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Free Coaster Patterns: 3 Beginner Red Hot Knit and Purl Patterns

Updated on August 28, 2015
Find your free knitting pattern in this article today! They only use basic knitting techniques.
Find your free knitting pattern in this article today! They only use basic knitting techniques. | Source


These are beginner patterns that only use the stitches of Knit and Purl. Anyone who can do those two stitches can make these patterns. These are each unique with specialized designs. They are sturdy enough to be good coasters and pretty enough to be great inexpensive, fun gifts for others. I’ve provided some beginners instructions, the pictures of the coasters, and the patterns for each coaster. Each pattern states the equipment needed, the measurement of the finished coaster, how long it takes to complete each coaster, the number of stitches to cast on, and the pattern. There's a summary at the end in case you want to combine two coasters into one that have the same number of cast on stitches and same needle size.

The following patterns are attached:

Coaster
Half and Half
Criss Cross
Stop Block

Beginner's Notes

Beginner's Notes

Simple Notes for Beginners:

I taught myself how to knit from scratch, so it took me a while. Here are a few suggestions:

To find the right knitting needle size, you can either go to the store and find one that says it on there (make sure it is a length you like) or you can go through your needles and measure which one is right and fits within the right slot of a "knitting needle gauge." I prefer metal, because I like the "clank" sound, but you may prefer plastic. I think metal ones are smoother and faster. I would recommend the short needles over the long ones.

"CO" = Can mean "Cast on," meaning this is the number of stitches you should cast on. It took me a long time to learn how to cast on stitches, so watch a few youtube.com videos until you figure it out; find what is best and easiest for you. This also means learning how to tie a "slipknot;" again something I would look up to see what is easiest. I found wrapping it around my finger and pulling it around to be easiest after trying many methods.

The "tapestry needle" that I use is a big plastic needle that you can weave in and out all over the item to sew in the ends. It's very simple to use, but if you have any questions, check out "how to weave in” on youtube.com.

"Worsted weight" is the type of weight used for my patterns. I find for beginners, worsted weight is easier to handle and learn on. (And much cheaper to buy).

K = "Knitting" which requires you to "cast on" the number of stitches required. Knitting is the most basic stitch.

P = "Purling" is the second most basic stitch. It can be difficult to learn to do when you know nothing about knitting.

Garter Stitch = This just means "Knit across."

Stockinette Stitch = Knit one row and then Purl the next row. Repeat.

BO = "Bind off" - meaning end the piece. This involves a special technique that is hard to explain without just reading from a book on how to knit. Check it out online. This also involves trimming the edges when you are ready to knit the item, but don't trim too much (discussed in next sentence).

"Weave in edges" means using the tapestry needle to weave the ends (as mentioned in the last statement) after the piece is done. You don't want knots; it's better to weave the ends in and out through the item until you are sure it won't come untangled when it is washed.

"Blocking" is more complicated. From what I have learned, you get a bowl; fill it with water; dunk the part you want blocked until it's wet; twist out the water; lay flat on a large towel; fold along towel and press down hard to get as much of the water out as possible; then, clip with thumb tacks to a corkboard how you want it to look. This will help it dry flat and in the shape you want it.

Half and Half Coaster

This coaster looked different on each half. As you can see from the picture, this coaster needs to be blocked and you can see how I blocked it on a corkboard.

Equipment:

US 7 Needles

Your favorite color of a worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 3.5” X 3.5”


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 40 Minutes


Pattern:

CO 15


(A) K3, P9, K3

(B) P3, K9, P3

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Cast off and weave in the ends.


Criss Cross Coasters

The design is very unique and unusual. It would make a great gift for a boyfriend or brother. Just pick their favorite color and watch them enjojy the symmetric design. It's not too girly, so they will like it.

Equipment:

US 9 Needles

Your favorite color of a worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 5” X 5”


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 40 Minutes


Pattern:

CO 17

Knit 2 rows


Row

1 K2, P13, K2

2 K1, P2, K11, P2, K1

3 K4, P9, K4

4 K1, P4, K7, P4, K1

5 K6, P5, K6

6 K2, P5, K3, P5, K2

7 K1, P2, K5, P1, K5, P2, K1

8 K4, P9, K4

9 K1, P2, K5, P1, K5, P2, K1

10 K2, P5, K3, P5, K2

11 K2, P5, K3, P5, K2

12 K1, P4, K7, P4, K1

13 K4, P9, K4

14 K1, P2, K11, P2, K1

15 ROW 1

16 ROW 2

17 ROW 3


Knit 2 rows.

Cast off and weave in the ends. Block.

Stop Block Coaster

This design has a very special pattern with each block showing a different pattern, making a unique design. It's very manly and would make a great gift as a 4 piece set.

Equipment:

US 7 Needles

Your favorite color of a worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 4” X 4.5”


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 30 Minutes


Pattern:

CO 18


Row

1-4 *K9,P9*

5-8 *K*

9-12 *P9, K9*

13-16 *K*

17-20 Repeat Rows 1-4


Knit 3 rows.


Cast off and weave in the ends.

Coaster Summary

Pattern Name
US Needle Number
Cast On
Half and Half
7
15
Criss Cross
9
17
Stop Block
7
18

Coaster Tips

Tips for Coasters

  • Either use all 4 coasters as the same color or use complimentary colors. If you aren’t sure what those are – Google “complimentary colors” to find the best mix of colors for your coasters.
  • Coasters make excellent gifts for men, who do not want a knitted purse, hat, or dishcloth. Just make sure you pick a color they like.
  • You can tie a bow around your finished set when you package them as a gift for a beautiful finish.
  • Be sure to think about whom you are making the coasters for and what kind of coasters they would like. For example, your sister may like heart coasters.
  • If you would like to do more than just coasters as a gift, you could include a dishcloth. Make sure the dishcloth is something that relates to the person you are making it for. For example, a baseball fan would like a bat and glove on his dishtowel. He would appreciate that.
  • Most coasters only take about 30 minutes to finish, so enjoy them! You can finish a project in one evening! That is always a nice sense of accomplishment.
  • Also, since they are so speedy to make, you can easily make a gift overnight that you have to have the next day.
  • You can combine pieces of coasters to make your own if you wish and be original.
  • Make a list ahead of time so that you know who you are making each set for. This way you don’t make too many or too few.
  • Most coasters use a size 7 (US) knitting needles, so if you are planning on having more than one project going at the same time, which most crafters do, then I would recommend buying more than one set of US 7 needles. (Maybe 3 sets).
  • Alter the size if you wish to make it smaller or bigger depending on the types of cups that are typically held by the coasters.



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    Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Nice and cute patterns and a well explained hub! The pictures are quite helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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    Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    No problem! I'm glad you enjoyed them and I did a decent job on the pictures! :) Happy Knitting!

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    Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

    These are really cute coasters..great for gifts....You have done a great job of explaining the terms to beginners..I too am a self taught knitter, and this hub would have come in handy when I was learning..voting up

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    moonlake 3 years ago from America

    I like this pattern I don't knit but my friend does I will have to show it to her. Thanks for sharing voted up.

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    I'm glad you can related to self-teaching! We have to stick together. :) ~Michele

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you! I hope you learn to knit. ~Michele

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