You know that moment of panic you feel when you realized you forgot someone on your gift list? Never fear! This crocheted cup cozy is the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for just about anyone.
Photos by Kathryn Vercillo
It’s small enough to be a stocking stuffer, but you can also wrap it around a travel mug and give it as a larger present with a personal touch.
Although you can whip it up quickly, this crochet pattern incorporates crochet cables, so it’s not boring to craft. The terrific texture of the cables is cozy, adding the perfect touch for hands as they wrap around the cup.
How to crochet a cup cozy (free pattern!)
- Fewer than 50 yards of sock weight (#2) yarn
- Size D/3 – 3.25 mm crochet hook
- 30″ narrow ribbon for closure (optional)
Double crochet in fourth chain from hook and each chain across. (Total = 40 dc)
Chain 3 (count as first dc). Double crochet in second dc and each dc across. (Total = 40 dc)
This crochet cup cozy pattern uses Andrea Sanchez’s tutorial for the six-stitch crochet cable. It is a two-row pattern that begins with front post cables. Here’s how to complete this row:
Ch 3 (count as first dc). Dc in each of next 3 stitches.
Skip 3 sts. Work fpdc stitches around each of the next 3 dc.
Working over the 3 fpdc stitches you just created, go back to the first of the three stitches that you skipped. Crochet fpdc around that stitch. Work fpdc around each of the next two skipped stitches.
Dc in the first dc after the 6 fpdc stitches you have just created. Dc in the next 6 dc stitches.
Repeat steps 2-4 once. Then repeat steps 2-3 another time.
Dc in the first dc after the final set of 6 fpdc stitches that you have just created. Dc in next 4 stitches to end of row.
The second part of the crochet cables is worked by adding back post stitches to each of the front post stitches of the previous row.
Ch 3 (count as first dc). Dc in each of next 4 stitches.
Bpdc around each of next six fpdc stitches.
The twist in the fpdc stitches that you’re working around makes this step trick. Use both your fingers and your eyes to identify the first of the six fpdc stitches, work around that, and proceed similarly across all six. (Note that you are working them in order, not skipping any and going back as you did with the front post stitches.)
Dc in next 7 stitches.
Repeats steps 2-3 once. Then repeat step 2 once more.
Dc in next 4 stitches to end of row.
Rows 5 – 6:
To get the complete effect of the cables, we need to add another set of them. Repeat rows 3-4 one time each.
Repeat row 2.
Finishing the crochet cup cozy
There are two options for finishing this crochet cup cozy: one with seaming and the other with an adjustable ribbon.
Finishing with seaming
If you want a crochet cup cozy that will slide up over a standard disposable coffee cup, you can seam the cozy shut. After completing row 7, fold the cozy in half, with the wrong sides of the cables facing each other, and slip stitch the two ends together to close it. Finish off and weave in ends.
Finishing with adjustable ribbon
If you want the crochet cup cozy to fit different cup sizes or to close around a more traditional coffee mug, then seaming won’t work. A great option for this small Christmas present is to add a ribbon closure. Finish off after row 7 and weave in ends.
Cut six 5″ strips of ribbon. Attach them with a knot to the top, middle and bottom of each of the two short edges of the crochet cup cozy. These can then be tied together loosely or in bows to secure the cup cozy closed. Alternatively, use the ribbon to secure the cup cozy corset-style or in any fashion that you prefer.