38 Free Plaid Patterns to Crochet and Knit

The differences between plaids, checks, and tartans can be confusing, but all the slight variations of this style are classics and have been well-loved for generations. Whether you’re going with the tartan of a Scottish clan, or just making up a cute plaid pattern for a new afghan, plaids stand the test of time. Here we have 38 plaid patterns from Yarnspirations for you to choose from.

38 Free Plaid Patterns to Crochet and Knit

If you want to dig a little deeper, a plaid design is made up of two or more colors criss-crossing each other at right angles. You see plaids in fabric every day, and they’re a classic look. Tartans are plaids that have a specific name and are associated with a Scottish clan or another group. Checks can be a special type of plaid, but not all plaids are checks.

Bonus: Plaid Yarn

Bernat Color-Pooling Yarn has a buffalo plaid color to easily make buffalo plaid patterns.

Colorful Plaid

Colorful plaids can bring a touch of whimsy to your life and brighten up your home.

Woven Plaid Crochet Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Neutral Plaid

Neutral plaids will go with anything and everything!

Plaid Blanket Crochet Poncho Free Crochet Pattern

Buffalo Plaid

This classic red and black design, often associated with lumberjacks and the woods, is perfect for warm winter items.

Lumberjack Beanie Free Knitting Pattern

Everyday Plaids

These plaids will work well no matter your decorating style.

Mad for Plaid Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

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