I’m a crafter and generally love to try all things crafts. So, for Christmas, my boyfriend bought me a lighthouse latch work kit. Neither he nor I had ever tried latch hooking. My parents had two hanging from our walls growing up so I was at least familiar with the product. He, however, had no clue.
So, the kit he bought me was advanced. In the world of latch hook, that does not mean much other than the grid is not labeled. Rather than using a color-coded grid, I had to look at a paper, and count squares, which added time. Though, since the colors are hard to distinguish, it’s hard to say if having the actual grid marked or the paper marked is easier.
When I opened the kit, I found roll after roll of unorganized yarn pieces. Nothing was grouped by color. So, I researched it and discovered this is typical. I have no idea why, if they are already grouping colors, they do not group the colors together, but they don’t. So, I spent a while separating the pieces of yarn into color groups. Then, I packaged them into Ziploc bags for easy storage away from the cats.
While latch hooks are relatively easy, I had to research how to do it. So, in hoping I’m not alone, I thought I’d document my experience. That said, this is more of a summary of the process. For the best tutorials, there are YouTube channels devoted entirely to the latch hook.
You can find a latch hook kit at most craft stores or online (Amazon has a ton). Since I love lighthouses, the boy got me a giant light house wall hanging latch hook. I discovered, after watching many tutorials, you can use this as pillows, rugs, and more!
So, how do you do it?
For starters, you’ll need to lay out your latch grid and your diagram. On your diagram, you’ll find a color key. Mine was a giant piece of paper with color coded squares.
You should also have packs of mixed yarn pieces. This are not organized so you’ll need to organize them. I used plastic bags. And, since mine was rather large, this process took at least 30 minutes.
The color key is also not the most easy to read. So, I put a matching dot on my plastic bag to correspond to the color (I forgot to take a picture of this). Here is the color key – many of the yarn colors are not as distinctly different as those on the color key. Be sure to check them in a well-lit room.
With your colors organized and bags color-coded, you are ready to start latch hooking. I had to read online how to make the initial hook. The good news – after about two minutes, I was ready and never needed assistance again.
|My work space|
The latch hook:
After losing my place the first few rows, I decided to use a marker to mark my spot after each row. I also made sure to complete rows versus sections or columns. I had to count the squares on my diagram and then count them on my actual latch.