Hey there friends! You’re not doubt popping in today because you’re looking for some reusable cup cozies and I’ve got a fun one for you. The XOXO Coffee Cup Cozy might look like your standard cup cozy at first glance, but she’s got some fun tricks up her sleeve (hehe, sleeve…get it?) that make her extra special. So let’s get started.
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About the XOXO Coffee Cup Cozy
The XOXO Coffee Cup Cozy is the perfect size for your on-the-go cup. This cozy was designed with a Starbucks cup in mind, but will fit most travel cups. It’s a great alternative for disposable cup sleeves as it’s sturdy, washable, and reusable. Plus it’s super cute!
This cozy is part of the XOXO Collection. This series of patterns is one of my favorites! It uses crossed stitches and bobbles to create X’s and O’s. And as as extra fun feature, you can swap out those bobble stitches for beads! (I told ya this one had some fun tricks!) So you’ve got sustainability, texture, variety…and lets not forget how adorable your coffee looks.
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About the Yarn
Now when I was designing this coffee cup cozy, I tried this pattern out with both acrylic and cotton. Acrylic yarn will work, however, cotton yarn is going to have better stitch definition and hold up better to lots of use and washing. Plus cotton handles heat and moisture better than acrylic yarn. So ultimately, I recommend a 100% cotton yarn for these, but if you want to substitute the cotton, for another type of yarn, it will probably be fine.
Now I made these using Dishie cotton from WeCrochet. This is probably my current favorite cotton to work with. My favorites tend to change a bit as I try new yarns, but this is a great one. It’s sturdy, has great stitch definition, and dare I say that it’s kinda soft for a kitchen cotton. Plus it comes in a ton of colors. If I was making a bunch of these for a market, I’d definitely order a few colors of this yarn.
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About the Stitches
So this coffee cup cozy uses a few different stitches to create the X and O combo that I named this series for. Aside from your classic single crochet and half double crochet, I’ll go over some of the special stitches this pattern uses.
Crossed Double Crochet
So the first special stitch is super simple. It hardly requires an explanation, but I’ll give you a quick one anyway. When you’re working crossed double crochet, you will skip a stitch and then work a double crochet. Then you will work your next double crochet into the stitch that you skipped. This creates a criss-cross effect.
Next up is the bobble stitch. Now, I’ve seen a lot of different ways to do a bobble stitch. I use small bobbles in this pattern, but if you like bigger ones, then by all means, go for it! To do a bobble stitch, you’re going to yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. Great! Now repeat that two more times. You should end up with four loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all four. And that’s it! Some people like to chain 1 to close their bobbles. I don’t bother in this pattern, but you definitely can if you like the look.
And finally, the camel stitch; also know as crochet in the 3rd loop. This stitch can only be worked when there is a row of half double crochets beneath it and is best worked in the round. So it will always begin with a row of half double crochet followed by whatever stitch you’re working in the 3rd loop of the half double crochet stitch. Essentially, when you look at the stitch, you should see the front loop and back loop along the top of your stitches. Right behind the back loop, running along the back of your work, is the 3rd loop. By crocheting into this loop, you will push the front loop and back loop forward creating a line of texture.
Adding Beads to Crochet
This pattern has an option to swap those bobble stitches for beads. Adding a bead is super simple, and I wrote up a whole tutorial for it awhile back complete with a photo tutorial and video. You can check it out here! I’ll stick the video down below. You should be aware that you’ll need a hook that is small enough to fit through your beads of choice to do this technique. And if your beads are too small, you might have some trouble getting the yarn through them. I’ve found that anything smaller than 10mm can be a struggle for worsted weight yarn.
As for where to get the beads, I have found wooden beads at most crafts stores. The round beads from the video below are from Hobby Lobby. You can pretty much use whatever you’d like as long as the hole can fit a small crochet hook through it.
25 yds of Dishie Cotton from WeCrochet (or similar worsted weight yarn)
Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
Small Crochet hook for beads (optional)
10mm or Larger beads (optional)
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc Inc – Single Crochet Increase
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Bobble – Bobble Stitch
Due to the small nature of this project, the gauge section is abbreviated.
8 sc st x 9 rows = 2” square
3.75”w x 3” h
- This pattern is worked in the round. It is recommended that you use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of the round.
- Chain spaces do not count as stitches in stitch count.
- Rounds 6 and 7 will be worked differently based whether you are adding bobble stitches or beads.
- Beads are a choking hazard for young children
Using 5.5mm (I) hook. Ch 30. Sl st in first chain to join.
Round 1: Ch 1. Sc in each chain around. (30)
Round 2: Ch 2. *Sk next stitch. Work 1 dc in following stitch. Work 1 dc in previous skipped stitch working over previous dc. (Crossed DC).* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st in top of Ch 2 to join. (30)
Round 3: Ch 1. Hdc in first stitch and each stitch around. Sl st in first stitch to join. (30)
Round 4: Ch 1. Working in third loops around (Camel Stitch), sc inc in first hdc. Sc 14. Sc inc. Sc 14. Sl st in first stitch to join. (32)
Round 5: Ch 1. Sc in first stitch and each stitch around. Sl st in first stitch to join. (32)
Round 6: Ch 1 and TURN. Working on wrong side (WS), 1 sc in the last stitch of previous row. Bobble in next stitch. *Sc in next 3 stitches. Bobble in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* until 3 stitches remain. Bobble in next stitch. Sc in next 2 stitches. Sl st first stitch to join. (32)
Round 7: Ch 1 and TURN. Resume working on right side (RS), Sc in first stitch and each stitch around. Sl st in first stitch to join. (32)
Round 6: Ch 1. Sc in each of the first two stitches. *Add a bead. Sc in each of the next 4 stitches. * Repeat from *to* until two stitches remain. Add a bead. Sc in each of the last two stitches. Sl st in first sc to join. (32 stitches, 8 beads)
Round 7: Ch 1 and TURN. Working on wrong side (WS), sc in first stitch and in each stitch around. (32) Turn to right side (RS) before working Round 8.
Round 8: Ch 1. Hdc in first st and in each stitch around. Sl st in first stitch to join. (32)
Round 9: Ch 1. Sc in third loop of first hdc in previous row (Camel Stitch). Working in third loops, sc in each stitch around. Sl st in first stitch to join. (32)
Round 10: Repeat Round 2
Round 11: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave ends. (32)
I hope you have fun with these coffee cup cozies! I’d love to see some of your finished makes or to know if these do well for you at markets! Be sure to tag me in your finished photos @craftingforweeks on Instagram or Facebook. I love seeing your finished makes and try to feature you all when I can!
If you loved making this, be sure to check out some of the other items in the XOXO Collection! Click the button below to browse them all.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!