Use this locker rug hook to create soft rugs. It works well in combination with our interlock rug canvas and ecological canvas. It is also a great technique to use up all your remnent fabrics.

A locker rug hook has a crochet hook on one end and an open eye on the other hand.

How to use a locker rug hook:

Step 1: Tear fabric strips into 2,5 cm widths (approx 1-inch) . The length does not matter as you will link the ends together (as you will see in step 10/11).

Step 2: Take your rug canvas and fold on each side 2 squares to the backside.

Step 3: Thread the eye of your locker rug hook with a strip of fabric. It’s best to start with a long strip of fabric. You will first secure the folded edges of your canvas to create a border.

Step 4: Start in one of the corners of your rug canvas. There should be a folded corner. Pull your strip through a hole in the corner. Leave a tail of approx 5 cm (2″).

Step 5: Insert the hook through the next hole to the left, from behind, and pull the fabric through. Continue working like this to make a whip stitch all the way around the edge of the mat.

Step 6:  Thread 5 cm (2″) of a lenght of 1 meter (~40″) yarn through the same corner where you started the whip stitch. Tie the yarn into a knot. Thread the loose end of the yarn through the eye of the locker hook

Step 7: Lay a strip of fabric horizontally behind the first row of open squares on the canvas.

Step 8: Pull up a loop of fabric through the first square in the row using the hooked end of the locker hook tool. Continue pulling loops through each hole until you have several loops on your hook.

Step 9: Pull the tool all the way through the loops so the yarn anchors the loops in place. Continue in this fashion to the end of the row.

Step 10: Turn the corner and work all the way around the edge of the rug. When you get to the end of a strip of fabric, fold over the last 2,5 cm (1″) and make a snip with your scissors to create a hole about 1 cm (3/8″) away from the end. The edge of the fabric strip should remain intact.

Step 11 : Cut a hole in the end of the strip of fabric to be joined using the same technique. Pull the cut end of the new strip through the cut end of the strip in your rug, so one cut hole is threaded through the other one. Pull the other end of the new strip through the hole in that strip. This links your two pieces of fabric together, and you can continue hooking.

Step 12: Continue this untill you reach the center.

Step 13: Finish your work. Thread loose yarn and fabric ends onto a darning needle and sew them into the loops of the rug to finish.