Crochet Pattern: Pebble Stitch Mug Hug

I’m sharing a quick and easy pattern today using the popular lemon peel stitch combination (also known as the pebble stitch or the crinkle stitch). The Pebble Stitch Mug Hug is one of several easy crochet gifts for beginners I’ve been sharing on the blog over the last few weeks. It’s sized to fit a plastic reusable coffee cup, but I’ve included instructions on how to resize it for a standard paper coffee cup.

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A few years back, I decided to try and grow a larger following on Instagram by sharing free crochet patterns there. People always seemed excited in the moment, but then afterwards the patterns became difficult to find and sort of got lost. Other people found it hard to follow the patterns in the Instagram app. So, I’m slowly working on bringing those patterns to the Underground Crafter blog. The second one is Pebble Stitch Mug Hug. These make such easy crochet gifts for beginners.

I love the texture of the pebble stitch, also known as the lemon peel stitch or the crinkle stitch. It’s very beginner friendly but I’ve included a video tutorial, too! You can crank these out pretty quickly, and make 3-4 mug hugs with each skein of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn. Most folks love coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, so these are also great “gift closet” gifts, to keep “in stock” at home as host(ess) gifts, too.

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Pebble Stitch Mug Hug

Easy Crochet Gifts for Beginners Pattern by Underground Crafter

The pebble stitch, also known as the lemon peel stitch or the crinkle stitch, is a very popular crochet stitch combination. This simple mug hug makes easy crochet gifts for beginners and is sized to fit plastic reusable coffee cups.

Finished Size

  • Approximately 8.5” (21.5 cm) long x 3” (7.5 cm) wide.


  • Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn (100% cotton, 3.5 oz/100 g, 186 yd/170 m) – 1 skein in 98 Ecru. Each skein makes 3-4 mug hugs. Or approximately 50 yd (75.5 m) in any cotton, medium weight yarn for each mug hug.
  • US F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • 0.75” (2 cm) sew-through button for each mug hug.
  • Yarn needle with eye small enough to fit through button holes.


  • 9 sc = 2” (5 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • This mug hug is sized to fit plastic reusable cups, which are slightly larger on the outside than paper coffee cups. To make your version to fit paper coffee cups, begin edging at 8” (20.5 cm) long so your finished mug hug measures closer to 8.25” (21 cm) long.
  • Ch 1 at beginning of Rows does not count as a stitch.

Pattern Instructions

Pebble Stitch Mug Hug

  • Ch 13 (or any odd number of ch).

Button Band

  • Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next 12 ch. (12 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and each st across.
  • Rows 3-5: Rep Row 2, or rep Row 2 until piece measures approximately 1” (2.5 cm) long.

Pebble Stitch Section (see below for video tutorial)

  • If you can’t see the video tutorial above demonstrating the lemon peel stitch, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.
  • Row 6: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Rep Row 6 until piece measures 8.25” (21 cm) long, or approximately 0.25” (0.5 cm) shorter than desired final length.


  • Round 1: (Right Side) Turn to work along long edge (see video below), *[3 sc evenly into side of next 2 rows] across** to button band, sc in side of next 5 rows, ch 2, turn to work along foundation row, sc in unworked side of next 12 sts, turn to work along long edge, sc in side of next 5 rows, rep from * to **, ending at final row, ch 2, turn to work along last row, sc in in first 6 sts, ch 6, sc in next 6 sts, ch 2, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
  • If you can’t see the video above demonstrating how to crochet around the side of your project, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.


  • With Right Side facing up, use yarn needle and approximately 12” (30.5 cm) of yarn to sew button to center of button band. With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2018, 2023 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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