Free Kate Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern – Relax With a Hot Drink This Winter!

Free Kate Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern – Relax With a Hot Drink This Winter!
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Do you love a hot drink during the colder months of the year? Then the Kate Mug Cozy free crochet pattern might be for you.

As winter approaches, cozy up with a hot drink and conquer cold temperatures in style. With this free crochet pattern for a Kate Mug Cozy, you can create an adorable mug-hugging accessory to keep your hands warm and cups stylish!

This easy-to-follow pattern provides detailed instructions on how to make the perfect handmade gift or just treat yourself to something that’s sure to put a smile on your face each time you use it!

If you have been following me for a while you will know that I love the fall and winter, especially when the air is crisp. There is nothing better than sending my daughter off to school, then walking the dogs and coming back to a warm house where I can chill for a hour, warm through and enjoy a nice hot chocolate or hot juice. It’s a perfect day for me if I can also read for a while or watch an old movie!

I actually used to drink a lot of tea. I have never liked coffee. But in 2020 I was quite ill and on medication which affected my taste buds. Since then tea tastes like a cup of metal and I can’t drink it at all. So I started drinking hot juices instead.

Mug cozies are fantastic patterns to make. They stop your hands from getting too hot from the cup, and also keep your drinks warmer for longer.

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Inspiration behind the design

Back in the days when I did drink tea (yes, this pattern has been waiting patiently for literally years!) I decided to make some mug cozies. At the time I was designing the Kate Collection and so it made sense to use the same stitch combo that I used in that. Why not?! It’s a pretty stitch combo and works up quickly.

My husband made a quip about men not using these designs, so I wasn’t worried about the design looking too feminine.

But I love the way it turned out.

Construction of the design

Are you ready for a new crochet challenge? Look no further than this mug cozy crochet pattern! While it may be suited for adventurous beginners due to the use of front and back post stitches, anyone can give it a try thanks to the step by step video included.

I do have a step by step video for the Kate scarf linked below so you can see exactly how this stitch combo is worked!

The best part? This cozy is worked in one piece, meaning minimal ends to sew in!

Simply work the main section in rows, add the tab and button hole, and finish with a simple edging before attaching the button. Plus, the length of the tab can be easily adjusted to ensure the perfect fit for your favorite mug.

Get ready to sip your tea or coffee in style with this cozy addition!

The Yarn

If you’re in the mood for a quick and easy crochet project, a mug cozy is a perfect choice – and if you want it to last, you should definitely go for cotton yarn or a cotton blend.

I used Drops Paris cotton aran for this project. But there are lots of cottons that you can use. Some ideas are:

Not only will it protect your hands from the heat of your drink for longer, but it will also prevent accidental slips with its superior grip.

And that’s not all – cotton is a much more durable fibre than other options, which means your cozy will look great for years to come.

You won’t have to worry about it stretching and shifting, either – with a cotton cozy, it will fit your mug perfectly every time.

Plus, as a one skein project (and one you can do with less than a 50g skein), it’s also cost-effective.

With the holiday season just around the corner using cotton would really give this one the edge if you are planning on gifting it.

Get ready to enjoy your beverages with a comfortable and safe mug cozy crochet pattern.

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

The Kate Mug Cozy crochet pattern specifics:


#4 worsted weight cotton (approx. 40 yards)
5mm hook
Stitch markers (optional)
Tapestry needle
Measuring Tape


Finished size is approximately 11” (including the tab) wide x 2.5” tall. 

Abbreviations used:

Ch(s) – chain(s)
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Sk – skip
Ss – slip stitch
Rep – Repeat
Sc – single crochet
Fsc – foundation single crochet (see special stitches)
Dc—double crochet 
fpdc – front post double crochet (see special stitches)
bpdc – back post double crochet (see special stitches)
Alt dc – alternative double crochet
FO—fasten off
YO—yarn over
[ ] – everything within these brackets are worked into the same st.

Other notes:

Written in US terms.
Chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
Adjust the size by amending row 1 by multiples of 3.
Your stitch count will remain the same for the main body of your mug cozy on each row.

Special Stitches used in this mug cozy pattern:

Fsc – Foundation stitches give a better finish to your projects. 

You can find my video tutorials on how to work these stitches at: 

Alt DC – This stitch avoids the gaps that can result from a ch3 start to the row. To work this one sc into the first st and ch2. This [sc,ch2] combo will be the same height as the dc.

If you would like to watch how to work the specific stitch combination, including the front or back post double crochets, you can see that in the videos below as I make the Kate Scarf:

Crab Stitch: The Crab stitch is done by completing a “reverse” single crochet.  Normally, you work to the left as a right- handed crocheter, in this case, you’re going to work to the right, instead (or vice versa for left handed crocheters).  Insert your hook into the next stitch to your right and pull up a loop, YO, pull thru both loops.

The Kate Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern:

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Main body:

Row 1            Fsc 31 or ch32 and sc in second ch from hook and each st across. (31)

Row 2            Turn. Ch3 (counts)     OR    Alt DC

                        *sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, sk2, fpdc around next st* repeat until you have 3 sts remaining, sk2, dc in last st.

Row 3            Ch3 (counts as a dc), turn, *sk2, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st (this will be the ch sp from the previous row), sk2, bpdc around next st (this will be the fpdc from the previous row) * 

Repeat until you have 3 sts remaining (you will have just worked a [2dc, ch1, 2dc] ), sk2, dc in last st.

Row 4            Repeat row 2

Row 5            Turn, sc in first st, *sc in the next 2 dcs, sc in the ch1 sp, sc in the next 2 dcs, bphdc in the next st (this is the fpdc from the previous row)* along, sc in the final st. (31)

Row 6            Ch1, turn, sc in each st along the top, (sc, ch1, sc) in each corner and sc evenly down each side until. Ss to join. DO NOT FO


Row 1            ch1, turn, ss in the first 2 sts, sc in the next 6 sts.

Row 2            ch1, turn, sc in each of the 6 sc’s from the previous row

Rows 3-6      Repeat row 2           

Row 7            ch1, turn, sc in first st, ch4, sc in last st,

Row 8            ch1, turn, sc in first st, 4sc in ch4 sp, sc in last st

Row 9            ch1, turn, sc in each st across

Row 10          turn, ss in each st around the whole of the cozy. SS to join.

                        FO, weave in ends and sew on button on opposite side to the tab.


How about embellishing your finished mug cozy with a jazzy button to suit the personality of the recipient.

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