Pattern: Vegas-Style Coasters


This pattern was taken from Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman, published by Potter Craft (£19.99, available from

Reading charts for at double knitting

Who says knitting can’t save your life—or at least your furniture?! Knit these useful coasters while practicing two-color double knitting. I chose the colors of traditional playing cards, but you could choose any colorway you’d like.


  • To cast on, use two-color alternating cast-on (page 132), with the rst stitch in color A.
  • At the beginning of each row, knit the rst stitch with the indicated color, then bring both colors of yarn to the front, and cross them over each other before purling the second stitch with its correct color. This maneuver will close the sides as you work the two colors together.




One size


Approximately 31⁄2″ x 31⁄2″/[9cm x 9cm]


JCA/Reynold’s Top Seed Cotton: 3-DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton; each approximately 13⁄4 oz/[50g] and 105 yds/ [96m]. 1 hank each of White #260 (A),

Black #220 (B), and Red #971 (C)

Three size 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

Blunt-end yarn needle


40 stitches and 30 rows = 4″/[10cm] in the coaster chart patterns; one coaster can serve as your gauge swatch.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


Club Pattern (36 stitches, 26 rows)

See the chart (below).

Spade Pattern (36 stitches, 26 rows)

See the chart (below).

Heart Pattern (34 stitches, 26 rows)

See the chart (below).

Diamond Pattern (34 stitches, 26 rows)

See the chart (below).

Coaster (make 4)

Cast on 36 stitches for the Club and Spade patterns and 34 stitches for the Heart and Diamond patterns.

Using the double-knitting technique, work the appro- priate chart.

When the chart is complete, transfer all the stitches worked with A to one double-pointed needle and all the stitches worked with B to another double-pointed needle.

Using A, bind off by grafting the stitches together using Kitchener stitch (page 138).


Weave in yarn tails using duplicate stitch embroidery (page 85).

Block the pieces to the nished measurements.




NOTE: Each square in the chart represents 2 sts (a knit st on the side of the fabric facing you and a purl st on the side away from you). Bring both yarns to the back or to the front as you knit and purl. On odd-numbered rows, knit the first st of the pair with the color shown in the chart and purl the second st with the other color (not shown); on even-numbered rows, knit the first st with the color not show in the chart and purl the second st with the color shown in the chart.

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  • Date 9 May 2017
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