Stitch of the Week: Houndstooth Hook Holder Crochet Pattern

In an attempt to broaden my knowledge of fancy crochet stitches, I’m going to try and learn one new stitch or motif a week. Join me and together we can be masters of the fiber universe!

For my first go, I decided to try the houndstooth stitch. Come strong or don’t come at all, right?

But the best part was that I was able to make this cute little hook holder with my swatch. And I jotted down the pattern to share — because, seriously, it’s so simple.



You could even use this little compartment as a stylish eyeglass case or pen/pencil holder. But if you’re like me and carry crochet hooks around with you in your purse, it’ll get the most mileage out of being a hook holder. Hookolder…new word?

I explain how to do the houndstooth stitch below, but I didn’t have time to take pictures or video of each step, so check out New Stitch a Day’s video tutorial or Crochet Cabana’s picture tutorial if you’re a visual learner.

Houndstooth Hook Holder Crochet Pattern



  • Black and ivory worsted weight yarn (mine was scrap yarn on the thin side of worsted)
  • Size E crochet hook (teensie!)
  • Yarn needle
  • Random button or other fastening notion


Finished holder measures 7 inches tall by 1.75 inches in diameter. (I admit, the mammoth blue hook in the first picture was too tall to fit.)

Body of Holder (the houndstooth part)

FUN FACT: When you’re hooking houndstooth, you have to start with a chain in a multiple of four. However many multiples of four you do, the pattern will repeat itself one LESS time. For example, I chained 28, which is 4 x 7, but I only get 6 repeats of the pattern.

Row 1: Foundation Row (there are several steps to making the first row)

With black, ch 28

  • Work a sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Work a hdc in the next ch, and a dc in the next ch. This makes a little triangle. Sk nxt 3 ch and sc in the 4th ch. This makes the little triangle “stand up” so the point is perpendicular to the foundation ch.
  • Ch 4. Make a sc, hdc, and dc in the first three ch just like you did before (into the NEW ch-4, NOT the original foundation ch). You’ve made another little triangle! Sk the next 3 ch (on the original foundation ch) and sc in the 4th to make the triangle “stand up straight.”
  • Repeat step 2 across the rest of the foundation ch, joining your new color (ivory) on the last sc. You should have six little triangles all standing at attention.

Great job! You’ve finished the foundation row! That’s technically Row 1. Now, let’s start Row 2, where you’ll “fill in” the gaps between those triangles.

Row 2: Ch 4 and turn. Dc in the last dc you made on your last triangle. Then hdc in the hdc, and (you guessed it) sc in the sc. (You’re basically mirroring what you did before.) Then tr in the sc, and work up the next triangle in a similar manner, dc in the dc, hdc in the hdc, and sc in the sc. Repeat this pattern across. (No color change this time.)

Row 3: (Basically the same as Row 1 where you originally made the triangles.) Ch 4 and turn. Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the 3rd ch, and dc in the 4th ch. Sk the first 3 sts and sc in the 4th. Repeat across to make a new row of triangles, and change back to the other color on the last sc by simply bringing it up the side.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2 (“fill in” the gaps between the triangles)
Row 5: Repeat Row 3 (make new “standing up” triangles)
Row 6: Repeat Row 2
Row 7: Repeat Row 3
Row 8: Repeat Row 2
Row 9: Repeat Row 3
Row 10: Repeat Row 2
Row 11: Repeat Row 3
Row 12: Repeat Row 2
Row 13: Repeat Row 3
Row 14: Repeat Row 2
Row 15: Repeat Row 3
Row 16: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

Bottom of holder
Rnd 1: With black, make 6 sc in magic ring.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (sc in nxt sc, inc in nxt sc) repeat around (18 sc) Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Top of Holder
Rnd 1: With black, make 6 sc in magic ring.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (sc in nxt sc, inc in nxt sc) repeat around (18 sc) Ch 25 and sl st in first ch made to form a loop. Sc in nxt sc, sl st in nxt. Finish off and leave long tail for sewing.



  • Roll the body of the holder so the two long sides meet. Use the tail to sew the sides together. You should now have a “houndstube” with two open ends on either side.
  • Sew the bottom circle to one of the tube’s ends so it is no longer open.
  • Take the top circle (with the loop), and weave the tail yarn through so it comes out on the perimeter of the circle opposite to the loop. Use the tail yarn to sew only three or four sc from the top circle to the holder itself, creating a flap rather than a closed end.
  • Sew the button onto the outside of the holder near Rows 11 and 12. Make sure the loop extends far enough down to hook around the button.

I added this pattern to Ravelry, so if you make it, I’d love to see what creative twist you put on yours.



What does this post have to do with books? Absolutely nothing.


10 thoughts on “Stitch of the Week: Houndstooth Hook Holder Crochet Pattern

  1. I tried this but it didnt work for me. There were horizontal holes inbetween the second and third rows where you sk 3 and sc in the 4th. There were also vertical holes between the colors when, in the second row, you tr up to the point of the triangle to work it down. There has got to be a bette way, I love this stitch!

  2. Pingback: A Trendy Classic: Houndstooth! 10 Free Houndstooth Crochet Patterns

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