Indie Design Spotlight – Mad for Plaid

Fun fact about the word “plaid” – in America we use it to mean the tartan pattern, but it actually means “blanket” and refers to the fabric not the pattern. Plaid/tartan is one of those patterns that is timeless, reminds me of the holidays, but is totally wearable all year long. In today’s spotlight I’m just mad about plaid!


Check Slouch by Triona Murphy

© Knitscene, Accessories 2012
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Amount: See pattern notes
Why I love it: It’s a fashionable slouchy hat and it’s done with slipped stitches so only one color at a time!

Modern Tartan by Elizabeth Green Musselman

by HillCountryWeaver Flickr
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Amount: 2100 – 2660 yards
Why I love it: Oh, the possibilities of color combos!

Lustig Gloves by Adriana Hernandez

© Clotheshorse
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Amount: 150 – 180 yards
Why I love it: The combination of aqua and orange brings it out of the holidays and into everyday cool.

Breacan Wrap by K.M. Bedigan

© K.M.Bedigan
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Amount: 2750 yards
Why I love it: This can easily dress up as a wrap over all black or dress down over a t-shirt and jeans!

Madame Librarian by Paige Reisenfeld

© FeyaPL
Yarn Weight: Sport
Amount: 200 – 250 yards
Why I love it: It’s so flattering and available from sizes 28″-50″

Syringa Shawl by Danielle Chalson

© makewise
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Amount: 840 – 1200 yards
Why I love it: This plaid creates a kind of optical illusion that makes me want to stare at it until my eyes cross and a picture of a dinosaur pops out (remember those things?).

Bluestone Hat by Steven Hicks

© Steven Hicks
Yarn Weight: Sport
Amount: 275 – 300 yards
Why I love it: It’s cozy! I want to wear this while snuggled up by a fire, knitting in my pjs.

Gingham Style by Natalie Servant

© NatalieServant
Yarn Weight: Sport
Amount: 80 – 600 yards
Why I love it: Double knitting, intarsia, and completely reversible! Sound like too much of a challenge? It has instructions to make a potholder version so you can try out the techniques.

Random Plaids by Sara Delaney

© Sara Delaney
Yarn Weight: DK
Amount: 751 – 1341 yards
Why I love it: She has a clever way of making the vertical stripes that doesn’t include bobbins yet ensures it lays flat!

Plaid knits make great holiday gifts that feel seasonal but are wearable year round. All of these designs are eligible to knit in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long. Pick up one (or all of them) and come join in the KAL/CALs for chances to win lots of prizes!

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