Free Knitting Pattern
Cute little rugs for your mugs. These 4″(10 cm) circle coasters are super quick to knit up with just 12 rounds and make an awesome last-minute gift. Made with wool because it can absorb a lot of moisture before it feels wet, perfect little protectors for your favourite furniture. The colour scheme of these will fit nicely with many decor themes; modern farmhouse, hygge, bohemian, shabby chic, cottage core. I love the look of a rustic tweed mixed with a modern gray.
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These knit up quick using 1 strand of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky and 1 strand of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed Worsted Weight at the same time (see affiliate statement above). Wool of the Andes has been one of my go-to yarns for years. It is an affordable highland wool, great quality, strong and sturdy with even stitches, and hand washes to a soft finish.
For these coasters I used the colour Gosling in the bulky weight and Olive Heather for the tweed. I love the mix of the neutral beige/gray with the earthy green/yellow and touch of tweed. I had an art teacher years ago tell me that all pieces should contain some black and some white, he was talking about paintings but I like to incorporate this rule in other areas of design when I can. Tweed wool is the perfect way to achieve this in your knitting, you almost always get the black and white mixed in with your colours and it creates such a beautiful texture with visual depth.
Make one and bundle it with a small succulent plant, a mug with a favourite tea, or a glass and bottle of craft beer. Or make a set of 4-6 and tie them with twine and top with a little card and personal message. Make sure to let the recipient know they’ll need to hand wash. These little coasters make an awesome handmade gift for many occasions.
Just Because – you like to knit and they’re worth it
These knit up pretty quick, with only 12 rounds you’ll be making a bunch in no time. Here are a few tips so you don’t get lost while in a state of mindless knitting in the round (I get you): You’ll be able to tell if you’re on a knit round or purl round by the direction of the stitch, all knit rounds increase, I’ve included the stitch count at the end of each increase round so you can easily check on the round number and find your place in the pattern (divide by 3 to match the number on each needle).
The stitches are a little tight with both a bulky and a worsted weight strand knit at the same time on size US9 (5.5mm) needles. This will make your finished piece nice and sturdy with a good weight, perfect for coasters.
After you bind off you’ll notice that your (suppose to be) circle is a little wobbly. Washing and blocking is a super important last step and will help you achieve a nice flat, round coaster. After washing, gently squeeze and roll in a towel, then shape the coaster into a circle, using your thumbs to smooth and round the edges. Lay flat until dry.
Yarns are held together and knit at the same time. You just need a small amount of for each coaster. You should be able to get 8+ coasters from 1 skein of the worsted weight.
You can substitute with an even thickness wool in both bulky and worsted weights.
Needles and Tools
Set of US 9 (5.5mm) Double Point Needles
4″ (10cm) diameter (approximately)
1″ = 4 stitches in garter stitch
CO – Cast On
DPNs – Double Point Needles
KFB – Increase 1 by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch
CO 3 with 1 strand of bulky and 1 strand of worsted weight wool at the same time with US9 (5.5mm) double point needle
KFB x3 , divide these 6 stitches evenly onto 3 needles and join round
Round 1 – Purl
Round 2 – [KFB] repeat to end (12 stitches)
Round 3 – Purl
Round 4 – [K1, KFB] repeat to end (18 stitches)
Round 5 – Purl
Round 6 – [K1, KFB] repeat to end (27 stitches)
Round 7 – Purl
Round 8 – [K2, KFB] repeat to end (36 stitches)
Round 9 – Purl
Round 10 – [K2, KFB] repeat to end (48 stitches)
Round 11 – Purl
Round 12 – Bind off all stitches
Cut the yarn and use the tail and a darning needle to sew a stitch to close up the gap between the first and last stitch. Weave in loose ends on the underside.
Wash and Block into a circle (see the pattern notes above to help shape your circle)
© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
Thanks so much, I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern. Let me know what you think, share your project pics on Ravelry and Instagram @handknithugs #roundrugcoasters. I’m planning on knitting up more in different colour combinations for holiday gifts. I’ll post pics when they’re done.