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Free Coaster Patterns: 4 Free Coasters for Beginners

Updated on May 8, 2013

As mentioned above, the strong, sturdy coasters are ready to go. The flimsy coasters that have cute designs may need to be thickened to be appropriate coasters. These 4 coasters could be put together as a funky set or just one of them could be used as the base to make the other 3 matching ones. There are many options with this many coasters and designs.

The Patterns

These were some of the first coasters that I created. They aren't perfect by any means. However, I have enjoyed seeing patterns that tell me how long it takes to make them. I included in each pattern the typical requirements that every pattern states, but I also included the time it took me to make each coaster.

I think it is pretty neat that coasters only take about 30 minutes to create. That means I can complete one in an evening. I find it a really good feeling to start and stop a project in one night. Sometimes I just don't have the patience to work on one of my long drawn-out projects. I want something I can be proud of right then and there.

These patterns are all made for beginners, like me. I have only used the main two stitches - knit and purl. You can use stitch markers if you want, but they are not necessary. No extra equipment is required for these projects. They are simple, basic, and easy.

Diagonal Sunshine Coaster

Equipment:

US 8 Needles

Your favorite color of a worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 5” X 5”


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 30 Minutes


Pattern:

CO 20


R1: K

R2: K4, (P2, K3) X2, P2, K4

R3: K

R4: K5, (P2, K3) X2, P1, K4

R5: K

R6: K6, (P2, K3) X2, K6

R7: K

R8: K4, (K3, P2) X2, K4

R9: K

R10: K4, P1, (K3, P2) X2, K5


Repeat rows 1-10 one more time (total of 20 rows).

After that, complete rows 1-7 again.


Cast off and weave in the ends.

The Diagonal Sunshine Coaster

The Diagonal Sunshine Coaster is a simple, yet pretty pattern. It is symmetrical and reversible. It has a neat border and a solid diagonal design in the center.

This is one of the first decent looking coasters I made. You can't really see the design unless it's in the right light. You could change the color though. Again, I would recommend doubling up the yarn to make it thicker.

Garter Squares Coaster

Equipment:

US 4 Needles

Your favorite color of a worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 5” X 5”


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 1 hour

Pattern:

CO 23


R1: K8, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K8

R2: K1, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K1, P7, K1

R3: K1, P8, (K1, P1)X2, K1, P8, K1

R4: K1, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K1, P7, K1

R5: K8 (P1, K1)X3, P1, K8

R6: K9, (P1, K1)X2, P1, K9

R7: K8, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K8

R8: K1, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K1, P7, K1

R9: K1, P8, (K1, P1)X3, P7, K1

R10: K1, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K1, P7, K1

R11: K8, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K8

R12: K2, (P1, K1)X3, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K2

R13: K1, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K7, (P1, K1)X4

R14: K2, (P1, K1)X3, K8, (P1, K1)X3, K1

R15: K1, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K7, (P1, K1)X4

R16: K2, (P1,K1)X3, P7, (K1,P1)X3, K2

R17: K1, P1, (K1, P1)X2, K1, P8, (P1, K1)X4

R18: K2, (P1, K1)X3, P7, (K1, P1)X3, K2

R19: K1, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K7, (P1, K1)X4

R20: K2, (P1, K1)X3, K8, (P1, K1)X3, K1

R21: K1, (P1, K1)X3, P1, K7, (P1, K1)X4

R22: K2, (P1, K1)X3, P7, (K1, P1)X4


Repeat rows 1-4 one more time.


Cast off and weave in the ends.

Garter Squares Coaster

The Garter Squares Coaster is probably my favorite. It is very stiff, so it makes a great coaster. The pattern is one that you can make into an afghan or scarf if you wish.

I like the design and of course, I love the color since purple is my favorite color. I think it looks like a complex version of a basketweave.

Beginners should not be discouraged. I think it looks rather difficult, but it really is not. It's a simple pattern that turns out great. Just pick a color that you love!

Moss Block Coaster

Equipment:

Knitting Needles: US5

Worsted Weight Yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Cast On 20 Stitches.

Row
Design
1
*K*
2
K1, *K6, (P1, K1)X3* K7
3
K1, P6, *(K1, P1)X3, P6* K1
4
Row 2
5
Row 3
6
Row 2
7
Row 3
8
Row 2
9
Row 3
10
K1 *(P1, K1)X3, K6* (P1, K1)X3, K1
11
K1, (K1, P1)X3, *P6, (K1, P1)X3* K1
12
Row 10
13
Row 11
14
Row 10
15
Row 11
16
Row 10
17
Row 11
18-26
Repeat Row 2 to Row 9
27
*K*

Bind off. Weave in ends and cut off. Block if desired.

The Moss Block Coaster

The Moss Block Coaster looks much better when you can see it up close. The pattern is gorgeous. I am not a fan of mossing, because it takes so long, but this little coaster was worth it, and it did not take that long. Pick a lighter color and enjoy!

Window Boxed Coaster

Equipment:

US7 Needles

Your favorite color of worsted yarn

Tapestry Needle

Scissors


Measurements:

Approximately 5" X 5"


Length of Time to Create:

Approximately 40 minutes


Cast on 22 stitches

Row
Pattern
1
*K*
2
K1 *P* K1
3
K1 (K1, P8, K1)X2, K1
4
K1 (P1, K8, P1)X2, K1
5
K1 *K1, P2, K4, P2, K1* K1
6
K1 *P1, K2, P4, K2, P1* K1
7
Row 5
8
Row 6
9
Row 5
10
Row 6
11
Row 3
12
Row 4
Repeat Rows 1-11
 
Knit 2 Rows
 
Cast off. Weave in ends.
 

Window Boxed Coaster

The Window Boxed Coaster is one of my favorite coasters. It is very thick and perfect for holding your beverage. It's also reversible, but both sides are very unique. I love the pattern. It's a very interesting pattern.

When I first put it together, I found it to be too difficult for me, but as I glanced at the pattern I realized that the pattern was just going to be made up of knits and purls, no complicated stitches. So, surprisingly it was not difficult to complete.

And once again, the fun thing about coasters is they are easy and quick to make. You can finish one in one evening and feel that great sense of accomplishment that comes by knowing you actually got something done!!

Summary

The four free coasters presented for beginners were the Window Boxed Coaster, the Garter Squares Coaster, the Moss Block Coaster, and the Diagonal Sunshine Coaster.

The Window Boxed Coaster and the Garter Squares Coaster are thick and well-made. They make excellent coasters. I would recommend making other funky coasters like that to make a mixed up 4 piece set. However, you could also just choose your favorite one and make 3 more for a 4 piece set.

If you like the designs of the Moss Block Coaster and the Diagonal Sunshine Coaster better, I would recommend using less yarn, doubling the yarn, using a larger needle, and reducing the size of the pattern. Because this takes math and an intermediate level of knitting, I would only recommend trying this if you are at that level. You do not want to be frustrated. If you want to try, you can just double the yarn alone and follow the pattern.

Please feel free to share these coasters, use them freely, or give them away as gifts. I do not authorize them to be sold since I made them up, but I do hope you enjoy them in some way.

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