Crochet Pattern: Absolutely Easy Coffee Cup Sleeve

By Rachel Choi – 26 Comments
Quickly crochet this simple coffee cup sleeve to keep your hands from burning on that hot cup of coffee. Use your crocheted sleeve to replace the disposable sleeve at the coffee shop. Mix and match different colors to create a cozy sleeve that fits your personality! Coffee cups come in all different sizes, so follow the instructions within the pattern to make sure this sleeve fits your cups.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 3″ (7.5 cm) in diameter, 2 3/4″ (7 cm) tall
Size may be adjusted to fit any coffee cup. Follow the instructions within the pattern to adjust the size.

crochet coffee cup sleeve

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards)
Crochet Hook G (4.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: not too important for this pattern. Use the instructions within the pattern to adjust the size of the coffee cup sleeve as you see fit.

Crochet Pattern: Coffee Cup Sleeve
Round 1: ch 40, or a chain that is fits tightly around your coffee cup, sl st in first ch made, forming a loop and being carful not to twist chain: 40 ch
Round 2: ch 2, hdc in each ch around, sl st in top of beginning ch-2: 40 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, turn, hdc in each hdc around, sl st in top of beginning ch-2: 40 hdc

Repeat round 3, 6 times or until sleeve is as tall as you desire, then finish off.

If you need any help while crocheting your coffee cup sleeve, just let me know!

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  1. Denise says:

    I’ll be making this soon since I lost my last cozy. But they’re great for keeping your hand cool, they feel very nice, and they get lots of comments. Something about a soft bright pink cup cozy makes people smile 🙂

  2. Rachel says:

    What a great stash buster. I love this! Thanks for the pattern, I’ll be linking.

  3. Jillian says:

    Great pattern, Rachel! I made one like this myself once, but never wrote down my pattern (oops). It has gotten a lot of compliments from my friends so I’m sure yours will too. It’s also very environmentally friendly! 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    I made a cozy like this about a year ago. I made mine out of wool and then felteded it. I love it!!!

  5. Linda says:

    What a great Pattern. I just love this. Thanks for posting.

  6. Danielle says:

    So no increases are necessary? I have one started (freehand) using a J hook, double crochet, and working rounds without turning and I was looking at patterns for when and how much to increase for the widening of the cup at the top.

  7. Marguerite says:


    Crochet spot is making my life so much easier. My dollars are real tight this year but your wonderful patterns are giving me so many options for gifts. Thanks.

  8. MADELINE says:

    this would be good also for the iced drinks …thank you very much

  9. Cyndie says:

    I have been searching for a great cozy to make, I wanted to try felting too. I just completed my first one and its in the wash and will be done shortly looking forward to seeing the finished product. *smiling P.S. I have added you on my FB so I can follow along and see/use the many ideas. Thanks much!

  10. Sandy says:

    Hi Rachel-

    I have a question about turning in round three. Because this is made in the round, I don’t know what you mean by turning. Could you please give me an explanation?? Thanks!


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sandy, the turn is the same sort of turn as if you were working in rows. You turn to work in the directions you just came from. This is done while working in the round to prevent the seam (made from the chain) from spiraling around the work. You don’t have to turn if you prefer not to.

  11. Lisa says:

    Hi Rachel-

    I have made a few of these and they have turned out great. I made them out of acrylic yarn scraps from completed projects. I believe you also used acrylic yarn in your sample? However, my friends have said that after a couple uses, the coffee sleeve began to stretch. What type of yarn would you recommend?



    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lisa, I used cotton yarn in the picture. Cotton seems to be a bit less stretchy compared to acrylic, although it can still stretch. Also, if you wash the sleeve every so often they should shrink back into their original shape.

  12. Corinne says:

    I’m just starting out crocheting and I found most of this really easy. Great pattern – thanks. However, I can figure out how to attached the two ends together. Do you think you could help?



    • Rachel says:

      Hi Corinne, this pattern is crocheted in a circle where the ends are joined together at the end of each round. The “sl st in top of beginning ch-2” at the end of each round means to make a slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 that you made at the beginning of the round. That way the end of the round will be joined to the beginning of the round. If you already crocheted the entire sleeve without joining at the end of each round, you can sew the ends together with a strand of yarn if you’d like.

      • Corinne says:

        Thanks for the quick response. All is well, I was able to figure it from your note. They don’t look that great, but pretty good for the thing I’ve made (other than just practice stitching).

        Thanks again.


  13. Stacie says:

    Love this pattern! I have been trying to come up with creative gift ideas for the holidays which would be budget friendly…AND THIS IS PERFECT!

  14. Naomi says:

    Want to do this for a teacher gift. Thanks so much for the pattern!!

  15. Mel says:

    Making two tonight – one of my first crochet creations. Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    This is so quick and easy… THANK YOU!! Makes a great last minute gift with a homemade touch 🙂

  17. Eloisa says:

    I crocheted a flower and attached to cover the seam, the flower I made with thin thread.

  18. Becky says:

    Am using this for starbucks reusable cups. Only need to chain 30. 40 is too large.

  19. Jessica says:

    Hi, so I followed the pattern but think I’m doing something wrong.. my seam is is higher then my rows. I don’t know if I’m connecting wrong or if I should only sl instead of chaining two then turning.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jessica! The ch 2 should be equivalent to the height of your hdc stitches. When you make the slip stitch, you’ll make it into the top of the ch 2 that you made at the beginning of the round, this joins the end of the round to the beginning of the round. The top of the ch 2 is the second chain (it sits on top of the first chain).

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