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Crochet Tutorial: Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the 1800s. It originally was a woven fabric and over time became popular in fashion. It has undergone many revivals, but it has stayed true to its original classic pattern. Houndstooth is named because it resembles a canine tooth with its sharp edge. Sometimes it is called Dogstooth, and the miniature design is known as Puppytooth. Many designers use this pattern in high end fashion to this day. If you would like to learn more about the Houndstooth history, click here.

It’s Fall Fashion Week in New York which inspired me to create this Houndstooth Shawl–perfect for autumn weather and cool nights. When I originally set out to make this pattern, I expected this to be an incredible challenge, having never done the Houndstooth stitch before. But, after studying a few patterns online, I was able to quickly and very easily pick it up!

In no time, I was able to work up this great shawl!!

Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Follow this video tutorial on how to make this shawl.

This is a very easy to follow video tutorial showing how to recreate the original Houndstooth in crochet form. Below, you will see the original Houndstooth pattern in woven fabric.

Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Here is a close-up of my crochet version of the same stitch. It looks so close and awesome!!

Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Once you have mastered this stitch following my tutorial, you may make some minor modifications to my shawl pattern to turn this project into so many great items. I talk a little bit in the video on how to make an infinity scarf, a traditional neck wrap scarf, a baby blanket, or even an afghan. The ideas are endless! All you need to do is adjust your chain amount when you start this project. You just need an odd number of chains.

Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Traditional Houndstooth is the contrasting pattern of black and white, but in the crochet world, anything goes! This project can be changed up in so many colorful ways than the traditional monochromatic design. Imagine, hot pink and white, purple and black, go wild with color!!

Pattern:

Materials:
-2 skeins of each color (4 skeins in total) Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White and Black (Or whatever colors you want)
-Size I-5.50mm Crochet hook
-Yarn needle
-Scissors

Notes:
When changing colors do not cut your yarn.  On your last dc, work the dc as normal but when you have the 2 loops left on your hook you will change your color and then YO and draw through both loops on the hook.  You will then just take the unused color and crochet it along in the row.  You will be changing color at the end of each row. (See video for visual instructions)

Ch 45 (Or any ODD number to make your own as wide as you want)

Row 1: *sc in the second ch from the hook, dc in the next, repeat from * across. Ending with a dc (change color and see special instructions for changing color) ch 1, turn. (44 sts)

Row 2: *sc in next dc, dc in next sc; repeat from * across  (change color–See video for visual instruction) ch 1, turn (44 sts)

Repeat Row 2 for however long you want your piece to be. I made mine 113 rows.

Finish with a black row, and continue to sc around the entire piece. Fasten off, weave in all ends. Add a pin for embellishment. Enjoy!

Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)

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16 responses

  1. Hi, what is the length and width of your shawl? I have 60 rows done and mine does not look as though it will be as long as yours. It must be in my tension. I used a 5.5/(i) hook and I love this yarn (4-worsted weight). I’d been planning to make a scarf from the free pattern when I ran across your utube video.
    I love the way yours looks! I made one one adjustments, I used knotless foundation single and double crochet for the first row. I struggle with working into chains so I really like the foundation technique. My daughter is going to love this shawl which will a birthday gift.

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    • That’s a great technique. I like the Foundation rows as well, but my videos are geared toward beginner crocheters so I usually start out with a chain instead of the foundation rows. I think if you added rows, you should be able to make it as long as you want to fit around yourself or your daughter. I crochet pretty loosely so that also may be the reason it looks a little different. I hope you are able to figure it out, share a photo to my Facebook when you finish! ~Nadia

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  2. Hi Again, I failed to mention I was already making a baby blanket in this stitch using Encore worsted weight Plymouth Yarn, pale gray and raspberry/gray swirl but when I saw the shawl I just knew my daughter would love it. I did a total of 120 stitches to start, alternating fsc and fdc. I haven’t decided the complete pattern yet but this is how I started and I’m 16 rows deep.

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  3. First I would like you to know that i love your work. Your youtube videos are so easy to follow. Thank you for making them. I would like to try and made this shawl in a lighter weight yarn. So i was wondering if you can give me the measurements of the shawl (length and width) in inches. I would like for it to come out the same size as the one you did. Thank you in advance.
    Pattie

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  4. First I would like you to know that I love your work. Your videos are so easy to follow. Thanks you for making them. I would like to try and made this shawl in a lighter yarn so I was wondering if you can give me the measurements of the shawl in inches( Length width.) l would like for it to come out the same size as the one you did. Thank you again for your video. Thanks you in advance for your help.

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  6. Just beautiful. Thank you for the great tutorial. I like how carrying the colors across adds a little extra substance to the fabric. I also like the suggestion of using a chainless foundation. I crochet a little tighter than you so I’ll make mine a little wider and longer. This will also make a great afghan for my husband.

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