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Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Coasters – Free Crochet Pattern

Here’s another Tunisian Mosaic crochet pattern which is my current favorite technique!

This is a collection of 4 patterns that are non-repeating and my first experiment with such patterns.

This set of four coasters make for a great first Tunisian Mosaic Crochet project. They work up really quickly and you can use up left over yarn from other projects from your stash! They are great for practicing the Mosaic crochet technique and would make perfect gifts for Christmas too. I hope you will enjoy making them 🙂

PS: These coasters are all made from some combination of overlapping squares and I love how that little detail binds them all together and they form a unified set, hence the name ‘Ekta’ which means ‘unity’ in Hindi.

Ekta Tunisian Mosaic crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter. They are made with Lily Sugar'n Cream Yarn from Yarnspirations with a base color (white) and 4 other colors.

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The hooks

I use a hook from my interchangeable Denise hook set to make the coasters and a Clover Amour Hook for the border.

In Tunisian crochet, we usually use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the hook recommended for the yarn. You can read a review of all the hooks I use here.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DENISE HOOK SET

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE CLOVER AMOUR CROCHET HOOK SET

The hooks

I am using Knitter’s Pride Ginger Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hooks and Clover Amour Hooks to make my slippers.

In Tunisian crochet, we usually use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the hook recommended for the yarn. But, in this project, we require the tension to be really tight so there is little to no space in between stitches. So, we will use the same hook size that is recommended for the yarn. This is to make sure that the fabric will be dense and the slippers will be snug so they won’t come off while wearing.

Here is a review of the Ginger Tunisian Crochet hooks if you’d like to take a look. There are a bunch of other Tunisian crochet hooks that I use. You can read a review of all the hooks I use here.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE KNITTER’S PRIDE GINGER TUNISIAN CROCHET HOOK SET

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE CLOVER AMOUR CROCHET HOOK SET

Dimensions

Each coaster measures 4.5” x 4.5” (11 cm x 11 cm).

Pattern

Scroll down for the free pattern.

A standalone PDF version with the chart (with X’s indicating the front post extended stitches), written instructions, and the repeat pattern chart is available for purchase in my Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrochet shops.

Click on the links below to purchase the ad-free printable PDF version of this pattern (includes a photo tutorial for making an I-Cord).

This pattern is also available as one of the two bonus patterns in my course – A beginner’s guide to Tunisian Mosaic Crochet.

Note: I will share two videos from this course on my ad-supported YouTube channel. You can find them here if you’d like to take a look before you make your purchase.

I would love to see your projects on Instagram! Tag your posts with:
@knitterknotter #knitterknotter #madewithknitterknotter

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Ekta coasters by KnitterKnotter - This set of four coasters make for a great first Tunisian Mosaic Crochet project. They work up really quickly and you can use up left over yarn from other projects from your stash! They are great for practicing the Mosaic crochet technique and would make perfect gifts for Christmas too!

What you will need (with clickable affiliate links)

  1. Yarn: Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in colors White, Mod Blue, Black Currant, Hot Orange and Dazzle Blue. Yarn per coaster:
    • Mod Blue, Black Currant, Hot Orange, Dazzle Blue – .2 oz / 6 gm / 20 yds / 18 m
    • White – .3 oz / 9 gm / 30 yds / 28 m

      Note: While wet blocking my coasters, some of the darker colors bled into the white yarn. If you look at the pictures closely, you’ll be able to see it. Please make sure that the colors you are using won’t bleed into one another when washed.
  2. Hook: 6 mm (J – 10) Tunisian crochet hook, 5.5 mm (I-9) crochet hook for the border.
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in tails

Experience Level

Beginner

Gauge

Gauge is not important in this pattern, you can use any yarn you like with an appropriate hook and the pattern will not change. The size of your coaster will vary depending on your style of crocheting and tension.

