Plaid Knitting Patterns
These patterns include plaid, gingham, and tartan designs in various styles of colorwork.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Highland Spring Vest
Plaid vest in slipped stitch and stranded colorwork. Great for using up leftover yarn. Sizes S, (M, L, XL). Designed by Annie Modesitt. Pictured projects by kaeru who used buttons instead of zipper and designer.
East Brewster Shawl
Rectangular wrap with a plaid inspired design made of colorwork horizontal stripes and textured vertical stripes. Lace border. Designed by Brenda York for Berroco
Gingham Fingerless Mitts
Mitts knit in a three color plaid. Designed by Diane Zangl for Cascade. Pictured project by Shenanigans
Reversible Garter Plaid Scarf
Reversible colorwork scarf knit in garter stitch stripes with plaid woven in with a needle at the ends of the scarf. Designed by Chuck Wilmesher for Skacel. 6” Wide x 72” Long
Gingham Plaid Potholders
Double knit potholder is a good way to learn double knitting. Designed by Helen Griffin. Pictured project by Wollgeschnatter
Check Mate Hat
Fair isle beanie in a plaid look from Patons.
Plaid Super Scarf
Easy slip stitch colorwork creates a classic plaid pattern. Size 1 foot by 10 feet. Designed by Heidi Gustad.
This Knit and Weave pillow cushion cover can be completed in a weekend, according to the designer Holly Allison. It is knit with stripes and dropped stitches, then the vertical stripes are woven through the dropped stitches. Rated easy by Ravelrers.
Selfie Plaid Scarf and Headband Set
This matching set uses 3 colors but no more than 2 colors per row to create a plaid look. Designed by Jill Weber
Gingham Plaid Cup Cozy
A quick pattern for a knitted cozy for a 18-20 oz. plastic “party” cup or 20 oz. coffee cup using mosaic or slip stitch color work so you only use one color per round. Only 3 unique rounds. Great take-home party favor or housewarming gift! Designed by Sherrie Kibler. Pictured project by Mapmaker
Isaac Mizrahi® Carnegie Hill Classic Plaid Scarf
Scarf with plaid made with wrapped stitches and slip stitch colorwork. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 72″x9″
Mock Plaid Scarf
Designed by Susan Druding for Crystal Palace Yarns, easy slipped stitch colorwork with two multi-colored yarns creates a striking geometric pattern. You could also substitute one or two solid colors. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
Winchester Plaid Anti-Possession Mittens
Inspired by Supernatural, these mittens designed by Kat Lewinski sport a stylish plaid on top and anti-demonic possession protection on the palms.
Patterns for Purchase
Allegany Plaid Shawl
Shawl or throw knit with stranded colorwork plaid design. DK yarn. Designed by Christina Danaee
Buffalo Plaid Baby Hat
Knitting pattern for 3 color plaid baby hat in sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 2T+ Designed by Cassie at Little Red Window.
Tartan Fingerless Mitts
These women’s fingerless mitts have ribbed cuffs and a bold plaid pattern on the palms and backs of hands.
Plaid beanie with doubled brim knit with stranded colorwork. Designed by Maria Leigh.
Reversible double knit cowl in the classic “lumberjack check,” inspired by plaid flannel shirts and jackets.
This shawl is knit with intarsia colorwork.
Bear Toy With Plaid Dress
Full instructions for knitting a bear softie with separate dress. All items knit flat and seamed. Finished size: approx 21 cm (8 inches) from the tip of the toes to the top of the ears
Gingham Baby Blanket
Three textured stitch patterns and three colors create a cozy plaid blanket. 27” X 26” (69cm x 66cm)
Gingham Baby Layette Set
This pattern set includes matching plaid Matinee Jacket, Trousers, Pants & Bonnet in 4 Sizes. 0-3mths,3-6 mths,6-9mths,9-12mths
Plaid Halter Top
Sleeveless top with plaid design created with mosaic slip stitch colorwork. Finished Size: 30 ½ (34 ¾, 39, 41 ¾, 46)” bust circumference. Designed by Gryphon Corpus. Pictured project by Slinky
Breacan Swing Coat
Jacket cardigan with a plaid pattern created with stripes and intarsia. Sizes 37½ (40, 42½, 45½, 50½, 56)”. Designed by Gwen Bortner
Lexi Nelson’s gingham tote is 13 3/4 ” wide and 12 3/4 ” tall, not including handles. Originally published in Knitscene Spring 2016
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!