This is a crochet pattern review of the Cute Cupcake Mug Rug pattern by Kathleen Stuart for Annie’s Catalog. Review done by A Stitch Shy of Normal for EyeLoveKnots.
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It’s me, Abigail with A Stitch Shy of Normal.
I love this time of the year, when the winter starts (hopefully) to come to an end and things start to feel a little bit brighter. My birthday at the end of March has always signaled the beginning of spring to me, whether or not the outside conditions agree. I’ve had a blizzard happen during a lot of birthday parties over the years! But anyway, when I started to feel that urge to update my home decor this spring a little bit, I came across this absolutely adorable cupcake “mug rug” that I could put on my coffee table instead of boring coasters, and I can even make a few extra for my birthday this year, in my favorite colors!
I found this to be really easy and fun, with minimal confusion. And the resulting item is too cute! It’s sure to be a conversation starter. Plus it’s nice and large, with plenty of space for both a mug AND a yummy snack! Not enough coasters include the space for a snack and I appreciate this one including that option.
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What Materials Do I Need to Crochet a Mug Rug?
- Two skeins of worsted weight cotton, any brand works as long as they’re similar to each other and you can meet gauge. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream in “Mod Ombre” (the multicolored frosting) and I’m honestly not sure what the beige was. It could likely be also Sugar’n Cream in the “Soft Ecru” colorway but I can’t promise that’s true. Both were full or nearly full skeins from my stash and both were largely used up so I estimate about 80-90 yards of each.
- J10/6mm crochet hook – I like to use Clover Amour Ergonomic Hooks
- Scissors and yarn needle for assembly
- Cute Cupcake Mug Rug, Paid Crochet Pattern by Kathleen Stuart from Annie’s Catalog
It took me a couple of tries to find two cottons from my stash that met the gauge and played nice with each other. At first I was concerned because the stitches were so open from using a J hook, a larger size than I normally would. But it turns out that’s likely intentional in this pattern, to keep it soft and laying nice and flat. The top frosting section is actually double-layered so it gave plenty of protection for my mug!
I think most worsted cottons would work great, but they have to be pretty similar to each other. Otherwise you’ll have to alter your rows in the cupcake portion and/or change where you attach those rows, because you don’t want that section to pull on the cupcake part or ruffle it from being too large. I ended up finding these two that worked well. Now this could be because they’re both Lily Sugar’n Cream, which is a safe bet. Of course that’s a great way to go since they’ll be a very similar texture and should have the same gauge results.
Would I use this yarn again for this pattern? Definitely. I would be fine using most of the simple cottons. Lion Brand Re-Up is gorgeous, it just doesn’t have variegated colorways so it would have to be a solid shade of frosting. You might not want one that’s mixed with other fibers like linen or acrylic, since those are not as good with heat as plain cotton. Also when you inevitably spill your coffee on this mug rug, you should be able to toss it right in the washing machine as long as it’s just cotton, which is a good advantage.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Mug Rug?
Not long at all, I made this in a single weekend evening. Even if it takes a couple times to find the right gauge, I think most people could do this one in 2-3 hours if you can sit down and work on it uninterrupted. It would be great for market prep in a variety of frosting and cupcake “flavors”!
Gauge & Measurements:
Pattern given gauge is 12 HDC = 4 inches.
My gauge measured from my finished item is 14 HDC in 4 inches.
I did do gauge swatches when picking my yarn, but I think my actual tension ended up being different once I started. This is easy to do when you’re swatching in a flat square (which I did) but then the project is in the round like this one. I remember my swatch being pretty close, maybe 12.5-13 stitches. Obviously this was close enough to work just fine.
The listed dimensions for this mug rug are approximately 7″ wide and 9.5″ tall.
Measuring at the widest point in my frosting half (the pattern doesn’t specify where they measured), my cupcake is 6.25″ wide and 9.5″ tall.
So my gauge did make my finished mug rug smaller, which doesn’t really affect the function as long as the mug fits fine. My stitch height, or possibly my tension used for the sideways cupcake stitching, seem to be right on track!
I’ll be pretty brief here because this is such a quick pattern that there isn’t that much to say!
I did notice in round 2 that I think they left out one extra increase in the very last stitch. Basically to make the cupcake portion you make an oval and keep increasing it until it hits the desired width folded in half. On the second round, if you do only the stitches written, your count would only be 22 instead of the 24 listed. All I did was increase one more time in the final stitch (increasing in both of the last two) to get the total of 24, and I never had an issue with having done that. I think it was just a typo.
The part where you add the frosting embellishments threw me off a few times as well. It gets a little confusing when they talk about front versus back loops, but let me see if I can try to help a little bit. You make the frosting oval, then you fold it in half and work through only the back loops of both sides to join them. Take this part literally, when you’re looking at your two layers, it’s the actual back loop of both from that perspective that you’ll stitch into. This leaves one set of loops still free (where you’ll attach the cupcake) and the other will sort of be hidden inside the cupcake. When you’re doing the shell stitches to shape the frosting, you’re actually working on that from sort of the wrong side, if that makes sense. The cupcake rows are then joined behind this to cover the seam when you look at the mug rug from the correct side.
Those were the only two things I felt were important enough to clarify. Other than those moments, both of which I was able to figure out with some trial and error, this pattern was a breeze. You can immediately see the shape forming and you’re done with the frosting in a snap. Then the cupcake is quick straight rows back-and-forth, and you’re all done!
I can see endless possibilities for the color combinations here. A solid pink frosting with a deep brown cupcake for a chocolate cherry “flavor”–you could even embellish a little cherry on top! Or use a white yarn with multicolored tweed for the “sprinkles” to add some cute color. You can personalize the colors for a birthday party or make a set for a family in everyone’s favorite cupcake flavors!
What combination would you do? Are you a chocolate or vanilla person? Strawberry cake instead? I’d love to hear it!
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How fun! I love the idea of having different types of cupcakes for different times of the year.