If you would like to see larger photos of this same tutorial you can go to my flickr page tutorial by clicking here.
I would like that thank Nola Heidbreder for teaching me this technique, and reviving from vintage hooked rugs she found. Here is a link to her page: http://www.nolahooks.com/
To prepare the hooked piece for crocheting, first steam press it. Trim away the linen backing fabric to a generous 1 inch wide, and fold it in half toward the front, twice. Pin in place. Miter the corner, trimming slightly to reduce the bulk.
Using 8 cut wool strips that are at least 50 plus inches long as your binding, insert hook front to back, close to edge of the last hooked row and pull up a loop. Leave a short 1-2 inch tail at the back. After finishing you can work this tail under several loops on the back, or sandwich it under your work in the back as you go.
When you pull up the loop, make it as tall as the edge of your backing.Yarn over.Pull a new loop through your first loop, making it about 1/2 ” tall. Now we have stabilized the stitch.Now let’s make a single crochet stitch: insert the hook a few threads away from the hole you made you first stitch in, coming out the back.Make sure that all of your crochet stitches are close to the edge of the hooking, going thru that space where there is just one layer of backing material.Yarn over.And pull a new loop up next to the last stitch, again making it as tall as the edge of the backing fabric edge. You have 2 loops on the hook.Yarn over.
And pull this new loop thru both loops on the hook. It may be easier to pull it thru one loop at a time. Make the new loop on the hook about 1/2 inches tall or so. You have completed a single crochet stitch.
Continue making single crochets by repeating from the bold now let’s make a single crochet stitch to here, until you have used up the strip and a 1 – 2 inch tail is left. Time to start a new strip.
To start the new strip, insert the hook as if to make a new stitch and pull up a loop with the new strip, leaving behind the old strip. Now you have 2 loops on the hook.Yarn over and pull a loop thru both loops as normal. As I have noted before, you may leave the tail ends in the back to weave in later, or carry them along the back, sandwiching them under your new stitches.
When you get to a corner we will a need a couple of extra stitches. So at the corner take a second crochet stitch in the same hole. You will probably need to do this a couple of times to round the bend.
Make sure that your row of single crochet lies flat and doesn’t pull in like a gather. If so, redo those stitches, crocheting them a bit closer together or making your top loop (in this photo) a bit longer.
To demonstrate what to do when you have completely crocheted all the way around, I have skipped to that part for you. I crocheted several stitches with a brown strip, going right up to the very first stitch I made. This would be your last single crochet stitch.
Take this stitch and gently pull the tail out of the top loop. If the tail is longer than 12″, trim it to that length make it more manageable.
Now take your hook and go underneath the top 2 strips of your very first single crochet stitch, yarn over with the end of the strip you pulled out, pull it completely thru and to the back.With your hook, come up from in the middle of the very last single crochet stitch — in the place where you pulled the tail out. Yarn over and pull the strip down thru completely.
The tops of the stitches should look alike.
Now that you are done crocheting, you can go back with your hook and hide the ends. On the back side and next to a strip end, take your hook and fish under the back of the nearby stitches and pull the end under a couple of stitches to completely camouflage it. Repeat for all of the loose ends. If you already sandwiched the ends under your stitches, you can skip this step. Now trim any strip ends flush with the back stitches. And you are done!
I enjoy finishing my rugs this way because I love this peaceful technique. It is the perfect thing to do in those little moments chatting or drinking tea. And the finished rug has just the look I love — primitive and understated.
To facilitate this method of binding, I have several colors of wool that are 96″ long, so you can cut your extra long strips for crocheting. Find them in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
I hope that you will try this technique and let me know what you thought of it.
Have a creative day ~ Karen
Here is the tutorial in a slide show: