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Free Pattern: Scrappy Knit Coasters

Hi friends! Wow it’s been a minute, but I’m really happy to have a new post for you today AND it’s a fun free pattern! This is a pattern for a set of knit coasters with a cute lil’ tassel that are a perfect way to use up super bulky weight scraps.

I’ve really been slacking off on the blog lately, although I’m trying to be kind to myself that with the COVID-19 pandemic and stress at work there has been a lot of change. One of the reasons is that I just haven’t been using my planner to be accountable to myself and the goals that I set.

A floral 2020 Agenda book sits on a brown outdoor table with a glass of pink iced tea on a white hand knit coaster
I really need a hard copy planner to keep myself on track

Earlier this year, I posted about my 2020 knitting goals and one of them was to use more stash yarn and knit more scrappy projects. At the beginning of COVID-19 lock down I decided I would take the time to do some projects around the house. And one of them was to organize my stash.

While I was organizing I realized I have a lot of scrappy balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. Like a lot of knitters this yarn is a staple for me for Winter items like hats, mittens, and scarves. But I always have a fair amount left over and I can’t just throw it out!

So I wanted to come up with a design to use up some of these scraps and these scrappy tassel coasters were born!

There are instructions for a 1 colour or 2 colour coasters. I love to make a set of 4 using two colours. There’s also a tutorial with photos for making the tassels.

4 knit coasters sit on a brown outdoors table
I used the bright Astroland colourway with the more neutral Fisherman to create this set of 4

These are perfect for keeping condensation off your furniture on a hot summer day when you enjoy a cold drink. The coasters can also be used for warm drinks, be careful not to place a very hot mug on them though, as Wool Ease Thick & Quick is primarily made of acrylic it can melt under high temperatures.

A glass of pink iced tea on a knit coaster, three other coasters are stacked next to it
Save your furniture from condensation when you enjoy a cold drink this summer!

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Materials

US 13 (9mm) needles

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Scissors

Approximately 20g (33 yds) of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or super bulky yarn per coaster

Square coaster or another small square/rectangle item (for making the tassel)

Gauge

8 stitches and 20 rows = 4 x 4 inches

Instructions

1-Colour

Cast on 10 stitches

Knit 14 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

2-Colour

Cast on 10 stitches in colour A

Knit 7 rows

Switch to Colour B

Knit 7 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

Tassel

I used a 3″ by 3″ coaster to create my tassel by winding the yarn around the coaster 12 times.

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Cut the yarn from the ball and then cut the wound yarn along the bottom of the coaster.

Take one strand of the yarn and put it to the side.

Hang the yarn strands over your needle and wrap the strang you put to the side around all of the strands and tie it.

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Sorry, this is upside down! It wouldn’t let me rotate the image!!

Trim the tassel to desired length.

Attach the tassel to your coaster by threading the tail from your bind off through the tassel and then weaving that end in.

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Weave in all remaining ends.

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You are allowed to sell your finished items made with this pattern. You may not use my photos/images to sell your items. Please give pattern credit to Knits of Steele/Cassandra Steele on your listings. Happy knitting!

 

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Free Ribbed Hat Knitting Pattern

Here’s a free knitting pattern for a ribbed hat! A very easy knit hat pattern that’s great for beginners. This unisex slouchy beanie is worked in a 1×1 rib stitch and will fit most adults and some children. 

This lightweight hat is the perfect accessory for transitioning in and out of Winter, thick enough to keep your head and ears warm, but not so thick that you’ll be burning up.

The Hacked Hat

You might be wondering how this hat got its name. I mean what does a nice knit hat have to do with hacking? Well, there is a story behind it…

One of the first hats I ever made was a slouchy hat made of denim cotton yarn. But as cotton tends to do, it stretched out quite a bit after a few wears. One day I wore it to work with a black hoodie and had my headphones on at my desk, and all my coworkers told me I looked like a hacker- LOL.

A young white woman wears a stretched out knit hat pulled over half her face
My cotton denim hat is now way too stretched out to wear!

My cotton denim hat is now too stretched to comfortably wear, but I found the perfect yarn to make a slouchy hat that would stay on my head! Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird

It’s 100% merino, so soft and a great value. Did I mention easy to come by because it’s available and big box craft starts and the colours!! I used the prettiest soft grey for this hat, and I have a bright coral colour in my stash that’s waiting to be knit.

And so with an idea and the perfect yarn, the Hacked Hat was born!

A young white woman with glasses on wears a great ribbed knit hat
The Hacked Hat is the perfect slouchy beanie to wear on a bad hair day!

The Hacked Hat is a unisex beanie worked in a 1×1 rib stitch. The stretchy nature of the stitch means it will fit most adults and some children without the need to adjust the pattern. The fit of the hat can be adjusted to be more or less slouchy as desired.

Hacked Hat Pattern

Skills required:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Knit two together 
  • Purl two together

Yarn

  • 149-164yds/136-150m of worsted weight yarn. 
  • Sample used 149yds/136m of Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in Sterling

Needles

  • US size 6 (4mm) circular needles 16” (or longer if you wish to knit with the magic loop method)
  • US size 6 (4mm) DPNs

Notions

  • Yarn Needle
  • BOR Marker
  • Scissors

Gauge

  • 32 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in 1×1 rib st. unstretched

Finished Measurements

  • Folded Flat 7” x 10”/18cm x 25.5cm

Abbreviations

BOR: beginning of round

CO: cast on

k: knit

k2tog: right leaning dec; knit 2 together 

p: purl

p2tog: right leaning dec; purl 2 together 

rnd(s): round(s)

st(s): stitch; stitches 

Instructions

CO 100 sts., join to knit in the round, place BOR marker. Be careful not to twist your sts. 

Rnd 1: K1, p1 to end.

Repeat this round until hat measures 9.5” (24cm). Approx. 62 rounds, depending on your row gauge. Proceed to decreases.

If you wish your hat to be more or less slouchy then either start the decreases sooner, or repeat rnd 1 until desired length is reached. 

Decreases

Switch to DPNs

Rnd 1: K2tog, p2tog to end (50 sts.)

Rnd 2-4: Knit.

Rnd 5: K2tog to end. (25 sts.)

Rnd 6: K2tog to last st., k1 (13 sts.)

Finishing

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use a yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining sts. And pull to tighten. 

Weave in all ends. 

You’re ready to rock your new hat!! And maybe become a computer whiz 😉 

A young white woman wearing glasses and a grey knit hat smiles at the camera
Put on your new hat! And don’t forget to share a photo on social media

Use #hackedhat to share your WIPs and FOs on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me @knitsofsteele!

Click here to view my designs on Ravelry

You are allowed to sell your finished items made with the Hacked Hat pattern. You may not use my photos/images to sell your items. Please give pattern credit to Knits of Steele/Cassandra Steele on your listings. Happy knitting!