Mug cozy pattern

As promised, here’s another free crochet pattern. Just like the dishcloth pattern I posted a few weeks ago, this one is pretty simple and only uses a little bit of yarn. I love mug cozies, they dress up a plain coffee cups and help to keep the coffee warm longer. They also make a nice gift…I made some for teacher gifts last year and included the mug as well. Skill level: Easy Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sts – stitches


  • Cotton worsted weight yarn – 50g (enough to make 4 cozies)
  • Crochet hook – Size 8/5.00mm
  • Button
  • Blunt needle

Gauge: Not important Ch 8. Row 1: 1sc 1dc in second ch from hook, *sk next ch, 1sc 1dc in next ch, rep from * to end of row, ch1 turn. Row 2: *Sk next st, 1sc 1dc in next st, rep from * to end of row, ch 1 turn. Rep Row 2 until work measures 8″ from beg. Next row: Sk 1st st, sl st in the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, turn ch1. You will now be woking on these 4 sts to make button hole strip. Next row: 1 hdc in each st, ch1 turn. Rep last row until button hole strip measures 2″. Next row: 1 hdc in 1st st, ch 2 and sk next 2 sts, 1 hdc in last st. Work sc border evenly around, working 3 sc in corners and 2 sc into ch2 button hole space. Join with a ss in 1st sc. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew on button. And, if you’d rather purchase this cozy already made, it’s available here. Β Hope you like this pattern!

UPDATE JULY, 2015: I have been asked this question so many times, so I would like to answer it here. Yes, you may sell the finished mug cozy. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time the ask πŸ™‚


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96 Responses to Mug cozy pattern

  1. Maddy says:

    I absolutely love this pattern! It will be the perfect gift for my girlfriends! I was just wondering, how long did you make your chain?

    Thank you!

  2. Jackie says:

    I love this mug cozy, but I don’t crochet, I knit. Could you show a similar idea but with knitting. Thanks!

  3. dawn sherree says:

    hello! I just made this cozy! Very nice pattern, it only took me 30 mins to complete, very satisfying! I’m going to feature you and your pattern on my blog tomorrow. Come check it out to see my finished cozy I made from your pattern.

  4. Lisa Jones says:

    Hi! I found your pattern on pinterest and think it’s going to work out perfectly for Christmas gifts for my girlfriends. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. jamc629 says:

    Do you have a knit pattern for this ?
    Thank you

  6. Liz Faria says:

    What does hdc mean?

  7. TC says:

    Are the turning chains being counted as a stitch? I was skipping the stitch that the turning chain is in and I have a scalloped edge. Am I doing that wrong?

    • Bubblegirl says:

      The turning chain is not counted as a stitch. But you are supposed to skip the first stitch anyway as part of the pattern, so it sounds like you are doing it correctly. The edge will look scalloped until you do the sc edging all around to finish it off.

  8. April says:

    I followed the directions and used the specified hook size and it came out way too narrow and much smaller than the picture even after doing the edging, Had to modify the chain to 12 for it to fit a normal mug. Otherwise great pattern.

  9. Susan says:

    I just love how wonderfully simple this pattern is! Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚ I do have a question, though, about the slip stitching at the beginning of the button hole strip. When you say slip stitch into the next two stitches, I get a little confused as to what exactly this means. Is it a slip stitch into each chain?

  10. Akamatra says:

    Hey Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I just made a great cozy and credited you in my blog. I had to made minnor changes to fit my mug but it turned out gorgeous! Many thanks and happy holidays!

  11. Bree Conlin says:

    Row 2: *Sk next st, 1sc 1dc in next st, rep from * to end of row, ch 1 turn.

    I copied this from above what does it mean when you say skip next st is it the same as when you skip next ch in row one?

    Really knew at this and I am have trouble figuring it out. I love this and really want to make it.
    Thank you.

  12. Hi! Great pattern! Do you mind if people sell items from your patterns? I have an etsy and would be happy to link back to your blog. If not, I understand. Thanks!

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  14. I just wanted to let you know that I’m linking to this post in an inspiration post on my blog ( Thank you for being inspirational!

  15. Kathy says:

    Thank you for this darling pattern, for the dishcloth as well, I think I just found my new dishcloths and cozies for coffee cups and so easy!!!

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  17. GinaC says:

    Thank you!! Came out very cute! I made it for a friend and she loved it!!

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  19. Rachel says:

    So lovely πŸ™‚ made one for a friend and used as inspiration for a teapot warmer too πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing. You can see a pic of the one I made on my Pinterest (myfot) or on my Facebook page, madebymeinmykitchen where I’ve told everyone where I found the pattern.

  20. n says:

    can i have the permission to sell the items i make from the pattern

  21. c2lamoreux says:

    Ok way confused on this row:
    Next row: Sk 1st st, sl st in the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, turn ch1.

    I follow the first few instructions but I have way more than 4 sts to hdc in… what do you think I did wrong?? I followed everything correctly in the rest of the pattern but this part just throws me off.

    • Lisa says:

      Sorry to have confused you. You are supposed to leave the rest of the row unworked, turn your work and only work on the remaining 4 stitches to create the button hole band.

      • c2lamoreux says:

        Oops I ended up doing hdc in every other remaining st. Looks cool but definitely threw off my ending the pattern.. Oh well yay for yarn! Thanks for the pattern it is super great and I will be using it for presents

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  25. AB says:

    In the first row, are you supposed to both sc and then dc in the same (1st) chain before skipping the 2nd chain and then moving on to the 3rd?

  26. Lisa says:

    You sc and dc in the same ch…it’s the second ch from the hook.

