How to Weave the Houndstooth Pattern

Learn how to weave a simple pattern that packs a BIG punch!

Houndstooth Intro

Houndstooth is one of the most classic patterns for fabrics. Whether on a scarf, coat, skirt, purse, chair, blanket, or umbrella, the houndstooth never seems to go out of style. If you have it in your wardrobe, you will have a piece that will always be fashionable, at least in pattern.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to weave the simplest version of houndstooth – a 2×2. This size is also known as pinwheel and puppytooth.

I am using my rigid heddle loom in this tutorial; however, the houndstooth pattern may be created in the same way on many other types of looms. You should only need to adapt it to your loom’s particular warping method.

I have written this tutorial with the assumption that the reader will have a basic knowledge of warping and plain weaving. If any part of the tutorial is unclear, please leave a question in the comments, and I will try to help you out. 

All photos are mine. All rights reserved.


Houndstooth Weaving

After warping as shown in photo #1, begin creating the houndstooth pattern by weaving two weft strands of one color. Proceed to the color change in photo #2.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Houndstooth 2

 Make sure you don’t do this instead!

Houndstooth 3 - Don't

Step 3

Houndstooth 4

 Step 4

Houndstooth 5


My Houndstooth Projects

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How do you like the Houndstooth pattern?  Do you have any questions for me?

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6 thoughts on “How to Weave the Houndstooth Pattern

    • Elizabeth - Lili and Mum's says:

      Yes, it is plain weave. The 2 warp x 2 weft color pattern creates the design. If you have any further questions, let me know.

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