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Learn How to Crochet a Houndstooth Cowl

Updated April 26, 2024

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In this blog post you’ll find everything you need to learn how to crochet this beautiful Houndstooth Cowl. Is there anything more classic than the Houndstooth pattern? I’m absolutely in love with this timeless, textured fabric, so what could be better than recreating it in crochet? This quick and simple Houndstooth Crochet Cowl uses only basic stitches to build up the pattern and can easily be adapted to create a longer cowl or scarf. Or you could use the pattern repeat in your own projects and create Houndstooth garments, homewear and more.

Whether you choose the quintessential black and white colour scheme, or experiment with colours, this is one classy crochet cowl that you’re going to want in your wardrobe.

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Houndstooth Cowl

MATERIALS & TOOLS

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pattern NOTES

  • This pattern is written in UK terms
  • You can find the video tutorial after the written pattern

TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through.

Double Crochet(s): dc(s):Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.

Stitch(es) (st/s)

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Houndstooth Cowl Pattern

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To change colours, start your tr crochet as normal. When you are about to pull through your last 2 loops on the hook, drop your working colour and draw through the new colour. You will be carrying over the old colour by laying it along the top of the work.

You can obviously make this in any length and width you like. For my project, I chained 30 (plus 1) and did 72 rows.

Foundation: To begin, chain in multiples of 2, plus 1 for turning.

Row one: dc into 2nd chain from the hook, tr into next stitch. Alternate between a dc and a tr until the end of the chain. You will finish on a tr (do not complete the stitch as you will be changing colours- see instructions above) chain 2 and turn.

Repeat row one until you get to your desired size.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

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If you love snuggly snoods and cosy cowls I think you’ll love these projects: Cowl Scarf featured in the book You can Crochet with Bella Coco, Infinity Scarf, Bandana Cowl by guest designer Veronika Cromwell, Brook Cowl by guest designer Hayley Hall, Infinity Scarf featured in You can Crochet with Bella Coco and the Hexi Cowl by guest designer Tahryn. If you chose to make any of these lovely designs please ensure you tag and credit the amazing guest designers who have kindly created this content for you for free!

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a wooden hanger on a white wall with a black and white houndstooth crochet cowl around the neck of the hanger.

Learn How to Crochet a Houndstooth Cowl

This quick and simple Houndstooth Crochet Cowl uses only basic stitches to build up the pattern and can easily be adapted to create a longer cowl or scarf.

Materials

  • Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in 2 colours (Colour A, Colour B)

Tools

  • Hook: 5.5mm
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

    To change colours, start your tr crochet as normal. When you are about to pull through your last 2 loops on the hook, drop your working colour and draw through the new colour. You will be carrying over the old colour by laying it along the top of the work.

    You can make this in any length and width you like. For my project, I chained 30 (plus 1) and did 72 rows.

      1. Foundation: To begin, chain in multiples of 2, plus 1 for turning.
      2. Row one: dc into 2nd chain from the hook, tr into next stitch. Alternate between a dc and a tr until the end of the chain. You will finish on a tr (do not complete the stitch as you will be changing colours- see instructions above) chain 2 and turn.
      3. Repeat row one until you get to your desired size.

Notes

Written in UK terms.


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6 Comments

  • Anya
    September 13, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Is there a way to join the two sides? Whip stitch?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      September 15, 2020 at 7:48 am

      If you watch the tutorial it will show you how to do this at 8:04 🙂

      Reply
  • Anya
    September 13, 2020 at 10:03 am

    What are the finished measurements?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      September 15, 2020 at 7:49 am

      You can obviously make this in any length and width you like. For my project, I chained 30 (plus 1) and did 72 rows 🙂

      Reply
  • Emily Powell
    April 7, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    How much yarn is needed for this pattern?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 8, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      This would depend on the type of yarn you use, your hook size and your personal tension 🙂

      Reply

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