Crochet Pattern: Houndstooth Pet Scarf

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 33 Comments
Make a scarf for your pet! A houndstooth scarf, to be more appropriate and stylishly classy.

If your pet has any sort of fashion sense, they will surely love this! Changing up the length and width of this scarf is extremely easy, too–you can even make it for yourself, to match with your pet.

And more surprisingly, you don’t need to learn a new stitch or finishing technique. The houndstooth pattern is made by alternating dc and sc stitches (yes, it really is that simple!).

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 28″ long (without fringe) x 2″ wide

Medium Weight Yarn in Red and Black (or other color combination you prefer)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Not important

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart!

Houndstooth Pet Scarf

Main Body

With red, ch 82 (or any multiple of 3, plus 1 turning chain)

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, (dc in next ch, sc in next ch) across: 41 sc and 40 dc

Row 2: With black, sl st in first sc of row 1, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) across, change to red: 40 sc and 41 dc

Row 3: With red, ch 1, sc in first dc, (dc in next sc, sc in next dc) across: 41 sc and 40 dc

Row 4: Pick up black by pulling loop up through first sc of row 3, ch 3, (sc in next dc, dc in next sc) across, change to red,  fasten off black: 40 sc and 41 dc

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first dc, (dc in next sc, sc in next dc) across: 41 sc and 40 dc, finish off.

Fringe (Optional)

For each row end, cut three pieces of the same color yarn measuring about 4″ each. Fold all three in half together. Insert hook around post of row end, pull folded end of yarn through, and pull out all the ends through the loop.

I hope you (and your pets) like this! If you need any help, just leave a comment below.

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    I looooove hoodstooth! I’m going to have to play around with this pattern πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  2. Bananas says:

    I tried to crochet for my dogs once, but i don’t think they really liked it cuz the next day it was in pieces and they were trying to bury it

  3. Claire says:

    Hey Bananas, sorry to hear about that. I kind of giggled while reading your comment, though. πŸ™‚ Reminds me of when I struggled out of the plethora of bows in my hair as a kid.

    Hey Elisabeth, glad to see you like it! πŸ˜€ Hope I can get to see what you come up with it.

  4. nita says:

    how is the best way to make this “human-sized?”

    • Claire says:

      Hello Nita! It all depends on how much chains you make for the foundation–you should make more to make it “human-sized.” Just make sure that it’s a multiple of 3, plus 1 for the turning chain. Follow the rest of the pattern and it should work out all right. πŸ™‚ Good luck with your project!

      • Raelynna says:

        Hello! this is a great pattern that my friend would absolutely love, so i’m attempting it for a christmas gift, only problem is i’m fairly novice to all the terms and what not,
        when you say multiple of 3 what do you mean exactly? like when chaining make sure 3 goes into the number then add one for turning? I just want to make sure before i start it, sorry to bother with such a basic question! it’s appreciated though!

  5. Sarah says:

    Awesome! I just adopted a dog and this will be a great first project to make for him πŸ™‚

  6. Dawn says:

    Yours is cute. Mine doesn’t look anything like it. LOL. Are you turning at the end of the rows or just starting back at the beginning of the previous row?

    • Claire says:

      Hello Dawn,
      I didn’t turn at the end of the rows, since every row calls for a color change. I sort of pulled up the color left from two rows below, in order to continue work. You can also cut off the yarn at the end of each row; start over with a new strand for each row–wouldn’t show up much if you’ll be adding fringe to the ends anyway.
      Just make sure that you alternate colors per row, and that you make sc stitches into dc’s, and the dc stitches into the sc’s from the previous row. I hope your project works out fine!

      • Pam C says:

        So, this isn’t back and forth? I would need to stop at the end of each row and begin again at the start of each row?

  7. ldh says:

    Hello Claire,

    I thought this was such a cute idea I made one for my dog and posted here:

    Thank you for sharing!

    Kindly, Lorraine

    • Claire says:

      Hi Lorraine! Wowowowow! (Or should it be Bowowow, haha) Absolutely smashing work, although your lovable Raider does steal the scene in the photos! Lovely granddaughter, too. πŸ™‚ I love the colors you used.

