12+ Free Knitting Mug Rug Patterns and Tutorials

There are many types of mug rugs, which are small decorative mats designed to protect furniture from hot or cold drinks. They are much like coasters but slightly larger.

They can hold a drink and a small snack.

Mug rugs can be quilted, crocheted, made with plastic canvas, and knitted. This page is full of free knitted rug mug patterns and projects.

These mug rugs provide a cozy feel to home decor, and they are a great first project for knitters as well as fun projects for any skill level.

Materials needed to knit a mug rug

  • Yarn: Cotton yarn is a very popular choice for this project since it is absorbent and durable. Wool or acrylic yarns can also be used depending on the desired texture and look.
  • Knitting Needles: It is important to choose needles that match the weight of the yarn being used. For cotton yarn, a size 7 or 8 needle is most often used.
  • Scissors: These are needed for cutting the yarn
  • Tapestry Needle: This needle is used for weaving in the yarn ends.

When knitting mug rugs, there are many decorative options such as changing yarn colors every few rows for stripes.

It is fun to experiment with different stitch patterns like seed stitch or basket weave which is a great way to create a variety of textures.

Fringe can be added to the short ends for a decorative touch as well.


Yarn choice: Cotton is durable and absorbent which is ideal for mug rugs that will encounter moisture.

Gauge: This is not critical for mug rugs, but keeping stitches even will make for a neat appearance.

Experiment: Try out the various free knitted mug rug patterns below to experiment with sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Knitted mug rugs are quick and easy projects that will make great gifts or cozy additions to your own home decor.

They provide an excellent chance to practice a variety of stitches and techniques on a small scale.

Scroll down to see a multitude of knitted mug rug projects and pick one to enjoy the process of creating something both beautiful and functional! 

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Boho Coaster / Mug Rug Tutorial

The knitting stitch used for these coaster / mug rugs is the linen stitch. Easy On The Tongue

Heart Mug Rug

This free knitting pattern is great for any time of year. It's a small coaster for your coffee mug. Fave Crafts

Holiday Mug Rug Patterns

This blog post features patterns for three fun holiday mug rugs. Briana K Designs

Knit Mug Rug

This mug rug pattern is ideal for using up scrap yarn that you don't want to discard. Even though this mug rug only utilizes the knit stitch, it creates a beautiful textured stitch look. Mama In A Stitch

Leaf Mug Rug

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These easy to knit mug rugs knit up quick in garter stitch and incorporate some basic shaping. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Loop Yarn Mug Rug

The Knitted Mug Rugs pattern includes instructions for two knitted 'mug rug' coasters, one in a ribbed stitch pattern and one in a seed stitch pattern. These finger knitting patterns are intended to help you make use of leftover yarn from larger projects. I Love My Blanket Shop

Merry Mat Mug Rug

The Merry Mat Mug Rug is a quick and easy pattern that's perfect for a quick handmade gift, whether to others or yourself. Handmade by Stacy J

Pumpkin Mug Rugs

A Pumpkin Mug Rug is the perfect project for your hot and cold drinks during fall celebrations. Find crochet and knit tutorials to make your own pumpkin mug rug. Briana K Designs

Reversible Mug Rug

This pattern is for a simple reversible mug mat or coaster, knitted in linen stitch using small amounts of leftover sock yarn, something that sock knitters always seem to have plenty of! by Annmarie Aquino on Ravelry

Rustic Knit Mug Rug

Rustic Knit Mug Rug

Knit a rustic mug rug with this easy free knitting pattern. The textured fabric is so simple to make using medium worsted weight yarn. Christa Co Design

Shamrock Mug Rug

With St Patrick's Day just around the corner here is a fun project and the perfect gift idea - a shamrock mug rug. Dianne Jones Blog

Simple Knit Mug Rug

Simple Knit Mug Rug

Learn to knit an easy garter stitch mug rug with these free instructions. Christa Co Design

Twisted Fringe

Twisted fringe is a great finishing look on table runners, mug rugs, coaster and more. Learn how to make twisted fringe for crochet or knit. Briana K Designs

Waterfall Mug Rugs

This knitted mug rug is a quick knitting project featuring a seed stitch pattern, allowing you to use up leftover yarn from your stash. Two rows of drop stitches and fringe on each side of the rug add a boho look. Mirella Moments

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