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Exclusive Pattern: Mischief

Hook this puppy with yarn

By: Judy Taylor, Little House Rugs/Photography by Impact Xpozures
Exclusive Pattern Mischief
Exclusive Pattern Mischief

Mischief, 17" x 17", wool yarn on linen. Designed and hooked by Judy Taylor, Auburn, Washington, 2014.

I learned to hook with yarn in 1992, shortly after learning to spin my sheep’s wool. Over 22 years, more than 100 rugs, 3 books, and a DVD later, I am still captivated by the versatility and creativity which the craft offers. 

Hooking with yarn is somewhat less well-known than its city cousin (fabric strips). It uses the same hook and backing as traditional rug hooking, but the method is slightly different, and when you master the differences, you will open up a new world of texture in rug making.... 

Mischief is hooked with wool rug yarn.

-Brown: 1.5 oz. (approx. 170 feet)
-Medium green: 1.15 oz. (approx. 130 feet)
-Dark green: .25 oz. (approx. 30 feet)
-Tan: 1 oz.  (approx. 120 feet)
-Beige: 1.2 oz.  (approx. 140 feet)
-Medium pink: .3 oz. (approx. 21 feet)
-Dark pink: .4 oz. (approx. 36 feet)
-Rust: 1 oz.  (approx. 120 feet)
-Background (optional): 4 oz. (approx. 480 feet)

I left the background unhooked in the version you see here and just let the linen show.

Judy Taylor is a handspinner and rug hooker from Washington state. She has been teaching rug hooking for two decades and has written three books on the subject,Hooking With Yarn, Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), and Rug Hooker’s Guide to the YARNIVERSE! Her designs are available at

This article is from the January/February 2015 issue. To get this exclusive pattern or for more information on our issue, check out our issues page.


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