Christmas tree coaster knitting pattern

A cute little pattern for a knitted coaster with a Christmas tree.

Christmas is night and it’s time to decorate the home! And what better way to add a personal touch to your dinner table than a hand-knit coaster with a Christmas tree.

If you look around my blog, you will find more Christmas decorations (like my knitted Gingerbread Family). But I realized a lot of my free knitting patterns are a bit more complicated. So for this coaster, I made extra sure that even beginners can finish it. It only uses the most basic techniques and I linked you to video tutorials for all of them.

A hand knit coaster with a christmas tree on it

That being said: If you know how to cast on, bind off, knit the knit stitch, and purl the purl stitch, you should be ready to go. If not, my free knitting school will help you along.

Materials you will need:

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The materials you will need for this christmas coaster knitting patter
  1. Knitting needles size 4.5mm/US size 7. I am using the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz needles.
  2. A nice sturdy cotton yarn. I am using the Schachenmayr Catania Grande.
    If you take a different yarn, make sure it’s suitable for needles size 7. Don’t take acrylic yarn (won’t be able to soak in any condensation water) or regular sheep wool (may felt when washing).
  3. A tapestry needle and scissors.
  4. Pins for blocking

The Christmas tree coaster pattern

knitting a free coaster pattern with a christmas tree

Note: Here’s how to read knitting patterns if you still need to catch up.

The finished coaster will measure around 12×12 cm (4.7×4.7″). I think this is a good size to accommodate most mugs and glasses. Knit with smaller needles, if you want to size it down a bit. It’s a simple variation of my basic square coaster pattern.

Cast on 19 stitches with a standard long-tail cast-on

  • Row 1-5: Knit across all stitches (so a simple garter stitch)
  • Row 6: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 7: k8, p1, k1, p1, k8
  • Row 8: k3, p1, k11, p1, k3
  • Row 9: K9, p1, k9
  • Row 10: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 11: K5, p9, k5
  • Row 12: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 13: K9, p1, k9
  • Row 14: k3, p3, k7, p3, k3
  • Row 15: K9, p1, k9
  • Row 16: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 17: K7, p5, k7
  • Row 18: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 19: K9, p1, k9
  • Row 20: k3, p5, k3, p5, k3
  • Row 21: K9, p1, k9
  • Row 22: k3, p6, k1, p6, k3
  • Row 23: knit
  • Row 24: k3, p13, k3
  • Row 25-27: knit
  • Row 28: Bind off all stitches, and cut the yarn leaving a tail of around 6 inches.

Here’s are the very same instructions displayed as a chart (read this guide if you don’t know how to read knitting charts). I know, a lot of beginners rather prefer written instructions. But maybe you are more a visual person.

A free chart for a christmas tree coaster knitting pattern

Finishing up the coaster

There are two more steps until you can use your little mug rug. First, you need to weave in the ends. There should be two. One from the cast on and one where you cut of the yarn after your bind off.

weaving in the tails of the coaster

For garter stitch, the most invisible way to do so is going through the legs of the knit stitches on the wrong side. Simply thread the tail on a tapestry needle and try to split the individual threads as you go through them. Then cut off the tail. There’s no need to tie a knot.

If you want, you can go one more time in the other direction. Usually, a coaster doesn’t get much wear and tear and I feel it’s not needed. Once you are satisfied, weave in the second tail as well (here’s my full tutorial on weaving in ends the right way)

And the last step is blocking your coaster. Blocking is a way to prevent knitting from curling, helps to even out the stitches, and brings your project into shape.

blocking the coaster on an ironing board with steam

So, take some pins and block your little coaster into a symmetrical square shape. While there are special blocking boards, a normal soft ironing board will suffice (or a simple towel on a carpet). If your iron has a steam function, then simply go across (without actually touching the knitting) a couple of times and let it cool off.

As an alternative, you can also spray the coaster with a bit of warm water and let it dry for a couple of hours. Normally, you’d soak your knitting in warm water for 30 minutes. But cotton will get very heavy. From personal experience, most beginners will tend to overstretch their knitting if they try that.

a knitted christmas coaster embelished with embroidery

Last, but certainly not least, you could also add some little baubles to your Christmas tree. A simple french knot is all you need. Personally, I didn’t like it. But my partner said he loves it, so I felt I leave it up to you.

Naturally, you could also knit in a different color. I simply had some spare green yarn. But red or white could be lovely choices as well.

And there’s one thing you should be aware of. The knits and purls are a very subtle way to create the shape of the Christmas tree. With intarsia or fair isle, you could certainly achieve a much more stunning effect. You could also go for double knitting or bavarian twisted stitches.

Depending on the yarn you pick, the actual tree might be more or less visible. There is only so much you can create with simple knits and purls.

Either way. That’s my free Christmas coaster knitting pattern. Feel free to ask your questions below.

