My OMG Mug Rug has been gaining some interest for a few weeks now. As I mentioned in my post post titled “Crochet Design: Let’s Talk Filet Crochet“, I wanted to learn this new technique, so I sat down with my graph paper and plotted the OMG Mug Rug. I’ve been using the finished sample for it’s intended purpose and as a photo prop ever since.
So what is a mug rug anyway?
A mug rug is like a little placemat for your favorite mug, sized to include a little place for a snack to compliment your beverage of choice. Most mug rugs tend to fit in the 4×7 to 12×8 size range, but they can be as big or as little as you want.
What you’ll need:
- A ball of “Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread” in the Classic 10 size or any lace weight yarn.
- A steel crochet hook, size 7 (1.5mm) or whatever hook matches the gauge for the yarn you’re using
- Scissors (to cut thread when you’re finished)
Gauge is not important here, however, you will want to crochet tight enough for the finished project to be at least 4 inches by 7 inches.
See links below to order supplies.
Crochet Techniques You’ll Use:
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- tr – treble crochet
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
You will need to be able to follow a chart.
Make sure you read the instructions for each round before beginning each step. I detail how to do the corners after the main pattern of each round.
OMG Mug Rug
Start by using filet crochet to complete the following chart:
OMG Mug Rug Chart (Opens a PDF file of chart)
NOTE: The chart is 28 squares wide and 20 squares tall. To begin, you will chain 88 stitches (85 to frame the bottom and 3 ch which counts as another dc). Since your first row on the chart is completely filled in, you will dc in the 4th ch from the hook and then dc all the way across and turn.
Once you have completed the chart, you will have the base design!
Now you will be working around the outside of the entire Body that you just completed from the chart.
Round 1: Ch 1 and sc around, working a [sc, ch 2, sc] in each corner. End with sl st to first stitch from beginning of the round.
Make sure you sc in every dc on the top and bottom and evenly spaced on the rows along the sides. You should make sure that each side has a multiple of 7 stitches.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc and ch 1 at beginning of round), sk st, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk st; repeat from * around, turning corners by completing a [dc, ch 2, dc] in each corner. End with sl st into 3rd ch at the beginning chains of the round.
Round 3: Ch 1 and sc around, working a [sc, ch 2, sc] in each corner. End with sl st to first stitch from beginning of the round.
Round 4: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, and sc in 2 sc, *ch 2, sk 1 sc, sc in next 6 secs; repeat from * to end, working a [sc, ch 2, sc] in the corner. End with sl st to first stitch from beginning of the round.
Round 5: Ch 2, *tr in next ch2 space, [ch 1, tr] 5 times in same ch 2 space; repeat from * in each ch 2 space to end, working a scallop in the corner space. Ch 2 at end of Round and sl st in end of the previous round.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Lightly steam or iron to block.