern! I don’t know if I can wait till Christmas to give them out as gifts! :)

  7. Prashanti says

    he he!

    Finally got it.:) Thanks Julie for the timely help and I am the proud owner of my newly knit teatoter+ coin purse + infinite possibilities.

  8. Pam says

    Could you please make a crochet pattern of this. i have a lot of friends that i would love to make this for. but my knitting sucks lol so please could you.
    Thank you so much
    Pam smith

  9. Bonnie Provencal says

    I think this pattern is absolutely perfect. I’m going to make mine a bit longer so I can put my pendants that are on cards into it. That way my customers have a soft package that they can take them home in and store in if they choose. Thank you so very much for this lovely pattern.

  10. Mom says

    I’ve had two people ask for help with row 6, so here’s some clarification:

    In row 6 you will have 7 stitches. You will kfb in the first stitch, k1 in the second stitch, purl in the 3rd, 4th and 5th stitch. Then you’ll bind off one of those purls by passing the second to last stitch over the last stitch. Then you’ll k1 in the 6th stitch and kfb in the 7th stitch. That will give you eight stitches to start the next row.

  11. Pam says

    I so wish someone could make a pattern of this in Crochet i don’t knit but I would love one and i have some friends that would love one as a thinking of you gift please think about it. I just love the shape, and how cute it is.
    Thank you

    • Mom says

      I’ll put that on my “to do” list, Pam. I’m not sure now how I’d accomplish it in crochet, but I’ll put on my thinking cap. :-)

  12. Ann says

    Thank you so much for this. My mother wants me to make her a bunch so she can give as gifts. I am going to make a crochet pattern for them as well. I also like your color choices.


  13. Ashley says

    I am fairly new to knitting, so forgive me!! When knitting flat the pattern is very simple for me to follow up until you turn the work mid-row. I’ve tried looking up video tutorials, but none of them seem to be helpful. I understand the needles basically switch hands, but what do you do with the working yarn that’s left on the left needle? Also, when you say turn and knit in back (for example….)

    k3, p3, k4, p3, k3, turn
    k 3 rows, turn
    k7, turn and knit back
    k5, turn and knit back
    k3, turn and knit back, turn

    On the first row do you just turn by switching the needles in each hand? On the third row you would knit seven, turn the work, then knit into the back of the firs stitch only? Then for row four continue to knit five more stitches, switch needles, and knit in just the back of the first stitch? I’m sorry I know this has to be way simpler than I’m making it. I’m really lost. Help please!

    • Mom says

      Hi Ashley,
      When you turn and knit back, you simply turn the work around so the other side of the knitting is facing you, and knit back the way you came to the end of the row. It’s the same way you always turn your work and knit the other way, only in this pattern you’re turning it as instructed, (like after 7 or 5 stitches), before the end of the row. Hope that makes sense!

  14. Ashley says

    Thank you..I was thinking maybe it meant to knit in the back of the stitch rather than knit until the end of that row. Thanks again!

  15. Lori says

    I’m going to make some of these for my Mom. She takes packets of natural sweetener loose in her purse (to use in her ice Tea at restaurants). This will keep them nice and tidy :)
    Thank You for sharing this cute pattern

  16. Nikki says

    LOVED this pattern. I am a new self-taught knitter and I made this in 2 hours! Did I miss how to make the buttonhole, though? After I made it I noticed there was no hole for the button- I just made a loop with yarn instead…

    • Mom says

      Hooray Nikki! So glad it worked out well for you! :-) P.S.: just noticed I didn’t answer about the button hole. In the beginning of the pattern – where it has you bind off one stitch purlwise – that creates the buttonhole.
      Happy Knitting! :-)

  17. Allana says

    Thank you for posting the pattern. I tried it out this afternoon and it turned out well.

    Just as the previous poster said that she missed the button hole, so did I but made a loop to adapt for the mistake.

    Happy Holidays!

  18. Ria says

    Thank you for this nice pattern.
    I worked from the Dutch pattern and noticed that one row in this translation is missing. After you have 8 stitches on your needle, turn, k 4, cast on 2 stitches using backwards loop method, k 4, turn. Translated in Dutch: 4 r – 2 st meerderen volgens de lusjes methode – 4 r.

  19. Smiley2emc says

    hi thanks for sharing the pattern i have made these for a friend who is a tea drinker like me they hold 8 comfortably of the peppermint tea that i drink

  20. Smiley2emc says

    hi i am going to add the ones i knitted to Pinterest but want to link it back to here but i dont know how to do that can you please help me thanks

  21. Smiley2emc says

    hi i have worked out how to link back to you so you get the credit for the pattern thanks again for such a great little gift idea

  22. Hazeyj says

    Thank you for sharing your tea toter pattern; I can now carry my tea-bags without worry, thanks to your generous spirit.

  23. Tinks-a-Lot says

    I have made a bunch of these as I used up odds and ends yarn and buttons. It was fun to add stripes and get better at counting rows! I did want to comment that the instructions say to k7 then k5, etc. I found that the “holes” created from stitching back were more centered if I k8, then k6, then k4. Hope that makes sense. Although I’ve given only a couple of these away, I have the completed ones — about a dozen — hanging like bunting until I decide what to do with them. Great for tea bags of course, but I am planning to put completed small pieces of jewelry in mine for gift-giving. This valentine’s I will use a few to tuck in candy and maybe some movie passes.

    Thanks so much. As a beginner knitter it was a fun project and I felt more confidence with each on I completed. I’ve been browsing the web looking for a simple to make market bag that doesn’t take a special (dpn) needles or difficult methods (like picking up stitches or working in the round). I do best when I learn a little at time. If you have any suggestions along those lines I would love to hear from you.

    Also wanted to say that I have made a lot of dishcloths and simple scarves and this was different and satisfying. Thanks again!

    • Mom says

      Hey! Thanks for sharing your mods, Tink! I love the idea of packaging jewelry, candy or movie passes as Valentine gifts. Clever!!! Do you crochet? I really enjoyed making the Summer Province String Bag. It’s easy and quick. I’ve used it for years now!

  24. Peg says

    Thank you soooo much for the tea toters…..I will make some for my friends, and they can use for tea, but also for sugar substitute, or anything small……

  25. Janneke says

    Lovely pattern, will cast on for some totes today!
    I’m Dutch and noticed that in the Dutch translation the followingrow is missing:
    k4, cast on 2 stitches using backwards loop method, k4, turn

    Perhaps you could have your traslator look into this?


  26. Helen says

    I use plastic most of the time when out shopping. However, at times I was glad to have a little paper as well as coins for a small purchase. These bitty little bags would be ideal for this and of course, would make superlative gifts,,, sure doesn’t take much yarn, either. Thanks so much for sharing your talent,,, plan to make several of these for some nice people who have done me a good turn SMILE Helen

    • Mom says

      Hi LuAnn! It means to knit in the front and back of the same stitch. We have a post that lists all the knitting abbreviations we use in our patterns here. Hope that helps!


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