Learn how to crochet the Alpine Stitch and make this easy Coffee Cup Sleeve!
[disclaimer]The yarn used to create this pattern was given to me by Yarnspirations.[/disclaimer]
Watch my step-by-step video tutorial to master the Alpine Stitch. Then choose to make the Alpine Stitch Cup Sleeve, following this free pattern, or try my brand-new Veronica Infinity Scarf Pattern; which uses the same stitch.
Alpine Stitch Cup Sleeve Pattern
- Yarn: Yarnspirations. Red Heart Heat Wave Yarn. 100 g (3.5 oz) and 198 yds (181 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight Yarn . Machine wash and dry. Caution: Do not microwave or expose to high frequencies.
- Colors: 2 skeins in Seaweed, and 1 skein in Sandy Shores
- Hook: 6 mm (J). I used this hook.
- Finished Project Yardage: Sleeve: 12 g / 24 yds
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker
Cup Sleeve length approximately 10 inches X 4.25 inches width
Approximately 12 rows per 4 inches (worked in pattern) and 3 sts per inch
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
beg – beginning
BL – back loop
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain 1 space
dc – double crochet
FL – front loop
FPtr – front post treble crochet (aka front post triple crochet)
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
WS – wrong side (back of project)
* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
Helpful Video Tutorials
- Stitch multiple: chain an odd number of chains + 1 for the turning chain
- Color A: Seaweed, Color B: Sandy Shores
- I work in the back bar of the foundation chain because I believe it gives the first row more elasticity. You can work into the back loop of the chain if you prefer.
Alpine Stitch Cup Sleeve Pattern Instructions
The Alpine Stitch Cup Sleeve is crocheted back and forth in rows, before the side edges are seamed together to form the sleeve. The top and bottom edges are added in an alternate color after the project has been seamed.
Using your 6 mm (J) hook (or size required for gauge):
R1: With Color B: ch 24, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [23 sc]
R2: 1 sc in the FL of each sc across. Turn. [23 sc]
R3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 FPtr around the sc beneath the next sc (the sc from R1), sk the sc (from R2). *1 dc in the next sc, 1 FPtr around the sc beneath the next sc (the sc from R1), sk the sc (from R2)**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc. 1 dc in the last sc, turn. [12 dc, 11 FPtr]
R4: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), sk the first st, 1 sc in each dc and in each FPtr across, turn. [23 sc]
R5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next sc, 1 FPtr around the dc beneath the next sc, sk the sc. *1 dc in the next sc, 1 FPtr around the dc beneath the next sc, sk the sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc. 1 dc in the sc, 1 dc in ch1sp, turn. [14 dc, 9 FPtr]
R6: Ch 1, sk the first st, 1 sc in each dc and in each FPtr across, turn. [23 sc]
R7: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 FPtr around the dc beneath the next sc, sk the sc. *1 dc in the next sc, 1 FPtr around the dc beneath the next sc, sk the sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the last sc. 1 dc in the sc, turn. [12 dc, 11 FPtr]
R8: Ch 1, sk the first st, 1 sc in each dc and in each FPtr across, turn. [23 sc]
Finish off after R8, leaving a 12 inch tail of yarn for seaming.
Finishing Instructions for the Main Cup Sleeve
Using a whipstitch, seam the 2 side edges together to create a loop. Weave in any remaining ends.
Top and Bottom Edgings
The edgings are worked in continuous rounds. With the RS (right side) of your working facing you:
Round 1: Join Color A yarn in the stitch beside the seam you created. 1 sc in each sc around. [23 sc]
Round 2: 1 sc in the BL of each st around. Finish off with an invisible join.
Follow the same process to create the second edge of the project.
Finishing Instructions for the Edgings
Weave in any remaining ends.