Daily Swatch: Pattern Types – Four-Way

{ from Pindot }

Calling all people with an actual education in textile design. Do you make a distinction between four-way and tossed prints? Some of my books don’t, one does. (I went with the one that gives me an extra week of content.) I mean, there is clearly a distinction, I just don’t know if it’s one that’s made in real life.

Anyway, plaid is generally four-way, unless it involves some element that forces the whole pattern into a more limiting directionality. See this flickr gallery and see if you can identify the plaid that isn’t four-way.

Also. Plaid? I love you so much. Call me?


  1. Kim says:

    I give up – is the the yellow and brown one? That’s my guess. I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

  2. nycstitcher says:

    I’m not educated–but I pondered your tossed vs fourway when you first identified the 4-way a couple days ago. Then I thought about where it might matter: sleeves; long front seams; etc. And that depends on how big and formal the grid is–you had one fairly organic four-way that I almost thought could get away as tossed. But hey, what do I know?

  3. hmmmm….I’m going to say that the last one (aqua with stripes of red and yellow daisies) is not a 4-way.

    Love plaid, too!
    Kimberly :-)