Celtic Coasters & pattern

If you enjoy this pattern, you might also be interested in this post – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/what-about-a-celtic-coaster-style-placemat/

You may remember my “I have a new obsession” post. Well since then I have been working on more celtic designs, in particular I have continued thinking about how to make a coaster.

I had given up the crochet cotton coaster because my hands were hurting but it occured to me that it might be possible to make one in DK weight yarn if I gave up the idea of combining five pieces, so I tried with three and my standard method of working out how many chains were needed.3 part coasterI realised that although this worked well for my celtic bookmark that the gaps in the resulting coaster would be better eliminated, so I reduced the number of trebles (US-dcs) for a crossing point from four to three and tried again.

I had realised that using less trebles per crossing, I could increase the number of pieces from three to four.

So this is what I did and here is the result.4 part coasterI then got out the oddments of my Rico essentials cotton yarn and made another one.Coaster from cotton oddmentsI thought it worked it even better in cotton.

Now, I had shown you how I messed around with a drawing program to see how different colours could be used. I had a play and chose to make a couple more coasters like this from my regular stash.Red to green coasterandGreen to purple coasterI then thought it might be fun to use just two colours arranged so as to get a chequer pattern in the centre.

This is what you get.Black and cream coasterThis four piece coaster is the one for which I have written out the pattern but of course using the basic idea of three stitches for a crossing point and five into one for a corner you could design any number of pieces plaitwork coaster you chose.

I thought that starting each piece with the three chain and then just one stitch before the first corner worked well.

I would love to make some more but my coffee table is getting Coffee tablea bit crowded.

Now the pattern – UK terms – if you are in the US just replace treble (tr) with double crochet (dc).

Celtic Coaster pattern

These are very easy to make. The trickiest bit is fitting the four parts together.

You make two each of two different shapes. There is a long thin shape and a rectangular shape.

I used DK (US light worsted weight) yarn and a 4mm hook. You need to have a fairly firm strip, so use a different hook if necessary depending on the way you crochet. I crochet fairly tightly.

Mine came out about 3.5 inches square (9 cm).

Long thin shape

Start with 42 chain. (It is quite a good idea, if you are not too much of a perfectionist, to chain a few extra and then remove them at the end, just in case you miss the odd one.)

Ideally you want to work into the loop at the back of the chain (my method four in this post – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/four-ways-to-crochet-into-a-chain/ )
This gives an identical edge to both sides of the strip.

Treble into fourth chain from hook, then 5 trs into each of the next two stitches, tr into each of the next 18 stitches, then 5 trs into each of the next two stitches, tr into each of the next 16 stitches.

This ensures that the join can be behind another of the pieces.

Rectangular shape

Starting with 42 chain and working into the back loop again.

Treble into fourth chain from hook, then 5 trs into next stitch, tr into each of the next 6 stitches, 5 trs into next stitch, tr into each of the next 12 stitches, 5 trs into next stitch, tr into each of the next 6 stitches, 5 trs into next stitch, tr into each of the next 10 stitches.

Join the ends of one of the long thin shapes.

I find that it is better not to join the other ends until you are sure you have got them interleaved correctly.

The best way I find is to position the long thin joined shape and then interleave the similar shape as shown below.DiagramYou then add one of the rectangular shapes going over and under as shown in the photograph.Coaster to copy fromor use this diagram.Fitting parts together diagramThe stars represent the joins. The black ones show when they are visible and the arrows show where they are when hidden under other layers.

As the original diagram showed the two thinner shapes are the ones to interleave first. They must go under and over exactly as shown. Join the ends.

Then you add one of the other two going under or over as shown. This will hide one of the joins.

When you add the last shape all the joins will be hidden. This time every under will be followed by an over.

Check that each piece alternates between going over and going under and that all the joins will be on the underside.

When you are satisfied, join the remaining three pieces, press, and your coaster is finished.

(As always if you find any mistakes, please let me know!)



53 thoughts on “Celtic Coasters & pattern

      1. Hey, easy peasy … get a bigger room lol. Thank you – these are exactly what I’ve been looking for to explain how I can solve a problem on a project I’m designing. You are a gem! They are beautiful.

