Today’s square is a new spin on crochet buffalo plaid: crochet tartan! Tartan is worked similarly to crochet buffalo plaid with a few changes in the color work. These crochet tartan blanket squares are just as easy with a new look. This CAL is brought to you by Red Heart, all creatives, patterns and opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you, thanks for your support! 

crochet tartan blanket square free crochet pattern

If you had a chance to see my Tartan Hat, then you may be familiar with this newer plaid technique. It uses all the same basic methods, just with a different color work pattern. It works wonderfully to stay on-theme with this a plaid blanket, but still mix up the textures. 

tartan plaid crochet blanket square free crochet pattern

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Tartan is super similar to the plaid you are familiar with, but you may want to learn the basic idea here. 
It’s fun that is still uses multiples of 6 so you can go back to many of my older plaid patterns and work it in Tartan! 


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What you need: (affiliate links)
6mm Hook
Red Heart Soft 
    3 Light Heather Gray
    1 Really Red or Berry Red
    1 Wine
    2 Black
    2 White
    1 Charcoal Heather
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch

Gauge: Not important, but if you want the exact same finished size as mine, make sure your foundation is approx. 9″ wide. 

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Notes: Ch does not count as a stitch, work the first st of each row in the same st as the chain. 

Make 5 squares: 3 Red and Black, 2 Black and White (instructions are written for the Black and White). For the Red and Black, use WINE instead of Gray, RED instead of White, and use BLACK where it says black. 

Need additional plaid help? Read this article. 

And read all about TARTAN PLAID here. 

1.Using Heather Gray, work a sc foundation with 34 sts (approx. 9″) Turn.

2. – 3.  With white, Ch 2. *Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Light Heather Gray. Dc in next 2 sts. Switch to White.* work 5 times. Dc in next 4 sts. Turn (34 sts)

  With Light Heather Gray, Ch 2. *Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Black. Dc in next 2 sts. Switch to Light Heather Gray* work 5 times. Dc in next 4 sts. Turn. (34 sts) ( be sure to carry white through this row) 

5. – 17. Work rows 2 – 4 respectively. (34 sts) 

On last row of red/black tartan, carry black through whole row so you can use it for the border. 

With black or gray: Sc evenly all around the square, working 3 sc in each corner. Weave in ends. 


crochet tartan blanket square free crochet pattern


Isn’t this tartan blanket square lovely? The two plaid designs work so well together. It’s giving me a bunch of ideas for next year! 
Finish up your squares for today and we will start on the last square tomorrow. 



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