How to Make a Hooky Mat

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How to Make a Hooky Mat
You can create uniquely designed hooked mats with yarn. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Yarn hooking is a simple way to create colourful and beautiful mats and rugs. Hooking requires learning just one stitch. You can create a variety of unique patterns and designs using different colours of yarn. Spend the afternoon and complete these fun and child-friendly projects.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rug hook
  • Burlap
  • Permanent marker
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut the burlap into your desired mat size. The average table place mat is 12-by-16 inches.

  2. 2

    Draw your design directly on the burlap, using the permanent marker. You can use an image or a pattern as a guide.

  3. 3

    Place the yarn underneath the burlap. Insert the rug hook through the burlap and pull the yarn through the fabric. Adjust the yarn so that 1/4 inch of the yarn end is visible on top.

  4. 4

    Insert the hook next to the yarn end and pull out another 1/4 inch of yarn to make a mound. Continue hooking the yarn in this manner until you complete your design.

  5. 5

    Finish by cutting the yarn, leaving 1/4 inch on top. The yarn hooks should all have the same height.

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