Monday, July 20, 2020

Rug Of The Day - Midnight Clear

It's Christmas in July!  Let's cool off with some Christmas and winter designs for the rest of the month.  

Midnight Clear
Adapted from the design of Lori Brechlin/Notforgotten Farm
Hooked by Kris Miller

This rug design is available in two sizes and I hooked the larger size.  It is probably my most favorite rug that I have ever hooked!  I mixed a lot of different cuts in my hooking...#8.5 and #9 for the background, #8 and #6 for the lettering, and #6 and smaller hand-cuts for the snowman and parts of Santa's face.  I decided that I couldn't make the fur on Santa's robe white because it would conflict with his beard so I used a very dull sage-khaki plaid.  The snow on the ground was hooked with a light khaki plaid.  Because it is a night scene with a dark background, I didn't want to have the snow appear too bright and besides, snow can have shadows on it at night.  I had to do a subtle pop-out line around his boots because the brown blended with the dark sky (unless I pointed it out to you, you probably wouldn't even notice).  My favorite little detail is the snowman in the pocket.  I hooked a striped wool vertically...I wanted the pocket to look like a little patch pocket that got sewn on later.  I thought that the tabs around the edge of the pattern should definitely be red and green but I made a plan in my head to use only left over strips of wool.  I dipped into my huge stash of noodles and pulled out a variety of strips.  I made a pile of green and a pile of red and just made a random mix to fill in the tabs.  So much fun!  I bound the edges of the rug with a crochet finish, using the background wool and a #8 cut.

You can find the pattern here (large size):

and the smaller size here:

If you are used to hooking with wide cuts, I would recommend the larger size.

1 comment:

Saundra said...

Honestly I'd thought about posting snowmen on the blog post tonight because it is so freaking hot and humid outside. You beat me to you gal. That Old World Santa is quite a handsome dude for sure. Hard to believe we will be celebrating the holidays in about 5 months.