Resources

  1. Stitch Tutorials for Tunisian Mosaic Crochet
  2. How to change color at the beginning of a Forward Pass 
  3. How to make a Foundation Row
  4. How to bind off and end a project
  5. Tunisian Crochet Hooks
  6. How to block a crochet project
  7. A beginner’s guide to Tunisian Mosaic Crochet course

Abbreviations

  1. ch – chain
  2. fs – First Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar of the previous row (the one right under the one on the hook). The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row. 
  3. ls – Last Stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull through both the vertical bars into a loop on the hook.
  4. tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch– Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
  5. etss – Front Post Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch – Locate the stitch that’s two rows below the next stitch. Pick up the two vertical bars (front and back bars) from above the return pass chain, yarn over, pull through, chain 1.
  6. FR – Foundation Row
  7. BOR – Bind off Row
The four Ekta coasters by KnitterKnotter are a beginner friendly Tunisian Mosaic crochet project.

Colors

C1: White
C2: Mod Blue, Black Currant, Hot Orange, and Dazzle Blue

Pattern Notes

  1. This pattern is written in English / US terms.
  2. Change color at the beginning of the forward pass of every row.
  3. The instructions below are only for the forward pass. The return pass for every row is the same:
    • ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* until one loop remains on the hook.
  4. This pattern comes with stitch tutorials and other support videos. Scroll down for all video tutorials.
  5. How to read the charts:
    • The black and white squares are not a part of the pattern, they indicate that one color is used for the entire row and that we change color after every row.
    • Row 1 is the Foundation Row, the Bind Off Row is not shown in the chart.
    • There are no X’s to indicate the Front Post Extended Stitches in the chart below. I have a photo tutorial and a video below that explains how to add the X’s to your chart in the ‘Support Videos’ section.
Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter are worked in 5 different colors of the Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn

Instructions

Coaster #1

Square #1 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter - made with blue and white.

[C1] Row 1 (FR): This is the Foundation Row.
Chain 19, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
[C2] Row 2: fs, 17 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 3: fs, etss, 5 tss, etss, 3 tss, etss, 5 tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 4: fs, tss, etss, 13 tss, etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 5: fs, etss, tss, (etss, 3 tss) * 3, etss, tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 6: fs, tss, etss, (tss, 3 etss) * 3, tss, etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
[C2] Row 8: fs, 7 tss, 3 etss, 7 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 9: fs, etss, tss, etss, 11 tss, etss, tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 10: fs, tss, etss, tss, 11 etss, tss, etss, tss, ls.
Rows 11 – 17: Repeat Rows 9 to 3 in reverse order.
[C1] BOR: With a 5.5 mm hook, repeat Row 2. 
This will be the bind off row. You will make a single crochet every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Continue to the ‘Border’ section.

There are no X’s to indicate the Front Post Extended Stitches in the chart below. I have a photo tutorial and a video below that explains how to add the X’s to your chart in the ‘Support Videos’ section.

Chart for Square #1 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter.

Coaster #2

Square #2 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter - made with green and white.

[C1] Row 1 (FR): This is the Foundation Row.
Chain 19, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
[C2] Row 2: fs, 17 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 3: fs, etss, 5 tss, etss, 3 tss, etss, 5 tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 4: fs, tss, etss, 13 tss, etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 5: fs, etss, tss, (etss, 3 tss) * 3, etss, tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 6: fs, (tss, etss) * 2, 9 tss, (etss, tss) * 2, ls.
[C1] Row 7: fs, (etss, tss) * 4, tss, (tss, etss) * 4, ls.
[C2] Row 8: fs, 7 tss, 3 etss, 7 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 9: fs, (etss, tss) * 3, 5 tss, (tss, etss) * 3, ls.
[C2] Row 10: fs, (tss, etss) * 3, 5 etss, (etss, tss) * 3, ls.
Rows 11 – 17: Repeat Rows 9 to 3 in reverse order.
[C1] BOR: With a 5.5 mm hook, repeat Row 2. 
This will be the bind off row. You will make a single crochet every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Continue to the ‘Border’ section.

There are no X’s to indicate the Front Post Extended Stitches in the chart below. I have a photo tutorial and a video below that explains how to add the X’s to your chart in the ‘Support Videos’ section.

Chart for Square #2 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter.

Coaster #3

Square #3 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter - made with orange and white.

