The PositiviTea Mug Rug pattern is the perfect introduction to tapestry crochet. The rows are short and it only uses two colours plus there are no ends to weave in as we’ll knot them together at the end to make a fun little fringe (win!).
Mug rugs are more than just a coaster with the idea being that they’re big enough to fit a drink and a small snack – a mini placemat if you will. I chose to use black and white for my mug rug as I think it works well with the simplicity of this design, but no matter what colours you choose, I always recommend using cotton yarn for mug rugs/coasters as I find it a lot more absorbent and easy to care for than acrylic yarn.
If you are unfamiliar with this style of crochet, please make sure to read through the notes section carefully.
- Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn in 2 colours (I used Fiddlesticks Finch 10 ply)
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- BLO – back loop only
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 4.5” x 6.25” (11.5cm x 16cm), not including the fringe, when using the materials listed.
The entire pattern is worked in single crochet in the back loop only and you will be crocheting over the unused colour throughout the pattern including rows that do not require colour changes.
Change colour by drawing the new colour through the last yarn over of the previous stitch. See this post HERE.
The chart is worked from the bottom up and reads from right to left. You will cut your yarn at the end of each row and reattach at the beginning of the row by pulling your yarn through the back loop only of the first stitch and chaining 1. The ch 1 does not count as a stitch. Leave a starting and ending tail of approximately 4″ for the fringe.
I recommend blocking so that your finished piece is flat and even. You can read more about my preferred blocking method further down in this blog post.
Ch 35 – starting in the 2nd ch from hook, follow Rows 1-18 of the chart.
There will be an uneven number of ends on each side. Knot them together as evenly as possible. I had 8 groups of 4 and one group of 3 on the right side and 8 groups of 4 and one group of 5 on the left side. Trim ends to your desired length (mine measure 1.5″ including the knot).
Blocking is the process of introducing moisture to your project in order to manipulate the finished size and shape. It can help fix unwanted curling, define stitches and improve drape.
There are several methods of blocking but I’m only going to talk about steam blocking as that’s what I’m most comfortable with. Steam blocking works great for small pieces such as mug rugs, wall hangings and granny squares.
- Garment steamer
- Blocking mat (I use a large foam mat)
- Rust proof pins
- Tape measure
Pin your project to the blocking mat in the shape that you want. I find it helpful to use a tape measure to make sure that all the sides are even.
Hold your garment steamer above your work (approximately 1/2″) and move it slowly backwards and forwards over your entire piece until it is damp.
Once your work is damp enough, allow to cool and dry completely.
If you enjoyed this pattern, you can find more home decor patterns HERE.
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