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Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

The Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern is the perfect project to get started on if you are a newbie knitter!  This pattern features all the basics such as the knit stitch, purl stitch, and basic decreasing.

Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

It doesn’t get any more “fall” than a knitted sweater and a hot cup of tea [or coffee], so why not put the two together and make a little sweater for your coffee mug!

This pattern is great for seasoned and beginner knitters alike.  The project features the knit stitch, purl stitch, and decreasing and is worked using medium worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

The Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern makes for a great gift project, as you can whip one up in about an hour.  Attach to a pretty mug, fill with candy or a packet of hot cocoa and there you have a super easy, cute and thoughtful gift.  Be sure to save this one in your back pocket for an easy DIY Christmas gift!

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Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern



  • 1 inch is equal to 4.5 stitches by 6 rows

Finished Measurement

  • This pattern is designed to fit an 11 inch wide mug.  The cozy will have a snug fit to the mug.
  • Laying flat, the cozy is 3 inches wide by 11 inches long.


  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • Double YO – double yarn over (knit up to the yarn over, bring the yarn to the front of your work and wrap yarn around your right needle 2x, and continue pattern as written)
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit two stitches together (decrease)
  • ssk – slip slip knit (decrease – by slipping two stitches purl-wise without working the stitches, from the left needle to your right needle, knit the two stitches together)
  • st – stitch


CO 14 stitches

Rows 1 – 5: knit

Row 6: k3, purl to last 3 st, k3

Row 7: knit

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until piece measures 7.25″ from cast on edge, ending after completing a Row 6 repeat.

Decrease Rows:

(You should be beginning Decrease Row 1 on front of work.)

Row 1: k1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1

Row 2: k3, purl to last 3 st, k3

Row 3: k1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1

Row 4: repeat Decrease Row 2

Row 5: k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1

Row 6: repeat Decrease Row 2

Row 7: k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1

Working the strap rows:

Rows 1 – 13: knit

Row 14: k2, BO next two stitches, k1

Row 15: k2, double YO, k2

Rows 16 – 21: knit


Weave in ends.


Your cozy will most likely want to curl inward.  Once the cozy is buttoned and/or on the mug you will not have this issue.  If the cozy curling is bothering you, try wet blocking.

Button Placement

Try the cozy on your mug to find the proper placement for the button or use photo below as a reference.  Please note, your cozy will need to be stretched around the mug to properly fit.

Attach wooden button to cozy using your sewing needle and embroidery floss.

Secure embroidery floss, and trim ends.

Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

NOTE: You want your cozy to fit very snug to the mug so that it doesn’t slide around.  It may appear to be too tight at first, but once you have button sewn in place and attach the cozy to the mug, it will look on point!


Knitted Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern

I hope you enjoyed this pattern!  If you did, I’d love to see a picture of your finished project on Instagram!  Be sure to follow me at @Justbecraftyblog and use the #justbecrafty!

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  1. I struggle with knitting without seeing what’s going on and I don’t really know how to knit I regularly read a book that I have on knitting but I just don’t know what it wants me to do so I was wondering if you have any videos on how to knit and how to knit this cozy thanks ?

  2. I really enjoyed making these. I made too of them with some autumn colors and they turned out so cute. My fatter mugs I added a few rows. I have lots of fat mugs and the cozies turned out great!
    Thank you!

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