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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

The temperature is really starting to drop in this little corner of the world, I hope you’re keeping warm, wherever you are. Today, I thought I’d spread a little warmth by sharing this easy, and super practical cup cosy pattern.

In this weather I never want to be far from a hot cup of tea or a festive flavoured latte. These little cosy’s are great for keeping in your handbag, or permanently attached to your favourite mug. Although you can wash it occasionally, if you want! The length is customisable, so can fit around any width cup. Why not start a few now as gifts this Christmas, or stocking stuffers?

If you’d rather a PDF download of the pattern, you can download one in my shop.

Jessica Joy | Free Cup Cosy Knitting Pattern

Free Cable Twist Cup Cosy Knitting Pattern

Materials
4mm needles
20g Aran/worsted weight yarn
Cable needle
Darning needle
Button (approx. 18mm)

Abbreviations
CO – Cast on
BO – Bind off
K – Knit
P – Purl
Kfb – Knit into front and back of the same stitch
M1 – Make 1 new stitch
C6F – Slip 3 sts to cable needle, hold at front of work. Knit 3 sts, knit 3 from cable needle
SSK – Slip two sts individually, insert left needle into front of those sts from left to right, knit 2 sts together
K2tog – Knit two sts together
Sts – Stitches

Measurements
Length: 27cm (adjustable)
Width: 5cm


1. Cast on and increases

CO 2 stitches

Row 1: [Kfb] twice (4)
Row 2: K all sts
Row 3: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1 (6)
Row 4: K all sts
Row 5: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1 (8)
Row 6: K all sts
Row 7: K1, M1, K6, M1, K1 (10)
Row 8: K all stitches
Row 9: K1, M1, K8, M1, K1 (12)
Row 10: K all sts
Row 11: K1, M1, K10, M1, K1 (14)
Row 12: K4, P6, K4
Row 13: K14
Row 14: K4, P6, K4
Row 15: K4, CF6, K4

2. Cable repeat

Row 16: K4, P6, K4
Row 17: K14
Row 18: K4, P6, K4
Row 19: K14
Row 20: K4, P6, K4
Row 21: K4, CF6, K4

Repeat rows 16-21 eight or more times, until your work is about one inch short of fitting around your favourite mug.

3. Decreases

Row 1: K all stitches
Row 2: K1, K2tog, K8, SSK, K1 (12)
Row 3: K all stitches
Row 4: K5, BO2, K5 (10)
Row 5: K5, turn your work, CO2 with backwards loop cast on, turn your work, K5 (12)
Row 6: K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1 (10)
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K4, SSK, K1 (8)
Row 8: K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1 (6)
Row 9: K2tog, K2, SSK (4)
Row 10: K2tog, SSK (2)

BO and weave in ends. Stitch a button of your choice securely to one end with a scrap of the same yarn.

And that’s it! If you make one don’t forget to add it as a project on Ravelry, I’d love to see your creations. If you have any questions, just give me a shout in the comments, or email me, and I’ll see if I can help.

12 comments
  1. mary 23 November 2013, 6:56 pm

    please sent me free pattren knitting

  2. Grace 8 December 2013, 1:48 pm

    Love this mug cozy! I love to do cable, and I am going to make this one for me! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  3. Jess 8 December 2013, 4:06 pm

    No problem, Grace! Hope you enjoy it :D

  4. Kylie 15 January 2014, 4:55 am

    I recently learned knitting and this is something I think I can do! Such a great gift idea. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Janel 24 May 2014, 4:12 am

    I have a question… When you begin the decrease, should the first row (k all) be on the right side or the wrong side? When you get to the point that you have an inch left, is that an inch from the very beginning of the work or where the cable knit starts? Do you finish at the end of the cable rotation or is it ok to stop in the middle of a rotation? I sure hope all of this makes sense. I love this project!! It’s my first cable and I love it! So easy and a fun result to give as gifts.

    • Jess 27 May 2014, 12:31 pm

      Hi Janel – yes the decreases are worked on a right side row. You should stop working the cable at the end of a full repeat, when the cosy is an inch too short for the cup and then begin the decreases for the tapered end. I hope that makes sense! Feel free to pop me an email from the ‘say hi’ page if you’d like any more help!

  6. Amanda 28 October 2014, 4:09 pm

    This is so cute and would be awesome to make for everyone for stocking stuffers. My only issue is, I don’t know how to read the patterns! I crochet using YouTube tutorials. Have you ever considered making a tutorial for patterns such as this one?

    I’ll figure it otherwise! Nice work, girl!

    • Jess 2 November 2014, 5:37 pm

      Hi Amanda! I’m pleased you like the pattern – I’m afraid I’m not planning on doing any videos on how to knit specific projects, but I do have videos planned for all the techniques that are used here. I hope that’s useful to you! If you have any specific questions on how to work the cosy, just pop me an email! :)

  7. pamela 8 December 2016, 4:48 pm

    Question: Part 3 Decreases: Am I to knit rows 1-21 as directed then count row 22 as row 1 and begin the decreases there?

    Thank you for the help. – Pamela

    • Jess 9 December 2016, 12:30 pm

      Hi Pamela – yes that’s right, the row count restarts at that point in the pattern just to make it a little easier to follow. Hope that helps! Jess :)

  8. Pamela 9 December 2016, 12:59 pm

    Hi Jess, Many thanks for the speedy reply and for sharing this beautiful cup cozy pattern.
    I am nearing the decreasing so your timing is perfect. It’s looking really lovely. Happy holidays.
    -Pamela

  9. Bev 21 October 2017, 1:25 am
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