There's something that's really festive about the red, white and blue stripes on this Stockinette Stripes Coaster. It's perfect for the 4th of July, of course, or really any summer entertaining, but you could also knit it up in any two or three colors you like for any themed party or just to have a bunch to use around the house.
You can probably knit up one in about half an hour, meaning you can have a bunch for all your get-togethers in no time.
- about 5 yards each of red, white and blue medium weight yarn per coaster (I used Red Heart Super Saver); you will need slightly more of the red than the white and blue
- one pair size 7 US (5 mm) knitting needles
- scissors and yarn needle for finishing
Gauge is not critical but I got 16 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch (4 stitches and 5.5 rows per inch).
Finished coaster is about 5 inches square.
Knit the Coaster:
- Cast on 20 stitches in red using the long tail cast on This counts as the first row of knitting.
- Purl a row.
- Change to white and work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
- Change to blue and work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
- Change to red and work 2 rows in Stockinette Stitch.
- Continue to work in Stockinette, changing colors every two rows, until piece is roughly square. I began and ended with red, but it's up to you whether you want to do that.
- Bind off cut yarns and weave in ends.
Note: it isn't necessary to cut your yarn each time you change colors, just run the colors up the side as you go. This will make the edge a little more colorful, but since this project curls a little it shouldn't be noticeable.