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How to Knit Houndstooth (Free Stitch Pattern with Video)

How to Knit Houndstooth (Free Stitch Pattern with Video)

Inside: Learn how to knit houndstooth with this free stitch pattern including charts in two sizes and tutorial video.

There’s nothing like a classic houndstooth pattern!  Whether you like bold, bright contrasts or subtle, muted blending this stitch pattern can fit your style.

You’re going to love how easy it is to knit this two-color design.  This pattern includes both small and large houndstooth design charts so you can adapt this stitch pattern to any size yarn and needle.

knit houndstooth square in red and navy

Houndstooth Stitch Pattern

By Kristen Mangus


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Super bulky (#6) weight yarn in 2 colors
Bernat Beyond (120g/ 4.2 oz, 73 meters/ 80 yd.) used in sample.
Contrast A: Red, White & Boom
Contrast B: Navy

US 11 (8 mm) Knitters Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Needles used in sample.  

Tapestry needle

K = Knit
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

If you need to review your knitting skills, check out my How to Knit Series for Beginners.

15 sts x 15 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch


Approx 5.5” x 6” (14 cm x 15.2 cm)


Chart – This pattern uses a color chart to show the stitch pattern.  Each square on the chart is one stitch.  All RS rows are knit while all WS rows use the purl stitch.

knit houndstooth in red and navy closeup


With A cast on 20 sts.

Foundation Row (WS): P all.

Following chart below work 5 repeats ending on Row 4. 

Ending Row: With A, K all.  

Bind off loosely.


Small Houndstooth

small houndstooth knitting chart

Large Houndstooth

large houndstooth knitting chart
how to knit houndsooth pin image square with needles

How to Knit Houndstooth Tutorial Videos

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Fo Ndah

Monday 10th of June 2024

Thanks for the pattern and especially for showing how to trap the yarn!

Sophia German

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Love this tutorial, thank you so much. Where can we post pictures of our attempts for you to see?


Thursday 4th of February 2021

Hi my very 1 st attempt thank you for sharing this video, my question is how can I prevent my yarn twisting so much especially in the purl row.


Monday 25th of January 2021

What kind of 100% wool yarn do you recommend that is the same weight as the acrylic? Brand? Specifics please. I am an advanced beginner


Saturday 5th of September 2020

Hello Kristen, THANK YOU! Hounds Tooth check has been my favourite pattern for years for sewn garments but I never thought I'd ever see it in a knit pattern! It looks so simple. You are so versatile and so kind to share your gift of designing with us. I'm going to make this in a dish cloth for my trial run (cotton of course), because who doesn't need dishcloths? I'm seeing this pattern in my mind as an afghan in bulky acrylic yarn. I will have to decide what colours, but that may be determined by the recipient. blanket shower gift? friend who I haven't seen for a while due to Covid 19 travel restrictions? ...or maybe just for me. Thank you again for sharing. Trish (from northern Canada)