How to Knit a Coaster Free Knitting Pattern for Beginners

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Learn how to knit a simple coaster in this free knitting pattern perfect for beginner knitters!

Knit up a quick and easy coaster with this free pattern. The stockinette stitch is perfect for coasters since it lays flat. Adding a simple garter stitch edge will keep it from curling. Plus it frames your knit coasters nicely.

A coaster is a simple and small starter project perfect for beginner knitters. This free knitting pattern includes pictures too.

Pale blue knit coaster on white wood with notions.

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Coasters make great gifts for new home owners, friends over the summer months and for neighborhood hosts during the holiday season.

You can make a set of coasters (4 or 6) with less than one ball of yarn. Each coaster only uses 22 yd of yarn. This would also be a great way to use up scraps of yarn to mix and match colors.

What You Need

You will need a #4 medium worsted weight yarn that’s 100% cotton, or a cotton blend and 4.5 mm US size 7 circular needle for this coaster knitting pattern.

I use Dishie yarn for this knit coaster pattern. It’s 100% cotton and comes in so many different colors!

You can choose a different brand yarn but choose the same yarn weight. And cotton or cotton blend yarn is highly recommended as in the kitchen cottons are the best fiber to use.

I use my circulars which are good for both knitting in the round and for flat projects like this one. Of course, you can use straight needles for this coaster pattern.

White coffee cup with geometric design in grey on pale blue knit coaster next to bowl or clementines.

About the Stitch

Even though stockinette stitch makes a flat fabric, the edges do curl. So that’s one reason we’re adding garter stitches to the edges of the coasters.

Stockinette stitch is the knit stitch on the right side and purl stitch on the wrong side. Garter stitch is knit stitch on both sides of the fabric.

Navy knit blanket in stockinette and garter stitch.
The Sophia Blanket uses garter stitch as a border to the stockinette stitches.

If you want to make a 100% easy peasy knit coaster then use this knit face scrubby pattern. It’s all garter stitch, so you just knit both sides!

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

CO – Cast On The long tail cast on is great for small projects this like this.

K – knit

P – purl

rep – repeat  

RS – right side

st(s) – stitch(es)

WS – wrong side

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Knitting needle, scissors, ruler next to blue knit coaster.
Pale blue knit coaster on white wood with notions.

How to Knit a Coaster

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to knit an easy coaster in the classic stockinette stitch.


  • 22 yd of #4 med worsted weight yarn. I use Dishie Yarn (100% cotton, 190 yd / 100 g) here.


  • US needle size 7 / 4.5 mm knitting needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • measuring tape


Cast on 21. You can use any cast on you are comfortable with, here are 4 easy cast ons for beginners.Stitches cast on needle in blue yarn.

  1. Rows 1 - 4. K all sts to the end of row. Rows of knit stitches on needle.
  2. Row 5. (RS) K all.
  3. Row 6. (WS) K3, P all until the last 3 stitches, K3.Back of stockinette swatch in blue. This is the back of the coaster.
  4. Row 7. K all.
  5. Row 8. K3, P until the last 3 sts, K3.
  6. Rep Row 7 - 8 until the coaster is 4" tall, or to the desired length.Small swatch of stockinette with garter edges on needle.
  7. K all for the last 4 rows.

BO on the right side of your work.

Pull yarn through the last st.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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