Button Up Your Cup – new and improved

Knitted Mug Cozy Pattern

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. 

Mug Cozy Knit and Crochet PatternA cute little cabled mug cozy of my own design, this project requires both knitting and some simple crochet stitches to assemble the flat knit rectangle into a sleeve with a loop closure.

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.

Cable Needle
US 7 needles
approximately 25 grams worsted weight yarn
tapestry needle
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:

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup1. As shown in above photo, using tail of yarn, pull up a chain in last stitch. 

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup

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.

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup3. 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.

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup4. Position sleeve with cast on edge at top and join yarn for button loop by pulling yarn from back to front in a stitch along the right side of sleeve that is about 1/3rd of the way down the side.

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup5. single crochet 9 stitches along edge. 

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup6. Chain 9. Create loop by slip stitching into first single crochet in row. Secure loop to sleeve by slip stitching into next stitch above on side of sleeve, and pull loop to back. 

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup7. Single crochet in each chain. 

Crochet Tutorial Button Your Cup8. Secure bottom of loop to side of sleeve by slip stitching in next stitch below on side of sleeve, then pull loop to back and fasten off.

9. Trim ends and weave in. Sew button to opposite side of loop and button up your cup!

Download Button Up Your Cup PDF Pattern

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    • Mom says

      Hi Lisa! So nice to hear from you. Hope all is well with you also! :-) I think I clarified the crochet instructions. From the feedback I received, I may have given too detailed of instructions, which was found to be confusing. Hopefully my simplifications helped.

  1. Barbara Bagley says

    Love my “Button-Up Your Cup” and the fact that there is the space for
    your lips to sip your beverage. It works perfectly.
    Great friend gifts!!

  2. Chrissy says

    Hi, love this pattern and also the ‘textured tootsies’ Would I be permitted to sell these items please?
    Kind regards

  3. jennifer says

    Hi there, I love this and am hoping to make a quick one or two for a friend’s friend’s birthday the day after tomorrow! I don’t know how to follow knit patterns well enough, so I have this question:

    When you have this:
    P1, K1, P2, K6,(P2, K1, P2, K6)
    Does that mean to do both of those sets of instructions, the part before the (), then the part inside the () ?

    And when you have this:
    P1,(K1, P1, K6, P2)twice.
    Does that mean you do the whole set of instructions here, or, “P1,(K1, P1, K6, P2)twice.” twice, or just the part in () twice?

    Thank you SO much!

    • Mom says

      Hi Jennifer!
      The part of the pattern that is in the parentheses is subject to the instruction that comes right after it. So if you saw:P1, K1 (P2, K1, P6) to the last four stitches, P2, K2, this means that you’ll first do the P1, K1 then you’ll repeat the part in the parentheses until you get to the last four stitches, then do the P2,K2 that comes after.
      I hope that makes sense!

  4. jennifer says

    Oh my goodness, thank you for your quick response — and sorry for my very rudimentary question!! Lovely pattern though, so thank you very much for this, and for helping me understand this!! You are so kind to publish this and to respond to questions here! :)

    • Mom says

      Don’t be sorry! I’m glad to help a fellow knitter anytime. I certainly have gotten my share of help from others! :-) Happy Knitting! ♥

  5. jennifer says

    Goodness… I am such a dork! Okay, so I have more questions. In this instruction, I will say what I -think- the instructions are indicating, if this could be confirmed. Eek, I’m sorry I have so many questions!

    The instructions:
    Row 7: P1, K1, P2, C3F,(P2, K1, P2, C3F) repeat to last 4 sts. P2, K1, P1

    What I think this is telling me to do:
    P1, K1, P2, C3F, (P2, K1, (knit the CF3 stitches by purling 2, and then? here, I am confused) put the next cable CF3 stitches on cable needle. Then?

    Sorry! I am so cable-dumb. But, I’ve tried finding the cable instructions elsewhere, and I don’t see the solution… If you let me know here, thank you so much!

    • Mom says

      Hi Jennifer! No, the P2 isn’t part of the C3F instruction. You can find the cable instruction at the top of the pattern under abbreviations. C3F = Put the next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold to front. Knit next 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle. Hope this helps!

