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Houndstooth Vest Crochet Pattern

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There’s something about a Houndstooth Vest that really sets off an outfit. Now we have a NEW Houndstooth Vest crochet pattern that is sure to be the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

Houndstooth Vest crochet pattern

Houndstooth Vest Crochet Pattern

The Houndstooth stitch pattern is not new. We’ve been using this pattern design in countless garments, bags, scarves, blankets, and accessories, and it never disappoints! Vests are perfect for turning weather. It’s just enough sweater to keep you warn while leaving your arm free.

how to crochet a houndstooth vest

This sweater vest could be made using one solid color if you’re not into the Houndstooth stitch design. Or use one color for the vest body and one for the edging. How chic would that be?!

houndstooth vest crochet pattern

Is the Houndstooth stitch easy to crochet?

Yes, it is very easy to crochet! Believe it or not, the Houndstooth is made of simple stitches, the double crochet and the single crochet. Because of these basic stitches used, this vest pattern would be the perfect thing for beginner crocheters.

The easiest way to remember is to always put the single crochets in the double crochet stitches and vice versa. There is even a full video tutorial for this stitch right here on Heart Hook Home.

houndstooth crochet stitch tutorial

What kind of yarn should you use?

I used Swish DK to make the modeled version, which is an absolutely love yarn. It is 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool which means that it will not felt and it will not shrink. After washing this crocheted Houndstooth vest it softened beautifully and will be a new staple in my wardrobe.

You can use whichever yarn you fancy, but for this pattern I would stich with a size 3/light worsted/DK weight yarn. If you have an acrylic worsted weight yarn in your stash that you would like to use, it certainly would work. The finished garment will be larger than intended so I recommend making a pattern size one smaller than required. Should you have questions do not hesitate to shoot me an email!

For this pattern we will start with the bottom ribbing, onto which we will build the body. This is done in a seamless way that requires the least amount of sewing. When we get to the vest top, we separate into back and front, shaping the v-neck as we work our way up.

houndstooth vest tutorial

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Swish DK (size 3/DK weight) in Color A and Color B

TOTAL YARDAGE -approx. (1020, 1130, 1250, 1300, 1450, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1750) yards

Color A (black) -approx. (610, 675, 740, 780, 865, 910, 960, 1020, 1060) yards
Color B (white) -approx. (410, 455, 510, 520, 585, 590, 640, 680, 690) yards

Crochet hook in size G/4mm

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.

Gauge: 18 sts x 16 rows = 4” square (full Houndstooth stitch tutorial here)

Houndstooth Vest Sizing: (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) fits bust up to (30”, 34”, 38”, 42”, 46”, 50”, 54”, 58”, 62”)

Vest length ~24” neck to hem. The armholes are intended to be a bit oversized. If your finished vest is a bit too short, steam block it using this technique.

One of my testers had her tension change somewhere along the way and the vest body ended up a few inches too short. She steam blocked it and was able to complete the vest without ripping out any stitches to add length. Awesome!

Find this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home blog shop! Thank you!

I hope you love this pattern, and that you enjoy making it. Please share a photo with me by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media and show it off in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook!

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  1. I’m working on the houndstooth vest & not sure if working the white yarn is the right side or is the black yarn the right side? In the video you show to pull the white to the wrong side when you are working black but the instructions start with white on right side. I’m sooo confused!
  2. I’ve started this vest and I’m not sure my tension/gauge is on target. Do you have measurements for the different sizes for the bottom band so I can know if my tension is right? I’m making the small. ~Thank you!
  3. super cute! i know the stitch pattern well butnever imagined using two colors to get a houndstooth pattern! AMAZING
  4. Thank you for this!! I was JUST imagining something like this, and *voila* -- here it is! Hmmm..... I wonder what I can imagine next for you to design? Excited to make this. Thanks, Ashlea!!