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Free Coaster Patterns: 3 Easy Knit & Purl Starter Coasters - Pt 1

Updated on July 22, 2016
Aren't homemade coasters a great gift for anyone on your shopping list this holiday season?
Aren't homemade coasters a great gift for anyone on your shopping list this holiday season? | Source

When learning how to knit, one of the best places to start is with an easy knitting project like a coaster or a bookmark. The beginner knitting patterns for the coasters in this article are especially easy, because they only use the stitches of “knit” and “purl.” Anyone who can knit those two stitches can make the following patterns.

You can make beautiful knitting projects just by learning how to do basic knitting stitches - Knit and Purl. The patterns in this article are tailor made for beginners!
You can make beautiful knitting projects just by learning how to do basic knitting stitches - Knit and Purl. The patterns in this article are tailor made for beginners! | Source

Each of these patterns has a unique, original design. Due to the recommended knitting needle size and yarn type, these coasters are sturdy enough to serve their purpose as a coffee cup holder. Each coffee cup knitting pattern is free of charge for personal use and very inexpensive.

Other benefits of these coasters include:

  • Unique, original designs created by Michele Kelsey
  • Sturdy, long lasting coasters
  • Inexpensive, homemade holiday gifts
  • Beautiful and specialized free knitting patterns
  • Fun and quick projects that can be done on the fly

Be sure to read Part 2 of this article for the knitting tutorials and videos. It also has knitting information about knitted coasters along with great knitting coaster tips! So, please continue reading the second article for more information and learning material!

Just like you would not buy an item off of eBay unless you could see a picture of an item you wish to purchase, you probably would not want to spend time and energy knitting a coaster, unless you could see a picture of what it would look like when it was finished. The following table will outline the knitting pattern details that will be given for each original pattern in this article.

Knitting Pattern Attributes for These Three Coasters

 
Many pictures of finished coasters, both together and apart
A list of the equipment needed for the knitting project
The finished measurement you can expect from your knitted coaster

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Women are so much easier to buy for during the holiday season. Women like candles, perfume, bath products, flowers, clothing accessories, and so much more. Men, on the other hand, typically like gifts like cologne, outdoor event tools, office desk accessories, clothing accessories, and often things that are difficult for women to pinpoint depending on the particular man.

As mentioned, I found it hard to buy gifts for the men in my life during the holidays. Once I decided to hand knit all of my presents each year, I began making scarves in masculine colors for my brothers, cousins, etc. This worked great for the gift giving season for a few years. Then, all of the men in my life were fully stocked when it came to homemade scarves, even though my pattern designs had drastically improved over the years. This is why I began making coaster sets for those I love during the holidays.

More information about making coaster sets is included at the bottom of this article. The following information will be provided in the next sections:

  • Preliminary notes regarding how to make these coaster sets
  • Free knitting patterns for each of these coaster sets
  • Tips on completing or completed knitting coaster sets

All of the Knitted Coasters in this Article

The knitted patterns in this article will make these coaster sets. Use a variation of colors to make a set unique for someone special as a gift!
The knitted patterns in this article will make these coaster sets. Use a variation of colors to make a set unique for someone special as a gift! | Source

The Free Knitting Patterns for these Three Coasters:

 
Lots of Triangles Knitted Coaster
Welded Laddered Love Knitted Coaster
Squared or Blocked Knitted Coaster

Knitting Notes for Free Coaster Patterns

Since I taught myself to knit from scratch without even video assistance, it took me longer than usual. I expect that I could help beginner knitters since I have an idea of where they are coming from. I would like to offer suggestions just in case they do help a beginner like I was.

Knitting Needles

To find the right sized knitting needle for these small knitting projects, there are many ways to figure out which needle is best. It is important to use the right size knitting needle or your project will not turn out to look the way you would like it to.

Ways to Measure Knitting Needles to Find the Right Size

 
Go to a craft store and purchase a knitting needle in the size you wish to use
Go through your knitting needles and examine the number on top which will tell you the size of the needle
Go through your stash of knitting needles and measure needles using a knitting needle gauge

Ensure that you find the right knitting needles for your craft projects. Make sure it is a length you like since you will be using it for the length of your project. I prefer 10” knitting needles over 14” knitting needles, because the small needles are faster to me. I also prefer metal, because I like the clanking sound of metal and I feel they are smoother, making them faster.

Make sure all of your knitting supplies are handy when you start a project so you don't have to stop once you get rolling!
Make sure all of your knitting supplies are handy when you start a project so you don't have to stop once you get rolling! | Source

Knitting Yarn

Any type of 100% Acrylic or 100% Worsted Weight yarn will do for these projects as far as I know. I typically use worsted weight yarn made by Red Heart. It is the yarn that I find easiest to work with. I usually purchase Red Heart Super Saver, because like I said, I find it easiest to work with, and it is the least expensive yarn usually. However, Hobby Lobby has discontinued Red Heart Super Saver yarn as its’ cheapest yarn. The replacement is Crafter’s Secret, a brand created by Hobby Lobby.

