Now that it’s fall in New England–leaves changing, cool mornings and evenings–there’s nothing I like better than a hot, comforting latte in hand. Pumpkin Spice, Maple, Cinnamon. I’ve had them all, and I love them all.
So many small cafés, and lately a lot of the chains as well, have been going eco-friendly–which is amazing and so inspiring to see. Reusable straws, sip lids, biodegradable cups. If you’re looking for a way to do your part, then a cup cozy is a small, easy contribution that’s quick and fun to make.
There are so many cozy patterns out there, so many of them adorable, that there are endless choices for making a whole collection of these. Keep one in the car, one at home, one in a purse (I need several in all these places, because I forget things and lose things everywhere, all the time). Then, next time you’re getting your fall latte, you can save the hot sleeve and break out your cozy.
To make this cozy, I tried several different yarns and about a dozen different stitches to make something that felt sturdy, washable (I can’t be the only person constantly spilling coffee out the lid, right?) and still small enough to pack away into a purse or pocket. In the end, I settled with cotton as the material, since that’s always held up through repeated washings best for me.
In terms of the construction, I’ve flip-flopped back and forth through several different projects debating whether to seam or crochet in the round. For the cozy, I eventually settled on a Slip Stitch Seam. For this project at least, the seam didn’t come out overly bulky, and it’s easily hidden.
Set of 2 buttons
2.5″ tall, 7.5″ circumference
|sl st||Slip Stitch|
The buttons on this crochet cozy are purely decorative, not functional, and so they are completely optional. I sewed them over the seam to disguise it, and I think they hide it nicely. Feel free to use more buttons, none at all, or any other kind of embellishment to add a little personality to your cozy.
The stitch used is Back and Front Loop Single Crochet. The measurements for the finished project will fit most disposable cups, but if you need to make a cozy that’s smaller or larger, make sure your chain equals a multiple of 2 sts, plus 1 st for the base chain.
Row 1: Skip 1 ch, 1 sc into second ch from hook and into each st to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into back loop only of 1st st, 1 sc into front loop only of next st, *1 sc into bl only of next st, 1 sc into fl only of next st; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 3-9: Rep row 2 [7 repeats].
Fold your work in half (short sides touching) and use a Slip Stitch Seam to join the two shorter ends. Fasten off.
Turn the piece inside out, so that the thicker part of the seam is hidden inside your project. Sew the buttons over the seam, securing the thread through the thicker part of the seam inside the cozy.