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Shorty Coaster

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Designed for SSK knitting retreat.

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This design is a great way to learn or practice a few skills: icord cast-on, German short rows, and an icord bind-off. Designed for DK weight yarn, SHORTY COASTER knits up in a snap and makes a great gift.

Samples shown are asymmetrical, but the design is easily modified to make a square or rectangular coaster. Make a set with the same main color and unique contrast colors for gifts or for yourself. Worked in cotton yarn, this design makes a wonderful decorative accent to your sink. So many options in this little design!


DK weight yarn, or fingering weight yarn held double.

Each coaster uses less than 15 g total.

Knit Picks Swish DK, 100% Superwash Merino, 123 yd / 112 m per 50 g, or similar DK weight yarn.

Sample 1:

MC: Knit Picks Swish DK, colorway Dove Heather, 19.7 yd / 18 m (8 g)

CC: Cesium Yarn Merino DK, colorway Est. 1973, 9.5 yd / 8.7 m (4 g)

Sample 2:

MC: Knit Picks Swish DK, colorway Dove Heather, 19.7 yd / 18 m (8 g)

CC: agirlandherwool DK, colorway Bright, 9.5 yd / 8.7 m (4 g)


22 stitches & 44 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch knit flat

US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, min. length 32” / 80 cm or size needed to get gauge.


Long edge: 7.3” / 18.5 cm

Short edge: 6” / 15.2 cm

Width: 3.75” / 9.5 cm


Waste yarn or stitch holders for live stitches

Flexible tape measure


Small gram scale

Locking clip stitch markers to mark progress & indicate RS of work

Tapestry needle

Share your finished creations on Instagram with #ShortyCoaster

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn

Test knitting: Alexis E., Kim R. & Kristen W.

You will get a PDF (10MB) file

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Modular Coffee Cup Cozy


Side Hustle Wrap (DK)


Lumber Support


Logging Off




Side Hustle Cuffs


Exoskeleton Cowl


Modular Knit Case