Houndstooth Muffler Using Rowan Valley Tweed
The handsome Houndstooth Muffler is a classic, striking accessory—and a free pattern. A two-color, checked pattern with notched corners, houndstooth is nostalgic, yet timelessly elegant—and a very engaging colorwork pattern. Knit in the round with a bit of ribbing at either end, this muffler’s double layers are doubly warm and quite sharp tucked inside your tailored wool coat.
In Rowan Valley Tweed, the Houndstooth Muffler has just the right amount of woolliness. Light, strong, and hardy, this fingering-weight yarn is spun from 100% wool (a thread of which is soft lambswool). The color palette of earthy greys and richly flecked jewel tones show up handsomely in this two-toned stitch!
Neck wrap: approx. 8"/20cm folded flat x 36"/91.5cm long, after blocking.
Muffler: Approx. 8"/20cm folded x 54"/137cm long, after blocking.
Instructions are given for neck wrap; muffler in parentheses ().
6 SKEINS Rowan Valley Tweed (226 yds/207m each): 3 in main color (MC) and 3 in contrast color (CC).
Or approx. 1250 yds/1143 m total of an equivalent fingering-weight yarn:
650 yds/594 m MC and 600 yds/549 m CC.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 3 (3.25mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
Neck wrap only: 6 locking markers. Three 1"/25mm buttons.
Approx. 32 sts/28 rows= 4"/10cm in pattern stitch, after blocking.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Dec(’d) = decrease(d); Inc(’d) = increase(d); K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; M1 = make one (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); P = purl; Sl = slip specified number of stitches from left needle to right needle without working them (slip purlwise unless specified otherwise); St(s) = stitch(es); WYIB = with yarn in back; WYIF = with yarn in front.
A bit on color dominance:
In two-handed stranded knitting, the color carried in your left hand will show up more than the other, by virtue of the fact that it is carried along below the other yarn; it essentially has a shorter commute. Known as ‘left hand color dominance’, this phenomenon is unrelated to which hand dominates in your everyday life, or which hand normally carries your yarn. Typically then, your ‘pattern’, or motif, color is held in your left hand, and your ‘background’ color in your right, so the motif will ‘pop’. However, with a balanced pattern like houndstooth, there really isn’t a background color. Here’s an opportunity to take advantage of this theory: Since darker colors tend to recede, hold your darker color in your left hand (the dominant position), to bring it visually forward and balance it with the lighter color. Feel free to experiment—just be sure to hold colors in the same hands throughout—it’s surprising how different your pattern repeats can look if you aren’t consistent!
First ribbed border:
Using cable cast-on method and MC, cast on 120 sts.
Place a marker to designate beginning of round. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end.
Repeat Round 1 six more times. [7 rounds total]
Next round: *K15, M1*; repeat between * * to end. [8 sts inc’d; 128 sts]
With MC and CC, work houndstooth chart in the round, always reading chart from right to left. The 4-st repeat is worked a total of 32 times each round. Note: Take care to strand floats evenly across back of work. To keep floats loose, stretch out sts of your last color on right needle before you bring your new color across the back.
Repeat chart Rounds 1–4 until work measures 35 (53)"/89 (135)cm, or desired length, from cast-on edge. Cut CC. Note: If you change length or substitute yarn, you’ll need at least 25 yds/23m of MC to complete second ribbed border.
Second ribbed border:
Next round: With MC, *K14, K2Tog*; repeat between * * to end. [8 sts dec’d; 120 sts]
Round 1: *K2, P2*; repeat between * * to end.
Buttonhole round (optional, neck wrap only): Note: If making muffler, work this round in K2/P2 ribbing as established. Place locking markers around 6th, 29th, 52nd, 66th, 89th and 112th st of the round. *Work in K2/P2 ribbing as established to first marked st. WYIF Sl 1, (WYIB Sl 1, pass first slipped stitch on right needle over second) three times. Transfer last st on right needle back to left needle. Turn work. Using cable cast-on method, firmly cast on 4 sts.Turn work. Hold working yarn in back and slip the first st on left needle to right needle purlwise and pass last cast-on st on right needle over*. Repeat from * * around, ending round in K2/P2 ribbing as established.
Rounds 3–7: Repeat Round 1.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Weave in all ends on inside of piece.
Soak piece for 20 minutes in tepid water with no-rinse wool soap. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible. Roll in towel and squeeze out more moisture. Fold piece in half lengthwise and lay flat on moisture-safe blocking surface. Pull or push fabric to desired dimensions. Allow to dry thoroughly.
To join neck wrap buttonhole layers, fold neck wrap in half at buttonhole end, and align three buttonholes on top layer with three buttonholes on bottom layer. With MC and darning needle, whip-stitch around each buttonhole through both layers to join and reinforce. At other end of scarf, sew buttons on through both layers, aligning with buttonholes on opposite end.
COLORWAY: 3 skeins each of 105 Gordale and 111 Gryke.
COLORWAY: 3 skeins each of 109 High Force and 101 Malham.
COLORWAY: 3 skeins each of 103 Raydale and 102 Littondale.
COLORWAY: 3 skeins each of 106 Bedale and 107 Wolds Poppy.
Free digital Houndstooth Muffler pattern (Download).