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These easy Tunisian mug rugs are a great first project if you are hoping to learn Tunisian crochet!

This year one of my goals is to go through the older crochet patterns on my blog a spruce them up a little!

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Tunisian crochet simple stitch mug rugs

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided to rework these easy Tunisian crochet mug rugs.

These crochet mug rugs are worked in the Tunisian simple stitch. If you are new to Tunisian crochet, this is a great stitch to start out with. It’s easy to work and a great stitch to get you used to holding and working with the longer Tunisian crochet hook.

purple mug rugs crochet in Tunisian simple stitch

The Design:

These easy Tunisian crochet mug rugs are worked using only a small amount of yarn. If fact, one 1.5 oz ball of crochet cotton is enough to make 4 mug rugs!

The mug rugs are made by simply crocheting a small swatch of simple stitch. Afterward you will add a simple edging and then cross stitch a heart into the top.

In the earlier version of the pattern (Tunisian Crochet Heart Coasters and Hot Pad – A free Pattern), I made two squares that were joined together to make the rug extra thick.

These ones have a much simpler construction.

close up of easy Tunisian crochet mug rugs

PDF Copies also available:

PDF copies of this pattern are also available in my Etsy and Ravelry shops. If you would like to purchase one, you may do so through the links below:

Click here for the Easy Tunisian Mug Rug Pattern on Etsy

Click here for the Easy Tunisian Mug Rug Pattern on Ravelry

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Easy Tunisian Mug Rug Pattern:

Skill Level: Easy

Gauge: 13 tss x 12 rows = 4 inches

Finished Size: 4.5 x 5 inches

Yarn: For one coaster: Approximately 20 Yards of your favourite worsted weight crochet cotton for the main colour.  For cross stitch heart you will need approximately 3 Yards of a contrasting colour.  I’m using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton™ (100% cotton; solids: 50 g / 1.75 oz, 73 meters / 80 yards; 4 – Medium/Worsted weight).  Colours: Lavender and Off White

Hook: Size 6mm Tunisian Crochet Hook.

Notions: Yarn Needle.

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Lp – loop

Lps – loops

Rpt – Repeat

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Sl st – Slip stitch

Tss – Tunisian simple Stitch 

Yo – Yarn over

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in American English terms.
  • Pattern is worked in rows.  
  • Weave in ends as needed.
  • All rows are worked with the right side facing.

Crochet Pattern:

With 6 mm Tunisian crochet hook, Ch 16.

Row 1: Working in the back bumps of chain, draw up a loop in the 2nd ch from hook and in each across leaving all loops on hook. (16 loops on hook)

Row 1 return: Yo, draw through 1st lp on hook, *yo, draw through 2 lps on hook, rpt from * until 1 lp remaining on hook.

Row 2: *Insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yo and draw through, keeping lp on hook, rep from * across.  (16 loops on hook)

Row 2 return: Rep row 1 return.

Rows 3-10: Rep row 2 (inc. return row) for 11 more rows (a total of 13 rows).

To bind off: (working right to left) * sl st in next vertical bar, rpt from * to end. 


Continue working around the mug rug working one sl st in each row and stitch back around to the first sl st.  Join with a sl st in the first st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using the chart provided, cross stitch the Heart design onto mug rug.  Use each simple stitch as one block on the chart below.

colour graph for cross stitch heart design

Video Tutorial:

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