As part of my “I Made This” YouTube Tutorial Review Project – The Houndstooth Headband/Ear Warmer will be spotlighted today.
I chose this project to make for my daughter Aimee as part of the box of crochet winter accessories that I made for her for Christmas. I also chose this project because I really, really like houndstooth and was very excited when I stumbled upon a YouTube tutorial on how to achieve this look. The video was for a Houndstooth Shawl but I scaled it down to headband/ear warmer size.
Crochet Project Notes
- Yarn Used – less than 1 skein each Red Heart Super Saver Navy and White
- Hook Used – I/9
- 2 Plastic 1″ buttons
How long it took me to make this – less than 2 hours
YouTube Crochet Tutorial Links & Info
- Posted by – YARNutopia by Nadia
- Video Link – How to Crochet Houndstooth Stitch Shawl
- Written Pattern Link – Houndstooth Stitch Shawl
Stitches/Techniques You Need to be Familiar With
- Single crochet stitch (sc)
- Double crochet stitch (dc)
- Changing colors
Crochet Skill Level – I would say this is Easy if you are familiar with the stitches and color changes in every row. Beginners should be able to follow along with the video without too much trouble. She is a very good teacher and demonstrates the stitches well.
My Thoughts on This Crochet Tutorial Video
I love Nadia’s tutorials. I am an experienced crocheter but I still appreciate how she demonstrates the stitches so that people that are new to crochet can make her gorgeous patterns.
This is a pattern that you need to pay attention to what you are doing. The repeat stitch pattern is easy but it is also easy to lose your place if you are not paying attention since the single and double crochet stitches alternate in the row. The color changes every row, but you are not cutting and and tying off, instead you crochet over the non-working color and carry it through the row. This is great if you don’t enjoy the (necessary) evil of sewing in a lot of ends.
I am definitely inspired to make some other projects using the houndstooth stitch. A handbag would be nice, the shawl that is in the tutorial looks smart & sassy too. I am very glad that I now have this stitch pattern in my repertoire – people that don’t know how to crochet will think that it was super complicated and be wildly impressed with your crochet talent!
Thanks for reading my blog!
~Tami – Tanglewood Knots