Join-As-You-Go With Single Crochet

Join-as-you-go technique is commonly used for connecting individually made motifs while working the last round of each motif. This technique varies from pattern to pattern, depending on the design and it’s relatively easy to do once you understand the concept. In one of our previous articles you can find a video tutorial for –> Picot Joining associated with our Elephant Blanket Pattern.

Single Crochet Joining is another great method to join crochet motifs as you go! Insert the hook into the indicated stitch (or space) of the current motif; yarn over & pull up a loop (sc remains unfinished with 2 loops on the hook); insert the hook into the corresponding st of the previously made motif; yarn over & pull through all loops on the hook (sc-join made).

Join-As-You-Go Crochet by IraRott

Begin joining with 2 loops of the unfinished sc on the hook –> Insert the hook in the corner st of the corresponding motif; yarn over & pull through all loops on on the hook (first sc-join made). Work sc-join towards the next corner.

Join-As-You-Go Crochet by IraRott

When working sc-join in the corner between the 2 already joined motifs, insert the hook into the same corner st as the previous sc-join & skip the overlapping sc-join. TIP: You may find it helpful to place a marker in the corner stitch that will be joined. Continue working in the same manner around the remaining edges of the motif.

Join-As-You-Go Crochet by IraRott

Here is a short demonstration-video:

 

If join-as-you-go technique is not your cup of tea, you can simply sew motifs together! Finish all required motifs without joining and place them right up against each other as indicated in the pattern. Thread a tapestry needle with a single strand of yarn (using the same color as for the last round of the motif) & whipstitch all the adjoining edges.

Whipstitching Hexagons by IraRott

Our Bubbles the Turtle Rug Pattern can be found at IraRott.com, Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy. You can also purchase it along with the materials from LoveCrochet.com.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Crochet Turtle Rug Pattern by IraRott

Paintbox Simply Chunky Yarn Review

Howdy, NEW yarn arrivals in our craft studio! I am so excited to share some sneak peeks of our most recent design project for LoveKnitting.

Paintbox Simply Chunky Yarn Review by IraRott

 

Paintbox Simply Chunky is a bulky weight yarn (5) with 149 yds (136 m) per 3.5oz (100g). It comes in a gorgeous range of bright and pastel colors appealing to the eyes.

Why I love Paintbox Simply Chunky yarn:

  1. Softness. YES! This yarn is nice and soft, just a dream to work with.
  2. Consistent weight. From color to color & from skein to skein – the same thickness of yarn, how wonderful is that!
  3. Gauge. When working with 2 strands together, the gauge is the same as for most of our rug patterns that are made from 3 strands of worsted weight yarn. So if you are not comfortable using 3 strands, you can substitute worsted weight yarn with Paintbox Simply Chunky and use only 2 strands! Here is a simple formula on how to calculate the yardage: Divide the recommended yardage by 3 & then multiply the result by 2. Example: If the pattern calls for 2700 yds of worsted weight yarn, you will only need (2700 : 3) X 2 = 1800 yds of Paintbox Simply Chunky yarn. Please keep in mind that the total yardage might vary based on your own gauge.
  4. Shipping. To my surprize, the package arrived to Canada in no time, thank you LoveKnitting!
  5. Packing. The yarn was packed in lovely organza bags…can you imagine, no plastic packing! Actually, I just realized how much I love using these bags…they do not take extra space and are so easy to bring with you outside or when you travel, just grab your bag & go 🙂

If you are looking for a high quality yarn, LoveKnitting might become your favorite stop to shop.

Paintbox Simply Chunky Yarn Review by IraRott

Do you know what is my favorite thing to do? I like to WALK & CROCHET. I feel very productive when I get my steps in & I get my project stitches done at the same time! I enjoy using these cute organza bags for carrying my yarn balls around, easy – breathy – comfortable 🙂

By the way, Loveknitting Organza Bags are also available for purchasing individually if you are looking for a unique packing for your knit & crochet projects.

Paintbox Simply Chunky Yarn Review by IraRott

UPDATE: Our Bubbles the Turtle Rug Pattern can be found at IraRott.com, Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy. You can also purchase it along with the materials from LoveCrochet.com. I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Bubbles the Turtle Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Rug 2017 Pattern Update

Hello fellow crocheters, I am happy to announce that 2017 version of our Josefina & Jeffery Elephant Rug Pattern has been released! We are very thankful to everyone who participated in pattern testing, proofreading, and tech editing.

