Plaid Squared by Susan Rainey
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Plaid Squared

Knitting
January 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette before felting
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
200 - 785 yards (183 - 718 m)
Three different sizes & two versions
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This is a fun variation of entrelac that looks like plaid. “Plaid” is created by the use of a specific type of color combination where Color A + Color B = Color C. Imagine equal parts of paint in colors A and B. If stirred together they would create color C.

I came up with a new approach to doing entrelac that eliminates the “pick up as to purl” step when doing right leaning squares, as well as the need to do decreases as you work each square. This makes knitting the squares a little faster. I also designed the bags so that the entrelac wraps around the bottom in a continuous way, versus starting with triangles, for a better look. Step-by-step instructions are included.

Three sizes and two different variations (simplified and true Buffalo Plaid) are included:

Felted Bags in Three Sizes (Dimensions approximate):
Flat Bag 12 inches wide X 17 inches long after felting
Deeper Bag 14 inches wide X 18 ½ inches long after felting
Small Notions Bag 10 ½ inches wide X 7 ¼ inches wide after felting

Flat Bag (shades of gray):
Cascade 220 Worsted Heathers 100% Peruvian Highland Wool:
One skein Color A – Jet #4002 (darkest gray)
One skein Color B – Silver Gray #8401 (light gray)
2 skeins Color C – Charcoal # 8400 (medium gray)

Deeper Bag (red and black):
Cascade 220 Worsted 100% Peruvian Highland Wool:
One skein Color A – Black #8555
One skein Color B – Ruby #9404 (red)
Cascade 220 Worsted Heathers 100% Peruvian Highland Wool:
2 skeins Color C – Red Wine Heather #9489 (reddish black)

Small Notions Bag (red and black):
Cascade 220 Worsted 100% Peruvian Highland Wool: Color A – Black #8555 (~25 grams); Color B – Ruby #9404 (red, ~25 grams),
Cascade 220 Worsted Heathers 100% Peruvian Highland Wool: Color C – Red Wine Heather #9489 (reddish black, (~ 50 grams)

Instructions are included for felting, felted handles, and lining the bags.