My mother designed and made a number of of latch-hook rugs.
Click here to see her graph paper designs
The best part of rug-making is designing your own pattern. It's immensely satisfying and a lot of fun. Sit at a table with your coloured pencils and a load of graph paper and start playing about with designs.
You could begin with a few light pencil sketches and then gradually colour in the squares. Its quite a good idea to have a rough theme in mind and to start in one corner, then when you've got it right you can just copy it into the other three corners to make a symetrical design. There are so many options - abstract patterns, detailed pictures - try out your artistic flare!
When my father was unwell I copied onto graph paper his Dorsetshire Regiment Shield and he made a latch-hook hearth rug by following the design.
I made a small latch-hook rug to place underneath my spinning wheel.