|Picture Perfect Plaid by Theresa Schabes|
from 60 Quick Baby Blankets
The simplest example is by baby blanket at left. The main body is simple intarsia. While intarsia may not always be described as simple, in plaid designs it is simplified by being worked in a regular geometric shape. As a result, the pattern is easily memorized and there's no staring at a chart for the entire knit.
The horizontal stripes are knitted into the base fabric, and where the vertical stripes will be placed a column of purl stitches is worked. After the base fabric is completed, the purl columns are an easy guide for placement of a crochet chain.
|Cuthaig Plaid Mitts|
by Theresa Schabes
My favorite combination is two-stranded intarsia and applied crochet chain. The intarsia patterning gives you a blurred base fabric that closely simulates weaving, while the vertical crochet chain and horizontal stripes give you a sharp, crisp line of color. This is certainly an advanced knitting technique, but my Cuthaig mitt pattern is an opportunity to try it in a small dose. If you enjoy the challenge and appreciate the gorgeous fabric, you can move on to my Gait's Haire wrap/cowl or one of the plaid sweaters I have designed for Vogue Knitting/Sixth & Spring books.
|Gait's Haire by Theresa Schabes|
|#27 Tartan Pulloverfrom Vogue Knitting Winter 2014/15|