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Mug Rug Free Pattern

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So I finally decided to hop on the mug rug bandwagon. My mother came home from a craft fair once in the 90s with a set of mug rugs and she thought they were the greatest thing in the world. We used them for years. So when I saw these girls start popping up in everyone’s feed, I thought to myself, “Self, you gotta make some of these and Mama needs a set!”

So of course I’m sharing the pattern with you here, no frills, just simple and well, pretty! I am going to make some sets to use up my cotton yarn as cotton is easily washed, stain treated, etc. for spills and such. It just seems practical. So here it is:

This pattern is a guide that can easily be made your own depending on tension and yarn. The most important thing is to use your beginning chain to estimate the width of your rug, however many stitches that may be, try to choose an odd number.

About the Lemon Peel Stitch: this stitch is simply alternating between a sc and dc as you work your row, the next row, work the opposite stitch into the previous row’s stitches. sc are worked in the previous row’s dc, etc.


1 Crochet Hook Size I (5.5mm)

1 Skein cotton yarn (I Love This Cotton in solids shown and Lion Brand Comfy Cotton in ‘Chai Latte’ also shown)


Ch 16 (check your width, if you crochet a bit looser than I do, you may want to use less ch, it doesn’t matter how many you use, as long as you like the width and you’re consistent with each rug)

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across (15 st)

Row 2: Ch 1, Turn, *sc, dc* Repeat from * to end (15 st) This is called the Lemon Peel Stitch

Row 3: Ch 2, Turn, *dc, sc* Repeat from * to end (15 st)

Rows 4 – 18: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your rug is the size you prefer. I did 18 rows, but again, if you crochet a bit looser, you may come out with less.

Last Row: Ch 1, Turn, sc in each stitch across (15 st)

Ch 1, cut yarn and pull through to finish

Cut approx. 16 pieces of yarn for fringe, attach them along the edges and unravel for a frayed look.

So there is your jumping off point! Make them your own, color coordinate them with your decor, make sets as gifts…the possibilities…..don’t we love them!?

Enjoy your rugs and Happy Hooking, Hookers!!!!

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  1. Crystal

    Love this thanknyou!

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