Knitting Tools Needed

Knitting needles and knitting yarn were discussed above. My favorite and my preference when it comes to both is 10” metal needles (I love size 15 for scarves) and worsted weight yarn. A knitting gauge can help you find the right size of knitting needle. A tapestry needle is needed at the end of project. You must weave in the extra yarn in a natural manner using this plastic needle so there are no knots in your knitted piece of art. Point protectors protect your project as you work on it, while a knitting tote makes your project portable and neat.

Knitting Tools Needed

Knitting Tool
Recommendation
Knitting Needles
Use size required for pattern
Knitting Yarn
Worsted Weight
Tapestry Needle
Large plastic needle used to weave in the ends of the project
Point Protectors
Protectors to ensure yarn does not fall off
Knitting Tote
Bag for your project and accessories
Knitting Gauge
Measuring tool to determine needle sizes

Other Knitting Abbreviations

CO - Cast On
K - Knit
P - Purl
BO - Bind Off


These abbreviations may be used in the following patterns. If you do not know how to do them yet, don’t worry. As a beginner, I have provided simple to understand definitions of each of these terms along with excellent videos under the free coaster knitting patterns.

Lots of Triangles Knitted Coaster

This is an up close example of a single coaster in a coaster set of the pattern of the knitted coaster illustrated in the Triangles part of this article.
This is an up close example of a single coaster in a coaster set of the pattern of the knitted coaster illustrated in the Triangles part of this article. | Source

Lots of Triangles Knitted Coaster

This is a very masculine looking coaster with a unique pattern design. It would make a great gift for any special man in your life. This pattern is perfect for beginners, because it is an easy knitting project with a satisfying result.

There are many options for this coaster pattern. You could knit all four of these coasters in the same color to bring conformity to the set, or you could mix the colors of the coaster set up for variety.

Tie a ribbon to make a beautiful set, and give it away as a great homemade gift!
Tie a ribbon to make a beautiful set, and give it away as a great homemade gift! | Source

Equipment Needed:
US 8 Knitting Needles
Favorite Color of Worsted Weight Yarn
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
Approximately 5” X 5”

Length of Time to Create:
Approximately 1 Hour

Picture of coasters for this pattern in two different colors for variety. Purple and Yellow are complimentary colors too!
Picture of coasters for this pattern in two different colors for variety. Purple and Yellow are complimentary colors too! | Source

Free Knitting Coaster Pattern:

CO 20

R1-3: K3, *K*, K3
R4: K3, P1, K16
R5: K4, P11, K5
R6: K3, P3, K9, P2, K3
R7: K6, P7, K7
R8: K3, P5, K5, P4, K3
R9: K8, P3, K9
R10: K3, P7, K1, P6, K3
R11: K3, P6, K1, P7, K3
R12: K9, P3, K8
R13: K3, P4, K5, P5, K3
R14: K7, P7, K6
R15: K3, P2, K9, P3, K3
R16: K5, P11, K4
R17: K16, P1, K3
R18: Repeat R4-R11
Finish with R1-R3.

BO and weave in the ends.

Welded Laddered Love Knitted Coaster

One of the coasters in the knitted coaster set called Welded Laddered Love.
One of the coasters in the knitted coaster set called Welded Laddered Love. | Source
A beautiful coaster set that could be tied with a ribbon in a bow for a nice finishing touch!
A beautiful coaster set that could be tied with a ribbon in a bow for a nice finishing touch! | Source

Welded Laddered Love Knitted Coaster

This is one of my favorite original pattern designs for coasters. It is the perfect gift for anyone! It has the elegant look for any women on your holiday shopping list, but it still has that cohesiveness needed for a coaster set for anyone. This knitting pattern is perfect for beginner knitters, because it is fast and easy.

There is a variety of ways to complete this coaster set. You can mix and match the colors or make them all the same color. It really depends on who you are making the set for. You may want to consider what their favorite colors are, where they will keep the coaster set, and what colors conform to their style.

This is an example of a set of four coasters made with this free knitting pattern and ready to be put to use!
This is an example of a set of four coasters made with this free knitting pattern and ready to be put to use! | Source

Equipment Needed:

US 7 Knitting Needles
Favorite Color of Worsted Weight Yarn
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
Approximately 6” X 6”

Length of Time to Create:
Approximately 30 Minutes

Free Knitting Coaster Pattern:

CO 22

Knit 4 rows.
R1: *K*
R2: K3, P4, (K2, P4) X2, K3
R3: *K*
R4: K3, P1, K2, (P4, K2) X2, P1,K3
Repeat R1-4 five more times.
Knit 4 rows.

BO and weave in the ends.

