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Simple Crochet Mug Rug FREE Pattern

Crochet mug rugs are some of my favorite things to make because they allow you to practice new stitches and create something more than just a swatch (which I always end up throwing away).

I wanted crochet something as a back to school teacher gift and so I settled on a simple crochet mug rug pattern using a pencil inspired stripe combo!

crochet mug rug

Simple Crochet Mug Rug

Tools and Materials

  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • size 3 yarn, Drops Safran in color 16 (black), color 10 (yellow), color 7 (gray), and color 55 (cerise), see pattern notes for yarn alternative recommendations
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Abbreviations (U.S. Terms)

  • CH/ch – chain
  • HBhdc – herringbone half double crochet
  • st/sts – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over

Pattern Notes

  • The stripes in this pattern are meant to resemble the color scheme of a pencil, the easy 1 row repeat means that you can work this simple mug rug pattern in any stripe combination that you like (or even in a solid color)!
  • Alternative yarn recommendations: Premier Yarns Cotton Fair (Michael’s stores), Fair Isle Harbor Yarn (Joann stores), Yarn Bee Sweet Minis (Hobby Lobby)
  • Turning chains do not count as stitches.
  • Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch Instructions: yo, insert hook into the next st, yo, pull through the st and the 1st loop on your hook, yo, pull through the last 2 loops on your hook (for a video tutorial of this stitch, see the video below by Tamara Kelly from Moogly)

Simple Crochet Mug Rug Pattern

With cerise yarn, CH 21

In this pattern, I recommend crocheting row 1 into the back bump for a more even look and ease of adding fringe later in the pattern.

Row 1: HBhdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, HBhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (20)

Row 2 – 3: HBhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 4 – 7: with gray yarn, HBhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 8 – 17: with yellow yarn, HBhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn

Row 18: with black yarn, HBhdc in each st across

Cut yarn, fasten off, weave in ends.


Cut 40 strands of 4-inch black yarn and 40 strands of 4-inch cerise yarn.

Attach 2 strands of black yarn to each stitch across row 18. Attach 2 strands of cerise yarn to each stitch across the foundation chain.

Check out the video tutorial below by Very Pink Knits for adding fringe.

Pin the image below to save this project for later!

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