Crochet Coasters Free Pattern and Video Tutorial

How to Crochet Knit-Like Coasters with Cork Backing

Hi guys! I originally planned to share a crochet pillow pattern this week, but my husband came to visit me for 2 weeks. He lives in the U.S., and I live in Canada (until my spouse visa gets approved), so it has been a little tricky to see each other this year. Our families have been incredibly supportive though, with my mom letting us stay with her, and his parents watching our two huskies, so he can visit. I decided to keep things simple this week by sharing a pattern for crochet coasters. I hope you guys like it!

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make these textured crochet coasters using the half double crochet in the 3rd loop only stitch. This simple stitch creates a knit-like texture that adds visual interest and dimension to any project. You can use any yarn to make these coasters, but I recommend a cotton yarn because it holds up better to wear and tear over time. These coasters have an added level of durability with their cork backing, but it is optional. If you love the design of these crochet coasters, but want to extend them to make larger coasters, pot holders, or placemats, there are instructions below to help you do this. Let’s get started!

Crochet Coasters Free Pattern
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Materials:

Yarn:

  • 1 Skein of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Weight 4 Medium Worsted Yarn (100% mercerized cotton, 186 yd/ 170 m, 3.5 oz/ 100 g) – Charcoal or Ecru (approx 50 yards used for one coaster)

Yarn Choice:

I chose to use Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn for my coasters because I had it in my stash – I am trying to stick to my goal of using from my yarn stash first. However, I chose cotton yarn because it holds up well over time and is ideal for coasters, placemats, towels, dish clothes – basically any home decor item that gets a lot of wear.

For these coasters, you can use any yarn weight, brand, and material you would like, including acyrlic yarn. The one thing that I dislike about acrylic yarn is that it pills (fuzzes up) after you crochet, but I think anti-pill acrylic yarn would work great for this project too. A couple of examples of anti-pill yarn are Lion Brand Basic Stitch, and Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek from Hobby Lobby.

Yarn Alternatives:

If you don’t have any Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton on hand, you can use any weight 4 medium cotton/nylon yarn as a substitute. Here are a couple of alternatives to get you thinking:

  • Dishie Yarn: Dishie is an extremely durable 100% cotton yarn that holds up well over time, no matter how many times it’s washed. They have several options: Dishie Solids, Dishie Twist, Dishie Multi-Colored. With over 30 colours to choose from, I hope you find one that speaks to you. Out of all the cotton yarns, Dishie is the most budget-friendly and gives you the best bang for your buck!
  • I Love this Cotton Yarn: This yarn can be found exclusively at Hobby Lobby and has 71 colours to choose from! It works great for garments, and home decor items.
  • Bernat Handicrafter Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter is another great medium 4 cotton alternative. It comes in 26 solid colour options, and a few variegated colours too.
  • Lily Sugar N’ Cream Yarn: This yarn can be found at Meijer, Joann’s, Michaels and online. There are 42 colours options to choose from in the solids, and 42 ombre options!
  • Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn: Bernat Maker is a bulky weight 5 t-shirt yarn that is durable, and holds up well over time. This yarn would work great for this project, but would require a 6.0mm crochet hook, instead of a 4.5mm.
Half Double Crochet in 3rd Loop only Coasters

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Pattern Measurements

These coasters measure 5″ in diameter (from one edge of the coaster to the other).

Customizing the Size of your Crochet Coasters

Customizing the size of your coasters to make them smaller or larger is easier than you think! You can also extend the pattern to make potholders, or placemats too.

Smaller: To make your coasters smaller, continue working the pattern until you are happy with the size of your coaster. Then finish the coasters with Rnd 9 – a round of slip stitches.

Larger: To extend the pattern to make the coasters larger, you will work Rnd 9 in half double crochet stitches. Each round is increasing by 8 half double crochet stitches; so Rnd 9 will have 72 half double crochet, and Rnd 10 will have 80 half double crochet.

Rnd 9: In 3rd loop only, [hdc in 1st 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (72 hdc)

Rnd 10: In 3rd loop only, hdc in 1st 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 4 sts. (80 hdc)

Continue working this pattern until you are happy with the size of your coaster. Then finish the coasters with Rnd 9 – a round of slip stitches.

Video Tutorial – Here:

Here is a link to a video tutorial for making the crochet portion of this coaster!

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • MR – magic ring
  • Ch – chain
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Hdc – double crochet
  • Rnd – round
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.

Pattern:

Notes:

  • The beginning chain of Rnd 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • This pattern is written to make a coaster measuring 5″ in diameter. To make your coaster smaller or larger than 5″, please read the “Customizing the Size of your Coasters” section.
  • Rnd 9 is the only round of slip stitches.
  • After Round 1, crochet in the 3rd loop only of each stitch around. This creates a knit-like texture.
  • Making a Magic Ring tutorial.
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.
  • This coaster is designed to be seamless, so do not close the end of each round with a slip stitch. Instead, use a stitch marker to mark the 1st stitch of each round, to help you keep track.

Make a MR.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, make 8 hdc in MR. (8 hdc)

Crochet in Magic Ring

Mark the first st of each new Rnd with a stitch marker.

Rnd 2: In 3rd loop only, 2 hdc in each st around. (16 hdc)

Crochet in the Round

Rnd 3: In 3rd loop only, [hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (24 hdc)

Crochet Coasters in the Round

Rnd 4: In 3rd loop only, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last st. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5: In 3rd loop only, [hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (40 hdc)

Rnd 6: In 3rd loop only, hdc in first 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 2 sts. (48 hdc)

Rnd 7: In 3rd loop only, [hdc in first 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 8 times. (56 hdc)

Rnd 8: In 3rd loop only, hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, [hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st] 7 times; hdc in last 3 sts. (64 hdc)

Rnd 9: In 3rd loop only, sl st in each st around. (64 sl sts)

Fasten off, and weave in your ends.

Finished Crochet Coaster

Repeat this process to make another coaster!

Adding a Cork Backing to the Crochet Coaster

Now that you finished crocheting the top of the coaster, it is time to add a cork backing. Adding a backing to your coaster helps it hold up over time, and provides an extra layer of thickness to protect your furniture from the heat/cold of a cup, plate, or bowl.

  • Place the crochet coaster on a piece of cork, and trace around the coaster with a pencil to make a circle. Remove the coaster, and go back over the tracing with the pencil.
Crochet Trace Coasters
  • Cut around the tracing with an exacto-knife. You might have to go around the circle twice to cut all the way through the cork.
  • Clean up the edges of the cork circle with a sanding block or sandpaper (320 grit or any light grit sandpaper).
  • Add hot glue to the center of the cork, and place the center of the crochet coaster down.
  • Pull up the edges of the crochet coaster, and add hot glue around the edges of the cork circle. Press the crochet coaster down along the glue for it stick.
  • Remove any hot glue strands (those things get everywhere), and you are done!
Crochet Textured Coasters in 3rd Loop Only

Questions?

If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please reach out to me. I’d be more than happy to help! Simply comment below, or send me an e-mail through my contact page.

End Notes:  

Congratulations! You just made your first Texture Swirl Crochet Coaster. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can gift a set to family and friends, or use some in your own home.

Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on the blog.

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I hope you all have an amazing day!

Love, Dayna

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