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Crochet Cup Cozy – Quick, Easy and Free Pattern

Crochet Cup Cozy – Quick, Easy and Free Pattern

Crochet cup cozy patterns are really popular. And so they should be. They are quick, easy and make fantastic gift ideas for just about anyone. This cup cosy crochet pattern is a little different from my usual cup copies. If you have been around Sunflower 

Perfect for book lovers – a free crochet bookmark pattern

Perfect for book lovers – a free crochet bookmark pattern

This free crochet bookmark pattern makes a fabulous gift idea for any book lover! I love to read. Not a kindle or audible book (can you call audible books ‘reading’?). I like physical paper books. There is something appealing about the smell of them as 

A Quick, Free Cup Cozy Pattern Perfect For Anyone!

A Quick, Free Cup Cozy Pattern Perfect For Anyone!

I will admit it! My family LOVES a good cup cozy pattern.

And it isn’t hard to see why. Practically a good cup cozy will protect your hands from the heat coming through your Starbuck or Costa takeaway cup, especially when made with cotton yarn.

But did you know that when you pop one of those plastic lids on your paper takeaway cup the heat can actually reduce the integrity of your cup?

I learned this one the hard way a year or so ago. My friends and I had taken the children to the cinema for a treat. Of course the kids had their iced drinks but I was feeling the cold that day and grabbed a hot tea from Costa. The barista popped a lid on it and I walked the 10-15 meters to where the kids were picking their sweets. The cup literally just crumpled in my hand and I had to be treated for minor burns.

Fun fact: they replaced the tea and it was still warm by the end of the movie!!

The next time I went I took a crochet cup cozy with me and it really helped to keep the cup sturdy! (I asked them to put it on the cup before filling it.)

A Crochet Cup Cozy is not just for hot drinks

Not only do they work to protect your hand from heat, but they also help with cold drinks too. Jorja (my daughter) is obsessed with those crushed iced drinks. But she can not hold the plastic cups for more than a few minutes because the cold goes straight to her hands.

One day, at a birthday party, she asked to use the cup cozy that I had literally just finished working on while she was running around.

The cup cozy crochet pattern works on hot or cold drinks!
Jorja at the party with her iced drink and cup cozy – Great for any age!

Why had I not thought of that before?

Strangely it also slowed the ice melt down because it stopped the sun from going straight through the cup and also prevented some of the cold escaping from the cup generally.

So now we don’t go anywhere without checking I have my purse, keys and a cup cozy or two!

Inspiration behind the design

The Buffalo Check cup cozy crochet pattern was actually designed quite a while ago. The only place you could get it – until today – was in the upsell for the Just for Him Bundle.

This cup cozy pattern was designed specifically for the men.

But of course, you can gift it to anyone!

And I think Jorja proved that there really isn’t an age range for this one so long as the children are old enough to be able to hold their own cups.

 

Construction of the design

As with most of my cup cozy patterns, this one is worked in the round from the bottom up.

It is an intermediate pattern because it uses the camel stitch (hdc in the third loop) and because of the colour changing.

But an adventurous beginner can absolutely give this one a go! Both the pdf and the pattern below link to video tutorials on the special stitches.

The Yarn

For any crochet cup cozy pattern I would absolutely recommend that you use 100% cotton for several reasons:

  • It protects from the extreme temperatures of the cup much more than acrylic does
  • It will hold it shape even after multiple washes
  • Cotton does not pill so it will look great for years to come
  • Generally you can wash cotton at higher temperatures so those coffee, tea and hot chocolate stains are much easier to get rid of!

 

Get the Buffalo Check cup cozy PDF pattern!

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

click here to get the PDF Pattern for this cup cozy from my website shop
click here to download your cup cozy pattern from ravelry
click here to download your cup cozy pattern from Etsy

 

Get the supplies I recommend!

You can get them by clicking the images below! (Note: each link is an affiliate link, with which I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

There are several types of #4 weight (aran) cotton that I have personally used to make cup cozy patterns and would recommend. You can get them by clicking the images below! (Note: each link is an affiliate link, with which I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

Momento Prima Cotton
WeCrochet’s Dishie yarn
Paintbox Simply Cotton Aran

Pattern Specifics for the Buffalo Check Cup Cozy

Materials you need to make your cup cozy:

#4 Worsted/Aran/Medium weight 100% cotton yarn in Red, Gray, and Black—about 75 yards of each.
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers (optional)
5mm H hook and 5.5mm I9 hook

Gauge:

 

Sizing:

Finished project will fit 20oz to-go cups, pint ice cream tubs, and ice cream “cups” from ice cream shop, as well as soda cans and some beer cans/bottles.