    • Mom says

      Diana, I LOVE your mug cozy! How clever to make a crochet version. :-) Thank you so much for linking to our site with your creation. Love it! :-)

  6. Aisha says

    I love this pattern, but unfortunately I cannot understand the pattern.
    What is P and K stand for? I am not a beginner in crocheting but I have never heard these terms. I would be thankful to you if you simply this pattern for me.

    • Mom says

      Hi Aisha: this is a knitting pattern. The K and P stand for knit and purl. There’s some simple crochet after the basic rectangle is knit to join it into a sleeve and create the button loop.

  7. Tammy Brewer says

    Love this pattern. Started it last night and am having a hard time with getting the stiches to equal out. The pattern says to cast on 47. The 1st row only has 45 stiches in it. Row 9 has 46 stiches with no increase but has P2 tog. I am not an experienced knitter do you have any tips for me?

    • Mom says

      Hi Tammy! The first row and every row after that up to the first decreases in row 9 should all have 47 stitches. (Are you maybe dropping stitches accidentally?) Row 9 begins decreasing with the P2 tog to make a sleeve that gets smaller at the bottom for a flared type cafe’ style mug. If you want a straight one, just ignore the decreases and purl those stitches seperately. Hope that helps. Let me know if I can clarify it any further.

  8. Phoebe says

    Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this pattern. It was a quick knit and my first time to do cables. It’s so fun to see them appear as you get through the pattern. I am very excited to make a couple of these for friends. :-) My husband calls it a coffee mug sweater. 😀 And, when asked if he’d want one, he adamantly said “No!” The poor man just can’t seem to like knit stuff to save his life. 😀

  9. Tagil says

    Hi, this is just a wonderful pattern, may i translate it and publish it in my knitting blog ? if you agree i will of course give you full credit and link back to your blog,


    • Carli says

      Hi Tagil,
      We ask that our free patterns not be published or translated on another blog, however, if you’d like to translate it, we’d be happy to publish the pattern on our blog and link to your blog for credit. If you’re interested in doing that just send us an email.

      Thanks so much!

  10. says

    thanks so much for your generosity in sharing this lovely pattern. You really went the whole 9 yards with the helpful photos teaching the cable stitch and describing how it fits different mug measurements with slight alterations to the pattern. I wish all free patterns were this well written and photographed! Judy

    • Mom says

      Oh Wow! Thanks so much for the wonderful complement, Judy! We certainly try to do a good job so our patterns and tutorials are understandable. Appreciate your kind words so much. :-)

  11. Alex says

    Firstly, thank you for the pattern, it is lovely and a great gift idea for christmas! I am a beginner (this is only my second piece!) and I was doing fine until row 10. I have a straight mug so didn’t do the decreases in row 9, which means I have 47 stitches still, but the pattern for row 10 only has 45. What do I do with the 2 left? Thanks in advance!

    • Mom says

      Hi Alex! By now in the project you should be able to see the pattern of the piece, (How the cables pop on the purled background), so just continue the pattern and when it says to K1, you’ll continue to K2, (or p2 on the right side), just like you did earlier in the pattern.

  12. Wanda says

    Love it. May have just enough time to do some for co-workers for Christmas gifts. Thank you so much for the inspiration and free pattern. Bless you and Merry Christmas.

  13. Michelle Hooker says

    Hi there!
    Ive knitted a few of these and am Loving them! the only problem i am running into is that they don’t fit a standard mug. Is there a way to motify the pattern to fit that?

    • Mom says

      Since every knitters gauge is different, Michelle, you can try smaller or larger needles to change the size a bit. If you don’t want them tighter at the bottom to fit a flared mug, just knit/purl each stitch separately throughout the pattern rather than doing the k2tog or p2tog.

  14. Julie says

    I got up to the cable stitching and then, I wondered how they were going to be connected to the rest of the pattern. I am a pretty good knitter/crocheter/broomstick lacer/and I macrame’ pretty well. I have never attempted cable stitch, until today. It looks pretty easy, but I can’t wrap my brain around it. Please let me know or show me how to do this. I am making this for my mugs.

