The Caroline Mug Rug Crochet Pattern

I have been totally inspired lately to design a mug rug with some stripes. Everyone has been so innovative with adding striped designs and playing with colors with their Penelope Mug Rugs that I couldn’t help but design something that plays off of that idea. Introducing The Caroline Mug Rug!

I knew that I wanted to design a mug rug with the moss stitch because I had so much fun playing around with it designing the Crochet Pom Pom Wall Hanging but was afraid that it would be “too simple” on its own. Adding the striped color detail brought out the detail of the moss stitch so beautifully. This pattern has definitely taught me that experimenting with color can totally change the vibe of a project and has definitely inspired me to step out of my comfort zone more when it comes to color.

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*5.00 mm Crochet Hook

*Weight 4 Cotton Yarn in White and Jute

*Yarn Needle


Yarn Choice

For all of my mug rug patterns I use cotton yarn. Using cotton yarn makes the mug rug super functional because it tends to soak up moisture better than an acrylic yarn. Cotton yarn also gives beautiful definition to the mug rugs and enhances the texture and details. I’m really not a brand snob when it comes to cotton yarn. I usually use Lily Sugar n’ Cream 100% Cotton, but any cotton yarn would work just fine. If you would like to use the yarn I used click here!

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Stitch Key (US Terms)

Ch = Chain

St/sts = Stitch(es)

Sc = Single Crochet

Sk = Skip

Sp = Space

** = Repeat

Special Notes

-The mug rug is worked in rows.

-The ch 1 does not count as the 1st st.

-The last single crochet of the row is placed in the turning ch.

-Repeat what is between the asterisks**

Finished Dimensions: 4 1/2 inches tall x 4 inches wide

Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern.


Ch 20 (secondary color)

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. (For a cleaner edge, sc in the back hump of each ch). Ch 1, turn. (19)

Row 2: sc in the 1st st, *ch 1, sk the next st, sc in the next st* repeat until the end of the row. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc, 9 ch 1 sp)

Row 3: sc in the 1st ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk the next sc st, sc in the next ch 1 sp* repeat across placing the last sc in the turning ch. Switch to primary color. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc, 9 ch 1 sp)

Row 4 – Row 5: Repeat Row 3 in primary color.

Row 6 – Row 7: Repeat Row 3 in secondary color.

Row 8 – Row 13: Repeat Row 3 in primary color.

Row 14 – Row 15: Repeat Row 3 in secondary color.

Row 16 – Row 17: Repeat Row 3 in primary color

Row 18 – Row 19: Repeat Row 3 in secondary color.

Row 20: sc in each ch 1 sp and sc st across, placing the last sc in the turning ch. (19) Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Attaching the Fringe

  • To create the fringe, cut 6 inch pieces of yarn in the secondary color. You will need 3 strands of yarn to complete 1 fringe.

To attach the fringe, grab 3 strands of yarn. Use a large crochet hook and push the hook through the far left foundation ch or sc on either side of the mug rug. Fold 3 strands in half and loop the middle of the strands onto the crochet hook and pull the loop of strands through the chain about 2 inches.

Fold the ends of the strands through the loop.

Tighten to create the fringe.

Repeat for every other foundation chain (or single crochet) on both sides of the mug rug

To finish off the mug rug trim the fringe so it measures roughly and inch to an inch and a half (depending on your preference of length).


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