Pink Heart Mug Rug

Here’s a little coaster you can keep your coffee mug on. It’s a great opportunity to practice knitting and purling backwards-as well as to use up leftover bits of yarn. Coasters and mug rugs can be knit in spare moments and a good way to use up spare yarn. They make excellent housewarming and hostess gifts and are easily customized.
The heart adds the perfect embellishment for this pattern. It’ll make a great gift for anytime of year to let someone know you are thinking of them. As it’s Breast cancer awareness month i knitted this in a beautiful shade of pink.

Knitting needles, size 6
One skein cotton yarn colour of your choice (makes 6)
Gauge:
9 stitches = 2 inches (not critical)

Cast on 19 stitches. Knit three rows, then begin pattern.

 Instructions

Row 1: k9, p1, k9
Row 2: k2, p7, k1, p7, k2

Row 3: k8, p3, k8                                                                      
Row 4: k2, p6, k3, p6, k2
Row 5: k7, p5, k7
Row 6: k2, p5, k5, p5, k2
Row 7: k6, p7, k6
Row 8: k2, p4, k7, p4, k2
Row 9: k5, p9, k5
Row 10: k2, p3, k9, p3, k2
Row 11: k4, p11, k4
Row 12: k2, p2, k11, p2, k2
Row 13: k3, p13, k3
Row 14: k2, p1, k13, p1, k2
Row 15: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
Row 16: k2, p1, k6, p1, k6, p1, k2
Row 17: k4, p4, k3, p4, k4
Row 18: k2, p2, k4, p3, k4, p2, k2
Row 19: knit across
 Row 20, k2, p15, k2

Knit 3 rows and cast off.

To make fringe cut yarn in 3inch strips fold in half and thread the loop through the stitches of the cast on and cast off edge, put the cut ends through the loop and pull tight.

  The heart pattern is reversable so it doesn’t matter which side you choose.          
Because of its ability to hold a vast amount of water, wool is preferable for coasters and will actually protect furniture from moisture. If they will be used as mug rugs and not to catch condensation, any fiber can be used i chose to use a cotton yarn as i felt it was more sturdy, and it should be noted that synthetics tend to have little or no heat resistance compared to natural fibers.
Happy Knitting!
                                           
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