Join-As-You-Go With Arches

There are many different JAYGO techniques for joining granny squares or other crochet motifs. I have previously written about Join-As-You-Go with picot and Join-As-You-Go with single crochet…so here is another method I often use – Join-As-You-Go with arches.

Join-As-You-Go With Arches Tutorial By IraRott

Using this method, we join motifs through the corresponding ch-3 arches while working the last round…so basically, when you need to join, just change the regular arch (ch-3) to joining arch (ch 1 + sl st + ch 1)….and the rest is the same.

In the diagram below, the first Granny Square has 20 regular arches in Rnd 5, but the second Granny Square has 14 regular arches + 6 joining arches (20 total).  

Regular arch = ch 3

Joining arch = ch 1, sl st in corresponding arch of previously made square, ch 1

Granny Square Diagram by IraRott

Here is my short video demonstration of this technique.

Tops the Triceratops Dinosaur blanket is shown in the video for demonstration purposes. The pattern can be found on our site, Etsy, Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

Tops The Triceratops Dino Blanket Pattern by IraRott

Tops The Triceratops Dino Blanket Pattern by IraRott

 

Crochet Animal Rugs Book

I am so excited to finally be able to share our big news – I wrote a book! …And it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon! It took over a year to complete this work, but I am extremely happy with the final result and I hope you will enjoy these patterns as well as the beautifully styled photography of modern interior designs.

This book is full of animal-inspired patterns (21 to be exact!) – Elephants, Monkeys, Dinosaurs, Cats, Crabs, Giraffes, and Pandas! Each animal theme includes a rug, an adorable matching pillow and a small coordinating accessory that will bring any home to life. With accessories ranging from security blankets to stool covers, bed book tidies, placemats, and toy bags. At least 14 patterns are brand new and are exclusive to the book, you will not find them on our website.

If you wonder about our popular elephant theme, these patterns are new as well! The elephant rug is slightly smaller than in my original pattern (52″ across) and the ears are less complex, you can make this rug in no time. The ears in the elephant pillow are also very simple, it’s mainly a combination of double crochet and popcorn stitches, which will help you achieve a beautiful texture using simple pattern repeats. Here is my little sneak peek of these new elephant designs.

The patterns in the book include row-by-row instructions, loads of step-by-step images, and crochet diagrams, which I hope will help you work through every step smoothly. If you are new to crochet and need help while you are working on these projects, you can always ask questions in our friendly crochet community on Facebook.

An adorable penguin placemat is my FREE bonus pattern for everyone who pre-orders “Crochet Animal Rugs” book. You can download it through SEWANDSO, just remember to save your Amazon order number. Once you’ve created your placemat, please tag me on Instagram using #CrochetAnimalRugs and #IraRott so I could check it out 🙂


Penguin Placemat Bonus Pattern From Crochet Animal Rugs Book
Stay tuned, this book will be released the first week of August!

Bubbles The Turtle Blanket

Some days I wish I was a turtle on a warm sandy beach…and now is the perfect time to go to the beach to crochet!
I love to crochet blankets in spring & summer because I usually have more time for larger projects and I just love crocheting outside. Check out our new Bubbles The Turtle Blanket pattern, it’s a super fun project for everyone who enjoys crocheting outside as much as I do!
Bubbles the Turtle Crochet Blanket Pattern by IraRott

I made this blanket from Paintbox Simply Aran yarn to match our Turtle Rug pattern that was made from Paintbox Simply Chunky yarn.

Bubbles the Turtle Crochet Blanket and Rug Patterns by IraRott

People love different yarns for different reasons…I love Paintbox for its modern look and its softness. You will never get disappointed at a variety of fabulous colors!

This blanket measures 42” (106.7 cm) X 51” (129.5 cm) & the pattern calls for the following colors:

  • Washed Teal – 5 skeins
  • Soft Fudge – 3 skeins
  • Marine Blue – 2 skeins
  • Light Caramel – 2 skeins
  • Spearmint Green – 1 skein
  • Grass Green – 1 skein
  • Daffodil Yellow – 1⁄2 skein
  • Coffee Bean – 1⁄2 skein

Look at these lovely color variations by our team members Nikki Williams & Shaunna Hallon, who also used Paintbox yarn:

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Nikki Williams‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Nikki Williams‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Shaunna Hallon‎

Crochet Turtle Blanket by Shaunna Hallon‎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UPDATE: June 22 / 2018

As I promised, our turtle theme continues & I hope you like these little guys! Bubbles The Turtle is our NEW lovey pattern but you can also make some adorable matching amigurumi turtles from the same instruction.

Turtle Lovey Crochet Pattern By IraRott Turtle Amigurumi Crochet Pattern By IraRott

IraRott Crochet Community

Hello crafty friends, we have some exciting news for you!

Yes, that’s right, IraRott Crochet Community facebook group is finally up and running! So, please join us to share your finished projects, interact with fellow crocheters, and most importantly – have fun.  We will also post sneak peeks, announcements, and surprises for you…never miss a thing!

Are you an instagrammer? You can now follow us on INSTAGRAM as well! Use hashtags #irarott #irarottpattern #irarottdesigns for tagging your finished items made from IraRott® patterns, or tag @irarott so I would never miss your posts 🙂

 

 

Pinky The Piggy Pattern Collection

One little pig is so much fun but two or three cute piggies are better than one! I was really inspired to create a piggy collection this year…so here it is, my third piggy pattern in 2018, I just love this adorable lovey!

The blanket portion of the lovey is made from beautiful Super Saver Ombré yarn by Red Heart, I am so amazed by the gorgeous color layout! Also, this yarn comes in a large 10 oz (283 g) skeins & you will only need 2/3 of a skein for this project, no yarn shortages guaranteed 🙂 The additional colors are Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (small amount of each).