Abbreviations used:

St(s)—Stitch(es)
Ch(s)—Chain(s)
FO—Fasten off
Rnd—round
Sc—single crochet
Rep—Repeat
Ss—Slip Stitch
Hdc—half-double crochet
Sk—Skip
Blo—Back Loop Only

Other notes for your cup cozy:

– Written in US terms. 
• Ch1 does not count as a stitch
• Pay attention to stitch placement and read the instructions fully Buffalo Check Coffee Beanie Cozy © Copyright Sunflower Cottage Crochet 2021

– When working the Buffalo Check pattern, carry the other color of yarn under the stitches you are currently working, this will create a lot less ends to weave in.
– Do not fasten off any of the colors unless stated in the pattern below, you can bring up a dropped color from several rows below inside the work. Less ends to weave in!!

Special Stitches:

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. Insert your hook into the next stitch to your right and pull up a loop, YO, pull thru both loops.

https://youtu.be/14A_ioI8ROQ
https://youtu.be/FRZw9HCD7jI

Camel Stitch:

To work this stitch you work a HDC into the third loop. I have a video tutorial on how to do this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUuktGH7tmw&t=121s

The Buffalo Check Cup Cozy Crochet Pattern:

WITH 5MM H8 HOOK:
Row 1: With Black–Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across (5)

Rows 2-28: Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across (5)

Join short sides together: Here we are joining the two ends of our ribbing. Line up the edges and slip stitch to “sew” the ends together by going into the back loop of the last row you worked, and the front loop of the first row you worked (this creates a similar ribbing look to keep it uniform). Do this all the way down the edges. We are now working in the round.

WITH 5.5MM I9 HOOK:
Rnd 1: With black–Ch1, Hdc 30 sts evenly around—you should only need to add 2 sts to make this.

Rnd 2: Work each stitch into the third loop of the previous round’s hdc sts—these will be on the inside of your work, thus creating the “camel stitch”: Ch1, with BLACK, sc in first st and next 4 sts, changing to GRAY, sc in next 5 sts, *changing to BLACK, sc in next 5 sts, changing to GRAY, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, join to first sc with BLACK.

Rnds 3-4: Ch1, with BLACK, sc in first st and next 4 sts, changing to GRAY, sc in next 5 sts, *changing to BLACK, sc in next 5 sts, changing to GRAY, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, join with GRAY to first st.

Rnd 5: Ch1, with GRAY, sc in first st and next 4 sts, changing to RED, sc in next 5 sts, *changing to GRAY, sc in next 5 sts, changing to RED, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around, join to first st with GRAY.

Rnds 6-7: Repeat rnd 5;

At the end of round 7, FO GRAY and RED, join with BLACK.

WITH 5MM H8 HOOK:
Rnd 8: With BLACK–Ch1, hdc in first st and each st around, join to first st.

Rnd 9: Ch1, Crab Stitch around (see special stitches), join to inside of work where you can and FO.

Weave in ends.

 

 

Free Corner to Corner Pattern – Perfect for Teachers!

Free Corner to Corner Pattern – Perfect for Teachers!

This corner to corner square is a nod to all of the teachers out there who do an amazing job with our children. It is because we entrust them with our children five days a week and they help to shape the people that they 

10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

10 Free Beginner Friendly Crochet Patterns

Today I am bringing to you 10 free beginner crochet patterns that are also perfect stash busters. Bonus!!! You can get ALL of these patterns as free pdf downloads using the special coupon code between 22nd and 28th February 2022. How do I get my 

2 in 1 Beach / Market Bag Free Pattern

2 in 1 Beach / Market Bag Free Pattern

This 2 in 1 beach / Market bag started life as a market bag. But I loved the textures and way these stitch combinations were working and so had to make the tote style too! The peacock fan stitch is definitely one I will be using again.

That is a bonus for you guys, because it means that you get both styles in the pdf pattern!

The handles are super easy to adjust the sizing of – you literally just make them longer before attaching the second end.

The free pattern below is for the round market bag style (which can also double as a great beach bag) – you will surprised how much it holds. I think the round version can hold a little more than the tote version.

Please  note that this post will contain some affiliate links. If you choose to purchase anything from them we may get a small commission at no extra cost to you! This helps us pay our way so that we can continue to bring you patterns and tutorials.

Yarn Used:

I used Dishie yarn for these bags. Do you remember the Ava Table runner? You may remember that was also designed specifically for an event that was sponsored by WeCrochet. Well, the lovely guys there sent me this Dishie yarn to try and compare it to the LionBrand 24/7 that they had sent for me to work up the table runner design.

Being in the UK getting hold of some yarns can be difficult for me. I am really grateful to WeCrochet for going above and beyond to support indie designers like us in this way!

 

 

The Dishie Yarn was really nice to work with and frogged easily when I needed it to. It was much easier on my tension finger than the Lionbrand 24/7 (which caused a huge divit in my finger and rubbed it raw). And it looks great worked up. The stitch definition of the Dishie is really nice. However, I do think that I made the right call to use the 24/7 for the table runner – because of the sheen it gives such a nice finish to a statement piece which is on show in the home, rather than the softer comfort of the Dishie.

