How to make knitted coasters

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Looking for a last-minute gift idea? Knit a heart-shaped coaster with this fab free tutorial from Julie & The Knits

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These knitted coasters are made using simple knitting techniques, such as garter stitch, KFB (knit into front and back of stitch) and k2tog (knit the next two stitches together).

You’ll need

• Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky yarn in Cherry Pie (339)

• Knitting needles 8mm (US11)

• Tapestry needle

• Scissors

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Step 1

Knit the top of the heart. Cast on 5 stitches. Row 1: Knit. Row 2: Increase first stitch by knitting in the front and back (kfb), knit to end of row. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: Knit to last stitch, increase (kfb). Repeat the first 2 rows. Knit 4 rows.

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Step 2

Cut the yarn and push your work to the bottom of the needle. Now cast on 5 stitches on the same needle where your work is. Repeat step 1 to create the other side of the heart. Once completed, the two pieces should be on the same needle.

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Step 3

Join the two pieces by knitting across them. Knit 4 more rows. Then on the next row decrease first and last stitch by knitting 2 stitches together (k2tog). Knit next row. Repeat the last two steps until you have 2 stitches left. Cast off and weave in ends.


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  • IngridFowler09

    I love these coasters! However, I am having a little trouble with the bit where I knit across to hold the two top of heart pieces together. I end up with this funny, almost hole; as if the knit stitches aren’t close enough. I’ve knitted them as tight as I can and nothing changes. Any ideas of what’s going on and how I can fix it??

    • bethfarr

      If it helps, I get the exact same thing. I use the thread tail of the first ‘lump’, and bring the stitches together as I sew in the end. I can’t see another way around it!

    • Julie And The Knits

      Hi Ingrid & Beth, sorry I only just saw your comments! When you knit across both half-circles to join them together, you get a very loose section in the middle. I fix this once the heart is finished by pulling the tail tight and going through a couple of stitches at the back of the work using my tapestry needle and the tail before weaving in the ends. This way your heart should look just like in the picture! Let me know if that helps :)

    • IngridFowler09

      Yes! I am making these for my mom and mother in law for xmas! I did the threading with the tapestry needle and it works great as far as I’m concerned! Thank you both.
      I’m glad I was not the only one getting that end result I was afraid I was doing it wrong somehow, haha! Thank you again :) They are perfect now!

  • MissCharlieB

    This is a great, simple pattern. I made seven of them and strung them up like a garland using black chunky wool to hold them together, which I plaited. Gorgeous!