What is a latch hook?

Did you know the answer? A latch hook is usually used for making rag rugs or hooked rugs. It is slightly similar to a traditional crochet hook but it a latch to hold the yarn when a loop is pulled through. Have you ever made a rug using a latch hook?

I enjoy teaching beginners how to crochet with a latch hook as opposed to a traditional crochet hook because I believe that it is easier.

 I tell children that it is like having their own little machine. I also mention how knitting machines work with rows of similar latch hooks and that is how machine made knitted jumpers and cardigans are made.

Giving a child a latch hook is in itself motivating. But seeing the resulting chain appear is a fascinating experience and as they succeed they often become absorbed in the process. Adults do too, as not a lot of folks have used a latch hook and for those who have, it sparks off memories of making rag rugs!!

A short chain length will make a simple plain bracelet. A longer chain length will make a necklace.

Traditionally beginners would go on to make repeated rows and rows of traditional stitches, however the next step I teach is to make the same chain length bracelet with fancy yarns. There are so many available nowadays

I also go on to teach a different set of basic stitches which have been chosen for ease of use with a latch hook. These are chain stitch , slip stitch, bullion stitch, Tunisian stitch, and later puff stitch.

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