A free christmas coaster knitting pattern

29 thoughts on “Christmas tree coaster knitting pattern”

  1. Thanks for all the links, and the pattern. Glad to have discovered you! Btw, is there a link I missed to adding your patterns to My Ravelry saved patterns? ~ Debi ( Forevermore on Rav)

  2. Hi Norman!
    Thank you for your wonderful patterns. I enjoy reading them all and plan to resume knitting after many years. Covid restrictions continue and this will help pass the time.
    By sharing your patterns and enthusiasm for knitting, you make many of us happy. Thank you Norman and I wish you happy holidays and healthy 2022.

  3. Hi!! I learned to knit Sunday and yoir coaster was my 1st project and loved it..I did this one with the tree and love it as well. I used a multi color yarn I was practicing with. I would suggest NOT using a multi color because it took away from the tree pattern. I can’t wait to make these with green yarn and add the French knots. Thank you again!

  4. Hello,
    I have tried to do the coaster pattern and even used the chart but mine looks nothing like the picture. The middle goes in more, I am assuming where it is the purl in the middle,
    And how can I make the top and bottom edges the same?

    • If you want the top and bottom edge to be exactly identical, you probably will have to pick a different cast-on.
      There are multiple ways to do this but it’s probably easiest to start with a provisional cast-on, knit one row less below, and then later on pick up the stitches and use whatever bind-off you used on the other end and bind these stitches off directly.
      As for your coaster not looking identical. Consider blocking your coaster – it will take away the curle/slope.

  5. Would you have any coaster patterns for ant other holidays? Would love a heart or flower or pumpkin. Thank you for the tree pattern. Love it and have made many

  6. My Xmas coaster also has the center (“tree trunk”) section sunken in. Looks like that stitch should be a purl, instead of a knit stitch. The wrong side looks like the tree trunk. When I see the pattern as a grid, it is the same stitch all the way across (I followed the written pattern). Thank you for any clarification

  7. Hello Norman

    I’m wondering if you have a pattern for the Xmas tree so that the garter stitch border could be Red, background White and the tree Green?

    Thanks so much!

  8. Norman, I really enjoy your very straightforward tutorials (and also your humor!). The tree pattern catches my eye but I want to use it on the ends of a scarf, or the front of a sweater. Looks like it will be very simple using the chart. Haven’t decided if I would frame it with the square garter border or not. Probably would. I design all my own patterns, that way I never make a mistake, just include a lot of “design elements” if anyone questions some part of a project. People like you give me great inspiration and I appreciate your sharing your talents and knowledge!
    Best wishes for yet another wonderful Christmas,
    Norma Byrd
    Durango, Colorado

  9. OH, a P.S.: Someone asked about making the top and bottom edges the same. I would simply crochet one row around all four sides. Problem solved, yes?

  10. Hi norman, first i want thank you for being a such a great teacher and sharing so much.

    I going to point out that a few people have asked about top and bottom border difference.

    As this christmas coaster was an adaptation of your advanced coaster and they both use the same cast on and the same instructions for the first 6 rows. The both should look the same up to the point the tree pattern starts.

    But you photos of you christmas one show you have knitted a different number of rows compared to the advanced coaster pattern.

    I believe that when people follow your written instructions for this Christmas one they are seeing different to the coaster in your photos and that is why questions about the top and bottom border have raised.

    P.s. I only noticed this because of you tutorials about reading knitting.

    Could you please clarify for me and others?

      • So how have they both got different sides to the cast on edge showing despite the same start to the patterns?

        Today i have knitted a couple and found i too got different sides.

        That being said i started the second with a loop instead of a slip knot I wonder if it could be the reason for the difference?

          • Its has me bamboozled. And it not just me i can see it your coasters photos of too. Best i can figure is to do with multiple factors. Possibly tension variation and how much the cotton unspins on the tail in the setup of the cast on.

          • I don’ think you are looking at the right thing. I, dont see a difference. maybe a difference in blocking and how the edge curls in slightly but that’s about it.
            My recommendation: don’t overanalyze things. Whether your coaster has one more row there doesn’t matter at all.

  11. I apologise if any offence was caused. It was just a little mystery. And i wonder if it had a ny relation to why people had been asking about the top and bottom border difference in this pattern and the fact that this one binds of at row 29 instead of row 30 as in the advanced coaster pattern. I do agree it should not matter. But when people want to give things as gifts it may to them. Thank you and merry christmas

    • yes, there is one row less of stockinette stitch in the center. But really, if you feel you want to have identicaly coasters just adjust things accordingly. It’s not like these instructions are set in stone and you cannot adjust them. The way I typed it down here in this pattern is the way I’ve knitted it. That entirely doesn’t mean you have to repeat it 100% and exactly the way I did it.

  12. Hi Norman – I’m a beginning knitter and love the Christmas tree coaster. Thank you for the pattern. I didn’t have any trouble with knitting it and look forward to making more. The next project I’m choosing is the Double Moss Stitch Dishcloth which looks a bit more difficult. I’m really enjoying your patterns and tutorials. I’m so glad I found your webpage. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us.


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