Chunky Cup Sleeve Pattern

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Knit a simple, stylish coffee sleeve with this free pattern.

Spring Cleaning and Stash-busting

With Spring on the way, there are a few things that happen in my life.  First, I lose some of the desire to knit and crochet heavy, warm scarves and hats.  Second, I get the itch to “Spring clean” and organize my craft space.  So, what’s a knitter to do?  Efficiently kill two birds with one stone, of course!

While I don’t tend to wear chunky scarves in the spring, I do tend to have plenty of leftover balls of super-bulky yarn in my stash from making cozy hats, mittens, and scarves all winter.  The leftover scrap yarn isn’t enough to make another hat, or even an ear-warmer, so it can be hard to know what to do with it.  And, by March, the pile of scrap yarn is out of control.  So, what can I do with it in the Spring?  If you know me, you know one thing never goes out of season: coffee.  I decided to use up those scraps of super-bulky yarn to make oh-so-quick and every-so-adorable cup sleeves.

Cup Sleeves: A Purse Must-have and a Great Gift

So, what exactly is this cup sleeve and why would you want to knit one?  It is a knit (and therefore reusable!) alternative to the cardboard cup sleeves you would get at Starbucks or most other coffee shops.  I also have a reusable plastic Starbucks cup that needs a sleeve, as well, so I like to keep a knit sleeve in my drawer at home and also one in my purse.  Not only do these cup sleeves keep your drinks warmer longer, they keep your hand from burning, and they save the cardboard.  So, win-win-win.  Oh, and they’re cute.  🙂

I like to have a few for myself, but I also make a few extras throughout the year and give them out at Christmas time as simple teacher gifts or stocking stuffers.  They are so quick and easy, you may find them addicting.  You can also personalize with fun buttons or embellishments, so that can be a fun way to add a little extra something to them for gifts.

Chunky Cup Sleeve Pattern



Approximately 12 stitches (un-stretched) and 11 rows = 4 inches


Cast 20 stitches.  (I like to use the long-tail cast-on method.)

Divide the stitches on three needles, 6 stitches on needle 1, 8 stitches on needle 2, and 6 stitches on needle 3.

Join the stitches to work in the round.  (I like this method.)

Round 1: (Knit 1, Purl 1) around.

Repeat Round 1 10 more times.

Bind off all stitches.  Weave in loose ends.

Attach a button, if desired.

Please feel free to share, pin, comment, etc.  I’d love to see your creations!  Happy knitting!

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Free baby knitting pattern.

Newborn Baby Hat to Knit – Free Knitting Pattern


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Looking for a quick, classic handmade baby shower gift?  Want an easy knitting pattern to donate to charity?  Look no further.

The following pattern is one I designed years ago, originally published on another website.  I have decided to add it here, as well, where I can update some of the information and give further suggestions for customization.

This teeny tiny newborn hat is made with soft acrylic yarn and size US 7 knitting needles. It is a great beginner’s baby knitting project because it is relatively easy but also requires the use of a few more complicated techniques that beginners should learn, such as decreasing stitches.

This pattern is written for flat needles, but it can easily be adapted to knitting in the round.



Approximately 18 stitches and 24 st st rows = 4 inches.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • R – Row
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • tog – together
  • sts – stitches


  • Cast on 60 sts
  • R1-R10: (K1, P1) across for brim
  • R11: Knit
  • R12: Purl
  • Repeat rows 11 and 12 6 more times. (24 rows completed)
  • R25: (K4, K2 tog) across
  • R26: Purl
  • R 27: (K3, K2 tog) across
  • R 28: Purl
  • R29: (K2, K2 tog) across
  • R30: Purl
  • R31: (K1, K2 tog) across
  • R32: Purl
  • R33: (K2 tog) across

Instructions for Finishing

  • Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail.
  • Using the yarn needle, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle.
  • Pull tightly and secure the yarn.
  • Sew the back seam of the hat with the right sides facing.  This is called mattress stitch, which you can learn here.
  • Sew in the loose ends.

Variations on Newborn Baby Hat and Instructions for Larger Sizes

For a neat variation on the newborn hat, consider making the brim in a different color than the rest of the hat. To do so, simply change to a new color of yarn after row 10. Try making the cuff a contrasting color to the rest of the hat for a funky look, or simply make the cuff a neutral color, such as white or grey, and then make the rest of the hat in a more vibrant color.  Another option is to add a pom-pom to the top.

For a larger hat, use size 8 knitting needles. The number of cast on stitches may also be increased to fit a larger baby’s head. Keep in mind, however, that the number of stitches cast on are a multiple of 6. Likewise, if increasing the width of the hat, it may also be necessary to increase the length. If so, simply add a few additional rows of stockinette stitch after row 24 before the decreasing begins.

Donate this Hat to Charity

One of the coolest things about providing free patterns is seeing how they are used by others.  This pattern, in particular, has been adapted in numerous ways.  One Ravelry user, along with her knitting group, knit heaps of these hats to donate to hospitals.  That just makes me so happy!  I have donated finished products, as well, to the organization Bundles of Love here in Minnesota.  So, if you decide to knit some of these for a charity, be sure to let me know how it goes. 🙂

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