Free Crochet Mug Rug Pattern – Easy
This free mug rug crochet pattern is super simple to make and works up really quickly! Make a set to give as a gift or use them for your own coffee / tea mugs!
This easy mug rug crochet pattern makes a coaster that is approx. 5″ wide by 5″ high, not including the tassels. You can easily make your mug rug thinner or wider by making less or more starting chains in multiples of 2 + 1 (meaning that your number of starting chains will be an odd number). To make the height of your mug rug smaller or longer, make less or more rows.
Best Yarn for this Crochet Mug Rug
I recommend using a size 4, worsted weight yarn. The thickness of the worsted weight yarn is perfect for holding a mug and also protecting the surface from any heat. You can use acrylic yarn or cotton yarn or really any type of yarn to make this mug rug.
Make a Matching Placemat!
After making these mug rugs, make a matching placemat with this free Easy Placemat Crochet Pattern.
Moss Stitch Mug Rug
This mug rug pattern is made using just basic stitches (chain and single crochet) and when these stitches are combined, it is called the moss stitch (sometimes called the linen stitch or woven stitch). Don’t be afraid, it’s one of the easiest stitches to learn and is very beginner friendly. It’s one of my favorite stitches and I used it in my Moss Stitch Baby Blanket and in my Easy Crochet Bookmark pattern.
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Easy Mug Rug Pattern Details
The pattern creates a mug rug that is approx. 5” x 5” (without tassels).
4” x 4” = 9 sc and 16 rows (following the pattern)
Yarn: Each mug rug requires approx. 35 yds of yarn. I recommend using size 4 worsted weight (either acrylic or cotton) yarn.
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, Solid in the colors Green Lagoon, Plum and Misty Blue. This yarn is medium (4) weight and 100% acrylic. The size is 4.5 oz / 127.5 g. A skein is 285 yds / 260 m.
Crochet Hook Size: G/6 (4.25 mm). You may want to go up one hook size for the starting chains (optional).
Other Materials: scissors, yarn needle and measuring tape. Optional: a piece of cardboard or any object that is 3” wide (to help cut tassels).
The pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using US terminology. If you are more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
ch = chain
st = stitch
sts = stitches
sk = skip
sc = single crochet
How to Adjust the Size
The pattern is made from the chain row up. To make the width of the mug rug bigger or smaller, adjust the number of starting chains in multiples of 2 + 1 (meaning that your number of starting chains should be an odd number). To make the height of the mug rug bigger or smaller, make more or fewer rows.
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How to Crochet a Mug Rug
Easy Crochet Mug Rug Pattern Instructions
If you crochet tightly, you may want to go up one hook size for the starting chains (only).
Start: Chain 23.
For Row 1, work into the back ridge loops of each chain.
Row 1: In the 3rd ch from hook, sc (the space between your chains and the sc creates your first gap space, which will be important in the next row). *Ch 1. Sk the next ch. In the next ch, sc (gap space created).* Repeat from * to * across row. (Your final st is a sc in the last ch of the row). (11 sc made. 11 gap spaces created).
Row 2: Ch 2 and turn. In the 1st gap space from the previous row, sc (gap space created). *Ch 1. In the next gap space from the previous row, sc (gap space created).* Repeat from * to * across row. (Your final st is a sc in the space between the last sc and the first two starting chains from the first row). (11 sc made).
Row 3: Ch 2 and turn. In the 1st gap space from the previous row, sc (gap space created). *Ch 1. In the next gap space from the previous row, sc (gap space created).* Repeat from * to * across row. (Your final st is a sc in the space between the last sc and the two turning chains from the previous row). (11 sc made).
Row 4 and on: Repeat Row 3 until your work measures approx. 5” (approximately 19 rows in total) or until your height matches your width.
All rows have the same number of stitches. You can end after any number of rows. After reaching your desired height, fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Adding Fringe / Tassels
Watch how to add fringe / tassels to your mug rug (and how to trim the ends perfectly!). All the details for the tassels for this Easy Mug Rug pattern are included below this video.
You can also read this guide to How to Add Fringe / Tassels to your Crochet Project with step by step written instructions.
Adding Tassels to the Mug Rug
You will attach tassels to the left and right sides with either the front or back facing you. Place one tassel at the top, one at the bottom and the rest approx. every other row, all spaced evenly apart.
For 19 rows, make 10 tassels for each side (or your number of rows, divided by 2 + 1). Note: You may find you need less or more depending on how they are spaced. Just ensure even spacing between.
Preparing Your Yarn for Tassels
Each tassel has 2 strands of yarn. You will need approx. 40 x 6” strands of yarn for tassels that are 3” long (for fringe / tassels that are approx. 1” long once attached and trimmed). To make the tassels shorter or longer, cut smaller or bigger strands.
Tip for cutting the the strands: find an object that is 3” wide (a piece of cardboard, a notebook, etc) or however long you want your strands, divided by two. Wrap your yarn around the 3” object 40 times. Cut the yarn in half.
Attaching the Tassels
A) Take two strands of yarn, fold them in half and with your hook, pull the folded ends through the stitch (which creates a loop).
B) Pull the ends through the loop.
C) Pull tight to make a knot.
Repeat for each tassel placement.
Trim the strands to make them all one length. I cut mine to be approx. 1”. You can use scissors or you can try this brilliant technique (pictured above) to get perfectly even ends – learn how in this guide on How to Add Fringe / Tassels to your Crochet Project.
And now you have a new mug rug!
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