Plaid Crochet

It's not even July yet, but already The Animator's Wife is thinking about what she wants to crochet this fall. She's notorious for planning things ridiculously far in advance. Personally I think spontaneity is the spice of life, but then again, cats don't have much by way of lifetime goals.

So the buzz in the fashion world is that plaid is supposed to big this fall. Well guess what fashion world--you're not getting away from crochet that easily!

Check it out. This fabric segment features a plaid design, yet it is entirely crocheted.

The Animator's Wife used woven crochet techniques to create the design. Here's the how-to. Don't worry--it's easy!

1. Start with a dc mesh in a stripe pattern of your choice.

dc mesh pattern: Ch an even number, plus 4. Row 1. Dc in 5th ch from hook (first 4 ch count as dc + ch, now and throughout), *ch 1, dc in next ch; rep from * across. Row 2. Ch 4; turn. Skip first dc, *ch 1, dc in next dc; rep from * across. Rep Row 2 until desired length is achieved, changing colors as desired.

2. Once your dc mesh is finished, it's time to start weaving in your plaid design. Starting at the top of the mesh, insert your hook in one of the ch spaces. Use the same size hook used to create the mesh.

3. Join yarn with a slip stitch. Use the same yarn used for the dc mesh. The first color doesn't matter, as long as it is one of the colors used in the mesh.

4. Work a number of ch stitches equal to twice the number of rows in the dc mesh. For example, if your dc mesh is 30 rows, you will chain 60. Cut the yarn after the last chain, leaving enough of a tail to work  a few more stitches (in the beginning you'll want a tail a little longer than shown in the photo).

5. Very loosely pull the tail through the last loop on the hook to keep the chain from unraveling, and remove the hook.

6. Now the weaving begins! Working down through the rows of the dc mesh, weave the chains under and over the chain spaces.

7. Continue weaving until you get to the very bottom row.

8. Now pull that tail back out of the last chain stitch...

...and put the last chain back on the hook.

9. Insert hook into the bottom chain space, pulling the tail over the mesh.

10. Yarn over with the tail...

...and pull a loop through the loop on the hook to complete a slip stitch. The length of chain stitches should now be attached to the bottom of the dc mesh.

11. Pull the tail through the loop on the hook and pull to tighten. This stripe is now completed!

Repeat steps 1-11 until all the chain spaces have been woven. For a true plaid pattern, repeat the stripes in the same order as in the dc mesh.


  1. Amazing work! I featured your pattern this morning on Moogly! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. perfect! this is it! I am going to make it 2 strands togs. make it thicker. perfect i know i can finish before Christmas! I searched and searched and searched. finally! this is it! :) and saw on Moogly as well this morning. :)

  3. I love this pattern! I have a stupid question though - on the beginning chain, for row 1, should I be double crocheting in each chain? or skipping one? My foundation row seems to be curving pretty badly.

    1. You should be skipping one. You're going to be making a mesh fabric to start. :)

  4. I absolutely love the colors on this one, it would make a perfect gift for my first nephew due in a few months. Is there a tutorial for how many rows of each color you used? or an aerial photo of the whole blanket?

    1. I don't actually have an arial view as the project in the photos actually got turned into a skirt. :) The pattern is the Royal Stewart tartan though, which you can see here:

      And actually, if you wanted to wait until after your nephew is born to start the blanket, there's such a thing as birthday plaid, where the width of the stripes are based on the baby's name and birth date. The horizontal stripes would be based on the birthday, with the width of each stripe corresponding to a digit in the birthday. The vertical stripes would be based on the name, with the letters in the alphabet being converted to numbers, and the width of each stripe corresponds to each letter in the name.

  5. Hello Selena! I read your response about a birthday plaid, and how it is based on a person's birthdate and name. Do you have any link or information telling how to correlate the stripes? Thanks!

    1. For a birthday, you would set the stripe width based on the numbers in the birthday. So if the birthday is 2/2/04, you could do 3 stripes: first stripe would be 2 rows long, second stripe 2 rows long, and third stripe 4 rows long. Or if the birthday is 8/14/11, you could do 5 stripes: first stripe 8 rows long, second stripe 1 row long, third strip 4 rows, fourth stripe 1 row, and fifth stripe 1 row.

      For a name, it's the same concept, except you would convert the letters to numbers, based on their order in the alphabet. So the name "Nick" would be 14-9-3-11. Or if you wanted to do initials, SMV would be 19-13-22. It's all up to you!

  6. AnonymousJuly 02, 2016

    Ok wow. Pattern is awesome, a bit too advanced for me, but even more interesting was the comments and your reply. Who knew I'd learn so much in my jammies? lol