Crochet Tutorial: Houndstooth Stitch Shawl

Dolcemente femminile

YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad

Houndstooth originated in Scotland in the 1800s. It originally was a woven fabric and over time became popular in fashion. It has undergone many revivals, but it has stayed true to its original classic pattern. Houndstooth is named because it resembles a canine tooth with its sharp edge. Sometimes it is called Dogstooth, and the miniature design is known as Puppytooth. Many designers use this pattern in high end fashion to this day. If you would like to learn more about the Houndstooth history, click here.

It’s Fall Fashion Week in New York which inspired me to create this Houndstooth Shawl–perfect for autumn weather and cool nights. When I originally set out to make this pattern, I expected this to be an incredible challenge, having never done the Houndstooth stitch before. But, after studying a few patterns online, I was able to quickly and very easily pick it up!

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April Scarf

Viole di primavera – stola

FlorrieMarie

20131028-100405.jpgI know its October, but I wanted to show you the April Scarf.

April Scarf April Scarf

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I wrote this up a couple of years ago, but recently it got a little makeover and I reformatted the pattern and made it a little more concise and easier to read.  By no means did I invent the chevron stitch, its got many, many, many incarnations in the knitting-verse. But this is my little version of a classic.  I really enjoy how the zig zagginess lets a delicious ombre or variegated yarn really shine. The colors get to play along the hills and valleys and the very simple stitch looks great but it doesn’t require strict attention.  Its great for hanging out with friends and chatting or watching your favorite season premiere while your fingers stay busy. If you have already downloaded this pattern I hope you find the few changes helpful. If its…

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