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Crochet Houndstooth Stitch Quick Tutorial

The Houndstooth pattern is a classic pattern that is achieved by using two contrasting colours. In crochet, the Houndstooth stitch is an easy, beginner friendly stitch that is created by alternating single crochets and double crochet stitches. If you want to learn how to crochet the Houndstooth Stitch then scroll down!

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The Houndstooth stitch is basically the same as the Lemon Peel Stitch. The only difference here is the use of two contrasting colours. You get the houndstooth pattern by alternating each colour in every row. So, if you know how to crochet the Lemon Peel stitch, then you already know how to crochet the Houndstooth stitch!

The Houndstooth crochet stitch is an easy, beginner friendly stitch. It consists of the single crochet and double crochet stitches. If you know how to crochet those basic crochet stitches, then you can crochet the Houndstooth stitch.

Crochet Houndstooth Stitch Tutorial

Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch = chain

St = stitch

Houndstooth Stitch - How to Crochet
Houndstooth Stitch - How to Crochet

SC = single crochet

DC = double crochet


  • Any type of yarn
  • Matching crochet hook

Houndstooth Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Chain any odd number. For this demonstration I chained 15.

Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, *DC in next, SC in next, repeat from * across the row. DC in last St. Change to your contrasting colour in the last stitch.

Row 2: With the new colour, Ch 1 and turn. SC in first St (on top of DC in previous row, see photo tutorial below), DC in next (on top of SC in previous row), *SC in next, DC in next, repeat from * across the row.

Row 3- until your desired size: repeat row 2

The main things to remember about the Houndstooth stitch is that you always start a new row with a SC and finish with a DC. Always change colour in the last DC stitch of a row and carry non-working yarn across.

Make sure the non-working yarn is not too tight and not too loose. If it’s too tight, then your tension and your edges are not going to be straight. I always pull the non-working yarn gently at the end of a row to tighten the first stitches where the colour was changed. Then I straighten the rest of the row so the yarn is loosely spread inside and the rest of crochet project can stretch a little. Watch the video demonstration for more visual guidance.

Crochet Houndstooth Stitch Photo Tutorial

Chain 15 or any odd number
Single Crochet in the second chain from hook
Double Crochet in the next stitch
Double Crochet in the last St. Change to contrasting colour in the middle of DC stitch

Ch 1 with new colour and turn
Carry the first colour by incorporating it into your stitches. SC in first St
Alternate SC and DC across the row.
Change back to first colour in the middle of the last St (DC stitch)

Crochet Houndstooth Stitch Video Tutorial

I hope you like the Houndstooth stitch! let me know in the comments below if you like this stitch and find it easy to crochet. If you like the

Houndstooth Stitch Crochet Uses

  • Cardigans
  • Blankets
  • Dish towels, hand towels
  • Washcloths, dishcloths

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