Mug Rug Pattern Series {Part 1} – Heart

It’s only 38 days till Christmas and if you’re anything like me, your list of things to make just keeps getting longer and longer!! Seriously y’all, I might have over-estimated what I can actually get done.

Bring on the quick and easy-to-make gift ideas!

If you’re in the same boat as me, you are going to love this quick and simple pattern!!

These mug rugs can be made individually, as a stocking stuffer, or to add a homemade touch to a cute Christmas mug. You could really go crazy, make several and gift them as a set. They would even be great for a gift exchange. Sooooooo many possibilities!

I had so many ideas for different designs, that I decided to create a mini-series of mug rug patterns. So I’m going to be sharing a new design with you each week for the few weeks. This week it’s a heart pattern. Make sure to check back next week for the next great {festive} design!

So let’s get down to the important stuff …

Materials:
Medium #4 Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
I used Peaches and Cream in Dark Taupe, Red & White (for the light colored one, I used Ecru instead of the dark taupe)
G/4.25mm
Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
4 ¼ “ square
*Measurement does not include fringe*

Gauge:
18 sc and 16 rows = 4in.

Stitches:
sc – single crochet
ch – chain
st – stitch
(RS) – right side
(WS) – wrong side

Pattern Notes:
This pattern is written in US terms.
Starting chain does not count as a stitch

Special Notes:
When changing colors, keep the loose ends and dropped strands to the wrong side of your mug rug, this will help keep the right side nice and neat.

After completing the first row, I like to mark the right side with a stitch marker. (I used a safety pin) This helped me to easily keep track of which side was which as I was working through the pattern.

Mug Rug Instructions:
Ch. 16
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Sc in each st across.  (15 st)
Row 2-17: Ch 1, sc in each st across following the grid pattern
Finish off and sew in ends.

Adding the Fringe (Optional):
Cut 36 (4-5 inch) strands of yarn
Use 2 strands of yarn for each fringe. There will be a total of 9 fringes on each side.
To add the fringe— insert hook from the back to the front, wrap the two strands around the hook and pull through. Pull ends through the loop and pull tight.
Once you’ve added the entire fringe, trim to your desired length.  (I trimmed mine to about 1”)

Alright so now that you know how to make them, I’m curious how are you going to give them? As a set, individually, or are you just going to keep it for yourself? Share with me in the comments below.

Happy Hookin’!

Looking for another great gift idea? Check out this fun (and free!) infinity scarf pattern.

Fall Crochet Headbands

Don’t you just love a quick and easy fall crochet project! I know I’ve said it before I really do love this time of year! Here’s a great crochet project to get you in the mood for fall. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make.

Materials:

#4 Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft

J/6.00mm hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

 

Stitches:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

st – stitich

sl st – slip stitch

 

Pattern Notes:

Chain does not count as a stitch

This pattern is written in US terms

 

Instructions:

ch 10

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st across, turn (8)

Row 2: ch 1, sc in each st across (8)

Row 3: ch 2, dc in each st across (8)

Repeat Row 2 & 3 until you reach your desired length. Use yarn tail to join. Finish.

Sizes:

These are the total number of rows that I made to reach the desired sizes for my children and myself.

Toddler- 36 rows

Small Child – 38 rows

Me – 44 rows

I used this pattern to make the pumpkin applique. In order to make an apple, I simply used red yarn instead of orange, but I used the exact same pattern.

 

You could also use my sunflower applique free pattern to create another adorable fall headband. The possibilities are endless!!

I can’t wait to see the gorgeous headbands you create! I’d love for you to share them with me. Don’t forget to tag @katiebugdesign or use hashtag #katiebugdesign.

Happy Hookin’

Quick & Easy Baby Blanket

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy baby blanket?

I recently had the opportunity to help one of my dear friends (and surrogate sister-in-law) with a baby blanket she was working on for her youngest daughter, Clara.

After seeing the adorable Easy Peasy Baby Blanket that I created for my daughter, she just had to make one for her daughter too. She started working away on this baby blanket (whenever she found time) for about 2-3 weeks and then, as is the life of a mom of 3, she became busy, the blanket was put aside and life went on in it’s normal crazy way.

Fast forward several months and her sweet little Clara is about to turn one. I’d just run across this awesome article Alternative to Gift Giving at Birthday Parties and I was trying to come up with a non-toy present idea for this soon-to-be one-year-old. And seriously y’all, I was having a little bit of trouble.

*Insert Lightbulb Moment* All of a sudden, I remembered that blanket that was started all those months ago. “What if I finished the blanket and that would be my gift to Clara and her mom?” After trying to plot ways of sneaking it out of her house or roping her husband into helping me, I finally decided that I was just going to ask her about it (because seriously y’all, I’m not very sneaky).

I was a little nervous that she might not like the idea. I thought maybe she would want it to be something that she alone had created for her daughter. Luckily though, she loved the idea!

She quickly brought me what she had started and handed it right over. With less than a week until Clara’s birthday, I started hookin’ away.

One of the things that I loved about this blanket when I was making it for my daughter, was that it works up so quickly. This made it much easier for me to be able to finish Clara’s blanket in such a short period of time.

Birthday Time!

I think one of the best moments in any crochet project is seeing that look on the person’s face when you give them whatever it is that you have made. In a cookie cutter world where it is so easy to just run to the store and grab something off the shelf to present as a gift, I truly believe the simple act of taking the time to sit down and create something special, with that person in mind, can be so much more special.

Now in all honesty, Clara wasn’t super impressed with her blanket. She is only one and I can’t really fault her for being more interested in that yummy cake they were letting her destroy. However, the excitement on her mom’s face was what made my mad dash to get it finished all worth it!

It’s Easy Peasy!

The pattern that I used was a free pattern I found on Yarnspirations.com and the blanket is called the Easy Peasy Baby Blanket.

I used the Caron Simply Soft yarn in Strawberry. With Clara’s blanket, I did make it a little bit smaller than the pattern says. Partly because I ran out of time (and yarn) but also because if it’s anything like the one I made for my daughter, it’ll be carried around with her and I don’t want her to be stepping all over it.

What are some of your favorite baby blankets? I’d love for you to share them with me!

Happy Hooking,