How to Knit a Coffee Cozy Sweater

Knit a Coffee Cozy Sweater for friends this season. I wanted to share these little mug cozies with you during the Christmas holidays because they quickly make thoughtful, whimsical gifts.

Get your free written pattern instructions with video tutorial below. You may also purchase my ad-free printable pdf pattern in my Studio Knit Pattern Shop.

Take Out Coffee Cups with knitted sweater designed mug cozies in various colors.

Tools and Materials

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Tools and materials to knit a coffee cozy with scissors, knitting needles, yarn, and a tapestry needle.

Coffee Cozy Stitch Textures

These quick-knit coffee cozies have a really cute rib pattern on both ends, just like a real sweater. And we create a little pocket that actually does work as a pocket. The two arms are 3-dimensional additions with gloves and cute thumbs. 

The example below is knitted up in the easy stockinette stitch. You may also knit them up in the garter stitch, seed stitch, or even the bamboo stitch. There are many different knit stitch patterns to choose among. These little sweaters give your cup lots of personalities, so let’s get started!

Finished knitted mug cozy in light blue yarn .

Knitting Techniques

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Slip Knot 
• CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
Cable Cast On Method (for thumb)
• K = Knit Stitch 
• P = Purl Stitch
How to Change Yarn Color
Bind Off
Weave in Yarn Tails

Printable Knitting Pattern (ad-free)

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My ad-free printable pdf pattern of these cute knitted mug cozies is available in my Studio Knit Pattern Shop.

Coffee Mug Cozy printable knitting pattern by Studio Knit.

4-Step Knitting Instructions

Step 1: Body of Coffee Cozy Sweater

Your sweater can be knit in any knit stitch texture. This example begins and ends with the 2×2 Rib Stitch and is knitted in the middle in Stockinette.

Knitted body swatch of coffee cozy in blue color yarn.

Step 2: Knit a Swatch for Sweater Pocket

A tiny little swatch of knitting makes up the pocket to make it extra cute.

Knitted pocket swatch of coffee cozy pattern.

Step 3: Create Sweater Arm and Gloves

The most complex part of this pattern is adding the arms and gloves complete with thumbs. Make sure to follow my video tutorial if the knitting techniques from the knitting pattern are new to you.

Knitted arm of mug cozy.

Step 4: Seam Up to Finish

After you have tacked your pocket and arms to your sweater body, fold it with the wrong side out. Simply seam up the back with your yarn and tapestry needle.

Then it is complete and ready to slide onto your coffee to go cup!

Mug cozy before and after seaming up back.

More Christmas Knitting Projects

Check out more of my Christmas Holiday knitting project gift ideas:

Finished Knitted Coffee Cozy Sweaters for Christmas Holiday.

Printable Knitting Instructions

Knitted Coffee Cozy in sweater shape with blue yarn color.

Printable Knitting Pattern

Knitted Coffee Cozy Sweaters make really cute quick knit gifts. Get your free knitting pattern and video turorial by Studio Knit.

Makes: Knitted Coffee Cozy Sweater
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner


  • Aran Weighted Yarn


  • Knitting Needles Size 7 US
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors



Cast On 32 Stitches

  1. Rows 1 – 4: Knit 2x2 Rib Stitch *K2, P2 *
  2. Rows 5 – 20: Knit in Stockinette Pattern (Knit Odd Row, Purl Even Row), or any Knit Stitch of your choice
  3. Rows 21 – 24: Knit 2x2 Rib Stitch *K2, P2 *

Bind Off



Cast On 8 Stitches

  1. Row 1: Knit
  2. Row 2: Purl
  3. Repeat Rows 1 – 2 for 8 rows total.
  4. Bind Off


Make Two.
When placing your arms, make sure both of your thumbs are pointing upward.

Cast On 8 Stitches

  1. Row 1: Knit
  2. Row 2: Purl
  3. Row 3: Knit
  4. Row 4: Purl
  5. Row 5: Knit
  6. Row 6: Purl
  7. Row 7: Knit
  8. Row 8: Knit
  9. Row 9: Change Color and Cast On 3 Sts using Cable Cast On Method (to make thumb), then knit across the row for 11 Sts
  10. Row 10: Purl
  11. Row 11: Bind Off 3 Sts (to finish thumb), then knit across the row for 8 Sts
  12. Row 12: Purl
  13. Row 13: Knit
  14. Row 14: Purl

Bind Off


Stitch all accessories to main cozy, then seam up the edge.

Note: I like to keep the Bind Off edge on the bottom, since it’s not as stretchy.


Knitting Techniques

  • Slip Knot 
  • CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
  • Cable Cast On Method (for thumb)
  • K = Knit Stitch 
  • P = Purl Stitch
  • How to Change Yarn Color
  • Bind Off
  • Weave in Yarn Tails

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