LATCH HOOK MAT

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

Wel­come guests with a hooked hello

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Q Bob­biny 3mm Cot­ton Rope, 100% cot­ton, 100m/109yd per 300g, five spools in Peach (Yarn A) and one spool in Char­coal Grey (Yarn B) Q Paint­box Yarns Sim­ply Aran, 100% acrylic, 184m/201yd per 100g, one ball in Slate Grey (Yarn C) Q 1m x 50cm (393/ 8 x 19 ") latch hook can­vas Q Latch hook Q Black marker pen Q Long scis­sors Q Darn­ing nee­dle Q Hot glue gun Latch hook­ing is the lat­est trad craft tech­nique to fight its way back into the spot­light. Put aside any vi­sions of wob­bly golden re­triev­ers or vil­lage scenes though – this time around it’s all about bold graphic de­sign, modern shades and play­ful tex­ture.

Dip your toe in (kinda lit­er­ally) with a straight­for­ward mat to start with, us­ing just two colours. Fol­low the chart or cre­ate your own word or slo­gan de­sign on graph pa­per be­fore you get started.

Us­ing the chart on page 99 as a ref­er­ence, take a black marker pen and mark the out­line for the mat, 85 squares by 50 squares cen­trally on the latch hook can­vas. Next, add a two square bor­der al­lowance around the marked rec­tan­gle and mark this out with the black pen.

Cut all of Yarns A and B into even 8cm (31/ 8") lengths.

Start­ing at the top left hand side of the mat, in­sert the latch hook un­der the bar at the bot­tom of the first square you’re work­ing in.

Take a cut length of Yarn A and fold it in half, hold­ing the ends be­tween your fin­ger and thumb.

Catch the loop of the folded yarn in the hook of the latch hook, hold­ing the ends away from you.

Pull the yarn loop through and un­der the bar of the can­vas, mak­ing sure to leave the ends stick­ing out the other side.

Push the latch hook away from you to­wards the ends, mak­ing sure the latch part of the hook tool is

pushed open as you slide through the loop. Catch the ends in the hook part of the tool.

Slide the ends through the loop by pulling the latch hook tool to­wards you. The latch will close as you slide the hook through the looped end, keep­ing the ends to­gether. Re­peat Steps 3-8, fol­low­ing the chart on page 99 for the colour changes.

Once the rug de­sign has been com­pleted, trim the yarn lengths down to sharpen up the de­sign de­tail. Hold­ing a pair of long scis­sors hor­i­zon­tally, trim the work un­til you’re happy with the ef­fect. Don’t over­trim – leave at least 2.5cm (1") of yarn height.

Us­ing the marked out­side line as the bor­der, cut the can­vas two squares out­side of the bor­der line all the way around.

Fold the edge of the can­vas over to the wrong side ( WS) along the bor­der line. Thread a darn­ing nee­dle with a good length of Yarn C. At­tach the yarn to the can­vas and whip stitch around the folded bor­der, mak­ing sure to keep a good ten­sion. Don’t pull the yarn too tightly or it’ll buckle the bor­der, and if you leave it too loose it’ll cre­ate bulges. Con­tinue all the way around and trim the ends.

To fin­ish, turn the mat over and use a hot glue gun on the WS to give the mat a non-slip back, out­lin­ing the rec­tan­gle edge first and then fill­ing in the shape with di­ag­o­nal lines, as shown.

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