Breacan (pronounced brech-kan) is the Gaelic for tartan or plaid (it actually translates as ‘chequered’, ‘variegated’ or ‘speckled’).
A brief history of tartan is included with the pattern.
The wrap is double-knit and fully reversible, with the wrong side having the MC and CC colours inverted. Two colour options are provided: the Three Colour Version offers a solid MC / CC background, the Multi-Colour Version forms a gradient.
In the Multi-Colour sample shown in the pictures, this forms a gradient running light to dark. This reflects on some of the classifications of tartan finishes; specifically, the categories described as Ancient, Muted and Modern.
Ancient are the light shades meant to represent the faded/softer colours obtained from natural dyes seen on historical tartan pieces. Modern are the modern, bright, chemically-dyed colours. Muted colours lie between Ancient and Modern and are a modern (chemical) take on the shades obtained from new naturally-dyed pieces.
61” / 155 cm Long x 22” / 56 cm Wide (without Fringe). (With Fringe, 69” / 175 cm Long). One size as written.
18 stitch pairs / 24 rows = 4” in double-knit stockinette stitch.
4.5mm / US7 Needles
4 Stitchmarkers (Locking/Removable type or Waste Yarn)
4 mm / US 6 Crochet Hook or smaller
Sample shown is the Multi-Colour version, using Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (125 yds / 114 m per 25g).
Three Colour Version
2,750 yds / 2,508 m of Fingering Weight / 4 Ply yarn, (MC: 1,250 yds / 1,140 m, CC1: 1,250 yds / 1,140 m, CC2: 250 yds / 228 m).
2,750 yds / 2,508 m of Fingering Weight / 4 Ply yarn, (MC1: 416 yds / 380 m, MC2: 416 yds / 380 m, MC3: 416 yds / 380 m, CC1: 416 yds / 380 m, CC2: 416 yds / 380 m, CC3: 416 yds / 380 m, CC4: 250 yds / 228 m).
Sample shown is the Multi-Colour version, using Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (125 yds / 114 m per 25g) in the following shades: MC1: 14 (Pale Blue), MC2: FC15 Mix (Mid Blue), MC3: 21 (Navy), CC1: 203 (Light Grey), CC2: 27 (Mid Grey), CC3: 54 (Dark Grey) and CC4: 1A (Cream).