Crochet Christmas mug cozy free patterns

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Add some holiday cheer to your favorite drink with a Christmas mug cozy. These cozy creations are not only practical but also a fun and festive accessory for your mug.

With this free crochet pattern, you can make a bunch and use them as a stocking filler and Christmas gifts for friends and family!

Scroll down for the free crochet pattern, and learn about the materials and information on stitches!

crochet Christmas mug cozy free pattern

These crochet Christmas mug cozies are part of the Christmas Advent Calendar we are hosting on the blog. Throughout December we are sharing 24 brand new patterns with you!

Today’s new pattern is these adorable mug cozies!

Related post: Crochet Advent Calendar- 24 new free crochet patterns

More free crochet patterns for the holidays

In case you missed the previous 5 patterns you can check them out!

Day 1: Crochet hexagon stocking for beginners– one simple hexagon becomes a festive stocking!

Day 2: Crochet Christmas tree pt holders– Wanna have a Christmas tree in your kitchen? Here is an adorable pot holder to cheer you up!

Day 3: Crochet Christmas baubles for beginners– Easy and quick Christmas ornaments made from a rectangle!

Day 4: Crochet Christmas tree kitchen towel– A kitchen towel to go with your Christmas tree pot holders! Makes a perfect Christmas gift!

Day 5: Crochet NO SEW bear– An amigurumi that requires no sewing!

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How to crochet a Christmas mug cozy?

Crochet mug cozies are some of the easiest patterns to begin with. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter these patterns are fun and quick to make!

First, we will crochet the base for our mug cozy. It is a narrow rectangle! we will wrap it around the mug.

Later, we will add some embellishments such as the Santa face and the Elf face.

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ch(s)- chain(s)

sc- single crochet

hdc- half double crochet

dc – double crochet

sl st- slip stitch

FO- fasten off

rep – repeat

**- repeat the stitches in the ** indicated times

rnd- round

Materials needed

Worsted weight yarn – I used cotton yarn by Hobbii- Cotton 8/8 in colors, beige, black, white, green, yellow, red, grass green. The amount used is around 30 gr per mug cozy.

Safety eyes- 8 mm (optional). You can use small black beads or buttons!

crochet hook size 4mm

Tapestry needle


Hot glue gun ( Optional ) if you prefer to use a hot glue gun instead of sewing the embellishments to the base.

Crochet Christmas mug cozy

Crochet Christmas mug cozy pattern

The finished size of my mug cozy is 7cm x 25cm.

The base for each mug cozy is the same. Only the colors are different for each one. Here are the colors used.

  • For Santa Claus, use red color yarn.
  • For the elf use green and beige color yarn. When you are crocheting the elf, alternate both colors in every row.
  • For the Grinch use green color yarn.

Crochet mug cozy base

Row 1: with ch37, 1 hdc in second ch from the hook, 1 hdc in each st across.

Row 2-8: ch1, 1 hdc in each st across. ( 36 sts ) Do not fasten off. ch15, sl st to the corner st of row 1.

Take a long piece of yarn. Insert your hook in the corner stitch of row 8 at the other side of the mug cozy, ch 15 sl st into the corner stitch of row 1.

Crochet Santa mug cozy free pattern

Santa Claus embellishment

For the face, use skin color yarn like beige.

FACE- With beige color yarn

Start with MR and make 6 sc into the ring.( 6 sts )

Rnd 2: * 2 sc in next st * rep 6 times ( 12 sts )

Rnd 3: * 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st * rep 6 times ( 18 sts )

In round 4 and round 5, work the first 10 sts in the Back loop only, then continue working the rest of the stitches normally.

Rnd 4: * 1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st * rep 6 times ( 24 sts )

Rnd 5: 1 sc in each st around ( 24 sts )

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Now we will form the beard.

BEARD – with white color yarn

Here we will work into back loop stitches we did in rnd 4 and 5. Take the white color yarn, insert your hook in the first st of row 5, * ch9, sl st in next st * rep 9 times. ( 9 in total )

Repeat the same for round 4. For the second layer, you will have less ch9 because we increased stitches in this round.

how to make a beard for crochet Santa applique
how to make a beard for crochet Santa applique

EYES– for the eyes I used 8 mm safety eyes. They do not affect the mug’s cozy placement on the cup at all. If you wish, you can make them with a tapestry needle and black yarn as well. Or you can use small black beads or buttons!

Santa Clause’s hat- with red color yarn

Take the red color yarn, insert your hook into the first st, next to beard, work 1 sc into the same st, 1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 1 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 3 sts. Fasten off.

Mustage- with white color yarn

Ch12, 1 sl st in the second ch from the hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sl st in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sl st in next st. Leave a longer tail for sewing and making the brows.

For the hat’s pom pom.

With white color yarn

Insert your hook in the middle of the 3 dc sts we did for the hat, 1sc, hdc,dc,hdc,sc all in the same st. Fasten off.

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Christmas mug cozy- Elf free pattern

Elf embellishment

The elf’s face, eyes, hat, and pom pom are the same as Santa’s. Only for the hat use green color yarn instead of red color.

Crochet Elf’s ears.

ch7, 1 sc in second ch from hook, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next, 1 sc in next st, 1 sl st, continue on the opposite side, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st. Fasten off. Leave a longer tail for sewing.

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Christmas mug cozy- Grinch embellishments

Crochet Grinch eyes (make 2)

-with black color

Row 1: Start with a MR and make 3 SC into the ring. FO.

Take the yellow color yarn

Insert your hook in the first stitch of row 1 and pull a loop, CH 3, DC in the same stitch, 3 DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the last. FO.

Eyebrows (make 2)

-with black color

First eyebrow: CH 11, SC in 2nd from your hook, 3 SC in next, SC in each of remaining chains. FO.

Second eyebrow: ch11, sc in 2nd from hook, sc in each st to the last 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st. FO. Leave a longer tail for sewing.

Grinch nose:

I used a tapestry needle and green color yarn to make the nose. Shape the nose as a triangle and fill it, using the yarn needle and the yarn. Here is a short video tutorial on how I make the face of my Grinch keychains. The method is the same.

Grinch mouth:

Using black yarn and tapestry needle make 3 lines to form the mouth.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I did sharing it with you.

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How to customize your mug cozy

This pattern is super versatile, so you can turn the Santa and Elf embellishments into a Christmas garland or use them as Christmas tree ornaments. You can turn the mug cozies into a cup cozy.

If you would like to turn them into cup cozies, change the starting chain number from 37 to 27 and work it in a round, or join it after you crochet the whole piece.

Related post: Crochet Trio Cup cozy

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I can’t wait to see your finished crochet mug cozies. Happy sharing!

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