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8 Free Knitting Coaster Patterns: Quick! 30 minutes or less!

Updated on May 27, 2013


Making coasters is a great knitting project to work on. You can finish a set in one evening - such a fulfillment! Plus they are super easy since they are flat. Coasters make great gifts for men, especially for their office. If you find a pattern that you just think fits that guy perfectly, then make him a set of coasters! They make great Christmas or Birthday gifts for anyone.

Notes for Beginners

I would like to offer a few lessons and abbreviations for beginners. I am still quite a beginner myself.

A 10” needle is the best length to knit with in my opinion. When you are shopping, you should ensure you have the proper length before purchasing needles. Make sure you have the sizes of needles you need for the projects you plan to do. Chose between metal and plastic. I prefer metal, because of the clicking noise. I think they are faster and smoother also.

A tapestry needle is an oversized plastic (usually) needle that you use to sew the ends and beginning strands of your knitting piece into the piece itself. You just weave the tails in and out.

The type of yarn weight you chose is very important. I would not suggest using anything fancy for beginners. Fancy, fluffy yarn can be hard to work with. I suggest using worsted weight. Not only is it the easiest yarn weight to learn on, but it is usually the cheapest one to buy.


CO = This usually means the number of stitches you must first cast on in the pattern. If you do not know how to cast on stitches, watch a You Tube video on it over and over again until you have it down. There are many cast on methods, so be sure to find the one that suits you best.

K = Knit. For example, if the pattern says K5, that means Knit 5 stitches. The knit stitch is also referred to as the garter stitch.

P = Purl. For a first timer, this may be difficult. Check out You Tube for additional help. Basically, rather than putting the needle up thru the stitch, you will be going down thru the stitch, and rather than having the yarn behind the stitches, you will move the yarn to the front of the stitches before entering it into the stitch.

BO = Bind Off. When the pattern says this, it means you are at the end of the project and ready to finish it off. Check out You Tube on how exactly to do this. The method can be hard for a beginner, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes like second nature.

Stockinette Stitch = This is a combination of the Knit and Purl stitches. When you knit one row, and purl the next, you create the stockinette affect. It is a smooth design, but it does curl if it doesn’t have the right background, border, or blocking.

Blocking = There are several methods to blocking. You can research them online. One way is to wet your piece thoroughly, wring it out as much as you can, lay it on a towel, folding it so the towel cover the piece while it’s flat, and then pressing down very hard to get any excess water out. Finally, place the piece on a corkboard with thumb tacks in the shape it needs to be, and let it dry that way. An easier way to do this is to place the piece on a corkboard in the shape it is supposed to be, and then spray it very thoroughly until it is soaking wet with a water bottle. Let it dry, and it should be ready to go!

The 8 Free Coaster Patterns

Stone Hedge
Zig Zag
Block Me
Peeking Window

Peeking Window Coasters

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit two rows.

Knit all even rows.

R3, R9, R15, R21: K2, *P*, K2

R5, R7, R11, R13, R17, R19: K2, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K2, P2, K2

Knit two rows.

Bind off and block if necessary.

Block Me Coasters

There are six stockinette stitch blocks. Two are on the outer side of the coaster, and two are closer to the center of the coaster.

Cast on 16 stitches

Knit 3 rows.

R4 and R6: K2, P4, K4, P4, K3

R5 and all odd rows: Knit

R8 and R14: Knit

R10 and R12: K3, P4, K1, P4, K5

R16 and R18: K2, P4, K4, P4, K3

R20 to R22: Knit

Bind off and block if necessary.

Japan Coasters

The stockinette section of the Japan coaster is made into a square-like flower.

Cast on 22 stitches

Knit 2 rows.

R3: K2, P4, K7, P7, K2

R4: Knit & Knit all even rows

R5: K2, P4, K7, P7, K2

R7: K2, P6, K3, P9, K2

R9: K2, P6, K3, P6, K5

R11: K4, P13, K5

R13: K8, P5, K9

R15: K8, P7, K7

R17: K2, P7, K3, P7, K3

R19: K2, P7, K3, P7, K3

R21: K3, P4, K7, P5, K3

Knit 2 rows.

Bind off and block if necessary.

Buttonhole Coasters

The buttonhole coasters are made up of four squares. These four squares are done with stockinette stitch. A single line separates them horizontally, and a larger divider separates them vertically.

Cast on 22 stitches

R1: K

R2: K

R3: K

Knit all odd rows.

R4 - R10: K3, P6, K4, P6, K3

R11 - R13: K

R14 - R20: K3, P6, K4, P6, K3

R21 - R23: K

Bind off and block if necessary.

Stone Hedge Coasters

This coaster has two big columns made up of stockinette stitches. There is also one baby column centered both horizontally and vertically in the middle of the two big columns.

Cast on 16 stitches

R1 to R5: K

R6 and R8: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

R7 and all odd rows: Knit

R10, R12, and R14: K2, P3, K2, P2, K2, P3, K2

R16 and R18: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

R19 to R23: Knit

Bind off and block if necessary.

Maya Coasters

This coaster pattern has three columns with two of them being hooked together. It’s a very unique design unlike any other.

Cast on 18 stitches

R1 to R2: Knit

R3: K2, *P*, K2

R4 and all even rows: Knit

R5: K2, *P*, K2

R7: K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K2

R9, R11, R13, and R15: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

R17: K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K2

R19 and R21: K2, *P*, K2

R22 and R23: Knit

Bind off and block if necessary.

Zig Zag Coasters

This coaster is mostly stockinette, but there are two knit triangles. If you consider the stockinette section as the design, you can see a diagonal line on the coaster.

Cast on 20 stitches

R1 to R2: Knit

R3: K2, *P*, K2

R4 and all even rows: Knit

R5: K2, *P*, K2

R7: K2, P6, K8, P2, K2

R9: K2, P8, K6, P2, K2

R11: K2, P2, K2, P6, K4, P2, K2

R13: K2, P2, K4, P6, K2, P2, K2

R15: K2, P2, K6, P8, K2

R17: K2, P2, K8, P6, K2

R19: R3

R21: R3

R22 to R23: Knit

Bind off and block if necessary.

Lightening Coasters

This coaster is great for a weather lover or a guy. As you can see there are two bolts of lightening on this coaster.

Cast on 17 stitches

Knit 3 rows

R4: K2, P5, *K*

R5: Knit and knit all even rows

R6: K2, P8, *K*

R8: K4, P9, *K*

R10: K6, P9, K2

R12: K9, P6, K2

R14: K2, P5, *K*

R16: K4, P6, *K*

R18: K6, P6, *K*

R20: K10, P5, *K*

R21-23: Knit

Bind off and block if necessary.

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