How to Create Your Own Latch Hook Design

Updated April 14, 2018

Latch hooking is a fun and easy craft that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Lengths of yarn are folded over and pulled through the spaces in a rug base, and then a knot is created in this yarn. This results in yarn ends standing up as the soft part of the rug. Commercial latch hook companies make hundreds of latch hook rug patterns, but you may not find exactly what you like. Family crests, company logos or children's drawings can all be reproduced in latch hook design.

Choose the design that you want to turn into a rug design. Very simple designs can be turned into a small project such as a pillow. Larger designs with a lot of detail will need to be copied and turned into a larger project such as a large rug or wall hanging.

Use a copy machine to create the largest copy of your design that you can. This will aid in transferring the most detail to the rug base.

Draw graph lines over the entire picture design. Draw the lines lightly with a pencil, but make sure that you can see all of the lines. Make the graph lines close enough so that each box will include no more than two colours of the design.

Purchase a rug base that already has graph lines drawn onto it. Count out the number of squares across and down on your pattern, and mark off that many squares on the rug base. This will be your entire pattern area.

Look in the upper left hand square of the pattern. Draw that same element in the upper left hand square of the rug base.Transfer the design, graph square by graph square, to the rug base using a sharpie. Use coloured markers to indicate where each colour of yarn should go. Go across the entire design and finish the entire top row before continuing on to the second row.


After you finish drawing a row, fold that row down toward the back of the picture so that the row that you are working on is always on the top of the picture.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture of design to copy
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rug base
  • Sharpie
  • Coloured markers
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Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.