Fall Trend Alert! Houndstooth Knits & Top Patterns

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Knitting | Comments


It’s rare that I care about trends on the runway, but I do get a little excited when one of those trends involves knitting. If you pay attention to fashion runways at all, you may have noticed that this fall the runways are full of houndstooth knits. Don’t believe me? Just check out the fall 2013 collections from designers like Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rag & Bone. They’re filled with everything from oversized sweaters to cozy coats that are printed with giant houndstooth patterns.

Orange and Grey Houndstooth

Photo via Sarah Montie Handknits

I don’t care whether my knits are on trend, but I do love getting inspiration for new projects from the runway. Most of us have already started on fall and winter knitting, so why not get inspired by fall fashion and start on that houndstooth scarf or sweater?

How to knit the trend

Not sure how to incorporate houndstooth into your wardrobe? It’s easy! Here are a few places to start:

Accessories: From scarves to cowls and even legwarmers, a small amount of houndstooth can go a long way. Incorporating a trend into an accessory is especially perfect for knitters who don’t tend to go super bold with prints and patterns.

Dresses: If you’re planning to knit a dress, let me first stand up and applaud you for taking on such a large project. Remember that houndstooth can be knit on both a small scale and a large scale. If you’re not up for changing yarn every few stitches, go for a larger-scale design.

Sweaters: No need to knit the entire sweater in a houndstooth pattern. Knit just the body of the sweater in the pattern, then add solid-colored sleeves. For an even smaller nod, just add a houndstooth collar or border.

Ready to dive right in? Get a jump start on this fall look with these Craftsy patterns that will keep you warm and on trend all season long.

Hands Wearing Houdstooth Handwarmers

Handwarmers

I love how these houndstooth handwarmers put a little twist on the traditional black and white pattern.

Get the pattern here

Blue and Brown Reversible Cowl Hanging on Hanger

Reversible cowl

This reversible houndstooth cowl has no wrong side, so it shows off a small-scale houndstooth on one side and a large-scale one on the other side. What’s even better about reversible knits is that they’re double the warmth.

Get the pattern here

Houndstooth Scarf with Fringe

Houndstooth scarf

Wrap up in a fall trend — literally — with this houndstooth scarf. The fringe is completely optional.

Get the pattern here

Boy Wearing Houndstooth Sweater

Houndstooth sweater

Make your kid just as trendy as you with this pattern for a Baird houndstooth sweater. The designer also provides tips for stranded colorwork, so don’t be intimidated if it’s your first time knitting with two colors at the same time.

Get the pattern here

Boy Wearing Houndstooth Mittens and Hat

Hat and mittens set

I love how this hat and mittens set incorporates just the tiniest amount of the houndstooth pattern. Knit these accessories in colors that match your fall and winter outerwear.

Get the pattern here

White and Black Houndstooth Scarf on Wood Floor

Woven scarf

Yes, yes, I know this isn’t knitting. But I couldn’t help pointing out that you can also weave a lovely houndstooth and make almost anything out of it. Craftsy member L Jensen made this beautiful scarf for her daughter.

Another way to get runway-worthy knits is to make sure they fit your body. Stefanie Japel’s Fit Your Knits class will walk you through making adjustments to patterns for the perfect fit in the bust, waist, hips — every part of the garment!

Do you ever incorporate trends into your knitting? Any other trends you’re excited about for fall?

Comments

  1. Thanks for featuring a photo of my Reversible Houndstooth Scarf pattern in your blog. It is a great unisex scarf. I love a scarf that is reversible too.

  2. mo woolven says:

    Love this site ….

  3. Joleen Kraft says:

    Great list! Thanks for including my reversible cowl.
    I’m looking forward to seeing what knit trends pop up this fall. I’ve been seeing so many crocheted tops over the summer and I’m wondering if that’ll continue into the winter. I’m also loving the fall/winter colours I’m seeing, especially those deep greens: emerald, spruce….

  4. Maria Isabel Simão Alves rafael says:

    Adoro este padrão que por aqui é chamado de “pied de poule”. Se por acaso houver algum passo a passo para o fazer mais facilmente gostaria que partilhassem. Desde já um muito obrigada e um pedido de desculpas por escrever em português, é que o meu inglês não e tão abrangente quanto gostaria :)