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Tartans Tweeds and Checks


Contains a library of tartans (plaids) tweeds and checks, traditional and modern which can be used for knitwear and furnishings in a variety of different fibres.

All the designs use only two colours in a row, with colour changes at the same side of the work, and a number of designs are very successful knitted in only two colours throughout (see black and white tweed on the left or green sample on right hand side, for example). This means that even if you are new to fairisle, you will find these designs user-friendly. You can use any yarn from a chunky (bulky) yarn (see the red jacket below), or a finer yarn such as 4-ply or sport weight,

The tartans are reminiscent of different tradition scottish clan tartans, but are not the actual tartans. The "red royal" tartan, for example, featured on the front cover of the 2008 Knit and Stitches Calendar below, looks a bit like the Royal Stewart tartan. Some of the tartan designs are on the diagonal. The basic designs can be knitted in many different colour combinations and instructions are provided for a total of 46 different fabrics. Below are some fabrics knitted with designs from this collection.

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red tartan knit
Prince of Wales check knitting
green tartan knitted swatch  
dogtooth checks knitting