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Knitting Patterns with Plaid, Gingham, and Tartan patterns. Most patterns are free.

These patterns include plaid, gingham, and tartan designs in various styles of colorwork.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Plaid Baby Blanket

Plaid Blanket

Baby blanket with colorwork plaid design by Yana Ivey. The final size of the blanket is about 3 x 3 feet. Pictured project by jenzilla9

 Free Knitting Pattern for Gingham Fingerless Mitts

Gingham Fingerless Mitts

Mitts knit in a three color plaid. Designed by Diane Zangl for Cascade. Pictured project by Shenanigans

Free Knitting Pattern for Gingham Plaid Neckwarmer

Gingham Neck Warmer in Double Knit

Reversible cowl worked in double knit plaid. Designed by Gabriella Kartz. Pictured project by CallieBknits

Free Knitting Pattern for Cozy Plaid Hat

Cozy Plaid Hat

This pattern uses stranded colorwork to produce a plaid design over the entire hat. Designed by Amber Armstrong

Free Knitting Pattern for Selfie Plaid Scarf and Headband Set

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Gingham Plaid Potholders

Gingham Plaid Potholders

Double knit potholder is a good way to learn double knitting. Designed by Helen Griffin. Pictured project by Wollgeschnatter

Free Knitting Pattern for Plaid Super Scarf

Plaid Super Scarf

Easy slip stitch colorwork creates a classic plaid pattern. Size 1 foot by 10 feet. Designed by Heidi Gustad.

Free Knitting Pattern for Checks and Balances Sweater

Checks and Balances Sweater

Long-sleeved pullover with gingham plaid stranded colorwork design. Sizes XS S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X Designed by Boadicea Binnerts

Free Knitting Pattern for Plaid Pillow

Plaid Pillow

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Mad for Plaid Cowl

Mad for Plaid Cowl

Generous sized two-color cowl plaid pattern with optional pompoms. Designed by Alexandra Davidoff

Free Knitting Pattern for Caprino Wrap

Caprino Wrap

This shawl is a re-imagining of plaid as lace created with dropped and extended stitches. 18” x 66” (46cm x 168cm) Designed by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns. Pictured project at top by andy02124.

Free Knitting Pattern for Lady Boss Jacket

Lady Boss

Long sleeved cardigan sweater with plaid pattern designed by Inna M. Available in English and Russian. Sizes Chest circumference: 84 (88, 92, 96) cm [33 (34.6, 36.2, 37.8 in)]

Free Knitting Pattern for Plaid Cup Cozy

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

Knitting Pattern for Playful Plaid Cloth

Playful Plaid Cloth

Slipped stitch colorwork on ombre or self-striping yarn background creates a fun plaid effect on these wash or dish cloths. Designed by solmama. Pictured projects by melissalm

Free Knitting Pattern for Carnegie Hill Classic Plaid Scarf

Isaac Mizrahi® Carnegie Hill Classic Plaid Scarf

Scarf with plaid made with wrapped stitches and slip stitch colorwork. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 72″x9″

Free Knitting Pattern for Im Glad Its Plaid Hat

I’m Glad It’s Plaid Hat

Slouchy hat with stranded and striped colorwork forming a plaid design. Designed by Jane Roberts. Pictured project by rebekafish

Free Knitting Pattern for Gingham Baby Hat

Gingham Baby Hat

Marji LaFreniere created 4 cute baby hat patterns — a hat topped with a rose, a gingham hat, and two bird hats. Sizes newborn-24 months

Free knitting pattern for Mock Plaid Scarf and more colorful scarf knitting patterns

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Winchester Plaid Anti-Possession Mittens

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Plaid Pullover

Plaid Pullover Sweater

Long-sleeved pullover with slip stitch plaid designed by Melisssa Leapman for Cascade Yarns. Sizes Extra-Small (Small, Medium, Large, 1X)

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Tartan Fingerless Mitts

Tartan Fingerless Mitts

These women’s fingerless mitts have ribbed cuffs and a bold plaid pattern on the palms and backs of hands.

Knitting Pattern for Trapper Cowl

Trapper Cowl

Reversible double knit cowl in the classic “lumberjack check,” inspired by plaid flannel shirts and jackets.

Knitting Pattern for Plaid Wrap

Plaid Wrap

This shawl is knit with intarsia colorwork.

Knitting Pattern for Bear Toy With Plaid Dress

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

Knitting Pattern for Gingham Baby Blanket

Gingham Baby Blanket

Three textured stitch patterns and three colors create a cozy plaid blanket. 27” X 26” (69cm x 66cm)

Knitting Pattern for Gingham Baby Layette Set

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

Knitting Pattern for Plaid Halter Top

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

Knitting Pattern for Breacan Swing Coat

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

Check Plaid Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern

Check Slouchy Hat

This hat is much easier than it looks! The slipped stitch colorwork plaid pattern is worked with only one color in each round.

Tartan Plaid Baby Bib Free Knitting Pattern

Tartan Reversible Baby Bib

What the well-dressed baby is wearing! Double knit to be reversible and absorbent. One size fits all; approximately 9″ x 13″ laid flat; to fit head circumferences up to about 17.5″

Knitting pattern on Sharon Tote

Sharon Tote

Lexi Nelson’s gingham tote is 13 3/4 ” wide and 12 3/4 ” tall, not including handles. Originally published in Knitscene Spring 2016

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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!

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