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