I love quick, fun projects that can be made for a Valentine’s Day gift, but used throughout the year! This free crochet cozy pattern was designed for coffee cups but can easily be changed for any size cup.
It has the cutest, subtle hearts that add a fun texture to the cup, and the best part is you can make them quickly for a last-minute gift!
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Using wool or cotton yarn is safest when it comes to anything exposed to heat. While a coffee cup doesn’t get extremely hot, I do recommend using either wool or cotton, especially if you are making these as a gift or to sell. It’s always best to play it safe.
I used a gorgeous wool yarn gifted from Arcane Fibre Works to make these cozies in the colorway Pink Petals on the Worsted Weight, 100% merino wool base. Hand-dyed yarn like this just adds to the uniqueness of the gift – no two cozies will look the same! Arcane Fibre Works also sells some gorgeous semi-solid colors that would bring the focus to the heart details.
Whatever yarn you choose, just make sure it’s heat-resistant (wool/cotton)
The cozy is made by working in the round. The two main stitches are Single Crochet (Sc) and a Mini-Puff Stitch (See tutorial below).
If you are brand new to crochet or need a refresher, check out our how-to crochet post here.
This stitch is the key to our puffy hearts! Instructions below.
Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop so that you have 5 loops on your hook (see photo 1), yarn over and pull through 4 loops (see photo 2), yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops (see photo 3)
About 35 yards of worsted weight wool or cotton yarn (100% Merino wool, worsted weight, from Arcane Fibre Works was used)
Size 4.5mm crochet hook (My favorites are the ergonomic hooks from this crochet hook set)
A yarn or tapestry needle
A to-go or reusable coffee cup
Gauge & Size
This project is so small, that gauge is not significant. That said, check that your cozy will fit a coffee cup after working a couple of rounds of the pattern. If it’s too small, go up a hook size, if it’s too loose, try going down a hook size.
Unstretched, the size of the cozy laying flight should be roughly 4″ wide x 3.5″ tall.
Abbreviations (U.S. Terminology)
Ch = Chain
St = Stitch
Yo = Yarn Over
Sl St = Slip Stitch (Insert hook into next stitch, Yo, pull through stitch and loop on hook)
Sc = Single Crochet (Insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, Yo and pull through both loops on hook)
Mini Puff = Mini Puff Stitch, see skills needed section
The Heart on My Sleeve Free Crochet Cozy Pattern
- This cozy is made by working in rounds, turning after each round.
- The turning chain at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.
- Throughout pattern, ‘Sc 3’ means to Single Crochet in the next 3 stitches.
- Throughout pattern, instructions given in parenthesis are to be worked in the same stitch.
Chain 30 (or chain a multiple of 6 for larger cups)
Round 1: Sl St to first chain to create a circle, Ch 1, Sc in each chain around, sl st to first Sc — 30 St
Round 2: Ch 1 and turn work, Sc in each st around, sl st to first Sc — 30 St
Round 3: Ch 1 and turn work, *Sc in next 3 st, sk st, (mini puff, ch 1, mini puff) in next st, sk st, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first Sc — 30 St/Ch
Round 4: Ch 1 and turn work, *Sc in mini puff st, Sc in ch sp, Sc in mini puff st, Sc in next 3 st, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first Sc — 30 St
Round 5: Ch 1 and turn work, *sk st, (mini puff, ch 1, mini puff) in next st, sk st, Sc in next 3 st, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first mini puff st — 30 St
Round 6: Ch 1 and turn work, *Sc in next 3 st, Sc in mini puff st, Sc in ch sp, Sc in mini puff st, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first Sc — 30 St
Rounds 7 thru 12: Repeat Rounds 3 – 6, ending on a Round 4 repeat (or repeat rounds 3 – 6 until you reach desired height)
Round 13: Ch 1 and turn work, Sc in each st around, sl st to first Sc — 30 St
Finishing: Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Looking for more quick crochet patterns that make great small gifts? Click here for the Dotted Hearts Mug Rug
If you make a cup cozy, I’d love to see it! Use the hashtags #heartonmysleevecozy and tag @TinyCouchCrochet on Instagram. Can’t wait to see your makes!