Hand Warmer Coffee Cup Cozy Knitting Pattern

Keep your hands toasty warm, without burning them on hot drinks. This hand warmer coffee cup cozy protects your hand from the hot coffee cup, while also covering it to keep it warm! Festive, ribbon candy stripes make this a perfect holiday gift.

Hand Warmer Coffee Cup Cozy

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Holiday Stashbusting KAL

This hand warmer cup cozy is my pattern in the Holiday Stashbusting KAL at KAL Corner. You can find all the other KAL patterns, and giveaway details too, in this main KAL post!

Holiday stashbusting KAL at KAL Corner

Hand Warmer Coffee Cup Cozy

Project Level Easy

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  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn
    • 20 yds cream
    • 10 yds each red and green
  • Needles: Size 8 / 5 mm needles, or size needed to match gauge, for knitting in the round. Use a set of double pointed needles, or a circular needle long enough for the magic loop method.
  • Notions: Tapestry Needle

Project Level

Easy: Ribbing, stockinette and garter stitch, color changes, some increases, and some seaming.


About 4 x 3 inches when flat. Designed to fit tapered, take-out-style coffee cups.


16 sts x 24 rnds = 4 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations used

k = knit
kfb = knit front and back
p = purl
rnd = round
RS = right side
st(s) = stich(es)
WS = wrong side



With red, cast on 28 sts. Use an alternating cable cast on or another stretchy cast on for ribbing.

Distribute stitches evenly on double-pointed needles or magic loop, to knit in the round.

Rnds 1-5: With red, (k1, p1) around.

Carry unused colors up along the WS as you go. Don’t worry about the extra bulk, or the jog from the color changes, this “seam” will be covered by the hand warmer.

Rnd 6: With cream, k around.

Rnd 7: With green, k around.

Rnd 8: With green, (kfb, k13) twice. (30 sts)

Rnds 9-11: With green, k around.

Rnd 12: With cream, k around.

Rnds 13-15: With green, k around.

Rnd 16: With green, (kfb, k14) twice. (32 sts)

Rnd 17: With green, k around. Cut green yarn, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Rnd 18: With cream, k around. Cut cream yarn, leaving a tail to weave in later.

Rnd 19: With red, k around.

Rnds 21-23: With red, (k1, p1) around.

Bind off using a sewn tubular bind off or another stretchy bind off for ribbing.

Weave in all ends.

Cup cozy section

Hand Warmer

With cream, cast on 12 stitches using any low profile cast on you prefer, and leaving a 16-inch starting tail for sewing.

Rows 1-35: K across.

Bind off using any low profile bind off you prefer, and leaving a 16-inch ending tail for sewing.

The hand warmer has no right or wrong side.

hand warmer section


Turn cozy wrong side out. Align one short edge (cast on or bind off) of the hand warmer just under the top edge of the cozy, so that it is centered over the “seam” at the beginning of the rounds.

sew top edge

When sewing the hand warmer on, be sure you are only ever sewing through 1 layer of hand warmer and 1 layer of cozy. It can be helpful to place a piece of paper or cardboard between the layers, to separate the ones you want to sew through from the ones you don’t want to sew through.

Sew top edge of hand warmer into place using the long tail, then weave in the end.

Fold hand warmer down so it goes through the cup cozy and out the bottom. The bottom edge of the hand warmer should stick out a bit.

fold hand warmer through cozy

Fold this bottom edge up and align it along the bottom of the cup cozy, again centered over the “seam.” Sew bottom edge of hand warmer in place using the long tail, then weave in the end.

sew bottom edge

Weave in any remaining ends and turn the hand warmer coffee cup cozy right side out.

Hand Warmer Coffee Cup Cozy

I hope you enjoyed this hand warmer coffee cup cozy pattern. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is available on Ravelry for a small fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online.

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