This is a favorite older pattern of mine. I used to make these cup cozies and sell them on Etsy, but had such a hard time keeping up with orders and I got so tired of making them over and over that I decided to share the pattern with others. This is a great way to get started with cables. It will demonstrate to you how easy cabling is and will give you lots of practice. When you’re done, it really is the cutest little cup cover ever!
Due to popular demand, I’ve revised the pattern to clarify the crochet assembly instructions. I hope it’s helpful to newer crocheters.
Although I’ve done mine in Lion Brand Cotton Ease, any worsted weight yarn will work. The pattern is knit from the top down and was designed with regular decreases along the length to fit a flared top cafe’ style mug. A great stashbuster and one of my favorite quick gift knits – it’s fun to personalize with unique buttons.
A Note on mug selection: The mug pictured in the pattern is a standard cafe flared top mug in a 10 oz. size, measuring 4″ high and 3.75″ across the top (3.25″ across the bottom). This pattern fits straight up and down mugs also when you leave out the decreases, but keep in mind that it will fit best on a mug with a handle that starts about an inch or so below the rim of the mug, so that you have space for your lips when sipping. You may also start and end the cozy with fewer rows in order to shorten it up if your cup is too short to allow sipping space.
US 7 needles
approximately 25 grams worsted weight yarn
size E or F crochet hook
C3F: Put next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit next 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle
Using Long Tail Cast On, Cast on 47 stitches, leaving 12″ tail of yarn at beginning.
Row 1: P1, K1, P2, K6,(P2, K1, P2, K6) to last 4 sts. P2, K1, P1
Row 2: K1, P1, K2, P6,(K2, P1, K2, P6) to last 4 sts. K2, P1, K1
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice more
Row 7: P1, K1, P2, C3F,(P2, K1, P2, C3F) repeat to last 4 sts. P2, K1, P1
Row 8: Repeat Row 2
Row 9: P1, K1, P2, K6, P2tog, (K1, P2, K6, P2)twice. K1, P2tog, K6, P2, K1, P1
Row 10: K1, P1, K2, P6, K1, P1,(K2, P6, K2, P1)twice. K1, P6, K2, P1, K1
Row 11: P1, K1, P2, K6, P1,(K1, P2, K6, P2)twice. K1, P1, K6, P2, K1, P1
Row 12: Repeat Row 10
Row 13: P1, K1, P2, C3F, P1,(K1, P2, C3F, P2)twice. K1, P1, C3F, P2, K1, P1
Row 14: (K1, P1, K2, P6)twice. K2tog, P1, K2tog, P6, K2, P1, K1, P6, K2, P1, K1
Row 15: (P1, K1, P2, K6)twice. P1,(K1, P1, K6, P2)twice. K1, P1
Row 16: K1, (P1, K2, P6, K1)twice. P1, (K1, P6, K2, P1)twice. K1
Row 17: Repeat Row 15
Row 18: K1, P1, K2tog, P6, K1, P1, K2, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K2, P1, K1, P6, K2tog, P1, K1
Row 19: P1, K1, P1, C3F, P1, K1, P2, C3F, P1, K1, P1, C3F, P2, K1, P1, C3F, P1, K1, P1
Row 20: K1, P1, K1, P6, K1, P1, K2tog, P6, K1, P1, K1, P6, K2tog, P1, K1, P6, K1, P1, K1
Row 21: P1, K1,(P1, K6, P1, K1) four times. P1
Row 22: K1, P1,(K1, P6, K1, P1) four times. K1
Repeat rows 21 and 22
Bind off purl stitches purlwise and knit stitches knitwise. You’ll want to decrease 2 stitches for each cable as you’re binding it off to prevent that area from being too loose. For each 6 stitch cable:(k1, bind off, k2tog, bind off)two times. Then continue to bind off other stitches as they present, (knitwise or purlwise). Pull yarn through last loop and pull tightly to knot. Leave 12″ tail of yarn.
Begin Crochet Assembly:
2. Chain 1 and place stitch marker into chain, then with cables vertical, fold knit rectangle into a sleeve shape with both right side edges together at top. Slip stitch into first stitch on other side of sleeve.
3. Pull loop to the back of work. Turn and single crochet into chain with stitch marker, then slip stitch into first stitch on other side and fasten off. Repeat on other end of sleeve, so top and bottom are joined with a single crochet.
9. Trim ends and weave in. Sew button to opposite side of loop and button up your cup!