How To Knit A Simple Coffee Cup Cozy Knitting Pattern

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Learn how to knit a coffee cozy in this simple pattern. These sleeves make great gifts for a coffee or tea lover. Or choose your favorite colors and make a bunch for your coffee cups at home.

This cozy pattern uses only easy knitting techniques so it’s the perfect project for beginner knitters. A small project like a knit cup cozy is a wonderful first project too.

These cup cozies are a great way to use up small bits of yarn. I seem to have lots of leftover yarn so I love patterns that make great stash busters. With an easy pattern like this one you can mix and match colors for colorful cup sleeves.

Red coffee cup with green knit sleeve next to yarn and needles.

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I love how the garter stitch pairs beautifully with the variegated yarn, but of course a solid color would look good too.

Pattern Snapshot

LEVEL: Beginner to Easy
YARN: #4 medium weight cotton yarn
HOOK: 5mm US Size H-8 crochet hook

I used cotton yarn so these coffee cozies work for a hot beverage or a cold beverage. The cotton will absorb the condensation on your iced coffees in the warm months.

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  • 33  yds of WeCrochet Dishie* #4 medium worsted weight yarn (100% cotton, 190 yd (170 m) per 100 g skein) in shade Herb Garden — 1 skein.
  • 5 mm needles US Size 8, or needle size to meet gauge.
  • Yarn needle, Measuring tape, Scissors


US Terms

BO – bind off

CO – cast on

K – knit


This pattern is knit flat and seamed.

Skill Level



16 sts x 26 rows (after blocking) to 4” (10 cm) measured in garter st.


4” wide x 8.25” long

Knitted cup cozy on red Starbucks cup in hand by yarn and needles.


This pattern has a suggested 1/2” (1 cm) of negative ease. This means the finished cozy is smaller than the actual cup circumference, and will stretch to fit. 

To knit a different size you can cast on any number of stitches to fit your cup. Likewise, you can knit to different lengths by repeating more or less rows.


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I hope you enjoy this quick project. It’s such a great gift idea for your coffee lover! Scroll down for the free pattern.

Pattern Instructions

Knitted cup sleeve in green variegated yarn on red Starbucks cup next to ball and needles.

How To Knit A Cozy Sleeve

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to knit a simple coffee mug cozy.


  • 33 yds of yarn per cozy. Cotton yarn is preferable, but not mandatory.


  • 5 mm needles US Size 8, or needle size to meet gauge. This is knit flat so you can use straight needles.
  • Tapestry needle, Measuring tape, Scissors


    CO 16
    Row 1. K each stitch to the end of row.
    Row 2. K all.

    Green striped ball of yarn next to a few rows of garter stitch on needles.
    Rep row 2 until length is 8.25” long.

    Length of knit garter stitch on needles for cup cozy.
    Cut yarn.


    Thread a length of yarn into yarn needle.
    Match up bind off edge to cast on edge. Knit rectangle folded in half to seam for coffee cozy.
    Work stitch to stitch to sew the edges together to form the sleeve.Handing sewing knitted rectangle for cup sleeve.

    Knitted cup cozy on red Starbucks cup in hand by yarn and needles.

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