Free coaster crochet pattern: Make the Pomander Mug Rug in less than an hour!

Free coaster crochet pattern: Make the Pomander Mug Rug in less than an hour!
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I’m thrilled to unveil a charming addition to your home decor projects: the Pomander Mug Rug. It is a free coaster crochet pattern below! Inspired by the beloved stitch combination from my free unisex Pomander Scarf pattern, this delightful crochet coaster pattern will add a touch of rustic elegance to your coffee table or desk.

The Pomander Mug Rug is a lot easier than it sounds to crochet. With an easy to remember 3-row repeat, this pattern is perfect for both seasoned crocheters and confident beginners alike.

The Pomander Mug Rug uses the extended half double crochet (ehdc) and crossed double crochet (Xst). These stitches blend seamlessly to create a textured fabric that is as functional as it is visually appealing.

And it doesn’t take a lot of yarn! Requiring approximately 35 yards of 4-weight cotton yarn and a 5mm hook, it is an excellent stash-busting project. As you can work one up in less than an hour it’s the perfect choice for a quick project.

These charming rustic coasters will undoubtedly become a staple in your home.

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Inspiration behind the design

I have found myself drawn back to the stitch combination featured in my free unisex Pomander Scarf pattern. There was a certain allure to the texture and simplicity of the stitches that begged to be revisited and repurposed into something new.

With the need for a one-hour project looming and the desire to breathe fresh life into an old favorite, the idea for the Pomander Mug Rug was born. It became the perfect opportunity to reimagine the beloved stitch combination into a practical yet charming coaster design.

However, the inspiration behind this pattern extends beyond mere practicality. With the exciting prospect of moving to a farmhouse in the countryside, I found myself yearning for pieces of decor that embodied the rustic charm I am dreaming of. The Pomander Mug Rug, with its quaint and cozy aesthetic, is also a reflection of warmth and comfort.

I can’t help but feel a sense of anticipation for the memories that would soon be made. Of us sat around our farmhouse table, adorned with matching rustic crochet coasters and crochet placemats.

The Pomander Mug Rug is just the beginning! Coming soon to bring even more charm to our farmhouse kitchen, the Pomander Placemats.

Construction of the design

The pomander mug rug is a joy to crochet from start to finish.

Worked in short rows, this design works up quickly, allowing crocheters to quickly build up the textured fabric that gives the coaster its charm.

It’s easy 3-row repeat simplifies the process and makes it accessible to crocheters of all skill levels. Confident beginners can definitely give this one a go!

Once the desired size is achieved, a final round of single crochet stitches is added. This provides a touch of structure to the finished piece, ensuring that it maintains its shape and durability over time.

The Yarn

As this is a kitchen project, I would recommend making this one with a 4 weight cotton yarn. Or a high content cotton mix.

Cotton is great for protecting your surfaces from the heat of hot drinks or plates. It also washes well at higher temperatures and is super strong. So it can cope with the wear and tear without affecting the fibres, colours or strength of your project. So it really is perfect for these free coaster crochet pattern makes!

For my versions I used Dishie from WeCrochet. I love the rustic look of these dishy cotton yarn colours and it is easy to work with. Not only that but the skeins are large enough to get a few mug rugs out of one skein!

Alternative yarns I would recommend for this project are:

Paintbox Cotton Aran – ever so slightly thinner than the dishie yarn, but very soft to work with. And the colour selection is excellent!

LionBrand 24/7 cotton – I find this one slightly harsher in my tension finger because it has a sheen to it. But it is a great yarn and I do use it regularly!

Get the PDF pattern!

You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:

**Note: if you are here for the 60 minutes or less event these links will not get you the free pdf download. For that you will have to scroll to the next section! **

Tester Appreciation:

My testers all reported that they finished this pattern within an hour too! Here are just a couple of them. You can see more on Ravelry!

The mug rug crochet pattern specifics:


·      Any 4 weight cotton yarn of your choosing – I used approximately 33 yards of Dishie Worsted Weight cotton.
·      5mm hook 
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry Needle
·      Stitch Markers optional to mark first or last stitch of the row.


Not important for this project. However, for reference my gauge was 8 sts and 4 rows of repeat in 4”


approximately 6″ wide by 4.75” tall unblocked.

Abbreviations used:

XS – Cross stitch
sc–single crochet
ss–slip stitch
sk – skip
ehdc – extended half double crochet
Fhdc – Foundation half double crochet
alt dc – alternate double crochet
*to* – repeat between the * and *
FO—fasten off
YO—yarn over

Other notes:

– Written in US terms. 
– There is no right and wrong side to this pattern.

The Free Pomander Mug Rug Pattern:

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Row 1 Ch 21 and hdc in second ch from hook and each ch across (20)


Fhdc 20 (20)

Row 2: Turn, Alt dc in first st, X st in next 18 sts, dc in last st. (1 alt dc, 1dc, 9 X st)

Rows 3-4: Turn, Alt dc in first st, ehdc in each of the next 18 sts, dc in last st. (1 alt dc, 18 ehdc, 1 dc)

Rows 5-7: Rep rows 2-4.

Row 8: Rep row 2

Row 9: Turn, ch1, hdc in first st and each st across. (20)


Round 1: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to the corner. Work [sc, ch2, sc] in the corner stitch, turn your work and work approximately 17 sc evenly down the side of your mug rug until you reach the next corner. 

Then [sc, ch2, sc] in the corner stitch, turn your work and work a sc into each st across to the last corner.

[sc, ch2, sc] in the corner stitch, turn your work and work approximately 17 sc evenly up the side of your mug rug until you reach the corner that you started in. [sc, ch2] and then ss to the first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch1, do not turn. Work a sc into each sc around making sure to work [sc, ch2, sc] into each ch2 space. SS to join.

FO and weave in ends.

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