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Basketweave Cup Cozy Crochet Pattern with #MyFavoriteBloggers

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns

It’s theme month time with #MyFavoriteBloggers!  This month, we’re bringing you a collection of homemade Gifts Under $20, just in time for the holidays.  “Just in time” is a good thing too, since this is quite the group and you’re going to need some time to make all the fun projects we’ve got for you, starting with this Basketweave Cup Cozy!

Coffee Cup Cozy. Free basketweave crochet pattern.

The other day, I woke up (somewhat) to find my husband asking me if he could take one of my mug cozies from the stash in the attic.  He had bought one of those semi-non-disposable cups from Starbucks and wanted a cozy for it since those cardboard ones don’t really last.  I was a bit surprised to find that he wanted a cozy in the first place, but I told him where they were and went back to sleep.  (LM was still sleeping, and well, I sleep when the baby does!)  Then he came home from work and said that his colleagues wanted some too, and were willing to pay, but only if they were in manly colors, like gray and black.  Hmm, ok, then.

On the other side of things, in bloggy land, some readers told me that the pattern for my mug cozies was no longer available for purchase, and can I please provide the pattern?  Since I bought the original pattern, it’s not my intellectual property, so no, I can’t publish it, but I can make up my own.  So, between the requests from my husband’s work friends and requests from my readers, I figured it’s high time for me to sit down and generate my own pattern already!

Coffee Anyone?

This pattern uses a basketweave pattern, and it’s made to fit around a Starbucks cup.  I don’t drink Starbucks, but I’m told all their cups are the same in diameter, so this cozy should fit any of them.  You can always modify this pattern to be wider if you need it to fit a larger cup.  The pattern below assumes you know the concept of the basketweave, using Front Post DCs and Back Post DCs.  If you need to learn a general basketweave stitch, check out this video before continuing.

Free crochet pattern for basketweave cup cozy

Basketweave Cup Cozy


Worsted weight yarn.  I would recommend a thinner worsted weight yarn since this pattern works up pretty thick.
G hook
Scissors, tapestry needle


FPDC : front post double crochet stitch
BPDC: back post double crochet stitch
SC: single crochet
DC: double crochet

Row 0: Chain 36.

Row 1: Starting with the 3rd chain from hook, DC in each chain across – 33 DCs. Chain 2. Turn.

Row 2: *2 FPDC, followed by 2 BPDC.* Repeat from * to * 7 more times. 1 SC in the next chain to secure the row. Chain 9. Turn.

Row 3: Work 1 SC in each of the next 9 stitches, starting with the 2nd chain from hook. *2 BPDC, 2 FPDC* 8 times. 1 SC in the next chain to secure the row. Chain 2. Turn.

Row 4: *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* 8 times. 1 SC in the next chain stitch. Work 1 SC into each of the next 3 stitches. Chain 3. Skip next 3 stitches then work 1 SC into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 1. Turn.

Row 5: 1 SC in each of the next 9 stitches. *2 BPDC, 2 FPDC* 8 times, 1 SC in the next chain stitch. Chain 2. Turn.

Row 6: *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* 8 times, 1 SC in the next chain stitch. Chain 2. Turn.

Row 7: *2 BPDC, 2 FPDC* 8 times, 1 SC in the next chain stitch to secure last row.


Round 1: Work 1 SC in the same stitch as the last SC. Continue to work 1 SC in each stitch around the piece, but work 2 SC into the same stitch on corners.

Round 2: Work 1 slip stitch in each stitch around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Add a button between the first set of *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* and the second set of *FPDC, 2 BPDC* on row 4.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  (Make sure the button faces the obvious front of the piece)



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  1. Sky

    How cool that the guys actually wanted something you crafted up! These look so professional! Love your cute buttons too 🙂

  2. Steph @ meet.make.laugh.

    I’m so impressed that he wanted one! My husband never wants me to make him anything…. though I have sprung a toque and scarf on him he never actually asked for. And I love the look of basketweave…. this looks great! 🙂

  3. Jessica

    What kind of yarn did you use for the cozy pictured? What’s your favorite for these types of projects? I love this! Thank you for the pattern!

  4. Marilyn

    ChiWei I LOVE this cup holder! I’ve never crocheted at basket weave pattern before…but this would be the perfect project to try! Thanks!

  5. nancy

    I really, really love how that basket weave pattern looks. Beautiful!

  6. Bethany

    This is soooo cute, and I love that you have buttons with your blog name on them!!!

  7. ChiWei

    Thanks Sky! I know, I think that was a big reason why I just sat down and did it – knowing it was going to be put to immediate use!

