Cozy Linen Coasters – A Quick Knit Gift

I’m in love with these picot, lace-edged, linen coasters. What a sweet and lovely handmade way to start your morning. I’m convinced the coasters themselves put me in a good mood for the day! They also make for simple, elegant and inexpensive hostess gifts. You can knit these coasters up in a jiffy with this simple one page pattern, which you can find for download on Ravlery here or you can view and print from google viewer here.
The coasters are done in Quince and Co Sparrow–a beautiful fingering weight, 100% natural linen yarn.  It now comes in all sorts of colors that would be gorgeous for this project.  I love how the linen adds warmth, but not fuzziness to the coaster. To me, it’s the perfect, elegant fit!
This pattern is part of my Quick Cozy Knit Gift Series, which has all sorts of lovely, easy and quick knit projects for holiday giving.  Check out the other patterns here or by clicking the icon below:
Yes! This project is on the finish fifty list. This idea and pattern came to me last summer! When I moved to Baltimore in August 2012, when I finally learned the true reason coasters were invented. A glass can REALLY sweat here–like an entire puddle full! What better material than yarn to try and soak up that moisture? That was the inspiration. In the linen, they are versatile, good for any season–perfect under a glass of ice tea and adorably cozy under a mug of coffee or cocoa.
Hope you’re enjoying the lovely knits I’m sharing this week. Are you’re starting to feel festive? Hunker down with your knitting needles and some good ol’ holiday flicks and make someone’s Christmas beautifully handmade this year!
  1. These are perfect gifts. Thank you for sharing. Out of curiosity, which colorway of the Sparrow yarn did you use for the ones in the picture? I am trying to decide between Sans and Butternut.

    • anne

      Hi Tiffany, Thanks so much! I think this is Sans. When I did this pattern originally, they only had one color in Sparrow! I love that natural look.

    • I just placed an order for Sans. I am going to make some for gifts but also I want them for myself 🙂

    • anne

      Yay! They’ll be beautiful! I’m glad you will be making some for you, too!

  2. So cute! I love the very natural/neutral look! Being in WI, coasters aren’t as much of a necessity, but they sure look good 🙂

    • anne

      Thanks Loretta! I love the natural look, too!

  3. Anonymous

    How does one cast off 3 stitches at the end of a row, then bind off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next? (Turning rows.)

    • anne

      Eek. So sorry. I uploaded an updated pattern on ravelry last week. Everywhere it says “cast off” should be “cast on”. An awful search all and replace mistake. Please download and print the new version of the pattern. Happy knitting!!



    • Hi! I’m so sorry but I don’t make them to sell. I’m so glad you like them, though!

  5. Anita

    Not sure what you mean by yarn forward???

    • Hi Anita! I’m about to publish a tutorial on how to do this this week so keep you eyes peeled for that. To complete a Yarn forward, bring the yarn, which should be at the back of your work for a regular knit stitch, into the front of the work. When you go to make the next knit stitch, the working yarn that is now in front will come up and over your right hand needle to make the next stitch. When you do this it makes an “extra” loop or stitch over the needle. Its a way of increasing a stitch in your work. But it does so in a way that leaves a “hole.” Let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. maggierose

    i am an advanced beginner in knitting as the pdf on this lovely coaster lists and have knitted two of these and neither came out square … should the coaster be square? or skewered? i found (after the second try on the first coaster) that in the increasing directions, four sets are sufficient and then i began the turning the corner section which also went smoothly … it was during the last section of the decreasing directions that i had to knit BEYOND the four sets (similar to the first four increasing directions to match as a square) before i reached the directions “until 5 sts remain … what am i missing in the instructions? shouldn’t the last row be as row 7 is with 5 stitches remaining if the coaster is to be a true square? i’d greatly appreciate some advice since the coasters are lovely and i have many many women friends to give pairs of these coasters to … as i knit i continue to think of more dear hearts to share these lovely coasters with.

    • Hi Maggie! Thanks so much for writing and asking! Yes, the coasters should be square.
      After the first section, making that initial wonky picot piece, you should be starting with 5 stitches.
      Each set of increases adds 7 stitches. If you increase for four sets, you will have added 28 stitches for 33 stitches.
      When you turn the corner it’s effectively another set, but you are adding 5 sts total, because the last row you decrease 1 (38 stitches).
      Now decrease five sets but pause in your set when five stitches remain (after row 5)
      Then complete the coaster knitting the two “next row” instructions for the 6th and 7th row of your last set.
      Is this more clear? Hoping so :)!

  7. Kathy

    Hi – I have also made two of these cute coasters, and they are not very square. Do you block them after making them?

    • Hi Kathy, I’m so sorry yours aren’t coming out square. I do block them afterward. Are you decreasing as described in the comment above? I will send the same email, maybe it will help!

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