Puff Stitch Coasters – A Free Crochet Pattern

Savannah

What’s small, protects your coffee table, and is a fantastic little home decor detail? Coasters!

And they’re also easily forgotten about.

I mean c’mon – when I moved into my first apartment, I used old newspapers because I was too lazy to make or buy some coasters. Granted, I was using a $5 coffee table (thanks, Walmart), but you still would think I’d at least care about what my apartment looked like.

Spoiler alert: I still have the same coffee table and yes it's the cheapest thing I've ever owned furniture-wise, but man that little wobble table is still standing. Can't ask for more than that for a $5 table at this point.

A few months ago, my mom, step dad, and little sister came over for a visit and (if I may say delicious) dinner. I didn’t even know I had 50 coasters hanging around my apartment, but my sister found every single one of them. If there was one hiding in my apartment somewhere, she found it. Then decided it’d be fun to play “the floor is lava” with them… Nothing like getting feet all over your drinkware.

Well this got me thinking – why not make a new set of coasters? The old ones were normal, basic circular coasters with a Slip Stitch border, I’m sure I could come up with something a little bit more decorative (and less forgettable). Plus, I have all this leftover scrap cotton yarn, what else am I going to do with it?

Because this project uses so little yarn, it’s a great stash buster project and an easy one to get a hang of! The coasters look great on any coffee table, side table, kitchen table – wherever you need them really.

Materials

You will need the following:

  • Knit Pick’s Dishie Yarn (1 ball)
  • US H/8 – 5.00 mm Hook
  • Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
Note on Yarn: While the materials state 1 ball of yarn, you will not need a full ball of yarn. Each coaster comes out to just under 25 yds. of yarn, so if you have scraps, all you need is about 25 yds. of yarn total!

While not required, I chose to use Knit Pick’s Dishie for it’s wide range of colors, softness, and durability. You can also choose to make this in any other cotton yarn (such has Lily Sugar n’ Cream) as well. I’ve also seen coasters made with acrylic yarn as well, but I personally always choose to use cotton for it’s absorbency and wash-ability.

Techniques

This pattern uses two main techniques, the magic loop, and an invisible join. The Puff Stitch is also a prominent stitch in this pattern (it’s actually our main stitch). You can find written instructions for this stitch below.

Puff Stitch: 

1. Yarn over
2. Insert Hook
3. Yarn Over, draw loop through stitch
4. Pull yarn to about the height of the chain at the beginning of the row (in this case we will chain 3 at the beginning of each row)

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5. Yarn over
6. Insert Hook
7. Yarn over, pull a loop up through the same stitch
8. Pull yarn to about the height of the chain at the beginning of the row
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Repeat all in ********** until there are 11 stitches on the hook

9. Yarn over and pull through all 11 stitches
10. Chain 1. This completes one puff stitch.

Pattern

Create a magic ring, Chain 3

Round 1

Inside of your magic ring, create 6 puff stitches. Slip Stitch into top of Chain 3

Total 6 puff stitches

Round 2 Count (12 puff stitches)

Round 2

Chain 3, 1 Puff Stitch into Same Stitch. In each Ch 1 space between previous round’s puff stitches, create 2 puff stitches to increase this round. Continue making 2 puff stitches in each of the Ch 1 spaces from previous round until just before the first puff stitch of this round. Create 1 puff stitch in same stitch as first puff stitch for round 2.

Note: You can camouflage the Ch 3 at the beginning of the round a bit by working the first puff stitch of each round behind the Ch 3 bar. It may look funny at first, but it should even out as you continue through the rounds.

Total 12 puff stitches

Round 3

Round 3 Count (18 puff stitches)

Chain 3, 1 puff stitch into same stitch. * In next Ch 1 space between previous round’s puff stitches, create 1 puff stitch. In next Ch 1 space, create 2 puff stitches. Repeat from * until last create 1 puff stitch. Create 1 more puff stitch into same Ch as first puff stitch of this round. Sl St into top of Ch 3.

Total 18 puff stitches

Round 4

Round 4 Count – see a pattern?

Ch 1, SC into same stitch, SC into next 2 stitches. *2 SC into next stitch, 1 SC into next 2 stitches. Repeat from * until end of round, SC into same stitch as first SC of round

Round 5

Sl St through Back loop of previous SC – this will create our final round/border

And that’s really all there is to it! Easy, right?


Finishing

Well, there you have it! All that’s left is to weave in your ends, add any embellishments (I’m looking at those of you that have tags, these look fantastic with a lil tag on them!), and get them to use!

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