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Rug by IraRott - 2017 Pattern Update

2017 Elephant Rug Pattern Update

WHAT’S NEW:

  • The pattern is now 6 pages shorter with straightforward directions

  • Improved diagrams

  • New step by step photos

  • Clickable table of contents & page references throughout

  • New edging instructions for the ears

  • Notes for left-handed crocheter

Pattern updates are available for free to all previous buyers. Please check your emails if you’ve purchased this pattern through IraRott.com, IraRott on Ravalry, or IraRott on Craftsy. If for some reason you haven’t received an update, please contact us with your request through –> this form on our site & we will be more than happy to re-send it to you.

Dear Etsy customers, you are also eligible for a free update! Unfortunately, Etsy does not have an automated update feature just yet, but we hope they consider adding it in the future as per many of our survey suggestions. At the present time, we are sending etsy pattern updates manually and by requests only. If you’ve purchased this pattern through our ETSY SHOP, please send us a message through etsy or fill out the form below:

The color possibilities & yarn ideas are endless for this rug. Check out Josefina & Jeffery pattern page on RAVELRY to see finished projects made from this pattern by different crafters and please do not forget to add your project as well.

This pattern calls for working with 3 strands of medium weight yarn. You can find some easy tips on working with multiple strands of yarn at once –> HERE. If you are not comfortable working with 3 strands or you are trying to change finished size, just use any thicker or thinner yarn (1, 2, or 3 strands) with any suitable hook to make this rug bigger or smaller. The finished size & yarn qty will vary depending on the materials used & your tension.

TIP: Make the ears one-of-a-kind by changing colors frequently in any round, it’s a great project for using up your yarn leftovers.

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Rug by IraRott - 2017 Pattern Update

Our Josefina & Jeffery pattern collection is constantly growing and we now have 9 adorable elephant patterns! Would you like to see more elephants at IraRott.com? We would be happy to hear your suggestions for our future designs.

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Rug by IraRott - 2017 Pattern Update
Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Rug by IraRott - 2017 Pattern Update

Happy crafting!

Crochet Gauge Fix – Flat Circles

Why don’t the edges of a crochet circle lay flat when you followed the instructions correctly using the recommended hook size and yarn? There are a few reasons that may cause ruffling or tightening of the edges, but no worries, we also have some easy solutions to fix these issues 🙂

Crochet Gauge Fix - Tutorial by IraRott

The formulas for making flat crochet circles are very simple, there are no secrets:

  • Any double crochet (dc) circle begins with 12 stitches & increases by 12 in every round (12, 24, 36, 48, etc).
  • Any half double crochet (hdc) circle begins with 8 stitches & increases by 8 in every round (8, 16, 24, 32, etc).
  • Any single crochet (sc) circle begins with 6 stitches & increases by 6 in every round (6, 12, 18, 24, etc).

The formulas above are often adapted for different designs; for example, to make ovals, squares, hexagons, or other shapes. One of my personal preferences regarding sc formula is that I often increase by 12 in every other round instead of increasing by 6 in every round, which makes increases smooth and almost invisible.

Ok, let’s start our check list 🙂

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – UNCONVERTED STITCHES: 

Remember to always check what terminology is used in the pattern to avoid unexpected “Oops”. Per se, if you learned to crochet using UK standards and you followed a pattern that was written in US terms (without converting it), then your dc circle will have ruffled edges as shown below.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

Here is a simple chart that will help you to convert patterns:

US vs UK Crochet Terms - Conversion Chart by IraRott

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – WORKING BETWEEN STITCHES: 

Be sure to insert the hook under the top 2 loops of the stitch (unless otherwise specified). Working in the space between the stitches will change the gauge and your circle will be ruffled.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

WHAT IS GAUGE?

