Forest Folk Cup Cozies

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Today we have probably the cutest knitting pattern I’ve ever seen. Nothing makes me want to curl up with a hot drink like these adorable animal cup cozies! Pick your favorite forest friend and get knitting with this free pattern from Simplicity.

Forest Folk Cup Cozies

Designed by Alexandra Davidoff

Knit Woodland CozySkill Level: Intermediate

SIZE: One size to fit most coffee cups

Circumference: 7″ [17 cm]
Length: 4.75″ [12 cm]

#4 worsted weight yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (100% wool, 8 oz [227 g], 465 yards [425 m], Color 123 Oatmeal
Approximately 1 oz [30 g], 50yds [46 m] for each cozy.
Small amount of additional yarns for embroidery – Fox: orange, white, black; Raccoon: gray, white, black, green; Owl: brown, yellow, white, black

Boye® US size 6 [4mm] double pointed needles, set of 5

foxStitch markers (one of a different color to indicate beg of rnd)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

With Boye® US size 6 (4mm) needles in Stockinette stitch in the round: 22 sts & 24 rnds = 4″ [10cm] *Take time to check gauge*

—bind off; CO—cast on; K—knit; P—purl; pm—place marker; rep—repeat; sl—slip; sm—slip marker; st(s)—stitch(es); wyif—with yarn in front

owl 2/1 RC (2 over 1 right cross): Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, k1, k2 from cable needle


CO 50 sts. Divide sts evenly among 4 needles. Join for working in the round (rnd), being careful not to twist sts; place marker for beg of rnd.
Rnds 1-4: *K3, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 5: *2/1 RC, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 6-8: *K3, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 9: *2/1 RC, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 10: (K3, p2) six times, pm, k18, pm, p2.

raccoonNote: On all following rounds, slip markers as they present themselves.

Rnd 11-12: (K3, p2) six times, k18, p2.
Rnd 13: (2/1 RC, p2) six times, k18, p2.
Rnds 14-20: (K3, p2) six times, k18, p2.
Rnd 21: (2/1 RC, p2) six times, k18, p2.
Rnds 22-24: (K3, p2) six times, k18, p2.
Rnd 25: *2/1 RC, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 26-28: *K3, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 29: *2/1 RC, p2; rep from * around.
Rnds 30-31: *K3, p2; rep from * around.

BO all stitches. Weave in ends.

Follow the chart and embroider Fox, Raccoon, or Owl with Duplicate Stitch technique by covering each knit stitch as follows: Bring the needle up below the stitch to be worked. Insert the needle under both loops one row above and pull it through. Insert it back into the stitch below and through the center of the next stitch.


Which of these animal designs do you like best?


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  1. Sandee Spackman says

    I LOVE red foxes!!!!! My husband really wants a racoon cozy now. I will now be figuring out how to crochet these adorable critters. ♡♡♡♡

  2. Staci says

    They are all adorable. If I was to choose only one it might be the raccoon. I think the little bandits are cute. But then, I love the wisdom of the owl and the craftiness of the fox. Oh my! It is hard to choose only one……. I guess I’ll have to have them all.

  3. Catherine McClarey says

    Probably my favorite of these cozies would be the fox. I don’t knit, but I suspect I could probably make something similar in Tunisian crochet, and cross-stitch the animal design on top, like people used to do with afghans in Grandma’s day?

  4. KittenWithAWhiplash says

    Well, they are all cuter than the law allows, and they are are stealing my heart away, but I’m going to choose the rascal with the bandist’s mask.

  5. Margaret Cook says

    I love the main color of the cozy! What a gorgeous tweed look! Of the animal patterns, the fox is my favorite. I like the way the colors coordinate. I think the lines of the fox are much clearer and the face as a whole stands out more from the cozy background. But, don’t get me wrong, they are all gorgeous!

  6. Adriana says

    They are all so adorable, my favorite would depend on my mood and outfit that day. We need four more designs though.

