Latch hooking is a simple weaving technique that involves using a special tool, called a latch hook, to knot short strands of yarn through a grid like fabric base. It couldn’t be easier—just loop a piece of yarn around the crook of the latch hook and thread the hooked end under one section of the canvas. Then, pull the latch hook back out the same way you put it in. The shifting latch will catch the yarn, threading it over on itself and anchoring it to the canvas.
Step 1: Preparations
You will need either to buy a latch hook kit or to prepare one on your own. A good kit should include a pattern, a canvas grid, and pre-cut yarn segments. If you want to prepare your own kit, you will need to buy canvas and yarn and to make your own pattern and cut your own yarn segments. Beginners should start with kits.
Step 2: Things You’ll Need
As a beginner, let us start with a complete latch hook kit, which should include a latch hook tool, printed pattern guide, canvas, and pre-cut yard segments.
Step 3: Begin Hooking the Rug
Always begin at the lower left hand corner, or start at the lower right hand corner (if you are left handed). Loop or fold the yarn around the base of the latch hook, beneath the swinging latch. Stick the hook under the canvas bar in the bottom of the first square, so that the latch passes under the canvas bar and back up to the top side again. Take the ends of the loop and put them over the canvas bar, through the latch, and under the actual hook.
Tip 1: Always start at the lower left or right corner
Close the latch and pull firmly on the hook handle so that you are pulling the yarn ends back under the canvas bar and through the original loop. The yarn should be neatly attached to the canvas by a slip-type knot. Continue across the row, paying close attention to the color chart. Proceed row by row up the pattern until you are done.
Tip 2: Always work to the end of the row before moving to the one above. Hooking yarn next to the yarn segment on a higher row can lead to the tips of yarn from the higher row catching in the latch.
After a while, you will begin to see your latch hook rug take shape. Congratulations! As you improve, you’ll learn to move on to more complex patterns and designs. Advanced latch hookers have even been known to weave detailed portraits and scenes.
Tip 3: Give your shaggy yarn a trim to even out any yarn bits that are sticking out in.
How Do You Clean a Latch Hook Rug?
Handwash a latch hook rug made with cotton yarn in cool water. Use a mild liquid laundry soap only–test on an inconspicuous section of yarn before washing to make sure it will be color safe.