Back to Basics Quick Coffee Sleeve

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The Back to Basics Quick Coffee Sleeve is a free pattern that is crocheted in Medium Weight Yarn [4] with a 5.5 mm (I) hook. This very easy crochet pattern is worked back and forth in rows before being seamed.

The simple crochet rib stitch adds texture and creates a stretchy fabric that can fit on many different sizes of coffee cups. This sleeve will also fit easily onto water bottles and cold drink cups.

My children love to use them when they get ice cream sundaes too; it lets them hold onto their treats without getting cold fingers.

If you love working the rib stitch, you will also enjoy my 2021 Back to Basics Scarf, Hat and Earwarmer patterns.

Quick Coffee Sleeve Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

Back to Basics Quick Coffee Sleeve Pattern


  • Yarn: Red Heart Roll With It Tweed (affiliate link) 150 g (5.29 oz) and 296 yds (271 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash in cold water, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat.
  • Colors: 1 skein Stormy Blues (E888-9884)
  • Hook: 5.5 mm (I) Furls Streamline. (affiliate link)
  • Finished Project Yardage: Coffee Sleeve: 11 g (0.39 oz) and 22 yds (20 m).
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level


Finished Size

Rectangle size before assembly without being stretched.

Cup sleeve length approximately 7.25 inches X 3.5 inches height.


Approximately 14 rows dc per 4 inches and 12 sts per 4 inches

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

BL – back loop

ch – chain

g – grams

m – meters

oz – ounces

R – row

rem – remaining

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

st/sts – stitch/stitches

yds – yards

* 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 Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain


Multiple of 1 (plus 1 for the turning chain) (Understanding Stitch Multiples)

When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.

To add one inch of height, increase the starting chain by 3. 

You may customize the length by repeating R2 as many, or as few, times as you wish.

Quick Coffee Sleeve Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

Back to Basics Quick Coffee Sleeve

This project is crocheted lengthwise back-and-forth in rows.

Using your 5.5 mm (I) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 12, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.  [11 sc]

R2-R26: 1 sc in BL of each sc across. Ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions for the Back to Basics Quick Coffee Sleeve

Finish off leaving a 6-inch tail of yarn for seaming.

On a flat surface, fold your project in half bringing the first and last rows together and lining up the stitches. Thread your yarn end on a yarn needle and work through both layers; whipstitch (view tutorial here) once for each stitch. I worked under the back loop from the last row and both loops from R1. 

Once you have finished seaming the side of the cup sleeve, weave in any remaining ends securely.

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Quick Coffee Sleeve Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

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