Lemon Peel Mug Rug Crochet Pattern

Crochet coaster with a cup of tea and a biscuit against a white background.

I shared this mug rug over on Instagram last week and it got such a great response that I decided to type up the pattern. Mug rugs are more than just a coaster with the idea being that they are big enough to fit a drink as well as a small snack like a muffin or cookie.

I’ve been obsessed with the lemon peel stitch recently and it works so well here. It’s a really simple stitch combination of alternating single and double crochets which creates a beautiful texture. If you wanted to dress it up you could also add fringe or tassels but I prefer it without.

This is a very beginner friendly project and it’s a great way to practice a couple of the basic crochet stitches.


  • Lionbrand 24/7 Cotton Yarn
  • 4mm hook
  • Yarn needle, scissors


  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • st/s – stitch/es
  • […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
  • (…) – indicates stitch count at end of row


The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 4.25″ (11cm) x 6.25″ (16cm).
You can easily adjust the finished size by increasing your starting ch and repeating row 2 until you have your desired length.

R1 is worked into the back bump of the starting chain.


Ch 21
R1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across (20)
R2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first st, dc in next. [Sc, dc] across the row (20)
R3-25: Repeat row 2
R26: [Sc] x20 (20)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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