A quick plug: If you’re in the Chicago area, you can take my Intro to Contemporary Latch Hook Workshop in a couple weeks.This workshop covers so much more about color picking, yarn processing, and blending than I’m able to cover in this post, so it’s a great way to really up your skills! As of this writing, there are still open spots, so visit my local yarn shop’s website to learn more & sign up.
How to do basic latch hook
latch hook tool
yarn (scraps work great!)
Begin by thinking about how shaggy you want your project to be.
In rug-making (or carpet/rug buying in general), pile refers to the density of your rug, and pile height is a measure of how far the tip of your yarn is from the backing of your project. For beginners, please note that the backing of your project is the grid-like rug canvas into which you’ll work your latch hook project.
You can buy pre-cut yarn for latch hooking, but to me, that’s a little bit wasteful when you can very easily cut it yourself. To quickly cut your own latch hooking yarn, measure and cut out a rectangle of cardboard that is twice the length you want your pile height to be, plus another quarter of an inch.* Using your cardboard as a ruler, wrap your yarn around the cardboard several times, then cut the yarn at the top and bottom of the cardboard rectangle, creating the short lengths of yarn you’ll be working with.
*For example, if you want your pile height to measure 2 inches, you’ll need to cut your yarn into lengths that are 4.25″ because 2″ x 2 = 4″, and you need to add another 0.25″ to accommodate the knot you’ll be creating as you latch hook your yarn to your rug canvas.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, read on and come back to the first couple paragraphs of these directions. As with any new craft, there’s a bit of vocabulary involved, but once you see the photos of latch hooking in action, and especially once you try it for yourself, this will all start to click. I promise! :)
Using a sturdy pair of scissors (rug canvas is tough – it’s intended to be walked on!), cut your rug canvas to the shape/size you’d like your finished latch hook project to be, plus an inch or two. Much like in sewing, latch hook projects require a little extra canvas past the edge of where your project borders will end. This extra functions a lot like a seam allowance when it comes to finishing your project.
To form a latch hook knot, fold a piece of cut yarn in half around your latch hook tool, just below the latch mechanism.