In keeping with the Christmas in July theme, I’m sharing the crochet pattern for the Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve. This unisex, buttoned cozy is a great project to stock in your handmade gift closet to use as a last-minute gift later.
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I don’t really use coffee cup sleeves because I’m much more partial to cold drinks than hot. (I’m an iced tea gal, actually.)
I do come from a long line of coffee drinkers, however, so I know all about heat-numbed fingertips in the morning. This is a simple textured sleeve using the puff stitch, one of my favorites. (If you’re new to the puff stitch, don’t worry: I linked up a video tutorial to help you out.) I used a denim color yarn, so it looks like a pair of brand new jeans. I added a brown button, but your version can be as colorful as you like!
I also made my sleeve a little bit long — assuming I’d wash it and the cotton yarn would shrink a little, and because I use the plastic refillable cups, which are a little wider than the paper coffee cups. You can make yours a little shorter if you use paper cups and aren’t worried about shrinkage.
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Puff Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This textured, unisex coffee cup sleeve keeps hands cool while adding a handmade touch to your morning beverage.
- Coffee Sleeve: 3.5” (9 cm) wide x 10” (25.5) long.
- Lily Sugar’n Cream Denim yarn (100% cotton, 2.5 oz/71 g/120 yd/110 m) – 1 skein in 1114 Indigo, or approximately 60 yd (55 m) in any medium weight cotton yarn.
- US Size I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through button.
- 1” (2.5 cm) sew through button.
- 7 sc = 2” (5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project, but stitches should be tight to keep hands from getting burned by coffee cup.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- ch – chain
- ea – each
- pf – 3-repeat puff stitch – Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo, insert hook in same st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through 7 loops on hook. A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- This sleeve is slightly longer than most so it can fit over the plastic, reusable cups and so it will still be usable after washing (and potentially shrinking). If you aren’t worried about shrinkage or use paper coffee cups, you can continue your repeats until the sleeve measures approximately 8.75″ (22 cm) before forming buttonhole.
Coffee Cup Sleeve
- Ch 12 (or any even number of sts).
- Row 1: Turn, sk first ch, sc in next 11 sts. (11 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across.
- Rows 3-6: Rep Row 2, 3 more times.
- Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, *pf in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across.
- Row 8: Rep Row 2.
- Rep Rows 7-8 until sleeve measures approximately 9.25” (23.5 cm) long (see Pattern Note), ending after Row 8.
- Row 9: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, ch 5, sk 5 sts, sc in last 3 sts. (6 sts + ch-5 sp)
- Row 10: Turn, ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, sc in next 5 ch, sc in last 3 sts. Do not fasten off. (11 sts)
- Round 1: Turn to work along long edge, 2 sc in side of final row, sc in side of ea row across to first row, 2 sc in side of first row, turn to work across foundation chain, sc in unworked side of next 11 sts on foundation chain, turn to work across long edge, 2 sc in side of first row, turn to work across long edge, sc in side of ea row across to last row, 3 sc in side of last row, join to first st in final row with sl st, fasten off.
- Center button on button band so that it is positioned to fit through buttonhole. With piece of yarn threaded through yarn needle, sew button in place.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.