If you missed our previously released piggy patterns, you might like to check them out as well:

  1. Pinky The Piggy Rug – Crochet PDF Pattern
  2. Pinky The Piggy Pillow – Crochet PDF Pattern
  3. Pinky The Piggy Lovey – Crochet PDF Pattern

Pinky Piggy Crochet Pillow and Rug Patterns By IraRott

PS: There will be another surprise later this year, oink-oink!

Oscar The French Bulldog

Bonjour, may I introduce our NEW big amigurumi – Oscar The French Bulldog!

This is another fun project from my favorite Bernat Blanket yarn by Yarnspirations…soft, squashy, and BIG! Oscar is approximately 35” (88.9 cm) tall.

If the finished size is not very important, you can use any other yarn…just keep in mind that the yarn & hook size will have to be changed accordingly for making the eyes & nose. Here is an adorable mini version of Oscar, made by our team member Ashley Smith from worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Comfort) & a 4mm hook. The eyes are made with embroidery thread & a 2mm hook. To make her dress, Ashley followed the shirt pattern and added the same ruffle edge from Peanut Butter the Jellyfish Pattern. She also made a little flower with a 2m hook & baby yarn. This cutie is 14.5″ tall.

Looking for a perfectly matching hat? You can find our pattern –> HERE!

Josefina and Jeffery Crochet Elephant Pillow 2018 Pattern Update

Pattern update alert – Our 2018 version of Josefina & Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern has just been released, so please check your emails for free update if you purchased this pattern before.

WHAT’S NEW?

  • Modern Pattern Template – IraRott 2018

  • Improved diagrams, including NEW additional diagram for the ears

  • {Braces} were replaced with asterisks** for indicating complex repeats in the ears

  • Some new images

  • New references to the blog articles throughout
  • The finished pillow size is now slightly smaller – 30” (76.2 cm) horizontally including ears & 21½” (54.6 cm) vertically across the outer edges of the ears
  • Recommended yarn – only 2½ skeins of Bernat Super Value

  • The pattern is now 19 pages long & it is 13.6 Mb (mobile devises friendly)

Elephant Cushion Crochet Pattern By IraRott

Crochet Elephant Pillow Pattern By IraRott

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.

Josefina The Elephant Crochet Pillow Pattern By IraRott

Find more matching elephant patterns on –> OUR SITE.

Elephant Crochet Patterns By IraRott

Happy Easter!

Easter is just around the corner, but you still have enough time to surprise your little ones with our NEW Sunny The Big Easter Bunny!

It works up super fast using super bulky Bernat Blanket yarn & it’s gigantic!  Sunny measures approximately 27” (68.6 cm) in a sitting position or 55” (139.7 cm) including legs & ears. The pattern includes instructions for 2 different styles of hat & scarf, as well as easter eggs!

Sunny The Big Easter Bunny Crochet Pattern By IraRott

You can also use Bernat Super Value (4) or any other favorite yarns to make your bunny smaller, just use a smaller size hook 🙂

Sunny The Big Easter Bunny Crochet Pattern By IraRott

Happy Easter & Happy Crafting!

Lion Leonardo

Leonardo is a kind and gentle lion, he typically does not smile because he is shy, but once he gets to know you he is a great friend that likes to listen and hear stories.

Lion Leonardo Crochet Rug Pattern by IraRott

You can change Leonardo’s facial expression by repositioning eyebrows the way you like. The eyes can also be modified to make your lion sleepy or smiley, here are some examples in the video below 🙂

Our new Lion Leonardo Rug Pattern & the matching Lion Leonardo Hat Pattern can be found on our site at IraRott.com.

Lion Leonardo Crochet Hat Pattern by IraRott

Irish Crochet Decoupaging

Ten years ago or so, this Coffee & Cream clothing collection was one of my signature designs inspired by Irish Crochet and was featured in 85th addition of Duplet Magazine.

Duplet Magazine 85 Featuring Ira Rott Designs

To create this collection, I made different leaves and flowers using 2 contrasting shades of cotton / bamboo yarns, which I then joined together into garments. There were always hundreds and hundreds premade motifs in my craft room and I was ready to assemble them at any time. Ten years later, guess what I found in the bin with my crochet threads? Of course, a whole bag of those beautiful coffee & cream floral motifs which were just perfect for the project I was working on last summer…I was beyond excited!

As you might know, sewing is another passion of mine. This gorgeous Singer 15 sewing machine was one of my restoration projects in summer 2017, I was so thrilled to see how it turned out! Please don’t get me wrong, I love technology and modern sewing machines…but I also love, appreciate, and respect history. I enjoy rescuing vintage sewing machines, they are truly beautiful and stitch amazingly.

When I found this machine, the original case was in such a horrific condition…I could have cried because I wasn’t sure how I would have restored it.

Taking one step at a time, I finished cleaning this case and the decorating Ideas were coming slowly. I have finally decide to decoupage this case using my floral motifs from the Coffee & Cream collection. I placed flowers & leaves (group by group) around the case with WS facing up, creating a balanced composition between contrasting colors. Just like in classic Irish crochet, the motifs needed to be joined, so I used a regular sewing needle & sewing thread to sew them together across the contiguous edges on WS, leaving the edges under the handle unattached. When the entire piece was sewn together, I took it off the case for steam blocking, and then put it back on with RS facing up. Decoupaging was fun and easy using Mod Podge from Michaels. I even glued a few extra flowers onto the finished surface to create a 3-dimensional look. It took a lot of time to complete this project, but I could not be happier with the result!

Here are some close up pictures of the process and the finished project 🙂

Sewing Motifs

Sewing On WS

Creating Composition

Steam Blocking

Finished Case

Finished Case