Crochet Checkered Mug Rug

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This crochet checkered mug rug pattern is so cute and so fun to make! It is a super quick project and can be made in under an hour, making it a perfect last minute gift. Not only is is a cute decorative piece, but it also has a purpose! You can use it as a coaster to protect your table surfaces from your drinks. It’s a great scrap yarn crochet project because it only uses 20 grams of yarn. And if you choose the correct yarn, which I will go more in depth on, you can protect your tables from both cold and hot drinks!

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Functional Decor

These mini rugs are so cute to place on your coffee table or desk as decor and use as coasters! I love crochet coasters because you can make fun shapes, patterns, and colors while protecting your desk.

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Yarn & Alternatives

If you intend to use these decorative crochet coasters, you should carefully select the fiber for your yarn. The two main things to consider are absorbency for cold drinks and heat resistance for hot drinks. I would recommend either a cotton or wool yarn because these natural fibers are great at absorbing water and can withstand high heat.

While the yellow mug rug was made with Capri Eco Cotton by Loops and Threads, the green and pink ones are made with Premier Just Cotton yarn in “Sage” and “Dusty Rose.”

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Video Tutorial

You can follow along with my YouTube video to crochet your very own checkered mug rug! I have timestamps included to section the video and help you jump to any point you need to!

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Materials

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Note: I will refer to the yellow yarn as MC and the white yarn as CC.

Dimensions

9.5 centimeters wide x 12.5 centimeters long

Gauge

10 rows of 21 double crochets makes a 10 x 10 centimeter square

Notes and Tips

  • This pattern is written using US crochet terms
  • The chain 2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a double crochet
  • Carry the two yarns under the stitches throughout the ENTIRE row (even the end) to reduce the number of loose ends and keep the thickness consistent.
  • Use a larger hook to make the fringe

Abbreviations

CC: contrast color

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

MC: main color

rep: repeat

sk: skip

st: stitch


Foundation

With MC, make a slipknot and ch22 (or desired width, must be a [multiple of 4] + 2).

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Row 1

sk2 ch, dc in each of next 4 ch, *change to CC, dc in each of next 4 ch, change to MC, dc in each of next 4 ch* rep between ** until end (20 dc, 12 in MC and 8 in CC)

Row 2

ch2, dc in each of next 4 st, *change to CC, dc in each of next 4 st, change to MC, dc in each of next 4 ch* rep between ** until end, change to CC (20 dc, 12 in MC and 8 in CC)

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Row 3

ch2, dc in each of next 4 st, *change to MC, dc in each of next 4 st, change to CC, dc in each of next 4 ch* rep between ** until end (20 dc, 8 in MC and 12 in CC)

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Row 4

ch2, dc in each of next 4 st, *change to MC, dc in each of next 4 st, change to CC, dc in each of next 4 ch* rep between ** until end, change to MC (20 dc, 8 in MC and 12 in CC)

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Rows 5 – 12

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

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Fringe

Cut 20-8cm pieces in MC and 20-8cm pieces in CC.

In groups of 2, attach the MC pieces to the edge of CC squares, with 2 per square.

Repeat with CC pieces to the edges of MC squares.

Now, you have your very own crocheted mug rug!

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