    Thank you,

      • Julie says

        I went to the website you suggested and found that the 2nd time you knit 3 sts, it is from the CABLE needle, not the knitting needle. Now, I love cable stitching.

        Thank you :)


      • Julie says

        Do you have any tutorials (not the picture kind) that would help me finish the rest of the mug warmer? I got it bound off and the pictures are somewhat confusing. I am sure that it is easy. I just need a video or something.


        • Mom says

          Sorry Julie. This is sort of unique since I made it up myself, not from anything I’d seen in the past, so i don’t know of any existing videos. However, maybe it makes it easier to know that you’re simply making your flat piece of knitting into a sleeve by crocheting together with one stitch, (a chain then a single crochet) at the very top and at the very bottom. You’ll then put your attention to the right side. You’ll single crochet into the middle nine stitches, then make a chain that you’ll attach to the other side of your little line of crochet stitches. Finally, you just single crochet back into those chain stitches until you get to the other end. You now have a loop on the right side of your sleeve, and you’ll sew a button on the left side. This is just an overview. The pattern gives the details of exactly how you do it.

  15. says

    Thank you for the pattern, I have just made one as a Christmas present for my Mum and it is awaiting its button. This will be great for her as she loves gardening and this will keep her coffee a bit warmer when its chilly!

    I’ll post a pic on my blog soon.


    • Mom says

      Sure! If you want it to fit a straight coffee cup, just don’t do any of the decreases – purl all the purls separately – ignore the purl 2 together’s. Happy Knitting to you! :-)

  16. Sarah says

    Thank you for the lovely pattern! I really want to make this and I just bought the yarn and button for it. But…I’ve never done Cable Knitting before so when you say “Cable Needle” what kind of needle does that look like? When I search Amazon I get a lot of different options, some look like J’s, some look like hooks, some look like squiggly lines, and it looks like there’s different sizes of each as well. Could you help me narrow down which kind I need to get for this project? A link to something on Amazon would be great.

    Sorry if this is really obvious, I’m just new to doing Cable Knitting and not sure, thanks for your help!

    • Mom says

      Hi Sarah! You can use either option – the hook or squiggly line. Sometimes I even use a bamboo double pointed needle! Basicly, you just need something to slip a couple of stitches onto while you knit the stitches behind them. The size doesn’t matter too much. When i was just learning cables, I found the hook easiest to use, if that helps. I hope you enjoy knitting the Button Up Your Cup pattern! :-) I’ve made so many of them and they’re always a popular gift! Happy Knitting, my friend! :-)

  17. Jodi says

    Hi, I love the pattern but when it comes to the crotchet section I draw a huge blank. I know the basic crochet stitches but I’m confused about the part that says “pull loop to the back of the work”. I just can’t seem to get that to come out right so maybe I am doing it wrong. Could you possibly clear this up for me?

    • Mom says

      Sure! I just mean to take your hook out of the existing loop, insert your hook from back of work to front of work in a stitch beside that loop, put the hook through it and pull it to the back of the item. Does that make sense?

  18. Jodi says

    That makes much more sense. I can’t believe I didn’t realize that sooner! Thank you so much! This is such an adorable pattern! I’m making it as a birthday present for my mom. She is going to love it!

  19. Shirley says

    Ive never crocheted but love this cozy…could you please tell me how I can knit it to finish it up rather than crocheting it? Thanks.

    • Mom says

      Hi Shirley! I’ve never made one any other way other than the way I wrote the pattern – with a crocheted finish. But other knitters have done all kinds of things, an icord closure, seaming with the yarn ends, etc. You can check out some of the fun modifications in the Ravelry projects. There’s 12 pages of them! :-)

  20. says

    Love this cozy! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I made one and used a smaller DPN (as I usually have to do to get gauge) but it didn’t fit. So I’ve frogged it to row 15. Going to do that part over with larger needle (and probably omit last decreases). Guess I’ll count the first try as my gauge “swatch”, lol. Doing mine in red and going to look for a big heart button for Valentine’s day. Thanks again for sharing!

    • Mom says

      Don’t you love projects that are their own gauge swatch? Haha! Thanks for sharing your experience with this pattern, Denise!


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