Tea / Coffee Cup Cozy Pattern / Tutorial

I really need to start Jenna’s Harris Shrug, (which I will be starting later today, I can’t wait to begin this project!) but in the meantime I had an idea for a cup cozy, and I built a light box yesterday for taking photos and I really wanted to try it out! I had so much fun building this light box, but I will write about that soon. I have knitted this cozy in Colourspun DK cotton, I love the rainbows!
It’s an easy pattern, knitted in the round part of the way and then flat.
I have knitted the beginning of my cozy with a curl at the base, but if you would like it to lie flat, just purl a few rows in the round instead of starting with knit rows:)

A small amount of DK cotton
4mm circular needles or DPNs
Sewing up needle
Crochet hook to crochet a small chain for a loop

I have knitted this cozy in the Magic Loop but DPNs would also be perfect:)

If you would like the first few rows to lie flat, purl 4 rows of your cozy instead of knitting them in garter stitch, mine has a little curl for effect:)

Here we go:
Cast on 46 stitches and join for knitting in the round.
Knit 5 rows in the round.
Now, to make the opening for the handle you will no longer be knitting in the round, but rather back and forth as for flat knitting.
Rows 6-24: You will be knitting back and forth on your rows, not in the round. Alternate purl and knit rows, starting with a purl row and ending with a purl row on row 24.  Eventually, as you progress along the rows, you will manage to have all the stitches on one needle.

Measure your cozy around the cup a few times to make sure it fits.

Row 25: Knit row and increase four stitches evenly across the row. To increase without being able to see the increases, simply pick up a stitch between two of your stitches as seen in the photo above. Place this stitch on the left needle.

Once the stitch is on the left needle, knit into the back of the stitch as seen in the above photo. You will now have an increase and not be able to see it at all! 🙂

Rows 26-30: Knit, this will give you an attractive edging.

Cast off loosely.

Sew on a button on one side at the top of the opening of the cozy. Sew in all the ends. On the opposite top edge of the cozy crochet a small chain, attach and sew into a loop to button the cozy closed.

You are finished!!
This cozy is perfect to gift to someone, don’t you think? It knits up so fast, I would say it took me half an hour from start to finish:)
Have a lovely week.

Please note this pattern is for personal use only, thank you:)

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14 Responses to Tea / Coffee Cup Cozy Pattern / Tutorial

  1. nityakalyani December 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Linda – nice to see the cup cozie. I have nt finished mine. I did it in a round knitting loom. Will post it shortly. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. jenmun December 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    what a lovely idea Linda! and thanks for the tutorial I will try it!

  3. Sarah December 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Thank you so much for another lovely pattern! I will try it! It looks wonderful with the rainbow yarn!

  4. del December 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I was thinking it would make a great gift idea and then you said it, lol. Great minds…

    It’s such a cute pattern. Thanks!

  5. barefoot mama December 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    So, so cute! What a fun idea:) Love the yarn you used! ~ Barefoot Mama

  6. CrochetBlogger December 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Very pretty cup cozy. Love the yarn that you used.

  7. Lori ann December 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    it’s really very cute linda, and well done on the light box too!
    thank you for sharing!

  8. Rachel December 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Love the yarn colors!!! The button is magical. You are always giving Linda. One way or another you are always giving…….

  9. Linda December 12, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Thanks so much everyone:)
    Happy knitting.

  10. Danielle ~ AstashAddict December 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Stunning yarn!!


  11. Heather December 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Oh I love this! I have to go and knit one up for a few holiday gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Nicola February 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I am obviously an ammature compared to everyone else. I need help! How do you go from knitting in the round to knitting flat! Any suggestions?

    • Linda February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Nicola,
      When you start knitting flat, just turn the work around and instead of knitting round, just continue in stocking stitch, knitting flat, purl on the wrong side and knit on the right side.
      Hope this helps

    • Nicola March 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you for the help! I think I have it sussed I just need to practice a couple more times. Thanks for the pattern/idea! I love the yarn as well! It is beautiful!

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