I got this brilliant idea from my blog friend Marit Johanne of Marits Hobbyblogg.
Marit makes little quilts as mug rugs. Her little rugs are a place to park your mug with an area for a cookie or other snack, too. They are absolutely darling in addition to being so convenient and fun.
I made this while sitting out on a ship with only one ball of cotton yarn left; this is a knit version of a mug rug. I wanted to use cotton so that the little "rug" could be machine washed and dried. I used a yarn forward stitch to add a little depth to the design to make it more absorbent than a single layer.
So, if you want to try a knit version of my glorified coaster that is big enough to accommodate a little snack as well as a mug, the pattern is below.
Ladders Mug Rug - Knit
Finished size: 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Size 6 needles, Lily Sugar N Cream - 1 2 oz. ball
yf = yarn forward
yb = yarn back
Cast on 28 st.
Side border is 4 st k every row
Bottom Border: row 1 - 4 knit
Row 5: knit
Row 6: k4, place marker, p20, place marker, k4
Row 7: k4, slip marker, k1, *yf, slip 3, yb, k2. Repeat from * twice. yf, slip 3, yb, k1, slip marker, k4.
Row 8: k4, p20, k4
Rows 9 and 10: Repeat rows 7 and 8.
Row 11: knit
Row 12: k4, p20, k4.
Repeat rows 7 - 12 five times.
Repeat rows 7 and 8 twice.
Knit 4 rows.