It’s a bear, it’s a donut… it’s a donut bear! If you’re looking to add some whimsy and charm to your home decor then this donut bear coaster pattern is just the thing.
I must admit that I’m a little obsessed with them. I mean it’s cute and calorie free, what’s not to love? They’re also really quick and easy to make and you can leave off the ears if you’re just wanting a regular donut. The coaster is constructed as one piece rather than 2 separate pieces which gives it extra thickness and absorbency.
I always use cotton yarn for my coasters as I find it to be more absorbent and easier to care for than acrylic. I went with DK weight yarn for this one but worsted weight with a bigger hook will work as well, it will just give you a bigger coaster. I’ve included my gauge in the notes section but really it’s just a guide.
There is also a bunny ear option which is exclusive to the paid PDF – perfect for Spring markets and Easter baskets.
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- DK Weight Cotton Yarn in pastry colour, icing colour and your choice of colours for the sprinkles (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Light Caramel, Bubblegum Pink, Daffodil Yellow, Paper White and Pale Lilac)
- 3mm crochet hook
- Stitch marker, yarn needle scissors
- ch – chain
- hdc – half double crochet
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
- BLO – back loop only
- sc – single crochet
- tr – treble crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/s – stitch/es
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 3.5” x 3.5” (9cm x 9cm) when using the materials listed.
The coaster is worked in joined rounds. To minmise the join, you will be joining to the first hdc of the round, not the ch.
The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch and only the join in R1 is made in the back loop only.
Gauge = 3.25” after R6.
DONUT (pastry colour)
Make a magic ring
R1: Ch 1, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st BLO to first hdc to join (10)
R2: [BLO hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
R3: [Hdc, hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (30)
R4: Hdc, hdc-inc, [2 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (40)
R5: [3 hdc, hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (50)
R6: 2 hdc, hdc-inc, [4 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, 2 hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (60)
Do not cut the yarn. Remove loop from hook and secure with a stitch marker.
ICING (icing colour)
Join yarn to first leftover front loop from R2.
R1: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st and in each st around, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
R2: [Hdc, hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (30)
R3: Hdc, hdc-inc, [2 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (40)
R4: [3 hdc, hdc-inc] x10, sl st to first hdc to join (50)
R5: 2 hdc, hdc-inc, [4 hdc, hdc-inc] x9, 2 hdc (60)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in ends.
For more help with this section there is a premium pattern available with step-by-step photos.
Remove the stitch marker from R6 of the donut and place loop on hook. You will be joining the donut and icing together by crocheting through the inner loops only (the back loop of the icing and the front loop of the donut). If you wish to make a regular donut, sl st in each st around for R2.
R1: Ch 1, sc in each st around using only the inner loops, sl st to first sc to join (60)
R2: Sl st in next 20 sts. Sk 2, 7 tr in next st, sk 2, sl st in next 9 sts, sk 2, 7 tr in next st, sk 2, sl st in next 21 sts (64)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end.
Using long lengths of yarn, randomly sew sprinkles to the icing (make sure you’re only sewing through the icing and not catching the back of the coaster). Try and make each sprinkle the same length and don’t pull the yarn too tight to avoid any puckering. You can use as many or as few colours as you like.
Weave in ends.
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