Free Pattern – Rosy Coffee Sleeve




I’ve always enjoyed using re-usable coffee sleeves, specially ones which are unique.  I wanted to create something using one of my favorite stitches, the primrose stitch. It’s a bit lacy but dense enough to keep your drink warm and your hands safe from hot coffee.
This lovely yet simple crocheted coffee sleeve is a quick project for busting through your stash! Customize it with your favorite buttons or appliques for something that’s unique to you or the person receiving it.  These make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays.

You can use either cotton or acrylic yarn.  Cotton is recommended because it absorbs any condensation of cold drinks and it won’t be affected if the drink is really hot (acrylic melts with high heat).  I’ve always used acrylic with no problems and I order my drinks at regular temperature.  If you drink extremely hot drinks, then cotton might be best.

You are welcome to sell any finished products you make with this pattern.  Whenever possible, please give Coffee Loves Yarn credit for the design.  You many not, however, claim this pattern as your own.  If sharing this pattern, please link this blog post to direct users back to Coffee Loves Yarn.  Thank you for understanding!

This pattern has been tested. If you find any mistakes or need clarification, please feel free to contact me and I will reply as soon as possible.

Once again, I thank you for your continued support and encouragement as I step into the world of crochet pattern design.


Rosy Coffee Sleeve
by Coffee Loves Yarn

6.00mm Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn (cotton or acrylic), approximately 24-25 yards
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations (US Terminology):
ch = chain
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet


2″ x 2″ – 5 rows of 8hdc with a ch1 turning chain


  • Stitch count for each row appears in a ( ) at the end of the row.
  • Pattern is worked in the round.
  • Shell: 3dc into ch2 space
  • When the pattern requires that multiple stitched be placed in one single stitch, the required stitches will appear within a ( ).
  • Gauge is not important.  If you find that the sleeve is too small/big for the standard paper coffee cup, then change your hook size either up or down to get the correct size.

Round 1: Ch27, slst into the first ch to join, careful not to twist the chain.

Round 2: Ch1, hdc into the same st as join, hdc into each chain around (27 hdc), slst into the first hdc to join.

Round 3: Ch1, *into the next st (sc, ch2, sc), skip two sts* repeat between * * around (9 ch2 “peaks” created), slst into the ch1 created at the beginning of the round.

Round 4: Ch1, place a shell into each ch2 space around (9 shells created), slst into the top of the first dc to join.

Round 5: Ch1, *into the middle dc of the shell work (sc, ch2, sc)* repeat between * * around (9 peaks), slst into the ch1 created at the beginning of the round.

Round 6: Repeat round 4

Round 7: Repeat round 5

Round 8: Repeat round 4

Round 9: Ch1, hdc into same st as join, hdc into each stitch around (27 sts).

Fasten off and sew in any ends.

If you want to decorate your sleeve, sew on buttons, appliques or beads as desired.

Enjoy your cup of java!



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