  27. Rachel says:

    Love this pattern it’s so quick and easy. Thanks for sharing. Could I have your permission to sell the cosies I make? X

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  29. thefelderfam says:

    Hi Lisa! I made this last year and LOVED IT. Can’t wait for autumn to kick in (it takes a long while in Texas) and I will be using it again more. Just wanted to ask (along with other people I see) if I can sell mug cozies I make from your lovely pattern.

  30. Melissa Silva says:

    Hi there! Love this pattern! Will try it out today πŸ™‚ Just wondering, what yarn did you use to make the one in the photo? I absolutely love the colour and have been looking for a yarn like this for a while and can’t seem to find one 😦

  31. Heidi says:

    Love this pattern! So cute! I made one today and it came out perfect! They are going to make great Christmas gifts. Putting them together with a mug and tea fixings in a gift package. Thank you for posting! πŸ™‚

  32. Heidi says:

    This is soooo cute! Would I be allowed to sell finished products?

  33. Jenn says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern! It didn’t quite work for my cups, so I had to adjust it a bit. Also, I created the button strip as a separate piece and sewed it to my original work. I’m also going to make it adjustable, in that I’m adding two buttons at different points on the cozy so if I use it on a large mug or a small mug it will still work. I truly, truly appreciate you posting this to give me the basis of a cup cozy and for teaching me a new stitch technique (the single and double in one stitch)! I would be more than happy to give you credit for the basis of the pattern if you’d be willing to allow me to sell “our” finished product! πŸ™‚ Heck, I’ll still give you credit if I just post a picture of what I’ve created on my blog! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  34. Paulette says:

    I just made this and it turned out really good. Thank you for the pattern. Just wanted to ask permission to sell some that I make.

  35. Sarah Grace says:

    What does sts & hdc mean?

  36. Sarah Grace says:

    Never mind … i got it! πŸ˜‰ great pattern! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  37. Jacki says:

    I’m new at this, but the “1sc 1 dc” do they go in the same spot in the chain?? Mine is coming out very small.

  38. Vilma Carter says:

    Hi Lisa, I have made your coffee cup cozy and it is great!! Thanks so much for the pattern. I am new to crochet and have been learning via you tube videos and internet, I am keeping a file on the patterns and stitches I have learnt, can you tell me the name of this stitch pattern please!!!! I have found its similar to seed stitch but not exactly the same. Would love to know.

  39. Carrie says:

    Great Pattern! Can I sell the cozies I make? Credit will be given to you of course!

  40. Emma says:

    I’ve figured everything out until I come to the border. I’m lost! How do I do a border? Is there any way you could help me? I love this pattern and it was so easy up to that point. I can’t figure out where to put the sc around the edges, it’s just sorta messy. I’m anxious to finish it! THanks!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Emma,

      You can work the stitches anywhere, in between stitches all the way around. You can search for tutorials on YouTube.

      • Emma says:

        Ok thanks! I didn’t know if there was a specific way to do it and then I looked on youtube and founda variation of ways. So I just did what I could to make it look nice. THanks!

  41. Ashton says:

    Ok u am having a bit of an issue … I’m really new at doing this and I’m lost on the last “next row” step… The one that says work sc border evenly around, working 3 sc in corners and 2 sc into ch 2 button hole space . Join with a as in 1st sc. ….
    Can u explain further or do a small video on how to do this …?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ashton,

      I don’t have any instructional videos, but I’m sure there are many on YouTube. Search for crocheting a border.

  42. Teri W says:

    I love this pattern. Thank you so much! The only thing I felt I had to ask about was: Work sc border evenly around, working 3 sc in corners and 2 sc into ch2 button hole space. … you mean put 3 sc in the one corner stitch?….and 2 sc in each of the chain stitches.
    Thank you so much!

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  45. So cute! I made 2 of them as a gift πŸ™‚
    Do you mind if i put a link to your website on my blog?

  46. Garden Chef says:

    Hi Lisa, I love the mug cozy I made using your pattern. Sharing my post where I linked back to you
    Thank you so much!

  47. julianne says:

    Hi! Thanks for the pattern! Id like to ask for your permission to sell some cozies i make:)

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  49. nmaillet10 says:

    how do you single crochet and double crochet in same chain ? ( referring to row 1, i am new to crocheting)

  50. Mandy says:

    It would be awesome if you did some youtube clips on how you made it for super beginners!

  51. Lynn Sutton says:

    Thanks, Lisa, for sharing a FREE pattern to such a cute cozy! One question…
    in your instructions, the one time that says “turn, ch 1” (instead of ch 1, turn)…that is correct and not transposed, right? 4 sts, turn ch1. You will now be woking on these 4 sts
    Thanks, girl!

  52. Amy says:

    I love this pattern, it was so easy to follow and it turned out perfect. I made one for a friend for Christmas and she loved it. I know someone else asked if they could sell completed items made from this pattern and you said it was ok, I was hoping it’d be ok for me too. I will link back to your page also. Thanks!

  53. Maryam says:

    I really love this pattern! Do you mind if I sell the cozies I make using your pattern on etsy? Thank You πŸ™‚

  54. Michelle says:

    Hi, I sent you a message regarding pattern rights and you never responded. Looking a little further I realized THIS IS NOT YOUR ORIGINAL PATTERN AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO GIVE PERMISSION TO OTHERS. I will be reporting this. Your lack of response is what tipped me off. You need to express on your published site you do not own these rights.!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Sorry I did not respond. This blog has been inactive for many years, so I do not reply to comments on a regular basis. As you can see, I have responded to many requests about selling the finished items from this pattern. This is my pattern. I don’t know why you would think it isn’t.

  55. mary says:

    When working the sc edging down the scalloped sides should it be 2 stitches to each row or one?

  56. Lisa says:

    Just one πŸ™‚ What I do, is work the sc stitches in the spaces between the rows.

  57. How long should the cozi be with out the button strap?

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