Houndstooth

Houndstooth
Houndstooth worked over 20 stitches (closeup). (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Definition:

Works on multiples of 4 stitches.

Pattern requires two colors of yarn. Traditionally one is darker than the other and the darker is used as the background color. Here, the green is the background, indicated as A below, while the beige is the lighter color B.

Cast on in A.

Row 1: Knit 1 in A, *1 in B, 3 in A. Repeat from * to last 3 stitches, knit 1 in B, 2 in A.

Row 2: *Purl 3 in B, 1 in A.

Repeat form * across.

Row 3: *Knit 3 in B, 1 in A. Repeat from * across.

Row 4: Purl 1 in A, *1 in B, 3 in A. Repeat form * to last 3 stitches, purl 1 in B, 2 in A.

Repeat these 4 rows for pattern. Bind off in A.

Also Known As: Houndstooth check.