  8. ChiWei

    Trust me, he’s not interested in most of my crafts 🙂 But coffee is important! I also love the basketweave look; I think that and herringbone are my favorite looks. I might have to figure out a herringbone version now that I’m thinking about it!

  9. ChiWei

    Hi Jessica! For these home use (non-clothing) projects, I like using Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream Cotton yarn. I find them at Michaels and when they’re on sale for $1.25 each, I go a little nuts. Which means I have quite the rainbow stash at home :-).

  10. ChiWei

    Thanks Bethany! I bought a whole bunch of them last year and I’m still loving them!

  11. ChiWei

    Thanks Nancy! I love the basket weave pattern – makes me want to make all sorts of stuff with that pattern now!

  12. ChiWei

    Thanks Marilyn! It’s not the easiest pattern to understand, but it’s fun once you get started, and works up faster than the single crochet stitch. Plus, you can make the basket weave any size, so it’s great for all sorts of big and small projects – blankets, heat pads…now I’m itching to start something else!

  13. Melanie

    I love your customized buttons!

  14. Kara

    I love the textured design of your cozy!

  15. Drew

    Coffee is very important. Thanks honey!

  16. Brittany

    Your cup cozy is so cute! I love to find a practical crochet, this is such a useful craft! Did you use a cotton yarn? Thanks for sharing!

  17. Tara @ Suburble

    I love this! (And that button! Is that a PYP find?) I sooo want a cup cozy.

  18. Joann Woolley (@sign4baby)

    Oh my gosh, do you have an etsy shop where you sell these? Really adorable!

  19. Julie

    Hi I love your cup cozy especially with the button with your logo on it! I love crocheting & your cup cozy is adorable! I saw it on a night owl party. Julie at

  20. ChiWei

    Thanks Julie! It’s a great time to be crocheting, with the colder weather and all these great patterns popping up!

  21. ChiWei

    Hi Joann, I do actually have an etsy shop : However, I don’t have the time to keep replenishing the finished products, but there are some mug cozies available!

  22. ChiWei

    Hey Tara, thanks! The button is actually from an Etsy shop called Wearhouse Industries – they make custom wooden buttons. I didn’t know about PYP back then 🙂

  23. ChiWei

    Thank you Brittany! I also love me some practical crochet! I used Lily Sugar n’ Cream Cotton yarn for this project, and for most other non-wearable stuff.

  24. ChiWei

    Thanks Kara!

  25. ChiWei

    Thanks Melanie! Now if someone steals the photo, my name is still on there 😉

  26. Kimberlee

    Cute mug cozy! I am going to pin it so I have the pattern. Maybe I will give it a try one day among my other projects!

  27. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Ha ha! I love that your hubby and his co-workers all want to sport cup cozys now! I mean, I don’t blame them. For lack of a better word, it just looks, so…COZY! {Sheepish grin.} Well done, my friend!

  28. ChiWei

    Thanks Lauren! Now you’ve given me an idea for a basketweave scarf 🙂

  29. nikki

    Your row 1 is a full row of dbl crochet stitch right?

  30. ChiWei

    Nikki, Yes, good catch! I’ve updated the directions. It is 1 full row of double crochets, starting from the 3rd chain from the hook, for a total of 33 double crochets, followed by a Ch 2, then turn. Thanks so much!

  31. Kadie

    What a great pattern! I really need to get on the ball and make some cup cozies this year! I have been meaning to do them for ages. 🙂

  32. ChiWei

    Thanks Kadie! I also have a list of things I’ve been meaning to do, and they all revolve around the sewing machine. But why sit in a cold attic when I can crochet next to a warm fire? 🙂

  33. Vikki

    I’m a nurse at a local children’s hospital. I have a twelve year old patient who would like these for her family and friends for a special valentines gift. We need 30 to 40! She’s actively dying. I have been watching videos and trying for three days to get this and well its just not working I’ve never crocheted before. I didn’t promise her by no means but it would be nice to help fulfill her wish. She wanted a cute elephant lol Is there a website that sells them reasonable. I did buy 20 Starbucks cups and will get the rest next week since they were sold out, IS there anyone willing to decrease the price on some of them or do some for free out of the kindness of you heart? My e-mail is [email protected] We are running out of time and she wanted to make little crocheted hearts to sew on them, Please contact me if you can help. Thank you for taking the time to read the post. Even if you can help by doing a few it would mean so very much to her, Thank you and God Bless 🙂

  34. Barb Taylor

    I love the idea of a cozy for my Starbucks coffee cup. but I’m lost, Row 2 ends with chaining 9 then turning? Then row 3 says to sc in the next 9 stitches,(do you mean chains?) then 2 BPDC ,2 FPDC 8 times,(but where? in the sc or the previous rows stitches?). I am NOT criticizing your work, I want to make this and i can’t figure out how. Please help. I’m not a designer, just an experienced beginner in crochet. Thank you

  35. ChiWei

    Hi Barb! So, yes, the 9 chains are to make the buttonhole piece, so in Row 2, you want to chain 9. When you turn, you’re working single crochets into those 9 chains. Then when you get to the body of the cozy, you start up again with the back post and front post DC for the basketweave look. You’ll basketweave your way down row 3, and then again up row 4, and then work on the buttonhole piece again. Does that make sense? Feel free to email me if you need more help!

