I’ve always loved bright and happy colors like teal and bright green, but the warmer, richer colors of Fall were always a bit dull in comparison. So when I was asked to make something a bit more subtle than all my brights, it took me a while to think of something. I wanted to make something that was gender-neutral or at least, less obviously feminine than most of my other designs. And I wanted to use a simple stitch rather than adding lots of texture like my Pumpkin Spice Beanie. I decided to go with a classic Houndstooth Beanie using black and red yarn and I love how it turned out! Keep reading to get the pattern and everything you need to make your own.
Houndstooth is interesting; it’s warm and mysterious like a cabin in the woods. It feels comforting somehow, and reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. It’s not quite checked, but it has the same duotone look without being as serious as the straight lines of checked designs. This crochet houndstooth beanie is super simple to do and only uses single and double crochets, so it’s a great beginner project. It’s usually done in black and white, but I switched out the white for red to make it a little less harsh and add color.
Houndstooth Beanie Crochet Pattern
- 5.00mm crochet hook
- Worsted weight yarn in black and reed – I used Sprightly Acrylic
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch Marker
- FDC – foundation double crochet
- FPDC- front post double crochet
- BPDC- back post double crochet
This pattern makes a beanie in a small (20-inch circumference). The PDF also includes sizing for medium/large.
1. Using the black yarn, work 60 foundation double crochet. Basically, chain 4, YO and insert the hook into the first chain, pull up a loop to make a chain, then YO and finish the DC as normal. For each FDC after, YO and insert your hook into the chain made with the previous stitch.
Or, chain 60 loosely and DC across. Either way, slip stitch to the first space to begin working in the round and place a marker to mark the beginning.
2. Chain 2, *FPDC, BPDC* around. Slip stitch to the top of the chain 2 to finish the round.
3-6. Repeat round 2 for another 4 rounds. This creates the ribbing of the houndstooth beanie.
7. Using black yarn, chain 1. *SC 1, DC 1*and repeat around the hat. At the end of the round slip stitch to the chain 1.
8. Using red yarn, chain 2. *DC 1, SC 1* and repeat around the hat. At the end of the round slip stitch to the chain 2.
9-25. Continue alternating between round 7 and 8 until the beanie is 8.25 inches tall and you end on a black round (60). This create the pattern for the houndstooth beanie.
Cut the red yan and use only the black to finish the top of the hat in continuous rounds now.
26. DC 1, *SC, DC2tog* all the way around. You should have 40 stitches now.
27. *SC 6, decrease* around. (35)
28. *SC 5, decrease* around. (30)
29. *SC 4, decrease* around. (25)
30. *SC 3, decrease* around. (20)
31. *SC 2, decrease* around. (15)
32. *SC 1, decrease* around. (10)
31. Decrease around and bind off (5). Trim the yarn and thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Run the needle through the front loops of the remaining stitches and pull to close the top. Secure the yarn, weave in the ends and trim any excess yarn.
And you’re done! Feel free to attach pom pom to the top or just leave it be like I did. I love how it turned out and how easy it was to create this look. I wanted the beanie to be more gender neutral and I’m very pleased with how it looks on the male and female mannequins. It’s the same hat on both, and the male is larger so the beanie is pretty stretchy. I made this beanie in a small size, but you can get additional sizes in the PDF copy available in my Etsy shop.
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