Easy Crochet Houndstooth Stitch | BS Free Patterns

Easy Crochet Houndstooth Stitch | BS Free Patterns

3 Minute Video Tutorial | How To Crochet the Houndstooth Stitch

The hounds tooth is an eye-catching pattern that originated in Scotland in the 1800s.  It was a woven fabric worn as an outer garment by shepherds. It’s a simple pattern made by alternating dark & light color. If you ever wondered why it is called Houndstooth, its because it resembles a dog’s tooth!

The pattern is still popular to this day in tweed and wool fabrics. It is a two-tone pattern with abstract four-pointed shapes, most often in black and white. The pattern is usually used for coats and jackets, however it can also be found on dresses and skirts. 

The pattern became very popular in the 1930s. It was seen as a symbol of style & wealth. Christian Dior, who famously created a pointed court-like shoe featuring the pattern. The pattern seems to be reinvented every 20 to 30 years, it has been recreated in a slew of bright colors.

This easy crochet houndstooth stitch is one is the simplest that I have found. We will be alternating single crochet and the double crochet stitch, then switching colors at the end of each row.

Easy Crochet Houndstooth Stitch

Written Hounds tooth Pattern


Ch- Chain
Sc- Single Crochet

Dc- Double Crochet

Multiples of 2+1

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NOTE: Do not cut the yarn at the end of the rows. When switching colors you’ll be carrying the unused  yarn and working over it for an entire row; until you need it again. 

Ch 15, (swatch sample)

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook,  dc in the next ch, *sc in the next ch, dc in the next ch.* Repeat from * to* across, changing color on the last yarn over(see figure A&B), turn. (14)

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Figure A: Half way through your last Dc, drop the working yarn & pick up the new color
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Figure B: Pull through

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc in the first dc, dc in the next sc,*  repeat from * to * across, changing color on the last yarn over, turn. (14)

Row 3+: Repeat row 2

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Figure C: Remember to carry over the yarn from the previous row.
Figure D: Crochet your second row stitches over yarn not in use.
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Marie Peacock

    Wonderful patterns… thank you so much.

    1. Alysha Littlejohn

      you’re welcome

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