Gauge is an important part of a pattern that indicates the number of stitches and rows per inch/centimeter. Always check the gauge and your total stitch count to ensure the correct result. Try using a smaller or larger hook if you need to obtain the gauge. If that doesn’t help, here is the key for changing your tension:

  • The height of the stitches can be adjusted by the length of the first loop that you pull through the stitch to create a new stitch.
  • The width of the stitches can be adjusted by the hook size or by the looseness/tightness of the last loop on the hook.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Flat Dc Circle

  • DOME SHAPED CIRCLE – GAUGE FIX: 

If your crochet circle has a dome shape it means your stitches are too tall or too narrow. REASONS – The first loop is too loose and the last loop is too tight.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Dome Shape Dc Circle

Here are some tips on how to fix a dome shaped circle:

Double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; [yo and pull through 2 loops] 2 times. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Half double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Single crochet corrections – Insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Dome Shape Dc Circle

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – GAUGE FIX: 

If your circle ruffles, it means your stitches are too short or too wide. REASONS – The first loop is too tight and the last loop is too loose.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

Here are some tips on how to fix a ruffled circle:

Double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; [yo and pull through 2 loops] 2 times. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Half double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Single crochet corrections – Insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

USEFUL TIP: If your finished circle does not lay perfectly flat but you have already finished a large amount of work…no need to rush frogging it, just try to block it and you might be surprised by the result! Find wet blocking instruction in this –> ARTICLE on our blog.

Picot Joining As You Go

Happy last day of June, crafters! We still have a lot of time to enjoy long summer days and crochet our big projects. I am so excited to introduce our NEW Josefina and Jeffery elephant blanket pattern! Don’t you just love the colorful border? There are no exact duplicates of multicolored flower motifs. It’s such a great project for using up your yarn scraps!

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Blanket Crochet Pattern by IraRott

This blanket is made from individually crocheted motifs using “joining as you go” technique where hexagon motifs are joined through the picot stitches of the last round. If you are new to crochet, you might like to check out our video tutorial for making a picot stitch –> HERE.

Picot JOIN is basically the same as picot stitch, except the beginning ch-3 is replaced with “ch 1 + sl st in the corresponding picot of previously made motif + ch 1“. Complete the stitch as you would normally finish a regular picot.

Here is a short “HOW-TO” video for you 🙂

Josefina and Jeffery crochet elephant blanket pattern has just been released & is included in our final promotion of Canada 150 celebration! Please check out our SPECIALS page for more information.

Josefina Elephant Blanket Crochet Pattern by IraRott

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Blanket Crochet Pattern by IraRott

 

Canada 150 Celebration – 15 Days Of Specials

Join us for 15 days of specials to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Each day we will  be offering a different promotion, so drop by our Facebook or SPECIALS page to check out all daily deals.

Canada 150 Celebration - 15 Days Of Specials by IraRott

Fantastic news – our Canadian Maple Leaf Backpack and Beret Crochet Pattern is now FREE!

Canada 150 Celebration - 15 Days Of Specials by IraRott

John the Canadian Bear is one of our most popular patterns & it’s on sale for a limited time. Enjoy our special price until June 18, 23:59 (EST)! It is always more fun in the sun to have a buddy with you to share the excitement of summer.

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Don’t miss out, stop by to see what will be the next deal of the day!

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Happy Canada 150!

 

 

Rusty the Giraffe Crochet Amigurumi

Hello, crochet friends, this is Rusty the Giraffe! He is our latest but not the least addition to IraRott® giraffes family. I promise, there will be more giraffes!

Rusty the Giraffe

Rusty the Giraffe

I had so much fun creating these cuties from Bernat Blanket yarn by Yarnspiration. As I mentioned in my previous blog article, this yarn never disappoints!

Hooray…I love their long flexible legs, chubby cheeks & butts! These guys are 32″ tall in sitting position or 44″ including legs.

If you wish to make a smaller size amigurumi, our pattern can easily be adapted for worsted weight yarn, here are a few alteration tips on how to make an 18″ giraffe:

  1. Recommended yarn – 1 skein of Bernat Super Value (or any other similar yarn) to be used instead of Bernat Blanket yarn
  2. Body, muzzle, ears, & limbs – use worsted weight yarn & hook 5 mm (H)
  3. Horns – use worsted weight yarn & hook 3.75 mm (F)
  4. Spots (make 4 or 5) – use worsted weight yarn & hook 3.5 mm (E), also omit the crab stitch edging
  5. Mane – use furry yarn & hook 3.75 mm (F), make it 18″ long
  6. Tail – 3 groups X 5 strands X 13″
  7. Buttons for eyes – 3/4″

PS: Do not forget to get the original pattern with step-by-step instructions from our website 🙂

Rusty the Giraffe Amigurumi Crochet Pattern by IraRott Rusty the Giraffe Amigurumi Toy Crochet Pattern by IraRott

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