Woven Cable Coffee Cup Sleeve Pattern


Hey knitters!

After a long and arduous week, the weekend is finally here. I’ve waited for this weekend for so long–yes, I am taking a week long vacation! Yay! To add to this, the next couple of days are supposed to be pleasant and beautiful 🙂

With cool weather just around the corner this means that pumpkins, hot chocolate, and chili season is to come. If you’re like me, you are going to be making even more frequent visits to your local coffee shop for that certain beverage that will warm you to your toes.

So I’ve knitted something neat to accompany your coffee cups: knitted coffee cup sleeves! Check it out:

Starbucks has got nothin’ on this!
Just kidding….I love Starbucks!

It’s time to be environmentally friendly by knitting yourself a reusable coffee cup sleeve.

1 skein of medium weight yarn
Size 5 (3.75mm) needles
Yarn needle

*Note: There are two ways you can cast on with this pattern. I’ve chosen to use a provisional cast on which leaves one end with live stitches where you can invisibly graft the two ends together at the end. Another option is to do a regular cast on technique and later sew the two ends together.

Cast on 28 sts.

Woven Cable Stitch
ROW 1: knit.
ROW 2 and every alternate row: K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2.
ROW 3: knit.
ROW 5: K2, *C8B; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
ROW 7: knit.
ROW 9: knit.
ROW 11: K6, *C8F; rep from * to last 6 sts, K6.
ROW 12: repeat ROW 2.
Repeat ROWS 1-12.

Continue until sleeve reaches approximately 9 inches (23cm). Bind off and sew two ends together or use Kitchener’s Stitch to graft two ends together.


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  1. For this project I used Caron Country merino wool blend. The color is Loden Forest. I’ve used other medium weight yarn and it looks just as good. Though I don’t recommend yarn that is fuzzy like an alpaca blend.

  2. Love this pattern. Might be making one for my husband soon. Also, do you know if anyone has a pattern for a sleeve with a bottom? I have an uneven travel mug and would love to make a sleeve that the mug actually sits in.

  3. Dana

    First of all, that is beautiful. Second, what size cup is that in the photo? I was hoping to make this for a tall sized beverage from Starbucks? Would I need to edit the pattern at all to do so? Please advise!

    1. Hi Dana! I’m so glad you like this sleeve pattern. In the picture I used a 16oz or medium/grande size cup. You should not have to edit the pattern for a 12oz or small/tall size. But if you do find that it is too big for a tall size, I would suggest you use a lighter weight yarn.

    1. Thank you for the link, but I think there might be a mistake in the pattern. My sleeve does not have as many cables as your picture does. I’ve cast on 20 sts and followed the pattern exactly. In row 5 I can repeat C8B twice and in row 11 I can C8F only once. In your picture it shows a C8B three times and C8F twice. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be making a video but if you go to my post Very Berry Scarf, you can watch a video on the Kitchener’s Stitch. http://youtu.be/UYvQzBpReH4. Use this only if you started the pattern with “live” stitches. If you do a regular cast on, then all you would have to do is sew them together. Hope this helps!

  4. Holly

    Working on this now using a worsted weight cotton. It’s knitting up very tight so it won’t be as wide as the one pictured. I’m thinking I’ll go up to size 6 needles for the next one as my stitches seem to be a bit tight and difficult to work with.

  5. sydnie9999

    I have a question. Maybe it’s just me, but after I cast on 28sts, I then Knit across the first 28sts. Your Row 2 says to: “ROW 2 and every alternate row: K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2”. I am Knitting in the next two sts then purl in the third across correct? That leaves me with only 1 st at the end. Am I supposed to K2, purl and then Knit in the last 4 sts??? I’m new to knitting, so I’m trying to figure out what I am doing wrong! Any info would be great! Thanks

    1. Purl Avenue

      This basically says: First, knit 2. Now, purl all stitches except the last 2. Then knit the last 2 stitches. In this case, there are 28 sts. Knit 2 leaves 26. You will purl 24 and knit the last 2. You will continue to do this for all even numbered rows. Hope that helps.

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