Happy Handle Coffee Cozy

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It’s time again for teacher gift giving! And from what I’ve seen over my years as a mom, there are two things most teachers love – coffee and gift cards! The Happy Handle Coffee Cozy combines those two, with a special handmade touch to show your gratitude for all their hard work – and it’s the latest free crochet pattern on Moogly!

The Happy Handle Coffee Cozy is the perfect gift for any coffee lover - because a gift card fits right in! Get the free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com

Of course, it isn’t just teachers who like coffee – this cozy is great to gift to anyone who loves a beverage to go… including yourself! It’s quick to whip up and fun to use and give. The handle is just the right size for slipping in a gift card to their favorite coffee shop – and for holding onto your favorite cuppa morning (or afternoon) goodness!

The Happy Handle Coffee Cozy is the perfect gift for any coffee lover - because a gift card fits right in! Get the free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.comDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Happy Handle Coffee Cozy

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Note: This pattern is worked in rows, and then later joined to work in the round.

Row 1: Ch 6, hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each remaining ch to end, turn. (5 sts)

Row 2 – 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn. (5 sts) (Flap made)

Round 6: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, ch 10, join to 1st hdc of round with sl st without twisting. (5 hdc, 10 ch)

Round 7: Ch 1, hdc in each st and ch around, join to 1st hdc with sl st. (15 sts)

Round 8 – 11: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join to 1st hdc with a sl st. (15 sts)

Round 12: Ch 1, hdc in the 1st 4 sts, fold the flap up so that Row 1 is in front of Round 11, as shown below; hdc 5 working through both foundation ch at bottom of Row 1 and Round 11; hdc in remaining 6 sts, break and seamless join to first hdc. (15 sts) Weave in ends.

The Happy Handle Coffee Cozy is the perfect gift for any coffee lover - because a gift card fits right in! Get the free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com

All that’s left is to slip in the gift card! It’s a gift they’re sure to love – I hope you love making it too!

Runs May 23-26, no promo code required.

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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring the yarn for this pattern. Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit theΒ AboutΒ page for details.

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  1. 3

    Okara says

    I like this design! Makes it so much easier. I have made some similar to these and always manage to lose them. Then I worked a few rows of clear elastic into top of my work. No more lost cozies!

  2. 5

    Elsie Palin says


    • 6

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Elsie! No turning from Round 6 on. :) If that’s where the flap lined up for you then that is fine – I imagine tension played a big factor in our different results there.

  3. 7

    Anna says

    Mine did not come out big enough to fit over a travel coffee cup, the picture looks as though you used two strands of yarn? I also had a problem with making the handle as someone stated above, it did not work out the way the pattern states, is there a correction somewhere and I am missing it? Anyway I love the pattern and am going to try it again but adjust it so it will fit a travel coffee cup from Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks

    • 8

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Anna! I used just one strand – the Hometown USA is a super bulky, and these colors are in the “tweed” variety I believe. Did you get gauge? There’s no correction, but different tension levels can affect the lean of the stitches, so you should just crochet into the handle at whatever point it folds up to the top row for you.

    • 9


      Mine didnt come out big enough either, and I missed something about the handle atttaching it at the bottom, but I will adjust and redo! Thanks!

        • 11


          No, I didn’t test for guage first… I am a newbie and just jumped in lol and I used two strands of yarn so I bet all that thru it off plus I think it probably would fit some cups the way I did it, but will increase a bit and see. Thanks so much!

  4. 14

    sandy says

    Is there any chance you could make a video of how to do this?! I do better after seeing something done than reading it.

  5. 16

    Katie Gurney says

    Mind=blown….again! You never cease to amaze me with these patterns. I absolutely love them all. :)

    ~Katie G.

  6. 18

    RhaeAnne says

    I’m not sure, but usually isn’t it ch2 to start a row? I can’t seem to get the handle part to fit a hand.

    • 19

      Tamara Kelly says

      Some people ch 2 to start a row of hdc, I prefer to ch 1 – if you are a ch-2-er, then that’s what you should do! As for fit, have you gotten gauge? If so and your hand is too large for the handle, just add one more row of the flap and one more row in the round before working row 12. :)

  7. 23

    Angel Morgan says

    I am with Sandi. Please do a video tutorial. I am new at reading patterns and i get to the 6th row and loose it. I am going to keep tryimg though. Thanks for the fun idea. I love hdc too.

  8. 27

    Karen Stanley says

    I love this pattern and my sisters will to when I give these to them as gifts, thank you

  9. 29

    terri says

    Hi, I love this pattern, I used two strands of worsted weight yarn and a N hook, mine works great, I did change on the round 7-11 I went the other way, somehow I ended up on the inside if the tube so I just turned it so I felt right LOL. It fits my travel coffee mug great!!! Thanks I see quite a few of these in my friends futures.

  10. 31

    Savvy Sherri says

    I am sorry, but I am confused. Is it an N hook or or 10 mm hook? The N hook is a 9 mm hook isn’t, it?

    • 32

      Tamara Kelly says

      The N is a tricky one! The M/N is 9mm, and the N/P is 10mm – the N is used for both sizes, and it depends on which manufacturer you’re purchasing from. If you have and M and a P then you’ll want the P. :)

      • 33

        Savvy Sherri says

        Thank you. I was really lost on that one. I kept looking at my N hook thinking I was reading something wrong. Thank you. I look forward to making this pattern. Thanks for your help.

  11. 36

    Cheri Perry says

    Just wanted to let you know that every time I tried to use your ‘Printer Friendly” button it would lock up my computer with an Extra long Script for some reason. I just copied and pasted it into a word document. :)

    Great pattern

    • 37

      Tamara Kelly says

      Sorry about that Cheri, glad you found a work around. It’s an external plugin I don’t have any control of, and it doesn’t always seem to play nice!

  12. 38

    Christina says

    my mom is a nurse, and I made one for her, and then her co workers, and then more which were donated to those whom work hard to keep us healthy, couple of Nurses live of the cold frapathingies, so I just added a couple extra stitches, and viola, it worked out perfectly, I took it a step further and added their initials to each so no mix up, it is nice to visit and see them in use and not collecting dust.

  13. 40

    Andi says

    Hi…I seem to be confused, lol.
    For Round 6, I’m confused about where to join and then how to start Round 7. Is there a video tutorial for this yet?

  14. 42

    Kala says

    I love this pattern, making it right now. I had the idea to exchange the handle for a mitten, Just not sure how to adapt it to fix my needs, can you help me?

    • 43

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m not sure exactly Kala, since I haven’t designed it that way. Maybe a wider handle that’s sew closed on one end?

    • 44

      Kristy says

      I was thinking the same thing. A mitten or glove would be great. Maybe one could start with a mitten then sew the cozy onto it.

  15. 45

    Denise says

    I love this idea. Do you have a pattern for this using a smaller hook and smaller yarn? I’m new to crochet and don’t have access to this type of yarn or hook.
    Thank you for any help.

  16. 47


    Just love this pattern. And your tutorial was great ! I know you said you found the pattern on moogly, but I’m selling them on Etsy and giving YOU credit because I watched ‘your tutorial’. Thanks again for a Great idea.

  17. 49

    Poppy Williams says

    Hi there from Georgia!!!
    Thanks very much for this NIFTY idea on coffee or hot tea mug!!!
    I, for one, appreciate it!!!

    Enjoy this day!!

  18. 51

    Kristy says

    I love this idea!!! Especially for teachers who have to have bus duty during the winter! I am so sharing this with my crafty folks! Thank you a ton for sharing your talent!


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