Simple Coffee Cozy Easy Free Knitting Pattern

Simple Coffee Cozy

A Free Knitting Pattern from Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Simple Coffee Cozy, Free Easy Knitting Pattern, A design by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Knit an adorable sweater for your favorite hot or cold beverage. This simple coffee cozy pattern for beginners is a great way to learn and practice knitting in the round on double point needles.

How this Coffee Cozy is Made

This simple coffee cozy is made with two basic stitch patterns: the knit, purl rib, and the stockinette stitch. Making this adorable little coffee sleeve lets you practice knitting in the round. It is a quick and easy project that is also perfect for scrap yarn that has been left over from another project. You only need about .6 ounces or 19 yards of yarn to make this minimalist coffee cozy. If you need help figuring out how much scrap yarn you have left, my post on yarn math might be useful.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn to design the pattern, which is a basic, acrylic, worsted-weight yarn. Try any solid color you like, or mix it up with a variegated or patterned yarn. You can substitute almost any worsted weight yarn in almost any material, like sheep’s wool, alpaca, or cotton. Be careful with hot cups; your finished object may not be heat resistant.



k = Knit.

p = Purl.

** = Repeat the pattern between the asterisks.


20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette = 4 inches on No. 5/3.75 MM needles

Instructions: Simple Coffee Cozy

Knit in the round. Use stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/ends of your rows by placing it in the first stitch of each row/round.

[Using no. 3 DPNs] Row 1: Cast on 46 stitches. Divide onto 3 DPNs. Join, taking care not to twist stitches. *k 1, p 1* x 23 (46 stitches).

Rows 2 thru 7: *k 1, p 1* x 23 (46 stitches).

[Switch to no. 5 DPNs] Rows 8 thru 28: k 46 (46 stitches).

[Switch to no. 3 DPNs] Rows 29 thru 35: *k 1, p 1* x 23 (46 stitches).

[Switch to no. 5 DPNs] Row 36: Bind off.

Weave in ends. Block if desired.

Printable version of this free knitting pattern

Printable simple coffee cozy knitting pattern PDF by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Updated Pattern

If you are ready to try knitting this in the Magic Loop method you can find the updated pattern at this link. There is also an extra size included there.

Size Notes

This is a one-size-fits-most pattern; it should fit most hot and hold coffee cups that don’t have handles. The finished, un-stretched item will measure 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. On a cup, it will measure 4.5 inches tall and fit cups that are between 9 and 11 inches around.


If you use the materials called for in the pattern, your final product will be machine washable. To keep your coffee cozy looking its best, hand wash or machine wash separately on delicate cycle in cold water. You may tumble dry on low heat or lay flat to dry.

Simple Coffee Cozy, Free Easy Knitting Pattern, A design by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

©2017, Liz Chandler of PurlsAndPixels.

This pattern is for personal use, gifting, and charitable donation of completed items. You may also sell handmade items created using this pattern. Do not copy this pattern and distribute it. If you’d like to share the pattern, refer your friends to my website, purlsandpixels.com so they may obtain a copy.

If you find any errors or have any questions, email purlsandpixels@gmail.com and I will do my best to help.

I’d love to see your finished work! Tag your photos with @PurlsAndPixels on Twitter or Instagram.

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