Watch how to crochet the houndstooth stitch (video and written instructions)

Create a smart spring accessory or enjoy making something for your home with this fun and super-easy houndstooth crochet stitch. You can make the suggested cowl, which looks great with work suits or with weekend jeans, or you can simply use the stitch to whizz up lovely blankets and afghans.
Best of all, this stitch is really easy to get the hang of, so it's a great project even for real crochet novices.
Watch the houndstooth crochet video tutorial:
You can use any yarn for this stitch, but a crisp cotton would be perfect for making a spring cowl or scarf. Choose something more snuggly, like a DK weight, if you're making a blanket. Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You will also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
ch chain
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
Written pattern
To begin, create a foundation chain in multiples of 2, plus 1 for turning.
Row 1: sc into 2nd chain from the hook, dc into next stitch. Alternate between a sc and a dc until the end of the chain, finishing with a dc. Ch 2 and turn.
To change colors, do not finish last dc in row, when you get to last 2 loops on hook, drop your working color and draw through new color. Either keep old color attached and simply take up again at next row, dropping second color, or fasten off as normal and alternate the two colors.
Repeat row 1 until project reaches desired size.