Free Knits For Your Home Project of the Month: November

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Colorwork Coasters

Design by Lisa Ellis

Try out your new skills with a choice of four coaster pattern designs. Add a splash of color to your table or give them as a thoughtful holiday gift.

Skill Level

Finished Size
4 x 3 1/2 inches


  • Worsted weight yarn* (200 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein each sandy beach #SW60 (A), charcoal heather #SW04 (B), mysterious fuchsia #SW27 (C), navy night #SW58 (D) and pecan toffee #SW182 (E)
  • Size 6 (4mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

*Sample projects were completed with Lamb's Pride Superwash (100% wool) from Brown Sheep Co.

20 sts and 21 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st pat.
Exact gauge is not critical to this project.

Pattern Notes
Coasters are worked flat in rows, using stockinette stitch for Fair Isle pattern and garter stitch for the edge. A back is made in garter stitch and sewn to wrong side of the coaster to hide strands of yarn and provide a finished look to the coaster.

Cut yarns after they have been used in the chart, leaving a 3-inch tail to weave in later.

Coaster Front
Note: Follow Fair Isle chart of choice, attaching colors as needed.
With A, cast on 21 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of chart from right to left.
Row 2 (WS): Work Row 2 of chart from left to right.
Continue following chart in same manner, attaching B, C and D as indicated, until all rows of chart are complete.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Coaster Front
Using color of choice, cast on 18 sts.
Rows 1-29: Knit across.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Wet-block coasters to size. Allow to dry completely.
Pin backing to wrong side of coaster and with color of choice, whipstitch front and back tog.

Copyright © 2011 DRG. All rights reserved.

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