Father’s Day Tutorial: Rugby style Cup Cozy

Posted on: June 14, 2011

You still have time to complete this project before Father’s Day as a gift for your dad.  Really!

I was inspired by men’s rugby striped sweater to create this cozy.  This cozy is knit in the round on four 5 mm double pointed needles so you don’t need to stitch any seams.  It is also a great way to use up leftover yarn.  You can use any type of acrylic yarn such as Red Heart or Bernat.


  • two balls of acrylic yarn in two coordinating tones
  • four 5 mm double pointed needles
  • yarn needle and scissors

Cast on 33 stitches (in your prefered method) and evenly divide these stitches on three needles (11 stitches per needle).  I like long tail cast on because it makes the stitches stretchier.




Knit 5 rows of your first colour.  Make sure that there is no gap between the needles by pulling your yarn tight between needles.

Knit 5 rows of your second colour.  Repeat these two last rows until you have three stripes in the first colour and two stripes in the second colour.

Once you’ve completed the five stripes, cast off.  Weave in the ends.  Voilà!  There you have it!  A cup cozy!

When changing colours, I just carried the yarn across.  If you decide to do that too, be mindful that you don’t pull the yarn too tight because it will make your stitches look gathered.  You can also cut the yarn between rows to make it look neater…it’s up to you.  I wanted to make something quick and easy without lots of loose ends to weave in.

If you don’t have time to make this, this cozy is available for purchase on my Etsy site.


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