September 01, 2018

Cabled Mug Cozy: A Free Knitting Pattern

(Over the next few weeks, I may be posting some seemingly random things like this. I have a separate blog that I created years ago to share some knitting/crochet patterns that I'd written. I used to knit and crochet a lot while I was losing weight--when my hands were busy, I wasn't eating! ;)

There aren't many patterns to transfer to this blog--I think about six or so--and I'm going to move them here instead of having a separate blog. So, I apologize for the excessive number of posts that you may see! Once I get everything transferred over, my posting will go back to normal.)

I love to wrap my hands around a hot mug of coffee or tea... unless it's TOO hot. I found myself wrapping a paper towel around the mug to hold it how I wanted without burning myself, so I decided it's time to make a cozy...

This is made in one whole piece, without any sewing or seams--yay! (Here is a link to the pattern in Ravelry, in case you want to add it to your queue. And here is a link to my Ravelry profile.)

Here is a printer-friendly version of the pattern

  • small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used Patons Classic Merino Wool)
  • set of US 5 double pointed needles (or US 5 circular needle for magic loop if preferred)
  • cable needle (or you can use an extra double pointed needle for the cables)
  • crochet hook size F for casting on
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends


6 sts and 8 rows = 1 inch


dpn- Double pointed needle

K- Knit

P- Purl

Sl- Slip the stitch

BO- Bind off

KFB- Knit front and back of each loop. Knit the stitch as always, only do not slide it off the left needle. Knit into the back of the same stitch. One increase made.

KLL- Knit left loop. With your left needle, pick up the left loop of the stitch TWO ROWS BELOW the last completed stitch, and knit it through the back loop. One increase made.

Special stitches/rows:

Cable row- Place the first two sts on a cable needle and hold to the front of your work. Knit the next two sts, then knit the sts from the cable needle. Purl the next stitch. Repeat around, ending with the cable (there is no purl on the end).

4x1 rib- K4, P1 across on the right side; P4, K1 on the wrong side.


CO 8 sts and join in the round, using a circular cast on method

Rnd 1: KFB each st around. (you should have 16 sts)

Rnd 2 and all even rows: Knit.

Rnd 3: (K2, KLL) around. (24 sts)

Rnd 5: (K3, KLL) around (32 sts)

Rnd 7: (K4, KLL) around (40 sts)

Rnd 9: (K5, KLL) around (48 sts)

Rnd 11: (K6, KLL) around (56 sts)

Rnds 12-14: Knit around.

Row 15: BO 2 sts, K4, (P1, K4) across. Turn (you'll be working in rows now--but you'll still have to use either dpns or magic loop)

Row 16 (wrong side): Sl1, P3, (K1, P4) across.

Row 17: Sl1, K3, (P1, K4) across.

Rows 18-20: Repeat rows 16-17 once, then repeat row 16 once more.

Row 21 (right side): work cable row.

Row 22-26: Work rows 16-17 two times, then work row 16 once more.

Row 27 (right side): Work cable row.

Rows 28-37: Work 4x1 rib, slipping the first st of each row (for a nicer edge).

Rows 38-43: Knit each row (garter stitch). Break yarn, but DO NOT BIND OFF.

Work i-cord:

Set aside the cozy, and pick up working yarn. With an unused dpn, CO 3 sts. Knit across. Now, without turning, slide the loops to the other end of the needle, and knit across again, pulling tight to form i-cord. Repeat until you have about 33 rows.

Now attach i-cord:

Pick up the needles with the cozy on them. Slide the 3 sts from the i-cord dpn onto the cozy needles, with the working yarn sandwiched between the i-cord and the cozy. Now, with an empty needle, knit the first 2 sts, then knit the next 2 sts TOGETHER through the back loop. Slide the 3 sts you now have on your right needle back onto the left needle as they are. Repeat knitting the first 2 sts, then knitting the next 2 sts together through the back loop until you have 3 sts remaining. Work the i-cord for about 33 rows and BO.

Weave in ends. Enjoy your coffee or tea without burning your hands! ;)

(This pattern was my own creation, and I am happy to offer it for free! I just ask that if you share it, please link back to it here instead of republishing it elsewhere. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!)


  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing. Went out and bought the ingredients to make your famous bean dip. I love the added posts of anything crafty and definitely recipes.

  2. I love it! You’re so talented :)

  3. So cute! Maybe I'll make a 40 before age 40 list too... and put knitting on there.

  4. Hi Katie! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Any way you could make a printable PDF? I'm old school and like having a paper pattern to reference. Thanks!

    1. Yes! I will work on that today. I wrote this pattern such a long time ago and had no clue how to do a PDF, haha. Like you, I like to print a hard copy of the pattern so I can highlight as I go :) Hopefully I'll have that up for you today or tomorrow!

  5. Thank you for providing this! I use a mason jar mug everyday for my iced coffee and protein shake (proffee) and the condensation drips everywhere! Now I can have a coozie made for it! I know nothing about knitting, will the experience knitter know how to adjust for a taller and wider cup? Yippee.

    1. Hi there! Yes, someone who is experienced will know how to adjust... they can use thicker yarn and larger needles or just add rounds and increases to the pattern. I hope it works out for you!


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