Coaster Knitting Pattern (Herringbone Stitch Knitting)

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Make a set of knitted coasters with this coaster knitting pattern.

Easy to make and great for using up leftover yarns in your yarn stash.

This set of coasters features an interesting stitch pattern – the herringbone stitch.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern.

Coaster knitting pattern

Herringbone Stitch Knitting

The herringbone stitch is a lovely thick textured stitch, great for blankets, scarves, and coasters.

The stitch creates a densely woven fabric that is perfect for this set of coasters!

If you are not sure how to knit this please take a look at this tutorial – How to knit herringbone stitch.

This has both step-by-step photographs and a video tutorial to help you.

coaster knit with fringing - coaster knitting pattern
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How Do You Add Fringe To A Knitted Coaster?

Adding a fringe to a knitted coaster can be a fun and decorative way to finish off the edges.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to add fringe to your knitted coaster:

Materials you will need:

  1. Knitted coaster
  2. Yarn (the same yarn you used for the coaster or a contrasting color, depending on your preference)
  3. Scissors
  • Step 1: Prepare the yarn Cut several strands of yarn to your desired fringe length. The length of the fringe can vary, but a common length is around 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm).
  • Step 2: Divide the coaster edges Divide the coaster edges into sections where you want to attach the fringe. You can add fringe to all sides or just select edges, depending on your design choice.
  • Step 3: Attach the fringe for each fringe section, follow these steps to attach the fringe:
  • Take one strand of the cut yarn and fold it in half so that you have a loop at one end.
  • Insert the crochet hook or a large tapestry needle through the edge of the coaster where you want to add the fringe.
  • Grab the loop end of the yarn with the hook or needle and pull it through, creating a small loop at the coaster edge.
  • Bring the loose ends of the yarn through this loop and pull them tightly to secure the fringe in place.
  • Step 4: Repeat for all fringe sections. Continue attaching fringe to all the selected sections until you’ve completed the desired fringe pattern around the coaster’s edges.
  • Step 5: Trim the fringe Once you’ve attached all the fringe, trim the ends so that they are even and neat. Be sure to cut them to your desired length.
  • Step 6: Optional – Secure the fringe (if needed) If you find that the fringe is not holding up well, you can secure it further by adding a dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish to the knots at the coaster edge. This step is optional but can help prevent the fringe from unraveling over time.

And that’s it!

Your knitted coaster with fringe is complete.

Enjoy your lovely, finished coaster with the added touch of decorative fringe.

You can also see the fringe tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

fringe coasters

How To Knit The Herringbone Stitch

The herringbone stitch is a beautiful, textured knitting pattern that resembles the distinctive V-shape of herringbone patterns.

It’s achieved by working two stitches together in a specific way.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to knit the herringbone stitch:

Note: The herringbone stitch is typically worked over an even number of stitches.

Abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • sl: slip
  • wyib: with yarn in back

Instructions:

  1. Cast on: Start by casting on an even number of stitches according to your project requirements.
  2. Row 1 (Right Side – rs):
    • k2, sl1 wyib – Knit the first two stitches, then slip the next stitch purlwise with the yarn held at the back of the work (wyib).
  3. Row 2 (Wrong Side – ws):
    • k1, sl1 wyib – Knit the first stitch, then slip the next stitch purlwise wyib.
  4. Repeat Rows 1 and 2:
    • Continue repeating Rows 1 and 2 until you’ve reached your desired length.
  5. Bind off: When you’ve finished knitting the herringbone stitch pattern to your desired length, bind off in pattern. For Row 1, you will knit the first two stitches, then pass the first stitch over the second stitch to bind off. For Row 2, you will knit the first stitch, then pass the second stitch over the first stitch to bind off.

Tips:

  • To maintain the correct tension and evenness of the stitches, avoid pulling the yarn too tightly while slipping stitches.
  • If you want to create a swatch to practice the herringbone stitch before starting a larger project, cast on a multiple of 2 stitches, like 20 or 30 stitches.

Remember, like any new knitting stitch, it might take a bit of practice to get the hang of the herringbone stitch, but once you get the rhythm, it’s a lovely pattern to incorporate into your knitting projects.

herringbone stitch knitting

Knit Coaster Instructions

The pattern instruction are below, you will see all of the information you need including the yarn weight and needle size to use.

You can use bulky weight yarn with (US size 11) 8 mm knitting needles or any yarn weight you have in your stash (like cotton yarn or worsted weight yarn) with the recommended needle size.

The coasters make great a great gift (especially for any last-minute gifts) and you can make them in lots of different colors to match the recipient’s home decor.

You could also make them for birthday parties, Independence Day, or for holiday decor.

Yield: Coasters

Free Knitting Pattern - Coaster Knitting Pattern {Herringbone Stitch Knitting}

herringbone knit

Make a set of knitted coasters with or without fringe.

A Great choice for stash-busting and using up your yarn stash - you can make them in any color.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Advanced Beginner
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Yarn - Approx 75g of worsted weight yarn to make a set of 4 coasters with fringing.
  • Without fringing approx 50g yarn.
  • You can use any type of yarn for this project, from medium-weight yarn, variegated yarn, acrylic, linen, cotton blend yarn, and more!
  • You don't need a full skein for one coaster, but if you make more you will of course need more yarn.

Tools

  • 8 mm (US 11) Knitting Needles
  • Crochet Hook - 5mm (H/8)
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure

Instructions

Make a set of 4 coasters (or more) with the herringbone stitch pattern.

  1. Step 1 - Cast on 24 sts
  2. Step 2 - Work in the herringbone stitch pattern until the coasters measure 4 inches/10cm in length.Get the tutorial here - How to knit herringbone stitch.herringbone stitch sample
  3. Step 3 - Cast off in stitch pattern. herringbone stitch sample
  4. Step 4 - Block if necessary and weave in all loose ends.blocking the coasters
  5. Step 5 - Cut lengths of yarn approx - 4 inches/10cm long and create fringed edging on each side. fringe coasters
  6. Step 6 - Trim the fringe to the length that you want it to be.

Notes

Tips

  • Use needles with a good point on the end, I tried this with bamboo needles that didn't have a sharp pointed end and found it difficult.
  • Once I switched to other wooden needles with a sharper point, it was much easier.
  • Use a needle size up - go up a size because the knitting becomes tight.
  • Try not to knit tightly - this makes it difficult to work the stitches if you are a tight knitter.
  • The fabric becomes dense and very tight - so just be aware of that when choosing your needles and yarn.

Size of the coaster (dimensions) - 4 inches/10cm x 4 inches/10cm square.

Gauge - 10 sts in 18 rows in 4 inches/10cm square.

Did you make this project?

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You may also like these free coaster knitting patterns…

coaster knitting pattern

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Happy Knitting!

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