Simple Fringed Mug Rug – Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

Crochet a simple fringed mug rug. Perfect for beginners, this easy free crochet pattern features the single crochet stitch and has no ends to weave in!
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If you’re following along in our Newbie Series — hooray! You’ve made it to Day 3 and are about to start your very first crochet pattern, a two-toned fringed mug rug. Making stuff is the whole reason you’re taking this mini-course, right? After today, there’s a whole lot more stuff to make! This coaster is just the first of the 14 beginner crochet patterns we’ll be tackling this month!

And if you’re not a newbie and you just love mug rugs, heyyy! 🙋🏼‍♀️ I’ve rounded up 16 cute coaster and mug rug patterns for people just like you!

two balls of blue yarn, a fringed mug rug, and a purple crochet hook with text overlay "beginner friendly fringed mug rugs - free crochet pattern from: you should craft"

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Why a Fringed Mug Rug?

Some of you newbies might be wondering – why mug rugs? why now?

Like everything in this series, there’s a method to my madness! I picked these sweet fringed mug rugs as our first project becauseeee:

✔️ there are no ends to weave in
✔️ the fringe covers potentially wiggly beginner edges
✔️ they are quick, easy, and perfect for practicing those single crochet stitches
✔️ they’re handy and make great gifts (who doesn’t want a handmade present?!)

Day Three Objectives

After completing today’s lesson, you’ll be able to:

  • follow a simple pattern
  • read a simple stitch chart
  • add simple fringe
  • crochet a set of fringed mug rugs for everyone you know

Wishing you had a 30-day mini course for newbie crocheters, featuring streamlined supplies, thoughtful objectives, and super cute patterns? Sign up here! ⬇️⬇️

The Tools

This is the first day where it matters which hook(s) and yarn you choose.

Cotton yarn is the best for kitchen-type projects (like coasters, dishcloths, and potholders) because it’s durable, absorbent, and heat resistant. My favorite cotton is Dishie from WeCrochet, which is soft, inexpensive, and has excellent stitch definition. I used the Blue and Azure colorways for my sample mug rugs.

You’ll also need *both* of your crochet hooks – the H 5.0 mm and the J 6.0 mm. Cotton yarn doesn’t stretch as much as acrylic, so we use the larger hook to crochet our starting chain. Then, we switch to the smaller hook for our single crochets.

Share your Fringed Mug Rugs!

I love seeing what you’ve crocheted! Whether you’re participating in the 30-day Newbie Series or not, use #YSCNewbie to show off your WIPs and finished mug rugs!

Regardless of your social media preferences, be sure to tag me (@youshouldcraft) in your posts so I can drool over your projects and re-share your work in my stories and on my feed!

And if you’re a Facebook person, share your work and connect with other crocheters in The You Should Craft Crochet Community FB group!

three blue mug rugs on a white background with the text "simple fringed mug rugs - free beginner crochet pattern - you should craft"

Supplies / Materials

  • 25 yards of Dishie cotton (two colors)
    • or 25 yards of your favorite worsted weight (#4) cotton yarn
  • H 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • J 6.0 mm crochet hook (both of my hooks are from the WeCrochet Bright Hook Set)
  • Scissors
  • Credit card or gift card (for measuring fringe)

NOTE: My friends at WeCrochet provided the supplies for the Newbie Series.

Size / Gauge

Gauge doesn’t matter for this project, but 4 x 3.5 inches = 16 rows of 15 sc

Finished mug rugs are approximately 5 x 3.5 inches (without fringe)

Abbreviations and Techniques

NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Fringed Mug Rug Video Tutorial

Stitch Chart

We’ve looked at the first four rows in our previous tutorials, but here’s the full stitch chart for the fringed mug rug.

fringed mug rug stitch chart

Fringed Mug Rug Pattern

With your main yarn color, ch 19 with a J 6.0 mm hook

Switch to an H 5.0 mm hook

ROW 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc across. (18)

ROW 2 – 16: ch 1, turn. sc across. (18)

Trim your yarn leaving a tail of approximately 3 inches. Use your crochet hook to pull the yarn all the way through the last stitch (see picture below).

hand pulling a purple crochet hook on top of a light blue swatch

Adding Fringe

  • a.) Holding the strands from both colors of yarn in your hand, wrap it around a gift card eight times. Trim yarn with scissors. This will create enough fringe strips for one side of the mug rug.
  • b.) Insert your hook into the corner of the mug rug. Loop two strands of fringe onto the hook and pull it through.
  • c.) Cross the fringe over the front of the crochet hook and use the hook to pull the fringe through the loop. If there is a yarn tail in this corner, include it in this step
  • d.) Repeat this process a total of eight times per side. Trim your fringe as desired

NOTE: If you want super even fringe, you can use a ruler and a rotary cutter.

Y’all! Pat yourself on the back because you’re done with your first ever crochet project! Keep it, frame it, use it, or make a whole set for your bestie. You do you, booboo!

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