Woven Plaid

Woven Plaid

Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun
Wraps Per Inch: 13 wpi
Needles: US #4 Boye Interchangable
Gauge: 25sts X 27.5 sts over 4 inches X 4 inches (10 cm X 10 cm) in pattern
Pattern: Woven Plaid
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 10 sts, Colors A & B
Book: A Second Treasury of Knitting
Page: 46

For a 36-line, two color pattern, this is a relatively easy stitch. As BW explains, there are is really only an eight row repeat, and even this has a pretty simple logic. Once you understand the pattern, you may find you don’t have to refer to the directions at all. I found that reading the instructions was more work than just knitting them. The trickiest part is keeping the tension correct for the floats.

Knit by: phoenix


Notes:The picture in the book looks like it’s done in a heavy wool, but the stitch is fairly delicate as far as plaid designs go and I wanted to see how it would look in a less substantial yarn.

Because this is predominently stockinette, the sides will curl in a bit.

The stockinette areas rise slightly and the slipped stitch areas slightly recede. This can be remedied somewhat with blocking.

Woven Plaid (CU)

I thought the floats (and there are a lot of them) might make the fabric prohibitively thick, but if you are using a finer yarn, the floats might help with any see-through issues.

Woven Plaid (WS)

5 Responses to “Woven Plaid”

  1. The Walker Treasury is back! « phoenix Says:

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  2. Pork with Bones Says:

    Lovely! Thank you for including the extra photos, and your thoughts on the fabric.

    I wonder if the problem of the areas with the floats receding could be remedied by working the single-colour areas in reverse stockinette.

  3. phoenix Says:

    @ Pork with bones, possibly, it’s worth trying :). I think the effect would be very different and the dotted effect would stand out less on a reverse stockinette background.

  4. sassysean Says:

    This is really pretty…do you think it would make a pretty baby blanket??? Or are the color blocks too small??

  5. spunknit Says:

    Sassysean, while it would make a pretty blanket, it wouldn’t be practical with the floats. It will snag little fingers and just about everything else, too. There are some options I can think of to help remedy the float issue. 1. Use a fusible decorative backing to cover the reverse side. 2. Knit it in the round, seam the sides, top and bottom to make a double thick blanket. Thinner yarn might be a better choice.

    That’s all I can think of right now! Hope that helps!


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