Squared or Blocked Knitted Coaster

Knit this awesome coaster and make a coaster set for anyone in your life!
Knit this awesome coaster and make a coaster set for anyone in your life! | Source
A fanned out picture of this knitted coaster pattern. Isn't it beautiful? It's also thick and sturdy - the characteristics you want in a coaster!
A fanned out picture of this knitted coaster pattern. Isn't it beautiful? It's also thick and sturdy - the characteristics you want in a coaster! | Source

Squared or Blocked Knitted Coaster

This is a common knitting pattern design, usually called basket-weave. While this is not completely a basket-weave pattern, it is similar. It is very symmetrical and neat looking. This coaster is appropriate for males or females. Anyone could use a set like this.

Beginner knitters can knit this coaster with only the knit and purl stitches. The satisfaction of what this coaster looks like when it is done is very high, because it turns out looking quite advanced. Mix and match colors for this coaster set or use the same color for all 4 coasters. With this design, the coaster set looks nice either way.

Which One of These Three Free Coaster Knitting Patterns is Your Favorite?

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A nice coaster set for any holiday! Use some string tied in a bow to make a beautiful homemade knitting gift more personable!
A nice coaster set for any holiday! Use some string tied in a bow to make a beautiful homemade knitting gift more personable! | Source

Equipment Needed:
US 8 Knitting Needles
Favorite Color of Worsted Weight Yarn
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Measurements:
Approximately 5” X 5”

Length of Time to Create:
Approximately 30 minutes

Free Knitting Coaster Pattern:

CO 20

R1: *K*
R2: *P*
R3: K2, *P4, K2*
R4: P2, *K4, P2*
R5: Row 3
R6: Row 4
R7: Row 1
R8: Row 2
R9: P3, *K2, P4*, K2, P3
R10: K3, *P2, K4*, P2, K3
R11: Row 9
R12: Row 10
R13-20: Row 1-8
R21-22: *K*

BO and weave in ends.

Now that you have received three free knitting patterns for these coasters, I would like to provide you with some tips for when you are knitting coasters or small knitting projects in general. As a self-taught beginner, I think I am the person for the job!

These tips along with "How to Knit" information and excellent You Tube videos that will teach you the basic aspects of knitting. Therefore, don't stop reading here! Continue on to Part 2 of this article so that you can finish getting valuable information about knitting coasters.

This was originally a single article, but became quite long. With the two parts, you can get the knitting patterns and information in Part 1. Part 2 supplies you with tons of knitting information, knitting coaster tips, and great knitting videos, including one I created myself!

A Summary Picture with All 12 Coasters that you can make with these 3 free knitting patterns for coasters. Very pretty and colorful!
A Summary Picture with All 12 Coasters that you can make with these 3 free knitting patterns for coasters. Very pretty and colorful! | Source

Hobby Lobby's Headquarters

A markerHobby Lobby Headquarters -
7600 SW 44th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73179, USA
get directions

This is one of the best craft stores for knitters and/or crocheters with weekly sales. They have a large variety of yarn, needles, and accessories.

Michael's Craft Store Headquarters

A markerMichael's Headquarters -
8000 Bent Branch Dr, Irving, TX 75063, USA
get directions

Another fun craft store for needlework lovers! It's full of different kinds of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and more - Perfect for knitters!

Start your knitting hobby today! This article has everything you need to begin!
Start your knitting hobby today! This article has everything you need to begin! | Source

Dear Readers:

The images in this article were created and published by Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter).

Please feel free to ask a direct question about any of the information provided in this article or any questions you may have about the free knitting patterns provided above.

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Thank you for your time, and I hope you enjoyed these free knitting patterns for beginners!

Michele Kelsey (theflirtyknitter)

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      Donna Herron 18 months ago from USA

      Great patterns! I particularly like the Laddered Love coasters. Coasters are a great little knitting project, especially for beginning knitters. I made a set of knitted coasters a few years ago and we use them all the time. Thanks for posting and sharing!

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      Michele Kelsey 18 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      Awesome! What color are yours? We got stone ones as a wedding present so I've never kept a set. I have given lots away as gifts as I find them perfect for guy recipients. Did you use double yarn or chunky? These patterns were single worsted weight, but I have had guys say they worry they are too thin and will leak. Thanks for following! :) Michele Kelsey

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      Aine Mc Donnell 7 months ago

      In the Welded Laddered Love Knitted Coaster and the block coaster how many extra stitches should I cast on to make matching place mats?

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      Michele Kelsey 7 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      It really depends on how big you want your placemats to be. My guess would be 3 or 4 times the cast on that the coasters call for. Please let me know if you have further questions and I will happily make placemats to test them out myself.

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      Michele Kelsey 5 months ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      I was thinking about you today and was wondering if you made the placemats or if you'd like me to create a free knitting pattern for them?

      I'll be happy to help!

      Michele :)

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