WARNING! This is going to be a lengthy step-by-step tutorial on latch hook.
For our Hogwarts nursery I decided to make a latch hook rug out of scrap tshirts. I used this tutorial on using t-shirt scraps instead of yarn for the latch hook. This is the pattern I made using The Gimp. I put the grid over the crest- and then remembered that I’ll only be filling in every other square. It still works though.
One t-shirt makes approx. 300 1″ x 4″ strips. It takes one episode of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to cut up one t-shirt, and that’s skipping commercials.
You want t-shirts with as little writing on them as possible. I cut off the sleeves, hem and collar first.Instead of a quilting rotary cutter, I used this handy dandy tool. Cut the shirt up into 1 inch strips. We’ll deal with the length in a minute.This is one t-shirt in 1 inch strips.
If you’ve ever made a t-shirt scarf like this one you’ll be familiar with the process of turning t-shirt strips into t-shirt yarn.
First: hold each end of the strip in each hand.
Second: Pull tight. The strip will coil in on itself and form a thin “yarn” strip.So now that you’ve done this with all your strips, you want to cut them into 4 inch lengths. I just used scissors and did my best guestimating. Take a bunch, meaure 4 inches and cut ‘em up!Now you have a whole-lotta 4 inch long pieces of t-shirt yarn.And this is approximately 300 4 inch strips made from one scrap t-shrt.Now for the latch hook process. I drew the shape onto my rug using the grid I had made in The GImp.Your supplies will be: latch hook, t-shirt yarn, and pattern.Step One: (And I’m sorry- I’m left handed, flip the pictures around if it helps!) Put your hook through the first square.Step Two: Loop your yarn around the hook
Step Three: When you pull back your latch hook will close. Pull the loop only through the square -not the ends.
Step Four: With your latch hook, grab the tail of your yarn. You will pull the tail through the loop.Step Five: Pull the ends tightly to be sure the yarn is secured.
And there you have it! Now just do it about 2 gazillion more times! Keep in mind that because you’re using thick t-shirts instead of thin yarn you only have to use half as many strips. Sometimes if the t-shirt is super thick, you’ll skip more than one!Work row-by-row. Do not try to go by color. It’ll all go awry and it’s a huge P.I.T.A.
5 rows:One full square of 10 rows:I’ve gotten a few full squares done and I’m super excited. This is going to be one plush rug! I’ll try to post weekly pics as I get more finished. It’s going to take a while to get it all done. I’d like to have it done in the next 5 weeks for the baby shower, but if not it’s ok. As long as it’s done before the little parasite gets here <3