LATCH HOOK MAT
Welcome guests with a hooked hello
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.