  7. Virginia Huxel says

    I love all the patterns pictured but I have to admit that my Grandmother loved owls and instilled that love of ANYTHING OWL in me. Every time I see an I remember her and it makes me miss her all the more. But mostly it just puts a smile on my face remembering all the owl decor in Nanny’s home.

  8. Dori Knope says

    This is a great prize! I work in Early Intervention, driving to the homes of children under three years with developmental delays. Some days are cold!!! The warmer for coffee would be great to make and keep that coffee warm, and the children will enjoy seeing the cute animals!!! Sometimes I knit/crochet for them (especially those in need), and the little animals will be fun motifs. I’m sure they will love the owl best…it’s my favorite!

  9. Sonya says

    I like them all but since I have to choose just one, I’ll go with the wise old owl! Owls seem to be popular right now and I think they’re cute.

  10. Victoria Spofford says

    All of your designs are adorable – but if I had to choose, I’d say the fox. That little cutie definitely caught my eye 🙂

  11. Janet says

    I love the fox. I just finished a “what the fox says” hat and scarf for my son that would be a great compliment to he set!

  12. Jennifer Fishburn says

    I love the fox best. I have two friends who like foxes and owls, so this is a perfect trio for the three of us!

  13. Audrey smith says

    Love the little rascally raccoon! But all three are really cute. Will make for my sons for Christmas as both are on the road all the time in their jobs and both travel with coffee!

  14. Linda Goldsmtih says

    I really like the racoon. I think it’s so cute. I always watch the racoons come on my deck to steal the dog food. They’ll hang upside down from the railing and grab the food.

  15. LBJ says

    So hard to choose. I like the fox design, but I’m not partial to orange. I like the raccoon, ’cause raccoons are so cute. But I like the owl, ’cause owls are really cool!

  16. Sharon Forzley says

    Though all of the patterns are adorable, I would have to say that my favorite is the owl! I MUST try make one of these!

  17. Ramona Vogland says

    Love them all. They will make great gifts. Going to make them & give with some coffee beans in a net bag. Can’t wait to start

  18. Jackie says

    I’ve always liked raccoons, so that’s my choice. They have such wonderful, expressive faces and that’s shown even on this item!

  19. Michele Knechtel says

    I would make them all! If I had to pick only one, I think it would be the Owl. However, all three may just be on my “Christmas Gifts to Knit” list!

  20. Trish says

    I am just learning to knit. I crochet but so far for knitting I have only done dish cloths. I love doing graphs with crochet and I really can’t wait until I can do it with knitting. These are so cute. I am really in love with the fox one 😀

  21. Teresa says

    All three are absolutely darling, but my favorite is the owl! <3 Thank you for sharing these beautiful patterns. Maybe the owl will inspire my daughter to want to learn to knit since she loves owls, lol!

  22. Nancy says

    I have to choose the raccoon as my favorite because I had an encounter with one just like the lady in the TV commercial except that I let it in the house and it spent the night sleeping on a kitchen chair. Needless to say the next morning, with glasses on, I was shocked by my overnight guest. He however was quite nonchalant and walked right over to the door to be let out. Neither one of us thankfully was any worse off for the encounter!

  23. Jenny says

    I love all of them, but personally I love the red fox. I just made my daughter a red fox hooded cowl. We would be matchy!!!

  24. Janet G says

    It’s a tie between the fox and the raccoon. The colors on the fox are what drew my attention to it, and well, the raccoon is just plain cute! 🙂

  25. Kelly Jean Curto says

    Love all three, but I am going to alter the pattern to look like a wolf, because that is where my heart is. I am also knitting socks and headbands with this.

  26. Frances Conwell says


    Since the Fox reminds me of the scary fox head shawls that women wore during my childhood, and I see the rodent in Raccoons, I am voting for the OWL.

  27. Margaret says

    I love them all, but the raccoon is my favorite!! I think I will stitch up a couple in sc (crochet) and see how they look. I might just have to make a scarf or lovey out of them!!