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    1. It would in theory be possible to make a long version like my Celtic bookmark or a square with more ribbons interweaving as it is not so hard to work up a pattern for any size but I am not sure if it would work as a scarf.


  1. Maybe I’m having a particularly difficult day, or maybe it’s just me. Getting these woven together seems a mystery to me. Do you start each piece, weave as you go and then complete the ‘strips’ after they are woven?
    I love these! They are beautiful and look useful. In a strong cotton, they would make lovely trivets for hot plates.
    I’ll think about it, but would love to see some ‘in process’ pictures. They seem like a Chinese puzzle…
    Thank you for sharing…you have so many very interesting and lovely patterns. And your sharing so many is wonderful. I found your tutorial on working into chains very interesting….and yes, I’ve also found that working into the back loop also gives you a neater, more finished edge.
    Thank you again!


    1. It took quite a while to put the pattern together for the blog and it would take a lot longer to do more of a tutorial.
      As the pattern says: you make the four pieces first. There is a drawing that shows how to interleave the two long pieces and the colours match the sample coaster shown. The photograph shows where the other pieces go over and under the first two. I could maybe do an interim picture showing the third piece in place but I have just come back from being away and I have a lot to catch up on so I can’t do it straight away.
      Glad you find some of my posts helpful.


        1. There are photographs in the link showing which part of the chain to crochet into and diagrams of how to fit the pieces together. Other than that it is just making ordinary trebles (US – dcs). I don’t think a tutorial would add anything to this. In fact photographs of me fitting the pieces together would be less useful than the diagrams.


    1. Celtic plaitwork could be made any size but a table mat size would need to use more pieces and you would need to work out how many chain you needed to start. In my original post I show how to draw out different sizes. For the coasters I used 3 stitches for each crossing point and 5 in one for each corner.


  2. It is so kind of you to share your patterns & skills free. My husband is self-employed which is like a gamble in Las Vegas. It’s either feast or famine…. mostly famine. We don’t have Internet so I have to save things to my phone, email them to myself then go down to our apartment’s clubhouse to print them out which is in only black & white. So then I use colored pens to mark each piece in your illustrations. That’s almost as involved as making one. I’m getting ready to start my first one. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. Thank you again for sharing your talent.


  3. Would you please advise how I should join the ends? It seems that both the top & the bottom of the row I just stitched need to be joined. Is that correct? Thank you.


    1. A reply to both your comments. Glad you like the pattern. Yes you have to join the top and bottom. I use the beginning tail to join the bottom and the end tail to join the top. If you pull the yarn through the last stitch you can make the edges look perfect but since it is at the back it doesn’t really matter. Just join neatly so you can’t see the join outside the overlap.


    1. Thank you for pointing out my mistake. I also notice that I should have written treble into the fourth chain from the hook not third! I make the number of chains that I should have put to start the rectangular shape as 42. I would be grateful if you could confirm that that will work.


    1. Making a larger one would be harder than you imagine to work out I suspect. This post https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/i-have-a-new-obsession/ shows how I drew out the plaitwork to aid planning. If you made a larger one there would be many many strips and choosing how to use the colours might be difficult too. The coasters look good because all the colours are different. However with some squared paper or a computer drawing program you could draw it all before you started. In the instructions of drawing a plan I suggest four stitches per crossing but I used only three for the coasters so there were no gaps.


    1. I’ve had a couple of people asking about making a placemat and one even thinking of a blanket. The trouble is I don’t think this would be very easy. You could make the strips wider if you worked out how to do the turns for multiple rows and the number of trebles needed for the crossovers but it would still be a lot of chains to start. My Celtic bookmarks https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/celtic-bookmarks/ took three to four hundred chain for the strip. There is also the matter of how many colours you use and how they work together. Using four different colours for a small coaster was easy! So maybe not impossible but a lot of work to devise I think.


  4. l have been looking for this pattern ever since l spotted it on a site l came to via Blogloving..l tried and tried to find the link, but l just tripped over it via something else..thanks..l really would like to try this on a bigger scale,, but will start small..

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