What is Tartan?
A repeating pattern, originally used in woven wool and, usually, associated with Scotland (in particular, the famous Scottish kilts).
Each tartan consists of crisscrossed horizontal and vertical (square tartan) or diagonal (diamond tartan) of different colored stripes, bands and/or lines.
For more information on tartans see, for example:
For web design and graphic design beginners, there are few nice, easy to use free online tartan patterns generators. Below is a list of those that I've tested so far.
|Nick Wedd's Tartan Pattern Generator|
- square or diamond tartan patterns in three different yarn sizes
- patterns consisting of up to 10 different bands (stripes) (to add a band click on the some of the "+" buttons)
- each band can be: a) colored with a different color; b) of a size on a scale between 1 (which, for the yarn size of 1, approximately equals 2 pixels) and 10.
To get inspired, check the gallery of user created tartan patterns.
- square or diamond tartan patterns
- patterns consisting of up to 11 different bands
- each band can be: a) colored with a different color (the color picker works only by dragging the small circle stated in the left upper corner in the colored window that appears when click on the hex code of the corresponding band); b) of a size on scale from 1 (which is approximately equal to 2 pixels) to 100 (to modify the band width, you have to drag the slider of the corresponding band).
|Multitoolbox's Tartan Generator|
To get inspired, click the "Inspiration button".
Have fun creating tartan patterns.