 

PDF Pattern links:

If you would like the PDF Pattern, which also contains the pattern for the tote style bag, you can get it by clicking any of these buttons:

Materials:

  • #4 worsted weight cotton (I used 3 skeins of dishie in green and 2 skeins in white for the market bag and 2 skeins of green and just over 1 white for the tote version)
  • 5mm hook
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

Not important for this project as long as your tension is consistent

Sizing:

My bag is 15” wide and the body section is 15” tall, with the bottom being 15” in diameter.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep—repeat
  • YO – yarn over
  • SC–single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • SS–slip stitch
  • sk—skip
  • TC – treble crochet
  • FDC – foundation double crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
  • Pattern is worked from the bottom up, and in one piece.
  • You can make this one as a round market bag or a beach bag / tote style.
  • One of my testers preferred to do the dc rows with a 4.5mm hook, and the peacock fan sections with a 5mm hook as she found the fan section was a little tighter so looked like it pulled the bag in a smidge.

Pattern for the Market Bag

In color A:

Round 1        In magic ring ch3 (counts as a st), 9DC. Ss to join (10)

Round 2        Ch3, DC in same st, 2DC in next and each st around. Ss to join (20)

Round 3        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (30)

Round 4        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 2 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (40)

 

 

Round 5        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 3 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (50)

Round 6        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 4 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (60)

Round 7        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 5 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 5 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (70)

Round 8        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 6 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 6 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (80)

Round 9        Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 7 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 7 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (90)

Round 10       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 8 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 8 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (100)

Round 11       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 9 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (110)

Round 12       Ch3, DC in same st, DC in next 10 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 10 sts* Rep from * to * around. Ss to join (120)

Round 13        Ch3 or alt DC in the first st, Working in the back loops only, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)

                    Note: if you are comfortable with third loops you may prefer to go through both the back and the third loops to help your bag keep its shape with heavier items. See fig photo above.

Rounds 14-15 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)

 

In color B:

Round 16       Ch1, SC in first st, *sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, 1 SC in next st* rep from * to * around, ending with sk 4 sts, 9 TC in next st, sk 4 sts, ss to first SC. (12 sets of 9TC, and 12 SC)

Round 17         Ch4 (counts as a TC), 1 TC in the first sc of the previous round, *ch3, sk 4 TC, 1 SC in the next TC (which is the middle of the 9TC fan), ch3, sk 4 TC, 2 TC in next SC*. Rep from * to * around ending with ch3, sk 4 TC, SC in the next TC, ch3, sk 4 TC and then ss to the top of the ch4 to join.

 

 

Round 18      Ch1, SC between the ch4 and TC which started the previous round, *sk 3 ch, 9 TC in the next SC, sk 3 ch, SC in the space between the next 2 TC.* Rep from * to * around. On the last repeat instead of working a SC in the sp between the next 2 TC, ss to top of the first SC to join.

Round 19       repeat round 17

Round 20       repeat round 18

Round 21       repeat round 17

Change to color A:

Attach color A between any set of of tc’s.

Round 22      Ch3(counts as a st),  4 DC in the ch3 sp, DC in the next SC, 4 DC in next ch3 sp, DC between the next 2 TC of the previous round *. Rep from * to * around ending with 4 DC in ch3 sp, ss to top of ch3 to join. (120)

Rounds 23-24 Ch3 or alt DC, DC in each st around. Ss to join (120)

 

 

 

Rounds 25-30  In color B rep rounds 16-21

Rounds 31-33 In color A rep rounds 22-24

 

Straps

If you want 2 straps / handles on the market bag

Row 1            Ch1, SC in same st and next 7 sts, turn (8)

Rows 2-66     repeat row 1 (or until strap is desired length).

Take a stitch marker. Find the left hand side of your strap and mark the 20th unworked st to the left. Take another st marker. Moving in the same direction count out another 7 sts mark that st. Between these stitch markers is where you need to attach your handle. You can SC it together or whip st.

(*If you are doing one strap you need to leave 54 stitches between the straps on either side).

FO and weave in ends

Lay you bag flat so that the handle is effectively folded in half. From the left of that handle mark the 29th stitch across with a stitch marker. Attach your yarn here for the second handle.

 

 

Repeat rows 1 -66 for the second handle and follow the same process and counts to attach the other end of the strap.

FO and weave in ends.

 

Quick Summer Makes Event by LittleJohns Yarns

This event runs throughout June 2022. Each day features a different pattern suitable for summer that you can sip up in no time!

I am giving you the Free PDF Pattern for the Peacock Fan Market Bag as part of this event.

If you missed any of the patterns you can purchase the bundle for and amazing!  You can find out more about this bundle and purchase it by clicking the button below.

On 8th June 2022 only you can get the free pdf version of this pattern which also contains the instructions for the tote style bag. You will need the special coupon code for this which you can find by clicking the button below:

 

Once you have the code click the button below to use it to get your free pdf patterns!

 

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