  36. Victor

    this is a great idea !! and easy pattern for a mug cozy … thanks for sharing this awesome cozy!!

  37. julianne

    Hi! I love this pattern! I was wondering if i am allowed to sell any products that i make, all going to charity. If i can i will definetly credit the pattern to you! If not that is ok. Thank you:)

  38. ChiWei

    Yup, you’re welcome to sell finished products, as long as you link back to this post. Thanks so much! You can also share a picture of your finished cozy on my Facebook page if you’d like!

  39. Cris

    Love your pattern. I wanted to ask what size button did you use for this project ??

  40. Melanie

    Can I ask where you got your buttons? I have some with my business name, but LOVE the look of those!

  41. ChiWei

    Melanie, I got them from Etsy: Wearhouse Industries. They make custom wood buttons!

  42. ChiWei

    I think the buttons were an inch in diameter.

  43. Christina

    Hi there 🙂

    I’m feeling really silly right now because for the life of me i cant figure out if I’m just crazy or missing something. I’m still relatively new to crochet, so bare with me 🙂 I go to chain 36 like you say but when I go to do the first row of DC’s in the 3rd chain from the hook, I end up with 34 DC total (35 if you count the chain two) What am i missing/ doing wrong??? Again I just feel so silly that I cannot even get through the first row.

  44. ChiWei

    Hey Christina, that might actually be a typo on my part. I’d say just continue the first row and see if the second one is able to complete. I will try to recreate this if I get some time this weekend.

  45. Yasmin

    Hi! I followed your suggestion on using a thinner worsted weight yarn but my finished product is only 8 inches long (including button up part) and width is less than 2 inches, using a G hook. May I know the gauge for this pattern? Thanks!

  46. ChiWei

    I don’t set gauges for my patterns, mostly because I’m terrible at tension. If yours turned out small, you can always add rows to it.

  47. Mairim

    This looks awesome! Would you happen to have a video tutorial? I have a hard time with written directions and do much better visually.

  48. ChiWei

    So sorry, but I don’t have a video. To be honest, I have a thing with the sound of my voice, so videos make me nervous 🙂 But, the basketweave stitch is a fairly common stitch and you can find tutorials for the stitch itself on YouTube. Hope that helps!

  49. April

    I love these but can’t seem to make it. :(. Is there a video available that will help me?

  50. ChiWei

    April, there are videos on the front and back post stitch itself on YouTube, but I do not have any videos for this particular project.

  51. Megan O

    I’m having the same problem!

  52. connie

    Where do you buy buttons like the ones you used with a custom name on them? I want to try selling them (don’t worry I’ll credit you) and the buttons that you used are adorable!

  53. ChiWei

    I bought those buttons on Etsy at a store called Wearhouse Industries who makes custom burnt wood buttons. Thanks!

  54. Nicole

    What a cute mug cozy!! I am a beginner at crocheting and I wanted to make your pattern for a friend.. I’m only on row 3 and confused lol I successfully got through row 2 and turned.. do you stop half way through row 3 to chain 9? After you sc down the 9 do you continue row 3? Please help! Thank you

  55. ChiWei

    When you are finished with row 2, continue and chain 9 – this is the beginning of the tab. Then you turn after the ch 9, work the single crochets, and then continue with row 3. Hope that helps!

  56. Cara

    What is your policy on people making these to sell?

  57. Mags

    I was wondering.. can items made from this pattern be sold? (NOT THE PATTERN just the items made from it)

  58. ChiWei

    Yes indeedy! Just like you said, not the pattern, but the items made from it. Have fun!

  59. Elizabeth

    Hi there! I am also still confused on this ch 36, dc 3rd chain from hook. I end up with 34, not 33. Please help us 🙂 also I tried just crocheted in 4th ch from hook, but as I go on in the pattern I end up not having the ch st to sc in to secure the rows at the end of rows 3, 5 and 7.

    Thanks for your help!

  60. Krista

    I just have to say that I think this is the best crochet pattern I’ve ever tried! Such a high quality and fits perfectly! So glad I found it! Thank you!