[C1] Row 1 (FR): This is the Foundation Row.
Chain 19, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
[C2] Row 2: fs, 17 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 3: fs, etss, 5 tss, etss, 3 tss, etss, 5 tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 4: fs, tss, 5 etss, tss, 3 etss, tss, 5 etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
[C2] Row 6: fs, tss, 3 etss, 9 tss, 3 etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 7: fs, etss, 3 tss, (etss, tss, etss, 3 tss) * 2, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 8: fs, 7 tss, 3 etss, 7 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 9: fs, etss, 3 tss, etss, 7 tss, etss, 3 tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 10: fs, tss, 3 etss, tss, 7 etss, tss, 3 etss, tss, ls.
Rows 11 – 17: Repeat Rows 9 to 3 in reverse order.
[C1] BOR: With a 5.5 mm hook, repeat Row 2. 
This will be the bind off row. You will make a single crochet every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Continue to the ‘Border’ section.

There are no X’s to indicate the Front Post Extended Stitches in the chart below. I have a photo tutorial and a video below that explains how to add the X’s to your chart in the ‘Support Videos’ section.

Chart for Square #3 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter.

Coaster #4

Square #4 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter - made with purple and white.

[C1] Row 1 (FR): This is the Foundation Row.
Chain 19, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
[C2] Row 2: fs, 17 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 3: fs, etss, 5 tss, (etss, tss) * 2, etss, 5 tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 4: fs, tss, etss, 13 tss, etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 5: fs, etss, tss, etss, 3 tss, (etss, tss) * 2, etss, 3 tss, etss, tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 6: fs, tss, etss, tss, 3 etss, (tss, etss) * 2, tss, 3 etss, tss, etss, tss, ls.
[C1] Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
[C2] Row 8: fs, 7 tss, etss, tss, etss, 7 tss, ls.
[C1] Row 9: fs, etss, tss, etss, 5 tss, etss, 5 tss, etss, tss, etss, ls.
[C2] Row 10: fs, 17 tss, ls.
Rows 11 – 17: Repeat Rows 9 to 3 in reverse order.
[C1] BOR: With a 5.5 mm hook, repeat Row 2. 
This will be the bind off row. You will make a single crochet every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Continue to the ‘Border’ section.

There are no X’s to indicate the Front Post Extended Stitches in the chart below. I have a photo tutorial and a video below that explains how to add the X’s to your chart in the ‘Support Videos’ section.

Chart for Square #4 from the Ekta Tunisian Mosaic Crochet coasters by KnitterKnotter.

Border

Continue to make single crochet stitches along the rest of the 3 borders separated with a chain at each corner. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Note: For symmetrical left and right edges, make the single crochet stitch in the space next to the edge stitch on each row.

Blocking

I recommend blocking your coasters using your preferred method of blocking. 

Support Videos

How to add X’s to a Tunisian Mosaic Crochet chart

How to read a Tunisian Mosaic Crochet chart

Pattern

Scroll up for the free pattern.

A standalone PDF version with the charts (with X’s indicating the front post extended stitches), written instructions, and the repeat pattern chart is available for purchase in my Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrochet shops.

I would love to see your projects on Instagram! Tag your posts with:
@knitterknotter #knitterknotter #madewithknitterknotter

Click on the links below to purchase the ad-free printable PDF version of this pattern (includes a photo tutorial for making an I-Cord).

This pattern is also available as one of the two bonus patterns in my course – A beginner’s guide to Tunisian Mosaic Crochet.

Note: I will share two videos from this course on my ad-supported YouTube channel. You can find them here if you’d like to take a look before you make your purchase.

Other patterns you might be interested in

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A free Tunisian Mosaic Coasters (set of 4) pattern by KnitterKnotter - this is beginner friendly and is worked with 5 colors of the Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn.

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Morticia

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Just wanted to say that you have the most clearly-written Tunisian crochet patterns I have ever read! It is so incredibly nice to have each row written as 'FS ... LS'. I can't count the number of times I've had to restart rows in other patterns because someone has listed the FS in the Tss count from the off vs when someone has outright not written the FS into the pattern. Wish they were all as consistent as you!

I also adore your patterns (always look so classy) and your pattern names (beautifully chosen, and love having the translations and/or reasons for choosing shared with us!). Made these in a dark maroon & light pink/white/purple variegated yarn and they looked stunning. Hard to find good projects to use up those variegated balls on so adored this!

Marianne

Sunday 4th of December 2022

Thank you very much for all these beautiful patterns! Best Marianne