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Houndstooth Beanie: Free Crochet Beanie Pattern (Unisex!)

This week, I wanted to share a pattern for a crochet beanie that was perfect for Fall and an easy unisex pattern. Some of my other free crochet beanie patterns are pretty feminine so for this one, I wanted a design that works for men too. I chose a houndstooth pattern in red and black for something that’s a little more subtle and wearable than my Pumpkin Spice Beanie. So, let’s get right into the free crochet beanie pattern!

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

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 some color.

Related: How to Customize Crochet Hat Sizes

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

This was meant to be a men’s beanie pattern, but I love the way it looks on me too. It’s so easy to wear and I think it suits everyone. I’ve made a few of them now and I’m excited to take some along to a craft fair I’m participating in this October. Last time, I had quite a few guys come to my booth to look at hats, but they were all women’s. Hopefully, I’ll do a little better bringing some of these along for the guys!

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth



  • ch – chain
  • FDC – foundation DC
  • FPDC – front post DC
  • BPDC – back post DC
  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • sl – slip stitch

Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Sizing: Small (21″) – additional sizing in the PDF
  • Gauge: 4S x 3R per inch


Houndstooth Free Crochet Beanie Pattern

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

Round 1: Using the black yarn, work 60 FDC. 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.

Round 2: Chain 2, *FPDC, BPDC* around. Then slip stitch to the top of the chain 2 to finish the round.

Rounds 3-6: Repeat round 2 for another 4 rounds. This creates the ribbing of the houndstooth beanie.

Related: How to Make a Stretchy Crochet Ribbing (Video tutorial)

Crochet stretchy ribbing


For the body of this free crochet beanie pattern, I alternated between rows of red and black, carrying the unused color up the side of the hat. This cut down on having to weave in the ends and I didn’t have to worry about any of those joins ever coming apart. 

Round 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.

Round 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.

Rounds 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 creates the pattern for the houndstooth beanie.

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

Cut the red yarn and use only the black to finish the top of the hat in continuous rounds now.


Round 26: DC 1, *SC, DC2tog* all the way around. You should have 40 stitches now.

Round 27: *SC 6, decrease* around. (35)

Round 28: *SC 5, decrease* around. (30)

Round 29: *SC 4, decrease* around. (25)

Round 30: *SC 3, decrease* around. (20)

Round 31: *SC 2, decrease* around. (15)

Round 32: *SC 1, decrease* around. (10)

Round 33: Decrease around and then 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.

free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth
free crochet beanie pattern mens houndstooth

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and if you made it, tag me (@_theblueelephants) on Instagram so I can see it! You can check out some of my other free crochet beanie patterns here, as well as my knit ones. I’ll be creating lots more this Fall so be sure to subscribe by entering your name and email in the box below to get free patterns, tips, and resources delivered right to your inbox!

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Sofia Flores

Monday 12th of October 2020

Do you join the foundation chain into a round before starting the second round with the rib stitch? If so, how do you do that?

Shehla Ahmed

Monday 12th of October 2020

Yes, you do join into a round. Just slip stitch to the top of the first stitch you made. The bottom will be loose for now but I use the tail end to close that gap when I weave in the tails at the end!


Thursday 22nd of February 2018

How would you do the top to not make it a slouchy beanie, but tight at the top?

Shehla Ahmed

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

To make it fit more snugly, just work a fewer body rounds before you decrease. The slouchiness is made from the extra height so if you make it slightly shorter (-5 or 6 rows), it won't be slouchy.


Friday 13th of October 2017

What size should this fit?

Shehla Ahmed

Friday 13th of October 2017

This is a small (20-inch circumference) hat. It's pretty stretchy, so it could also fit a medium.