How to Knit Mug Rugs

Posted by Heidi Gustad
Learn how to make a set of rug-inspired coasters. This project is perfect for beginning knitters, and there are even videos to help you get through your first knitting project!

These easy mug rugs are the perfect beginning knitting project. We're calling them mug rugs, but they are essentially just coasters designed to look like rugs (get it?). The fringe on the edges adds that little extra detail making them funky, retro and a totally adorable addition to your desk or living room!


  • Patons Classic Wool Roving Yarn
  • US size 10 knitting needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook (for adding fringe & weaving in ends)
  • tapestry needles (optional - for weaving in ends)

Cast On

Cast on 15 stitches using the beginner knitting cast on below.


Knit across your cast on stitches and each row of your work, turning it as you go. Knit 25 rows. Not sure how to knit or turn your work? This video will walk you through it!

Bind Off

After you've knit 25 rows, bind off all of your stitches. Cut your yarn and weave in your ends. When you see the phrase "weave in your ends" in a knitting pattern or tutorial, that means you can use a tapestry needle to sew the tails of your project into the knitting you've done, or you can use a crochet hook to pull the ends through it if you prefer.

Add Fringe

While you don't have to add fringe to your project, it really helps add some visual interest to your mug rug, and it gives you a chance to incorporate more color into your project. To add the fringe, simply cut several pieces of yarn so they're all the same length. Then, using a crochet hook, pull a folded-in-half piece of yarn through a loop on the edge of your work, pulling the tails through the middle of the yarn to secure. If you're more of a visual learner, I've got another video below that walks you through how to add fringe to any knitting project.

And that's it! Make as many or as few of these cute little coasters as you like! If you feel like you've mastered the knit stitch and want to tackle a scarf next, all you have to do is keep working your knit stitch rows beyond the 25 required for this pattern. When the scarf is as long as you like, bind off, add fringe, and you've got yourself a handmade accessory!