  28. Wendi says

    I like the racoon pattern better…but only by one stitch better than the fox!

    When I was little I was camping with my family and a racoon hopped up on the picnic table and stole my Mom’s bathing suit top.. we all (well not Mom) thought it was hilarious!

  29. Catherine says

    If you had just had a penguin, I could have kept everyone in the family happy. I’d have to side with the raccoon as the cutest just because you don’t see a lot of patterns for them. The problem is I know my son would want that one and I’d get another fox for my collection.

  30. Barbara Liedtke says

    I really love the little fox. We used to have them in our back yard (an entire den which they shared among 4 or 5 mama foxes and their families. Always have enjoyed watching them (while I knit!)

  31. Stacy Dehnel says

    I like the owl pattern because it reminds me of my Grandpa who passed away a couple of years ago. His favorite animal was the owl, so anytime I see owl stuff I think of him. If he were still alive, I’m sure I’d be finding a way to make him one (or several, lol) of these. I <3 yarn!

  32. cindyzs/freespiritczs says

    they are all so adorable! but i will have to go with the fox since it seems the easiest and i dont know how to knit….yet! 🙂 plan on learning!!! 🙂

  33. Chris says

    At he owl is my favorite, but I’ll probably do the raccoon first for my husband. The raccoons drove him crazy at our last house haha.

  34. Susan Hall-Amado says

    They are all adorable however, I am most fond of the fox. We had a family of them living under our tractor shed all summer. The pups would come on our veranda for a visit while we had our coffee. They are the cutiest little things.

  35. Nicole Smith says

    I like the fox. The oatmeal and orange are really good together. Thanks for these patterns. This is a nice thing you guys are doing this week. I’m not saying this to win, although it would be nice ♡ #StitchItForward

  36. Carol Wheeler says

    We are big fans of owls and foxes in our house…I’ve made a lot of owls, so I’m trying some foxes next!

  37. Jennifer says

    Definitely the fox! I have many family members with that last name so it’s perfect! And the owl is ideal for my daughter, who’s totally into them right now!

  38. Pat McKimmon says

    I like the fox. The fox is noted to be adaptable which fits our work in Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks. We teach skiing and snowboarding to people with disabilities. We are a totally volunteer organization.

  39. Elizabeth Sheehy says

    I’m making the owl for my niece – it’s the mascot of her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College. She managesa pottery shop and will make herself a custom mug to match!

  40. Rebecca Mayhew says

    That adorable little fox is going to make me face my fears of the twin needles, and finally learn how to knit! (After 18+ plus years of avoiding those needles so I could use a crochet hook instead, just so you know! )

  41. Donna B says

    I like them all, but if I had to choose only one, I’d say the raccoon just because I think they’re so cute IRL.

  42. haley metcalf says

    Think I will have to make all three of these patterns, two will be teacher gifts and then I can keep the cute foxy one for myself.

  43. Alana Blakely says

    I love the racoon pattern. I have a cousin who married a man with the last name Coon. I may make her one for Christmas.

  44. Ronnie says

    I think they are all adorable- but for some reason the owl is speaking to me! Maybe as I get older, I would like to think I am wiser, like the owl ; )

  45. Terri L says

    I like them all, but the racoon is my favorite. My first pet was a racoon named Queenie. We lived on a farm at the time. It was a baby and needed love 🙂

  46. Brittany says


    These are amazingly cute. However, I am confused how to do the embroidery of the animals. Is there a way you could provide a close up picture of one as well as step-by-step pictures of the embroidery?

    Thanks! 😀

  47. Edgej says

    The cup cozies are adorable, I read that they are worked in worsted weight, my question is about the number of cast on stitches, 50 seems to be an awful lot wouldn’t it be more like 30? Thank you.

  48. Robyne Ousman says

    Hi I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to get maybe a silhouette of a french bulldog on your pattern of the cozie. I think they would be a great fund raiser for our auctions. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

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