Chottie's Plaid Stitch
Uses: Clothes, Backgrounds, Wearable Items such as cuffs & collars,
As a complete project such as pillow top, lamp shade or other decorative item.
To stitch Chottie's Plaid, start at the right hand side of the area you wish to fill in. Come up at 1 and down at 2. Repeat by coming up at 3 and down at 4. You will be omitting every other intersection on the canvas. Continue doing this until you have reached the end of your row. Look at the underside of your canvas. Does the front and back look the same? If so, you are making Chottie's Plaid correctly.
The second row will be just like the first numbering system. To work this row correctly, you will be coming up a clean hole and back down into a dirty hole. Your thread should be making stripes on the canvas.
Now for the third row, stitch just like you did for the first. You may think your stitching is wrong because the needle will come up a dirty hole and back down a clean one. Don't panic. This is what you want to do. Continue making your rows in this manner.
The red stitches in step one is how your canvas should look.
To fill in, you will turn your canvas 90 degrees and work just like you did before but now each canvas intersection will be filled. Work back and forth until your area is completely covered.
You can create any plaid pattern you wish. In the sample, step 1 was created with 6 rows of yellow and 6 rows of green. This was repeated until the area was filled in. Step 2 had the same count as 1.
When you have finished the plaid, look at the back side. The front is identical to the back. This is great for handbags, men's ties, or coasters. (You will want to tie off in the margins if you want the plaid to be reversible.
For more information, see Create A Plaid in needlepoint.