Full of Christmas Spirit

Hello crochet friends, I can’t believe it’s only 34 days till Christmas!

I love our NEW Eh Moose Rug under the tree…we are totally full of Christmas spirit!

Exciting news, our biggest sale of the year will begin a day before Black friday (Nov 23 at noon EST) & it will run through Cyber Monday (Nov 27, midnight EST) .

More details coming SOON at IraRott.com!

Moose Rug Crochet Pattern by IraRott for Christmas 2017

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Pattern

Our newest 2017 version of Classic Teddy Bear Rug Pattern has just been released!

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott

WHAT’S NEW:

  • Modern Pattern Template – IraRott 2017

  • Improved diagrams

  • New step by step photos

  • Clickable table of contents & page references throughout

  • Simplified instructions for the ears

  • New embellishing ideas (maple leaf or patch)

  • All pieces are now made from 3 strands of worsted weight yarn and this pattern is fully comparable with Bernat Blanket yarn if you wish to use a single strand.

Oooo you know how much I love Bernat Blanket yarn! 

Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRottMake this rug along with a matching teddy bear! John the Canadian bear is a super soft & cuddly big amigurumi made from Bernat Blanket yarn. Teddy bear pattern can also be found on our SITE. Classic Teddy Bear Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott

NOTE: Please check your emails for free update if you purchased this pattern through IraRott.com, Ravelry, or Craftsy. 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 log in to your etsy account & send us a message.

Lexington Rolling Cart Review

Being well organized is my lifestyle that I learned from my mom and perfected through the years. I appreciate technology and anything that helps me to organize my work and personal life.

When I saw this awesome Lexington Rolling Cart in Michaels, I thought that it’s a “MUST HAVE” accessory for my craft area! It was not easy to choose the color. I could easily take them all – White, Rose, Champagne, Matte Black, Mint, oh my….GRAY for me this time 🙂

What color would you go with?

Lexington Rolling Cart Review by IraRott

It only took us a few minutes to put all these pieces together with easy step-by-step instructions. I really like that this cart is made of metal rather than plastic, it is very steady and rolling easily in any direction. It also has plenty of space for tools and materials.

Lexington Rolling Cart Review by IraRott Lexington Rolling Cart Review by IraRott

I am all ready for my next project….now off to enjoy crocheting!

Fiberfill For Big Amigurumi And Crochet Pillows

When it comes to purchasing polyester stuffing, the cost of your materials might increase greatly if you make a big amigurumi or a crochet cushion as these projects use a lot of stuffing.  So I decided to try some alternative options and to my surprise, I found that fiberfill from regular bed pillows works great!

Fiberfill For Big Amigurumi And Crochet Pillows by IraRott

You can find inexpensive pillows in any local Walmart for as low as $3.47 – $4.97 CAD! The Blue Whale pillow from Walmart is generously overfilled with 100% polyester fiber & it is washable and dryable.

Fiberfill For Big Amigurumi And Crochet Pillows by IraRott

HOW TO USE FIBERFILL FROM PILLOWS: Cut the the seam of the pillow open, take out some stuffing (as much as you can fit in your hand) and fluff it up with your fingers. Now you can use it to stuff a crochet project!

Fiberfill For Big Amigurumi And Crochet Pillows by IraRott

I hope you will give it a try and share your feedback with us 🙂

Moxie And Roxy The Forest Foxes

Hello my crafty friends, I can’t believe it’s already October – the most inspiring time of the year! Surrounded by the spectacular fall foliage in southern Ontario, I can’t resist knitting, crocheting, sewing, and baking apple pies. When I think about fall, I think about beauty of nature and woodland animals…so I thought it would be great to make something foxy again.

Moxie & Roxy is not a new pattern, I designed this fox hat over 4 years ago and it is still one of the most loved characters in IraRott family. As I always care about our patterns, I decided that it’s time to write an update for our cute little foxes. When this pattern was originally released in 2013, it included 2 hat styles (furry & non-furry) as well as a tail pattern. The pattern had way too many details in my opinion, that’s why I created 3 separate versions of this design in 2017:

VERSION 1: Roxy The Forest Fox Hat Crochet Pattern. This hat base is made with hook 5.5 mm (I) from worsted weight yarn (4). I used Vanna’s Choice yarn by Lion Brand, which is one of my favorite yarns for making hats. Terracotta color is definitely my first choice, but Rust, Honey, and Tangerine Mix are fabulous as well! This version of the pattern was sent to our customers who purchased it prior to October 19 / 2017. Please keep the original pattern in case you want to use the furry hat base in the future. If you have not received an update, please contact us with more information about your purchase through the contact form on your site.

Roxy The Forest Fox Hat

VERSION 2: Moxie The Furry Fox Hat Crochet Pattern. The base of this hat is made with hook 6.5 mm (K) and TWO strands of yarn held together –> 1 strand of worsted weight (4) + 1 strand of bulky furry yarn (5). Originally, I used Vanna’s Choice with Fun Fur yarns by Lion Brand in Terracotta colors. Unfortunately, the Terracotta Fun Fur has now been discontinued,  but you can still find it on eBay, or maybe you have it in you stash. Scarlet Vanna’s Choice with Red Fun Fur create a nice color mix, or you can use any other combination of matching colors. You can also use Eyelash yarn by Ice yarns which is currently available in a variety of fabulous colors.

Moxie The Furry Fox Hat

VERSION 3: Moxie & Roxy The Fox Tail. Great news, this part of the pattern is now FREE, so come over to get your copy! The pattern includes instructions for making a furry fox tail or non-furry fox tail in 3 different sizes. You can also make a removable tail that can easily be attached to your pants or onto a hat, how fun is that?!

Crochet Fox Tail FREE Pattern By IraRott

Moxie And Roxy The Fox Tail

Crochet Fox Tail FREE Pattern By IraRott

Moxie And Roxy The Fox Tail

 

WHAT’S NEW in our 2017 version of the pattern:

  1. Modern Pattern Template – IraRott 2017

  2. Improved diagrams

  3. New step-by-step photos

  4. Conversion chart to UK terms

  5. Notes for left-handed crochet

  6. Clickable table of contents & page references throughout

  7. Safety notes

Roxy the Forest Fox Hat Crochet Pattern by IraRott

I hope you will enjoy this new versions of the pattern. If you are looking for more matching patterns, check out our fox collection at –> IraRott.com

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