August 29, 2020

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

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


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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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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    Hello Kristen,
    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. ….baby blanket shower gift? …my 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)

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