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Cup Cuddler: Free Knitting Pattern Guest Post from Knit ‘n Kaboodle

knit cup holder

“Kitamu” – Half Brioche Cuddler

This is a free knitting pattern designed by me. I hope you will have lots of fun using up those leftover bits of yarn with this easy cup cuddler pattern. I designed this quick knit Cup Cuddler pattern for a small size coffee cup but it can easily be adjusted for a larger one. If you find you want a looser fit, simply use the number of cast on stitches shown in the () parentheses. The cup cuddler is fun to make and knits up within about an hour. They are terrific for gift giving, too!

Finished Measurements: Approximately 3 ” x 8 ¾ “


  • Any worsted weight yarn, about 25 yards. I used: Leftovers of 1 Skein of Minnowknits
  • Size 6 US, 4” short double point knitting needles.
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:Beg – beginningB.O. – Bind offC.O. – Cast-onK, k – KnitP, p – PurlRep – repeatSt (sts) – stitch (stitches)Irb – in row below; knit one in the next stitch in the row below.

Pattern: (Worked in the round)Place a stitch marker at beg of the round.C.O. 32 (36 ) sts and join round.

Round 1: Purl
Round 2: *K1, k1-irb; rep from *.
Round 3: Purl
Round 4: *K1-irb, k1; rep from *.Repeat rounds 1-4 for pattern until piece measures 3” from beg. B.O. loosely in pattern, break yarn, tie off, weave in ends.


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  • http://eightymillion.etsy.com Jennifer Schulting

    Oh, these directions look so foreign to me because I’m not a knitter. But the end project is so cool! And yes, recycle all of those odds and ends that you have around.

    And yes, a great gift anytime of the year. I can’t count the number of people I see in a day carrying their cup of joe!

    Questions: Could these (or any knitted item) be washed if soiled? Machine or handwashed? Just curious.

    Thanks for sharing Kara.

  • Knitnkaboodle

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for checking out my pattern!
    Yes, they can be washed as long as you knit them with a yarn that is washable. A wool/acrylic blend is nice because they are usually luxurious soft and they are machine washer and dryer friendly. If you use a fancier yarn you would just want to spot clean it.
    I do sell these cup cozies already made at my Etsy shop if you’re not a knitter. They sell for only $8.00, so feel free to stop by the shop and check them out!
    Thank you for your comment!

  • http://eightymillion.etsy.com Jennifer Schulting

    Thanks for your reply Kara. Will bookmark your shop for when I need a little something for my coffee drinking friends!

  • Linda

    do you have a pattern for a cup holder that fits on your hand like a mitten

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