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Faux Knit Coffee Sleeve · Free Crochet Pattern & Video Tutorial

Did you know there's such a thing as a 15-minute crochet project?

Well, you're looking at it!  The Faux Knit Coffee Sleeve pattern takes about 15 minutes to whip up, making it a fantastic option for last-minute holiday gifts.  I've made a good number of these for my coworkers, and I know they can be great stocking stuffers for family and friends too! 

I'm sharing the free written pattern below for those of you who'd like to make these as well.  There is also a step-by-step video tutorial available if you'd like to crochet along with me!

As you can see, you can finish these coffee sleeves off in one of two ways: 
  1. Leaving them be without any extra work.
  2. Or, cinching the middle with your ending yarn tail to create a cute and trendy bow shape!

Don't forget to grab your free coffee cup printable so you can make these nifty, ready-to-gift presents!  

As the name of this project suggests, this project features faux knit stitches using crochet methods.  I just love how rustic it looks, especially when using Lion Brand Heartland yarn.  The heathered, tweedy look is so befitting for the autumn and winter seasons!

If you like this design of mine, you can check out my other Free Crochet Patterns

You can also PIN it for later on your Crochet board!

PDF Pattern Download

If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references, you can get a copy from my Ravelry or Etsy shop. (Thanks for support Sweet Softies!) 


Free Crochet Pattern

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The Faux Knit Coffee Sleeve is a fast and beginner-friendly pattern that can be completed in just 15 minutes!  It is a no-sew project that is worked in one piece and may be cinched in the middle to create a cute and trendy bow shape. Even though this cup cozy  is made using crochet methods only, it has a rustic knit look.  It can be easily customized to fit any size drink. You can also use different yarn colors and add embellishments (e.g., buttons, beads, appliques). It’s perfect for Fall/Autumn/Winter seasons, as a Christmas holiday or birthday gift to coffee lovers and coworkers, or even as a craft fair product!


Measures 4.25” wide and 3.25” tall. 
Fits a standard coffee cup, but can be easily adjusted for any size. 

Level of Difficulty:

★★☆☆☆  Familiar Beginner. 
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below).

Stitches/Terms Used:

  • FO = fasten off 
  • ch = chain 
  • sl st = slip stitch 
  • sc = single crochet 
  • hdc = half double crochet 
  • Crocheting in the 3rd loops


  • Medium weight (4) yarn 
  • 6mm crochet hook 
  • Scissors 
  • Yarn needle 

R1: Two starting methods are available. Pick one.
  1. Chainless method: Fhdc 28. Make sure your piece is not twisted. In the first fhdc’s 3rd loop, join with a sl st. (Click here for Fhdc Video Tutorial)
  2. Chain method: Ch 28, join with a sl st to the first ch. Ch 1, hdc in the same st. Hdc around in each of the ch. Join with a sl st to the first hdc’s 3rd loop. 

R2: Hdc in the same 3rd loop as the joining sl st. Hdc in each 3rd loop around. No need to join; continue working seamlessly in the round. (Click here for Crocheting in the 3rd Loop Video Tutorial)

R3-R7: Hdc in each 3rd loop around.

Sl st into the next 3rd loop.

R8: Ch 1, sc in the same st as the sl st. Sc around in 3rd loop only. Join with a sl st to the first sc.

FO with a long tail.

For a regular cozy: weave in all ends. 

For a bow-shaped cozy: tightly wrap the ending yarn tail around the middle of the cozy to cinch it up, knotting it with the starting yarn tail in the back and weaving in the ends. 

If you'd prefer to crochet along with me, check out my step-by-step video tutorial below!  

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PDF Pattern Download 

If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references, you can get a copy from my Ravelry or Etsy shop.  (Thanks for support Sweet Softies!)

If you enjoyed this project, you might like my other designs!  Simply click on the image below for the pattern, or browse my entire free pattern collection.


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Best wishes,