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Canada Coaster

Canada Coaster.

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Canadian-inspired Decor:

This quick and easy Canada Coaster, made in multiples, is a great addition to your table for Canada Day, other Canadian national holidays, hockey season or any other time you're feeling the Canadian spirit.

One coaster can easily be knit in less than an hour, so it won't take a big investment in time (or in yarn) to have a bunch of these ready for your next party.

Materials:

  • about 18 yards total of white and red medium-weight acrylic yarn per coaster (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • one pair size 7 US knitting needles
  • a copy of the Maple Leaf chart
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

16 stitches and 23 rows per 4 inches (4 stitches and 5.75 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished size is 5 inches wide and about 4.75 inches tall.

Instructions:

  1. Using the white yarn, cast on 20 stitches.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch 3 rows.
  3. Keeping the first 3 and last 3 stitches in Garter Stitch, begin to work the rest of the piece in Stockinette Stitch. Work plain in white for 3 rows.
  4. Begin to work maple leaf chart with the leaf in red, remembering to keep the edge stitches in Garter Stitch.
  5. Work in Stockinette Stitch with Garter edges 3 rows, then in Garter Stitch all the way across for 3 rows.
  6. Bind off and weave in ends.
  7. Make as many as you need to cover your table.

Color Techniques:

The project requires a sort of hybrid stranded knitting and intarsia knitting technique. In some places you will be able to thread the nonworking yarn easily across the back, but toward the center of the star you'll want to use intarsia.

This makes for a few more ends to weave in but also a coaster that sits a little flatter.

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