Free Beginner Coffee Cup Cozy Crochet Pattern Elkhorn Cup Sleeve

Free Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern! The Elkhorn Cup Sleeve is a great beginner friendly pattern perfect for any crocheter ready to learn some new stitch techniques. This pattern uses the HDC3L to create clean lines with a knit look and plenty of stretch.

This Free Crochet Cup Cozy works up quick, has clean lines and a nice seam. Perfect as is or dress it up with a crochet applique or other embellishments. It makes for a great teacher gift, coach gift or just because gift. Happy Making!

This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry and on Etsy for those wanting a .pdf copy.


Aprox 4″ (10cm) High Aprox. 4″ (10cm) wide


0.75oz/18g 37yd/33m, #4 worsted weight, I used Premier Everyday Worsted Yarn

US size I crochet hook (5.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

yarn needle

sewing scissors


CH – Chain

FHDC – Foundation Half Double Crochet

HDC3L – Half-double Crochet in 3rd Loop

DLSLST-Drop Loop Slip Stitch *see Notes

SLST – Slip Stitch ST(S) – Stitch(es)


7 HDC3L stitches x 8 rows = 2″ square


-US terms

-All rounds are worked with the front/right side facing out

-Ch 1 at the beginning of each round DOES NOT count as a stitch.

-All HDC3L rows are joined using DLSLST: Finish last HDC3L of the round. Drop loop from hook. Insert hook through 1st stitch of the round (back/wrong side to front/right side). Place dropped loop back on to hook and pull through 1st stitch of the round. Gently tighten up any slack. This method will create a straight even seam.

-Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Comfort, and Lion Brand Heartland can be substituted for yarn, but always check your gauge!

Pattern Instructions-Elkhorn Cup Sleeve

Rnd 1: FHDC 30 stitches. Join last stitch to 1st stitch with DLSLST. There will be a gap at the bottom of this round where you joined the last and 1st stitches. You will close this up with your yarn tail when weaving in your ends. (30 HDC)

Rnd 2-12: CH 1. HDC3L in 1st ST. HDC3L into each ST around. Join to 1st DLSLST (* see notes). (30 HDC3L)

Rnd 13: CH 1. HDC3L in 1st ST. HDC3L in each ST around. Join with SLST to 1st ST. (30 HDC)

Cut yarn, weave in all ends , making sure to close the gap from the foundation row.

And there you have it! Attach your own tag, add an applique or just leave the cup sleeve as is.

Want a .PDF copy of the Elkhorn Cup Sleeve? The Pattern can be purchased by clicking one of the links below. The pattern is sold by itself, but is also included as a free bonus with the Elkhorn Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern and The Elkhorn Fingerless Gloves Pattern or get all 3 Patterns by purchasing the Elkhorn Collection! Patterns for purchase include photos of special stitches.

Looking for another quick cup cozy pattern? Check out the Dundee Cup Cozy pattern on my blog.

I love seeing your work! Be sure to tag @papiocreekcrochet so I can admire your makes with my patterns!

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