3-6 class hours.

Used to working in the round from the outside in, decreasing your way to the center? Learn how to work the other way, starting at the center and increasing out: no more running out of yarn before you hit the middle! Working on double-pointed needles, try different ways of starting in the center while knitting up a cute coaster or two. We’ll talk about increase types, and placement options for both design (spokes, spirals and concentric circles) and construction (flat circular shawl, dome-shaped hat, hexagonal afghan block) purposes.

Know Before You Show

Cast on, knit, purl, bind off; simple incs/decs, follow written instructions, simple stitch patterns. Must know how to work in the round on double-pointed needles and work I-cord.


  • 100 yds #4 (worsted-weight) smooth yarn in light or bright color
  • 5-10 yds #4 (worsted) wt cotton, preferably mercerized, in light or bright color
  • 1 set of five US 6 or 7 [4.0 or 4.5 mm] double-pointed needles, preferably NOT metal
  • US G/6 [4.25mm] hook
  • Basic knitting supplies (tapestry needle, markers, scissors, etc)


1) Cast on 22 sts. Knit 1 row. Knitting first and last stitch of every row, work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until piece measures 4 inches, ending with a right side row. Knit 1 rowl; bind off. Block swatch.

2) With cotton yarn and using two dpns, cast on 4 sts; do not turn work. Work I-cord as follows: *Slide sts to other end of dpn. Bring working yarn from other end of needle across back of sts, k4.

Rep from * until cord measures between 1-2 inches. Set aside for now.

Coasters from the inside out