  61. ChiWei

    Wow, thanks for your lovely comment! I’m so glad it worked out so well for you 🙂

  62. Beverly Dycus

    I can’t understand where the little strap starts – I’m thinking it is the first 9 chains but I know there is a button hole there somewhere. I’m fairly new at this crochet thing but I really love the little mug cozy (pictured) and would love to make one.

  63. kileigh bagwell

    I dont understand row 4 . *2 FPDC, 2 BPDC* 8 times. 1 SC in the next chain stitch. Work 1 SC into each of the next 3 stitches. Chain 3. Skip next 3 stitches then work 1 SC into each of the next 2 stitches. Chain 1. Turn.
    How can I work 2 SC into the next 3 stiches and then chain 3 when i dont anything left to work with?

  64. Lori

    pattern designers cannot designate what you do with items you make from their patterns. I am a pattern tester and we have discussed that at length. That’s why big companies like simplicity and butterick, etc don’t even copyright theirs. Once they sell a pattern what you do with the items you make and crochet designers who try to limit what you do with their patterns are wasting their time. They can’t even require you to name them as the designer although they tend to try

  65. ChiWei

    Yes, we do try to ask for credit where it’s due, since we put a lot of work into the design. Yes, you can sell what you make, but you cannot sell the pattern. Since this is a free pattern, and I’m not making an income off selling the pattern, I’d really appreciate a user naming me as the designer so others can find my work.

  66. margaret

    I love your pattern, and I have hound that if you make it twice as wide with two straps it holds crochet hooks quite nicely

  67. dreaminyarn

    Hi, I love this! but for the mug I use daily, it’s too short…if I want to make this larger what is the multiple used for the starting chain? My guess is 6…but my other guess is that it doesn’t matter.

    hope to hear back!

  68. Dani

    What size is your g hook? mine is a 4mm and the cozy fits a soda can and that’s about it. it’s not long enough to fit a mug or cup……

  69. Gaetane

    i’m getting 34 also…

  70. Gaetane

    ok…but if u sc from 2nd ch from hook u end up with 8 sc only…am I to do the 9th in the 1sc to secure st on the previous row??…I tried that but ended up with bpdc and fpdc mixedup …(1 bpdc in 1 bpdc then 1 bpdc in 1 fpdc and so on…)

  71. Gaetane

    Thank you so much for all you do!! Keep up the good work!! Trying real hard to make the basketweave cozy work as we stop at Tim’s every night after work and their carton mugs are too thin…coffee too hot we can’t hold it but with a cozy that would do the trick!!….if u have a new update on it I would like to know…ty!!

  72. Jess

    Hi!! I absolutely love the basketweave stitch you’ve used. I’ve seen it in other stuff that I’ve loved, but never a coaster! It looks so cute! Finally a cup cozy pattern that has enticed me to actually make it!
    I also wanted to ask if its alright if I sold some of the finished products? If not that’s okay, and I look forward to making them for family!! But I was curious if that would be something you’re okay with :).
    Thank you for making such an adorable pattern!! This will make for some great gifts.

  73. Jess

    *cup cozy, not coaster. Sorry!

  74. Jill

    I love this pattern! Thank you! One question, I want to make this a bit larger to fit a mug but how many chains do I need to add on at the beginning to create just one more set of FPDC/BPDC?

  75. Sharon

    I’m having a similar issue as others regarding the length being too short. I even used the same disposable Starbucks cup as in the photo, so I’m really confused what went wrong because all the stitch counts matched. Could just be the yarn, but wondering if there is a certain chain multiple we should use (i.e. 6, 12, etc) for adding length to a basket-weave pattern. Does it matter? Thank you.

  76. Shannen Burton

    I am having trouble with row one. You said ch 36. I did but when I go from the 3rd ch and double crochet all the way down I am ending up with 35 stitches. I even tried doing it from the 4th chain and got 34 stitches. Could you help me figure out what I am doing wrong please

  77. Arti

    I tried the pattern today and it came out well.
    I found if we do 35 instead of 36 we get 32dc and one dc made with ch 3 which works well for the pattern

    Thank u once again for the pattern

  78. Arti

    I think for this one, a multiple of 4 plus 3

  79. Hannah E Cornell

    Hi. I have tried and failed numerous times to make several similar cozies, and have truly fallen in love with this one.. but alas have failed once again… I’m all thumbs it seems. I was wondering if you ever took orders? Thank ypu for the wonderful idea, and the instructions as well, because I sent them to my cousin who made three lickety split!!! But refuses to send me one.. lol. She says I need to learn. If not, no worries. I will continue to try. Thanks for your time!

  80. Tudo Nosso

    Hi. How amazing!
    Just out of curiosity, do you have video tutorials?
    I learn best from videos.

  81. ChiWei

    Hi, unfortunately I don’t have a video tutorial for this pattern!

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