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Greek Key Mug Rug Crochet Pattern

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Are you interested in color work crochet? The Greek Key crochet pattern is a challenge, which is why we are starting small with this “Mug Rug” crochet pattern. Take your time, count your stitches often, and you’ll be a color work crocheting fool before long!

Greek Key Crochet mug rug

Greek Key “Mug Rug” Crochet Pattern

This mug rug is perfect for a coaster, and just the right size! It would also be an adorable addition to a doll house if your little ones like to play with dolls. ๐Ÿ˜‰

mug rug crochet pattern

Materials:

Cotton yarn (Knit Picks Dishie yarn used in Creme Brulee and Azure)
~42 yards total (including fringe)

Crochet hook in size H/5mm

Dishie cotton yarn

Finished Dimensions: Approx. 4″ tall and 8.5″ wide (11″ wide including fringe)

Pattern Notes:

When changing colors, do so in the last pull through of the last stitch of the row.

Carry the non-working yarn up the side so there are fewer ends to weave in.

When making the double crochets, work in FRONT of the last two Color B rows to go around the missed stitch from 3 rows down. Like this:

Stitch placement in Greek Key crochet

If you are new to color work in crochet, you may find it easier to PRINT this pattern and cross off each individual stitch as you crochet it. Grab the print-friendly version of the pattern here – for free ๐Ÿ˜€ – and use the photos of each individual row of the Greek Key pattern below if necessary. Don’t forget to count and take your time! Those middle rows (9 & 11 specifically) can be doozies!

Greek Key Pattern

Foundation Row 1: With Color A Ch-28, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (27)

Foundation Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end. (27) Change to Color B

Row 1: Ch-1, turn, sc in first 6 sts, ch-2, sk-1 st, sc in next 11 sts. Ch-2, sk-1 st, sc in remaining 8 sts.

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sc in first 8 sts, ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next 11 sts. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in remaining 6 sts. Change to Color A

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * ch-2, sk next st, sc in next 3 sts, ch-2, sk next st, dc in front of (here and throughout pattern, see photo in pattern notes) skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next st, sc in next 5 sts. * Repeat between * * 1 more time. Ch-2, sk next st, sc in last.

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next 5 sts, ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next st. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next 3 sts. * Repeat between * * 1 more time. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in last st. Change to Color B

Row 5: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next st. * Sc in next st, ch-2, sk next st. Repeat between * * 2 more times. Sc in next 3 sts, ch-2, sk next st, dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Ch-2, sk next st, sc in next. Ch-2, sk next st. Repeat between * * 2 more times. Sc in next 3 sts, ch-2, sk next st, dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in last st.

Row 6: Ch-1, turn, sc in first 2 sts. Ch-2, sk next ch-sp, sc in next 3 sts. * Ch-2, sk next ch-sp, sc in next st * repeat between * * 3 more times. Ch-2, sk next ch-sp, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat between * * 4 more times. Sc in last st. Change to Color A

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * Ch-2, sk next st, dc in skipped st 3 rows down * repeat between * * 3 more times. Ch-2, sk next sc, sc in next sc. Ch-2, sk next st, dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Repeat between * * 4 more times. Ch-2, sk next sc, sc in next sc. Ch-2, sk next sc, dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Ch-2, sk next sc, sc in last.

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next st * repeat between * * to end of row. Change to Color B

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Ch-2, sk next sc, dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Sc in next st. * Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc * repeat between * * 4 more times. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next sc. Repeat between * * 4 more times. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in last st.

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, sc in first 2 sts. * Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next st * repeat between * * 3 more times. Sc in next 2 sts, ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next. Repeat between * * 4 more times. Sc in next 2 sts. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in last 2 sts. Change to Color A

Row 11: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. Ch-2, sk next sc, dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next 3 sts. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down. Sc in next 3 sts. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next st. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next st, sc in last.

Row 12: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next 3 sts. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next. Ch-2, sk next ch-sp, sc in next 5 sts. * repeat between * * 1 more time. Ch-2, sk next st, sc in last. Change to Color B

Row 13: Ch-1, turn, sc in first st. * Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next 5 sts. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, ch-2, sk next sc, dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next 3 sts * repeat between * * 1 more time. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, Sc in last st.

Row 14: Ch-1, turn, sc in fist 6 sts. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in next 11 sts. Ch-2, sk ch-sp, sc in last 8 sts. Change to Color A

Row 15: Ch-1, turn, sc in first 8 sts. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in next 11 sts. Dc in skipped st 3 rows down, sc in remaining 6 sts.

How to crochet Greek Key

Row 16: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end.

Back side of Greek Key crochet pattern

Border: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end, 2sc in corner, turn clockwise, sc in each row end, 2sc in corner, sc in each st to end. 2sc in corner, sc in each row end, 2sc in corner. Fasten off using Invisible Join and weave in all ends. Add fringe and cut to ~1.5″ long.

Whew! You did it! It may have gotten a bit sketchy there in the middle rows, but you did Greek Key crochet and deserve a round of applause and a pat on the back! Keep this pattern in mind (or make a set of them even!) because we’ll be using it again here soon and that is a pattern you will NOT want to miss!

Greek Key "Mug Rug" Crochet Pattern

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2 Comments

  1. Wonderful! You were right about those middle rows. I had to repeat '"trust the pattern, trust the pattern!" and wow! Love it! If it's not too much trouble... What would be the foundation stitch increase if I wanted to make this longer? And where would I repeat? Thanks!