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Simple Sweater Mug Cozy


Updated August 13, 2015
(4 Votes)


Whether you're hoping to find unique free knit patterns for Valentine's Day or if you're just in the market for a cute design to use with your favorite colors of scrap yarn, this Simple Sweater Mug Cozy fits the bill.  Give your favorite tea or coffee drinker a thoughtful homemade gift that won't take hours to complete by presenting them with this mitten-and-sweater combination cup cozy.  Have fun customizing this quick knit Valentine's Day gift idea with your own buttons, colors and embellishments.

Simple Sweater Mug Cozy
Simple Sweater Mug Cozy
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Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Measurements: To fit mug measurement: Approx 10¼" [26 cm] around x 4" [10 cm] tall.

Gauge: 21 sts and 27 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st.


  • Size 4 mm (U.S. G/6) crochet hook for ties
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles. Set of four size 4 mm (U.S. 6) doublepointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Lily Sugar’n Cream® (70.9 g/2.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds)
    • Main Color (MC) Jute (00082) 1 ball or 35 m/40 yds
    • Contrast A Soft Ecru (01004) 1 ball or 16 m/18 yds
    • Contrast B Country Red (01530) 1 ball or 5 m/6 yds
  • Note: 1 ball of MC, A and B will make 3 Cozies
  • 4 small buttons

Approx = Approximately
Beg = Beginning
Ch = Chain(s)
Cont = Continue(ity)
Inc1 = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rem = Remaining
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
RS = Right side
Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side
Yo = Yarn over

Left Front and Back: With A and pair of needles, cast on 35 sts.
**1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: With MC, knit.
3rd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows for pat once more.
With A, rep last 2 rows once more. Break A.
With MC, cont in pat until work from beg measures 3¾" [9.5 cm], ending with a WS row.
Next row: (RS). With A, knit.
Cast off knitwise (WS).**

Button band: With RS facing and A, pick up and knit 18 sts down edge of Left Front.
Knit 2 rows.
Cast off knitwise (WS).
Right Front: With A and pair of needles, cast on 11 sts.
Work from ** to ** as given for Left Front and Back.
Buttonhole band: With RS facing and A, pick up and knit 18 sts up front side of Right Front.
1st row: (WS). K1. (K2tog. yo. K2) 4 times. K1.
2nd row: Knit.
Cast off knitwise (WS).
Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

Arms (make 2).
With MC and double-pointed needles, cast on 10 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles (4, 4, 2). Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st rnd: Knit.
2nd rnd: (K1. P1) 5 times.
Rep last 2 rnds until work from beg measures 2" [5 cm]. Break MC.

Mittens: 1st rnd: With A, knit.
2nd rnd: Purl. Break A.
3rd rnd: With B, K4. (Inc1 in next st) twice. K4. 12 sts.
Knit 2 rnds even.
Next rnd: K6. Turn. Cast on 3 sts (thumb). Cast off 3 sts. Pass last cast off st onto left-hand needle. Turn. Knit to end of rnd.
Knit 3 rnds even.
Next rnd: (K2tog) 6 times. Break yarn, leaving a long end. Draw end through rem sts. Pull tightly. Fasten securely.

Ties (make 6).
With A and crochet hook, ch 12. Fasten off.
Sew 1 Tie to each corner of Back. Sew 1 Tie spaced evenly between last 2 ties. Sew rem 3 Ties in same positions across side edge of Right Front.

Wrap Cozy around mug and knot Ties in position around mug handle as shown in picture.
Sew Arms to sides of Body. Sew Mittens to front of Body as shown in picture.

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OOPS! l was looking at it side ways! Answered my own question! Ty for this pattern )

l don't understand "right-front" casting on only 11 instead of 18, how can l pick up 18 sts when there are only 11? l like the look of finished product!

Wish the pattern gave more detail. Not sure where to add the ties and where they tie to. Also, don't understand why there is a left front and back and a right front. Why can't it be one piece?

fantastic looking pattern. luv it

It would be so nice if your patterns had a printable format!!! I love so many of the patterns but all of the non-pattern stuff make it impossileto print! Thanks! :-)

Highlight the pattern by left clicking the mouse and drag down highlighting for all of pattern. Then just right click on the highlighting and select print. It should just print what you have highlighted. I did save the pattern to my patterns first.


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