  8. Tadd says:

    Claire, I love this design. Thank you for sharing it. I don’t know if you’ve heard the story about Patrick “The Miracle Dog” in New Jersey, but I’m working on one of these scarves today in his honor. I’d send it to him when I finish it, but he’s already being bombarded with gifts. So, instead, I’ll be donating it to a local shelter. With your permission, I’d like to make a few to give to folks in exchange for them making a monetary donation to an animal rescue organization.

  9. Whitley says:

    this pattern was so easy and fun that i had to make one for my sweet little angel! i even posted it on facebook here:!/media/set/?set=a.1559005314638.60785.1820445781

  10. Beth says:

    You are awesome!! I looked for several days, trying to find a houndstooth scarf pattern for Christmas presents this year. Not only did your pattern work, but I was able to build on the dimensions for a “human sized” scarf. Great job and very much appreciated!!

  11. Ninz says:

    I’m a little confused. Since you don’t turn at the end of each row are you starting at the beginning on each row?

  12. Ninz says:

    Never mind, I figured it out! I can’t wait to see the finished scarf. Thanks so much for this pattern.

  13. Wonderful pattern! Have you tried adapting it for a hat? I have family members that are Alabama Tide fans, and they would love something like this as a hat!

    • Janice Dillard says:

      christie: I think that if you use a basic beanie hat pattern that you could just use the sc 1 and dc 1 throughout the pattern and it should turn out. I haven’t done it yet but do plan to try one out. I, too, am an Alabama Tide fan with an AU Tigers fan daughter. I am a “house divided”–1/2 Bama, 1/2 Tiger–I always tell my students to “Roll Eagles”–LOL

    • Janice Dillard says:

      In fact, Christie. I am going to buy some yarn this weekend and try this very thing.

    • Janice says:

      Christie, my hats have turned out wonderfully.

  14. Barbe says:

    I absolutely love houndstooth pattern, ever since my parents bought me a black&white houndstooth coat with black fur collar when I was 9yrs old. I’ve got to try to make me a scarf in black & white to go with my embroidered skirt and black/white pumps. If anyone figures out how to adapt the pattern for a hat I hope you’ll share. I’m sitting here and picturing a full fashion statement. lol -_^

  15. Ruth says:

    Hi there, I thought this was a great idea but I ran into a bit of trouble when i got to the third row. How do you single crochet into a double crochet and double crochet into a single crochet?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Ruth, you would make the stitches like you normally would. You’d insert your hook into the top loops of the stitch (doesn’t matter if it’s a single crochet or a double crochet stitch, they both look the same from the top so you would do the same thing) and make the stitch as usual. Let me know if you need more help.

  16. Janice says:

    I was so excited to learn how to make the houndstooth stitch. Being from Alabama and having many friends who are Bama fans, I have already crocheted several scarves and hats for adults. I made a hat for my grandson and my college roommate’s daughter and have had 4 of their friends want me to crochet them a hat. Black/white houndstooth is the signature of former coach Bear Bryant so is is very popular. I do intend to use that stitch in a jacket I am planning to make for myself. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Martha Honse says:

    As a novice at crocheting, I am trying to make the houndstooth dog scarf. I don’t understand when you say you don’t turn the piece. How do you crochet back? Also, the directions say in Row 2 to chain 3, what do you do with that when the next direction says to sc in nect dc, and dc in next sc?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Martha, you do turn (I guess it depends how you look at it) try reading Claire’s reply about turning in the previous comments.
      For the chaining, you’ll start with the chain 3, then do the sc in next dc, dc in next sc, etc. You don’t do anything with the chain 3, the chain is just there so that the beginning of the row is the same height as the rest of the row. So you’re not going to work into it or anything.

  18. Jessica Silas says:

    thanks so much! great pattern in black and white too! I’m an Auburn girl myself but my husbands die~hard Bama. he wants a hat in crimson with the Bama A on the front, the one thats a little curvy? i cant find a pattern anywhere for that darned A lol. I’ve tried wingin it and comin up with my own and its soooooo not workin. any chance you’d know where i could find a pattern for it?

  19. Martha Honse says:

    I made a baby carseat blanket using Alabama’s colors, red and white, in the houndstooth pattern. I would like to send you a picture but not sure how to do that.

  20. Carolyn says:

    I am working on accessories for pictures of dogs in our local shelter. I’ll run up a few of these for the photographers to use. Thanks!

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