Mug Rug

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I often fantasize about what I refer to as “cozy days”.  You know, those days when it’s cold and snowy outside and you’re inside snuggled in front of the fireplace with a blanket, a pair of fuzzy socks, a good book (or crochet project), and a dog on your lap.  What makes the day even better is if you have your favorite mug filled with coffee or hot chocolate next to you.  And, you might as well throw in a couple of cookies since cookies always make things better.

Since everything around you is cozy, your mug needs a cozy place to rest, too, right?  I’ve seen several patterns for quilted mug rugs (which are bigger than a coaster), but thought I’d first try my hand at a crocheted one since I really wasn’t in the mood to drag my sewing machine out.  I found a pattern by Debra at mysantacarvings.blogspot.com.  I changed it up a little, so I’ll tell you how I made mine.

  • 2 different colors of cotton yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar & Cream in red and a Christmas mix)
  • Size H hook
  • Tapestry needle (for weaving in the ends)

Chain 19.

Row 1:  sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across.  Ch 1.  Turn.

Row 2:  hdc in second sc from hook, sc in next sc.  *hdc in next sc, sc in next sc*.  Repeat from * until you reach the end.

Repeat row 2 until you’re happy with the size of the mug rug.  I did somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 rows, but I wasn’t using my stitch counter and lost count.

Border:  sc around the border, using 3 sc in each corner.  Finish off.  Weave in ends.

This is slightly larger than the original pattern and is also a rectangle, rather than a square.  I opted to use two strands of yarn instead of three.  I tried to use three strands, but as I am relatively new to crochet, I found three strands to be too cumbersome.

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A set of these mug rugs would make a great gift, and the color combinations are limitless!

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Santa may find his milk and cookies on this mug rug!

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