Hounds Tooth Cup Cozy

Hounds Tooth Cup Cozy to Go

This is a pleasingly, quick and easy knit for a rainy or snowy afternoon. It’s the perfect pattern for a last minute gift.

I was inspired to create this pattern out of necessity. I drink cold beverages all year long even in the dead of winter. I created these cup cozies so my hands would stay warm while the cup could stay cold. The end result has been a versatile product that I’ve used with beverage cans and bottles, as well as warm beverages.

While designing this piece I can’t tell you how many times I took it apart, and started over. I struggled the most with perfecting the correct circumference. Overcoming this produced a Cozy that is tight enough to stay in place, yet easy to slide up the cup.

The most valuable lesson I learned was that the type of bind off I used would be the most important aspect of the design. The finishing stitches are the most visible while using the Cozy. I finally settled on a Portuguese bind off technique that offers a slightly rolled edge with a horizontal knit stitch appearance. Instructions follow the pattern.


  • 2-5oz. balls of 100% Pure Cotton, 1 each of black and olive. I used Lion Cotton by Lion Brand Yarn.
  • 2 – Size 6 circular needles or 4- size 6 double pointed needles, if you prefer.
  • Stitch marker
  • Blunt tipped needle


Cast on 35 stitches with the olive color. Divide these stitches evenly between the circular needles or 3 of the double pointed needles being careful not to twist the stitches.

To join slide the last stitch to the first needle and knit this stitch and the first stitch together. Knit to the end of the round. 34 stitches.

Round 2: Knit 13 stitches, and place stitch marker. Knit to the end of the round.

Round 3: (Increase round): Knit 13 stitches, slip the stitch marker, and k1f&b in the next stitch. Knit to the end of the round. This will create a diagonal slant throughout the piece.

Round 4: (Hounds tooth pattern): Knit the first stitch with the olive, and the next stitch with black. Continue this pattern to the end of the round.

Round 5: (Solid Olive): Knit to the end of the round.

Repeat rounds 3 through 5 until you have until you have 46 stitches when a round 3 is complete. Then knit round 4 & 5 once more. Bind off in the olive color.

Portuguese Bind Off: P1,* slip that stitch back to the left needle and p2tog.* Repeat from *to* until you have 1 stitch left. Cut the yarn long enough to weave in. Pick up a stitch from your first p1 and slip your last stich over the picked up stitch. Pull the yarn through like a noose.

Weave in ends with the blunt tipped needle, and enjoy.

Note: I’ve had pleasing results following the above basic 3 round increase pattern using one ball of a variegated yarn, or improvising other designs such as a Charlie Brown stripe. In addition, 1-5oz ball of yarn can make two cozies with enough left over to combine with another color for a third cozy.

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