What Are Types of Plaids?

What Are Types of Plaids?

What Are Types of Plaids?

Some types of plaids are the Shepherd's Check, Houndstooth, Glenurquhart Check, Tartan, Windowpane and Tatersall. Gingham is a larger version of Shepherd's Check. Tartan, the pattern that Americans usually mean when they say plaid, has two base colors, or a sett, which forms a third color when the two overlap. For each additional sett added, the colors increase quadratically.

Shepherd's Check is a specific type of tartan with just two colors, typically black and white, that are evenly spaced at six strands of wool so the pattern appears as a series of squares. It was typically worn by shepherds on the English-Scottish border and woven from the wool of their flocks. Houndstooth is also two colors, but is woven with four strands of wool with a warp weave to create a jagged, diagonal pattern.

Glenurquhart Check is also known as glen plaid or Prince of Wales check. Also traditionally woven with black and white, it is a twill of two light and dark stripes crossed over with four light and dark stripes and creates a large pattern of irregular squares and rectangles.

Windowpane plaid is a large, simple check that consists of a base color and another color crossing over it in a series of panes. Tatersall is related to Windowpane creating squares with two colors alternating both vertically and horizontally.