Free Pattern: Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy

Remember when I made this grumpy octopus coffee cup cozy back in December? I finally made another one so that I could write down the pattern for you!


Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy
Designed by Twinkie Chan

You guys kept writing to me about posting the pattern, but I never wrote it down! I finally took a moment to re-make one and hash it all out, so now you all have 8 extra hands to hold your coffee!

Materials List

  • Crochet Hook, size H/5.0mm, or whatever size needed to obtain gauge
  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® in Eggplant, or any worsted yarn you prefer as your Main Color (MC) – approx. 45 yards
  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® in White, or any worsted yarn you prefer – approx 5 yards
  • Small amount of black yarn for eyes, or, a small amount of felt plus fabric glue
  • scissors or yarn cutter
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®: 16 sc x 19 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches

Finished Size
Laying flat: 4.75 inches across the top, 4 inches across the bottom, and 2.75 inches tall, not including the legs.

Cozy should safely fit a 12 oz. or 16 oz. paper coffee cup. You want it to be snug enough to stay on a full cup while you hold it, but also loose enough on top to safely get it onto a cup of hot liquid.

ch(s) = chain(s)
prev = previous
rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
[  ] = repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated

Special Stitches
inv dec: invisible decrease.  Insert hook into front loop only of next st, insert hook into front loop only of following st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 2 loops.

I find that the seam will wrap around the cozy less if you begin each in the same st as your ch 1, which is also the same st as the sl st from the prev rnd.

– You’ll be working the coffee cup cozy from top to bottom.
– The right side of your work should show on the outside of the cozy.
– With MC, ch 38. Sl st to 1st ch to form ring, making sure there are no twists in the chain.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 and work 1 sc in each ch. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (38)

Rnds 2-3: Ch 1 and sc evenly around. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (38)

Rnd 4: Ch 1. [inv dec, 1 sc each in next 17 sts] 2 times. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (36)

Rnds 5-6: Ch 1 and sc evenly around.  Sl st to 1st sc to join. (36)

Rnd 7: Ch 1. [inv dec, 1 sc each in next 16 sts] 2 times. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (34)

Rnds 8-9: Ch 1 and sc evenly around. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (34)

Rnd 10: Ch 1. [inv dec,  1 sc each in next 15 sts] 2 times. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (32)

Rnd 11: Ch 1 and sc evenly around. Sl st to 1st sc to join. (32)

Rnd 12:  Ch 1. You will now be adding legs to the cozy. {1 sc each in next 3 sts. Ch 13, sk 1st ch, and along the length of the 12 remaining chs, work [2 sc in the next ch 1 sc in the next ch] 6 times. Sl st into next st on the cozy.} Repeat from { to } 8 times. Then sl st to 1st sc to join.  (Photo 1)

– Break off and weave in all ends.

Photo 1

Eyeballs – make 2

– With White, unravel 8 inches of yarn and then make magic circle, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch form ring.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into ring. (6) Don’t join rounds.

Rnd 2: [(2 sc in next  st, 1 sc in next st] 3 times. (9)

Rnd 3: 1 sc in next 9 sts. (9) Sl st to next sc to join.

– Break off leaving 12 inches of yarn for sewing.

Eyelids – make 2

– With MC, make magic circle, or ch 3 and sl st to 1st ch form ring.

Row 1: Ch 1 and work 4 sc into ring. (4)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Work 2 sc in each st. (8)

Row 3:, Ch 2, turn. Sc evenly across. (8)

– Break off leaving 18 inches of yarn for sewing and weave in the other end.


1. Make sure the right side of the Eyeballs are showing on the outside. Use the 8 inches of yarn as stuffing. Then use the 12 inches of yarn to sew each Eyeball to Octopus. I sew mine on fairly low and wide. (Photo 2)

Photo 2

2. Now sew the Eyelids to the to the top of the Eyeballs. I prefer that the right side of Row 3 of the Eyelids show on the outside, but this is up to your preference. This sewing can be a bit tricky. You want to make sure that Row 3 of the Eyelid stays straight across the eyeball, and the edge of the Eyelid rows are sewn to the Octopus. (Photo 3)

Photo 3

3. Stitch on some little pupils beneath the Eyelids with black yarn or cut out small half circles of felt and glue on.


*The instructions for this project are for personal use only. Please do not copy, re-distribute, or sell these instructions or the items you make using these instructions without my permission. Thank you!*
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114 Replies to “Free Pattern: Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy”

  1. Trisha says:

    So fun to make and will be even more fun to share. Making this for my co-worker for a Christmas gift. Hope I can wait that long!

  2. Claudio says:

    That’s exactly how I feel in the morning without my coffee! Thanks for the pattern. My next gift to me, from me 🙂

  3. Kelly C says:


  4. Pamela Herring says:

    My daughter saw this and said she had to have it. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I do not do well with sewing! The instructions were so clear and concise. Pictures were perfect! I will be making one of this in every color for gifts. Thank you so very much! I love this pattern!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed the pattern :). The worst part is sewing on the eye balls!

  5. Maria says:

    Someone made this and sent them to “The Chew” tv show. They loved them. These are adorable.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Ah wow, That’s so cool! thank you for letting me know!

  6. Shelley Hamilton says:

    Hello. I am wondering if it’s permitted to use this adorable cup cozy for a fund raiser for a local family? Thank you!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Thank you for asking! Yes that’s fine!

  7. Barb says:

    Hello. I love this cozy. My church is having a baked goods and crafts fundraiser soon. Would you be okay with me making and donating a few of these to the project?

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Hi! I’m so sorry that I didn’t see this until now. I’m assuming the fundraiser already occurred, but in the future, you are totally okay to make my projects for donation!

  8. Vivian says:

    Your Grumpy Octopus is adorable! I would like to ask if it would be ok to sell them at craft fairs and on line, giving you credit as the pattern designer.
    Please let me know either way.
    Thank you,

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Hi! Thanks for asking! Yes, it’s definitely okay to sell them, and if you can credit me as the designer, that would be very much appreciated :).

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