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I love drinking teas, especially in winter when it’s cold and rainy outside like today. And f you’re like me, the tea should be boiling hot and steaming.

This cup cozy is easy and quick to make. You could finish it in an hour (or so) even if you’re a beginner.

Scroll down to see the free crochet pattern.

crochet cup cozy

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Tea Cup Sleeve Pattern


Yarn: Cotton yarn 8ply (Lion Brand has some colourful inspirations here)

Hook: 3mm (i’m using this set of hooks here that I really like)

Yarn needle


Ch = chain

Hdc = half double crochet

Sl st= slip stitch

Note:T his pattern is for a 8.5cm (3,5″) in diameter and 12.5cm (5″) tall cup. Adjust the initial number of chains to fit around your cup.

It’s worked by crocheting in rounds and joining the rounds with a slip stitch. I made the flower mainly to conceal the seam that is normally slightly visible. If you don’t want to have or make the flower then I would suggest to crochet in spiral rounds that won’t have any visible seam.

Ch 40, join the chain with a slip stitch (adjust the number of chains to fit around your cup.

Tip: To chain the right amount of chains for your cup – stretch the chain and wrap around the base of your cup. The ends should just barely touch. As you start working on it it will stretch.

Row 1-16: ch 1, Hdc in first stitch and across, sl st (total 40)

Note: Check the height of your cup sleeve and adjust the number of rows accordingly. It should not cover the whole cup, only the middle part. You may need less than 16 rows, it depends on the thickness of your yarn, the size of your hook and the tension.


You can make the flower in any colour you like, I made one in the same colour as the cup cozy and another one in white.

crochet flower

Chain 4, join in a circle.

Petal: chain 4, puff stitch (yarn over 7 times), chain 4, slip stitch to circle (refer to photos below or watch the video)

How to crochet a simple flower

Chain 4, join with a slip stitch to make a circle. Chain 4, puff st (yarn over 7 times)

crochet flower
Complete puff sttch

Chain 4

Connect to circle. Petal completed.

Repeat 3 times for each petal.

Chain 15 to make the stem.

crochet flower

Attach the flower by sewing it on your cup cozy with the yarn needle. Make sure it’s on the side where you joined the rounds on top of the seam.

Weave in ends.


Let me know in the comments what colours you chose and if you find working in spiral rounds easier!

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