How to Make Cup Cozies

Knitters who hate throwing away the paper sleeves on coffee cups can protect their hands and keep their beverages warm with a knitted cup cozy. Not only does a knitted cozy eliminate the need for paper sleeves, it announces to the world that you're a proud crafter. These sleeves allow you to practice knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. If you're already a pro at wrangling four needles, work up a few cup cozies for quick gifts.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Size 6 double-pointed needles (DPNs)
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Darning needles


    • 1

      Cast 36 stitches onto one double-pointed needle (DPN.) Divide the stitches onto three DPNs so that each needle holds 12 stitches. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the stitches on the first needle and join the stitches to begin working in the round.

    • 2

      Work in knit 2, purl 2 (K2P2) rib for six rounds.

    • 3

      Knit every stitch for 10 rounds, which will produce stockinette-stitch fabric.

    • 4

      Work in K2P2 rib for six more rounds.

    • 5

      Remove the stitch marker and bind off in the ribbing pattern. Cut the yarn with scissors, leaving a 3-inch tail. End the row with a knot by pulling the tail through the last stitch. Thread a darning needle with the yarn tail and weave the tail into the bind-off edge.

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